Demand a Future
Night Forum on Climate Emergency
21 June 16:00-23:00
York Explore Library and Archive
A community-led, participatory assembly for individuals and organisations who care about creating a sustainable future for all.
Art, Discussion, and Music: A Festival of Democracy
Demand a Future is a community-led, participatory "people's assembly" for individuals and organisations who care about creating a sustainable future for all.
A platform for creative discussion
We are bringing together the residents of York to share their expertise and suggestions on the most urgent political issue of our day: the climate crisis. Join us for an open and positive discussion, with no blaming and shaming. With your help we will create a bold new vision of the City of York.
What does a world without climate change look like, and how can we achieve it? How can organisations and groups in our local community make a positive impact, and build a future where there is fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink?
Art, activities and workshops for all ages
Join us for activities for all ages about the future of York. From workshops to participatory art projects to talks and discussion, there are all sorts of ways to get involved in the debate.
Live music and performance
We will be hosting an evening of live acts including music, poetry, and theatre. See our programme for details.
Demand a Future is three linked events in one evening starting at 16:00. Join us for the whole event, or just come to the bits that most interest you. The programme for the evening is below. More details will be added as they are confirmed.
All-age activities from - 19:00>
Take part in a variety of family friendly, engaging activities including arts and crafts, choir, face painting, storytelling and more. This is a time for creativity, sharing ideas in different ways, and building a mass participatory art piece using unwanted fabrics.
The afternoon session will end with a potluck dinner with food contributed by communities from across York. If you want to bring along a dish, see more details below.
Stalls and Activites
Make sure to have a look at all of the arts activities going on in the Alert phase! From helping us create a giant snakes and ladders to cardboard bee making, there will be plenty to get involved in! Want to impact council policies creatively? Help us make a huge patchwork banner to display around York.
Have any clothes that are looking past their best? Bring them along to our repair cafe.
Get your questions about climate change answered by scientists from the Stockholm Environment Institute
Edible planting with Friends of Scarcroft Orchard/Edible York
Professor Fiddlesticks' balloon modelling workshop for children and families
Join us for some restorative Yoga in this session lead by Laura Potts, Iyengar yoga teacher.
Lively storytelling from other times and places with a lot to say about the here and now
Stories of ecological change—and how communities have to change to meet it
Creation myths to remind us where we came from.
Family-friendly performance poetry about nature and climate change from an award-winning poet, performer and lyricist.
Flocking: Participatory movement activity with Nigel Smith
Lightning talk by Simon Bowens of Friends of the Earth
Learnings from Leeds on how campaigners, councillors, researchers and businesses are working together to tackle the city’s 2030 zero carbon target.
Food systems for a sustainable York with Ruth Jennaway of Edible York
People's assembly from -
A period of discussion and debate, encouraging cross-organisational conversations and holding quick-fire speaker sessions.
Food will be available in the form of the potluck dinner with food contributed by communities from across York. If you want to bring along a dish, see more details below
A buffet and potluck dinner with food contributed by communities from across York.
Our people's assembly, giving everyone the chance to get involved and have their voice heard about York's future.
During the people's assembly there will also be indoor arts activities, so younger children can stay involved whilst parents discuss what needs to be done to look after their future.
Live music from -
Join us for a reflective but relaxed end to the evening, with live music and theatre. Come along to our spoken word stage for poetry, spoken word and an open mic.
Poetry and spoken word hosted by Say Owt, The Spoken Word, and BeSpeak. Poetry about climate justics, environmental responsibility and the future, with the theme "Another World is Possible". Are you a poet or performer, or just inspired by what you've seen at the event? Sign up for an open mic slot on the night.
Bold physical theatre exploring the effects of flooding on one community.
Playing original and traditional Nordic folk, Bruni hail from Jorvik, the heart of Viking England. They blend haunting three-part vocal harmonies with a variety of acoustic instruments - harps, recorders, violin, hurdy gurdy, mandolin and bouzouki - all supported by detailed and meticulous percussion to weave stories of the frozen North, of elves, trolls, werewolves and to drive away the cold of the night. (Photo: Marc McGarraghy @ Yellow Mustang Photography)
Bedlam Boys are an a capella trio, who sing rip-roaring protest songs, sinister lullabies, shanties, and folk.
Songs to celebrate, protest and galvanise. You might even get to join in.
Union Jill, the York-based duo of Sharon Winfield and Helen Turner, are singers, instrumentalists and songwriters. They mix traditional folk instruments with an edgy contemporary feel and powerful vocal delivery. Their material embraces historical themes and contemporary issues; personal experiences and protest songs. They have an on-stage banter that you only get from two women sharing a stage.
Demand a Future is being held at York Explore Library and Archive, in York City Centre.
Find accessibility information about the venue at AccessAble.
Demand a Future is a free, open event. You are invited to join us at any time and participate in any of the activities. We understand that family and other commitments may prevent you from attending the event in full, however, you are welcome to attend as much or as little as you are able to.
Tickets are free and are available through our our Eventbrite page. Getting a ticket helps us plan for the numbers attending. However, do not worry if you do not have a ticket. You are welcome to turn up on the day without a ticket.
Food and Drink
We will hold a potluck dinner at around 18:00, with food contributed by communities from across York.
We invite you or your organisation to contribute your favourite dish to this 'bring-and-share' dinner. In order to meet as many dietary requirements as possible and reduce the carbon impact of the event, we ask that any contributions are vegetarian and/or vegan friendly. If possible, please also provide a list of ingredients.
There will also be a finger buffet provided by the library cafe. There will be a donation to help cover the cost of this. Drinks such as teas and coffees will be available to purchase from the library cafe throughout the evening.
If you or your organisation would like to be part of York's first community-led forum on climate change, please contact email@example.com or visit the Extinction Rebellion York Facebook page.
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