A global community engaged art project in response to Covid-19 and the climate crisis

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The Conference of the Birds is an ancient epic poem by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar. It tells the story of the assembly of the birds, in a time of existential crisis.

The birds embark on a journey and search for the “Simorgh,” a mythical majestic bird which has been likened to the phoenix. They are led by the wisest bird through seven valleys to find the Simorgh and enlightenment. Each Valley has a challenge and an exploration into who we are and what we can become.

This Conference is a conference of artists and communities gathered as an international collaborative that will create a global network to explore new forms of engagement, creation, performance, and online digital experiences. It is a direct response to the challenges we face when dealing with the impact of Covid19 and the climate crisis on a personal, economic, environmental, political, local, national, and international scale.

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Lift off. We begin our journey with the conference of the birds. Travel with us through 7 valleys and 7 countries and join us in an expiration of who we are and what we can become . #ConfOTBirds #theatre_of_opportunity #cop26 #participatoryarts ...

Our website goes live today. Www.conferenceofthebirds.net check it out. #theatre_of_opportunity #cop26 #globalcommunity #participatoryarts ...

@confOTBirds will be part of this @cop26uk ...

One of our birds Sudip Chakroborthy just passed his doctorate @goldsmiths @theatrecycle! #participatoryart #thefutureofarts #teachingartists ...


As our network and conversations around the world grow, we’d like to share discoveries, tools and riches. Find inspiration, how-to tips, links, and new connections to advance your interests and work.

Artist: Lado Bai, India

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