The Current Climate: ‘Culture and its potential to inspire positive climate action’ (HCMF)

Wed, 06 Apr


Kwas Wine Shop and Bar

The Current Climate: ‘Culture and its potential to inspire positive climate action’ (HCMF)

I will be performing at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival's launch event for their new flagship series The Current Climate, in which they will be exploring the cultural world’s presiding influence over sustainability. There will be a panel discussion, followed by a live performance by myself.

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Time & Location

06 Apr, 19:00

Kwas Wine Shop and Bar, 3 Viaduct St, Huddersfield HD1 5DL, UK

About the Event

When it comes to climate change, what message is the music industry sending?

In the launch event for our new flagship series The Current Climate, Huddersifled Contempoary Music Festival will be exploring the cultural world’s presiding influence over sustainability. Creative work has the power to emphasise and amplify our relationship to the environment, shaping our thinking and pointing to solutions. Through a panel discussion involving activists, programmers and representatives of the West Yorkshire region, we’ll think about our responsibility as artists and workers in the music world, and consider ways we can put ourselves and audiences in conversation with one another to build a greener sector.

Throughout this discussion we’ll be looking holistically at the industry’s potential to inspire positive climate action, exploring the creative work but also the infrastructure around it. We’ll think about how artists channel environmental activism through their music, while also examining the idea of industry messaging – how promoters, organisers and festivals make climate change the topic sentence of their programming.

The discussion will be followed by a performance from Hayley Suvsite, a sound artist whose work is in constant conversation with the environment.


Ryoko Akama is a representative from Culture Declares Emergency (CDE), Kirklees. A musician and programmer, Ryoko runs ame, an artist-collective organisation supporting experimental and contemporary music across Huddersfield, commissioning and presenting work for the DAI Hall venue.

Helen Brook is a project coordinator for Sustainable Arts in Leeds (SAIL), a not for profit network of Leeds-based organisations and individuals in the cultural sector looking to ensure a ‘zero carbon/zero waste’ future for the creative industries.

Cllr Will Simpson is the Secretary and Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees.

Graham McKenzie is the Artistic Director of hcmf// (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival).


Working across field recording, archival sound, electronic hardware and live instrumentation, Hayley Suvsite uses her music to explore community and culture. Her work draws on first-hand oral histories and is made in close collaboration with those who can provide the most accurate document of their environment. Much of her music is immersed in the rural and urban narratives of her local Manchester, observing the city’s threatened natural spaces and our experiences preserving and polluting them.

Read our feature profile on Hayley’s work here.

About the Current Climate:

This year, HCMF are proud to be launching The Current Climate, a new season of creative work focusing on climate change and sustainability in the music industry. Through a range of discussions, performances, workshops and commissioned projects that ask questions about the challenges we face in making culture greener, they will be inviting our community to explore our relationship with the environment.

The Current Climate will run throughout our 2022 and 2023 festival programmes, and will also be a prominent feature of HCMF's year-round activity. 

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