Shoonya - climate themed dance, design, poetry, fireside chats, networking

Shoonya - climate themed dance, design, poetry, fireside chats, networking

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63 New Cavendish Street



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Climate themed dance and design showcase, fireside chats, book reading and networking over green canapes

About this event

Our immersive Exhibition ‘Shoonya’ aims to get audiences to vividly imagine the world they wish to live in. This exhibition will launch our platform called ClimArts. Its Mission: to empower artists and designers with climate science and data and to enable them to use their creativity for impactful climate communication, in turn enriching their art.

The concept of Shoonya in Buddhist and Hindu philosophy embraces the seeming paradox of simultaneous void and limitless presence.

To be opened by the Head of Climate Change at the Mayor of London’s office, Shoonya brings together dancers, writers, designers and climate experts in a unique multi-disciplinary exhibition, featuring bespoke dance pieces, sustainable interiors and fashion showcase, engaging fireside chats and a book reading by a leading climate action voice. Visitors can also interact with the participating artists, designers and climate experts over drinks and green canapes and pre-order products.

Dance: World premiere of climate themed dance repertoire in Odissi, the classical Indian dance celebrated for its fluid and ‘dynamic sculpture’ style sumptuousness, by senior dancers of Madhuriya.

Eco-wallpaper: Rachel Fowler, a former ICU nurse, creates spaces for health and wellbeing with her spectacular array of eco-friendly and biodegradable wallpaper. She will put together the backdrop for the dance performances.

Climate Education: Hear from, the virtual climate community building the world’s largest platform for climate work with a mission to get 100 million people to be directly involved in climate action this decade.

Fireside chat between the founders of two sustainable design brands - Veganologie and Kam ce Kam.

Sustainable Fashion: Veganologie, founded by Angana Maheshwari sells classically designed practical and affordable 100% recycled handbags. For every sale, Veganologie plants a mangrove tree for ocean conservation on the UAE coastline.

Sustainable Furniture: Kam Ce Kam an environmentally conscious luxury furniture brand founded by Jehenara Knowles, a Central St. Martins graduate sells hand-crafted furniture, art and antiques using sustainable and natural materials.

Prose and Poetry: Sudeep Sen an internationally acclaimed poet and author of the book, Anthropocene, a literary response to the urgent issues of climate change and the pandemic. He is the first Asian to deliver the Walcott lecture and read at the Nobel Laureate Festival.

Food: The popular restaurant chain Dishoom will sponsor green canapes for the networking event.

Charity: We are inviting The OSCAR Foundation to talk about their work to build sustainable communities and resilient leaders. OSCAR uses football as a tool to support girls’ education and impart life skills.

Note: This is not a charity fundraiser. Ticket sales will not go directly to OSCAR. It is up to you if and how you wish to engage with the charity.

About Madhuriya:

Madhuriya is a London based non-profit Community Interest Company founded by Kripa Iyer and Neelambaree Prasad, friends and fellow dancers, originally from Mumbai. We have been playing three roles, i.e. dancers, storytellers and curators. As dancers, keen to preserve and perpetuate the rich legacy of our Gurus, we perform and teach the Indian classical dance of Odissi.

As storytellers we use the vocabulary of hand gestures and facial expressions to offer bespoke workshops for young adults and children to enhance non verbal communications. We also work with organizations looking to further gender equity goals by using arts in workshops.

As curators, we collaborate with artists and experts to bring aesthetic and artistic events to diverse global audiences.

In all these roles, our recent focus has been on climate action.

Our renewed vision is to use art to provoke thought and inspire positive climate action. In doing so, we suggest ways of positive impact.

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