Shop Front Margate hosts Letters to the Earth event

Shop Front Margate hosts Letters to the Earth event

Letters to the Earth logo
6 Apr 2019

Shop Front Margate at 161 Northdown Road was one of 50+ arts venues worldwide to host a Letters to the Earth event on Friday 12 April 2019 in conjunction with Co-relate and Margate Bookie.

More than 50 theatres, arts venues and community spaces across the world, including the Liverpool Everyman, Bath’s Walcot Chapel, Aberdeen Performing Arts in the UK, to venues in Zambia and Canada, Latvia and New Zealand, will host readings of the Letters to the Earth as part of a day of action.

Shop Front Margate hosted a shop window exhibition and a reading of letters selected from the more than 1000 submissions. The letters and artwork from local creatives will be on display in its street-facing window gallery until the end of April.  

Jessica Rose, Managing Director Co-Relate and Margate Bookie outreach director said:

"Living on the coast here in Margate we see first hand the impact that people are having on the environment around us in terms of plastic pollution, loss of habitats inland and extreme weather. This was an opportunity to connect our personal experiences with experiences of people around the world to prompt individual, business and Government action on this emergency.

Margate and the Isle of Thanet has an amazing creative community so we were determined to make sure this was represented as part of this global movement. I hope you'll join us to celebrate this creativity, hear what children and adults have to say to our home, the earth, and make this the start of something ambitious and positive."

Letters to the Earth was the first project of the newly launched Culture Declares Emergency, which brings the arts and cultural community together for an appropriate response to the climate emergency. Writers contributing include Rebecca Solnit, award-winning poet Kate Tempest, British playwrights April De Angelis, Steve Waters and Nick Drake amongst others.


For more information on the movement, visit:

Below: Culture Declares Emergency launches at the Tate Modern this week with banners, a white horse and rider in a grass coat. 

Culture Declares Emergency with banners, a white horse and a rider in a grass coat.

< back to Blog