URBANISATION

Contemporary arts questions, reflects, and raises a consciousness about the environment and climate change, the consequences and responsibility of human actions on the environment.

Artists from 31 countries explore complexities around issues such as urbanization, water, ecology, food security, natural resources, and biodiversity that have been impacted by environmental degradation and climate change.

Artists bring together an aesthetic experience linking the earth, our bodies, and our minds.

GOALS

To educate and make people aware about concerns related to climate change and its impact on human beings and nature.
Using art as a tool for social change, the Festival hopes to examine how artists view climate change issues and offer innovative approaches to unite and inspire the society.

Objectives

To exhibit high standard of artworks from up to 75 international and 25 national artists on the theme of the Festival in three different venues.
To attract 50,000 visitors over the period of the month-long Festival.

The Creative Response and Impact

As a critical creative form, art provides a platform for the society to think, analyze and reason. Recent studies shows that museum experiences make people open to ‘different attitudes and perceptions’. Researches have also revealed that the arts can help ‘communities to understand and celebrate their heritage’ and ‘provide a safe way to discuss and solve difficult social problems.’

Artists, therefore, are in a unique position to highlight problems of climate change, generate awareness and create dialogues in the public through their works. They can journey beyond the boundaries of academia to address the concerns of climate change creatively and relay messages visually, as opposed to news and scientific reports that remain limited to a small intellectual mass.

While the Festival promotes and celebrates the intrinsic value of great art, it also carries an important instrumental outcome of educating the community. It will bring together youth organizations, colleges and school students, environmental agencies, along with artists, in various educational and environmental activities that jointly enhance their understanding and importance of the arts and climate adaptation.

A major hindrance of climate adaptation in developing nations is that climate change experts have ‘limited influence on government priorities’, making it difficult to promote climate adaptation in national programs. As Nepal still drafts a new constitution, a Festival of such international scope is an opportunity to garner the attention of constitution drafters and political leaders on the immediacy of tackling climate change and its risks to people, economy, rich biodiversity and varied ecosystems.

Climate change is not an isolated phenomenon. It is happening globally and similarly, action is needed globally down from the grassroots level up to the policy makers of a nation. We invite national and international supporters, artists and curators to part take in this event, to create and establish a much-needed global social change.

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