Fringe Arts Bath Festival: Response to RISE

This should’ve been a participative live performance, but sadly the coronavirus pandemic intervened. So instead it’s online…

Response to Rise, is a cultural and arts engagement with the ecological catastrophe of our times, a poetic response to Rise: From one island to another, a poetry film produced by campaigning organization 350.org.

In the film two young women poets, one from the Marshall Islands and one from Greenland, connect their realities of rising sea levels and melting glaciers. Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna use their poetry to showcase the linkages between their homelands in the face of climate change. The film offers a glimpse of how large, and yet so small and interdependent our world is.

In July 2019, Bath Writers and Artists watched the video and were so moved by it that we screened it again, this time following it with readings of our own poems written as response – honouring, celebrating, echoing the indigenous poets. We created a kind of poetic ceremony, an experiment that we wanted to share more widely as part of Fringe Arts Bath.

Watch the original film and our response at www.fringeartsbath.co.uk/rise 

Curated by Peter Reason working with Bath Writers and Artists and other local poets.