Sunday 31 October 13:00 - 08:00

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly

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Festival and vigil for the eve of COP26

Charity & Causes

An afternoon festival of arts, science and conversation in celebration of planet Earth, followed by an overnight vigil on the eve of COP26

Throughout the afternoon:

  • Food and drink and an open fire in our beautiful courtyard on Piccadilly
  • What is COP26 anyway? with Penelope Turton
  • Bee-urban workshops and photography

Breathe on me and I will unfurl in the moisture you exhale.

Micro-tours of the courtyard and garden using wearable magnifying glasses - get up close and personal with fossils, lichens, mosses and more. Developed by artist-in-residence Esmeralda Valencia Lindstrom. With community poetry workshop by Diane Pacitti.

Ola and The Amalgam

1.00 – 1.20 Afro-euro fusion to kick-start the afternoon.

Fundraising for St James's FEAST and Sunday Breakfast for those experiencing homelessness

1.00 - 3.00 Original artworks by our own Finna Ayers, Fiona Notman and Sara Mark for sale, with auction at 3.00pm

Jill Darrell, Natural History Museum

1.00 - 4.00 Drop-in workshop on the creation of Britain's first geological map by William Smith. Fossils, rock strata and an incredible human story involved!

In conversation with Kabir Kaul

1.30 – 2.00 Kabir is an award-winning 16-year-old conservationist, wildlife writer and London National Park City Ranger

Ewan King and the King-Cave project

2.00 – 3.00 Jazz settings of Thomas Traherne's poetry, including work by our own Alison Beck. In the church, audience participation encouraged!

Ola and The Amalgam

3.15 - 3.35 Afro-Euro fusion Part 2

Katherine Pogson, multi-species researcher

Paul Wood, author of 'London is a Forest' and 'London's Street Trees'

3.35 – 4.30 Katherine works with moths and textiles as a way into environmental engagement and visualising data. Paul will share his passion for London’s trees, including a tour of our own site.

Rev'd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly

4.30 - 5.15 β€˜How can we be happy?’ The wisdom of Thomas Traherne for an anxious world.

THEN STAY WITH US OVERNIGHT for an Interfaith vigil from 6.00pm

We will spend the night in the courtyard, in solidarity with those already impacted by climate change and with the delegates and representatives from almost 200 countries who will be preparing for COP26 to start on Monday morning in Glasgow

β€’ Hourly programme of meditations, readings and music throughout the night

β€’ Evening soup and bread, overnight snacks and breakfast provided

β€’ Open fires for warmth and conviviality

β€’ Please wear warm clothes and bring a sleeping bag etc

Drop in any time during the afternoon. Please sign up for the vigil part of the day to help us with catering.

This event is part of our pre-COP26 festival 'A Triumph of Delights'


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