Shift Festival: KT Tunstall, Marcus Brigstocke + Friends Take Over Southbank Centre For Cape Farewell

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All images via - KT Tunstall on 2008 arctic expedition

This week melting arctic icebergs come to London in the form of music, comedy and fashion. The wonderful Cape Farewell organisation, which takes groups of artists, musicians and scientists (including our very own TreeHugger founder Graham Hill) on expeditions to promote awareness of climate change, has taken over the Southbank Centre for a week of entertainment and education. As Emma Grady has reported The Shift Festival features an ethical fashion show on Friday, but that is just one of many events over the next few days. Comedian Marcus Brigstocke, pop star KT Tunstall, and beatboxer Schlomo all top the bill.


Comedian Marcus Brigstocke and musician Robyn Hitchcock on 2008 Cape Farewell Expedition
Cape Farewell In-Site
Throughout this week visual creative work from the 2008 Cape Farewell voyage to Disko Bay in the Arctic circle and the 2009 expedition to the Peruvian Andes and Amazon Rainforest will be projected on to the external walls of the Southbank Centre. Inside there will be architects, artists and climate scientists in the Shift Encounters sessions, discussing cultural ways to communicate climate change.


Schlomo, beatboxer extraordinaire, will join Marcus Brigstocke + friends on Friday eve
Marcus Brigstocke Hosts Evening of Comedy + Poetry
One of two headlining evenings will be hosted by British comedian and environmental joker Marcus Brigstocke who brings his unique brand of humour to the stage alongside impressionist Alistair McGowan, bright young comedic thing Russell Howard, beatboxer Schlomo and writer Lemn Sissay.

Also on Friday evening is a collaboration between artist Max Eastley and musician Liam Fox called Friday Tonic which is described as soundscapes meet acoustic guitar - a relaxing start to an evening that will surely end on a high energy hilarious note.

Robyn Hitchcock presents a Maritime Evening
The second headlining event is hosted by British folk musician Robyn Hitchock on Saturday night with very special guests KT Tunstall, Kathryn Williams, and Blur's Graham Coxon. Robyn says of his adventure in the Arctic:

"On the Cape Farewell voyage to Disko Bay, the contrast between the social chatter on board and the wounded icy seascape outside was hard to ignore. Climate change is a paradigm of the human condition: we are the problem - can we also be the solution? KT Tunstall and I both wrote songs on the voyage, which we will be performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on January 30th. They are our response to what we experienced, even if they aren't the eco-anthems that the world urgently needs."

To find out more about this culturally rich tapestry of events from Cape Farewell's voyagers go to the Southbank Centre website.


TreeHugger founder Graham Hill on 2008 Cape Farewell expedition, but sadly not in London this weekend.
More on Cape Farewell
London Event: Sustainable Fashion at Cape Farewell's SHIFT Festival
Cape Farewell: Raising Climate Change Awareness Through Art
Cape Farewell 2009: Artists Inspired by Trek Through Andes
Cape Farewell: A New Expedition Sets Sail
Controversial Artist Justifies Bad Behaviour in the Arctic
The Masterful Beatboxing Shlomo: Music Without Instruments

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