Thurs 6 June 2019

 7 -11pm (event 7.30-9)


 In association with Artsadmin 2 Degrees Festival  

 At the heart of the climate catastrophe is money - vested interests with lobbying power and capital. Climate breakdown is a symptom of our broken economic system.  How do we fix it and create a just transition? Come together in the bank, in front of an exploded van to look at ways of moving the economy rapidly away from dependence on fossil fuels and financial speculation.  How can we act collectively now to hold power to account? Declare Climate Emergencies across councils and cities? Support divestment campaigns? Join with Extinction Rebellion and their demands for Citizen’s Assemblies? Push for governmental change and a Green New Deal?  How are movements built and how do they succeed – in time? How are artists joining this fight?

We’ll be passing around the red budget briefcase and hearing provocations from:

Sarah Eastwood - XR Waltham Forest member and initiator of successful campaign to get the borough to declare a climate emergency.

Andrew Simms - author, analyst and co-director of the New Weather Institute. He is a research associate with the Centre for Global Political Economy at the University of Sussex and Fellow at the New Economics Foundation. He co-authored The Green New Deal and co-founded the Green New Deal Group. His books include Ecological Debt: The Health of the Planet & the Wealth of Nations (2005, 2009 Pluto Press) and Cancel the Apocalypse: the New Path to Prosperity (2013, Little,Brown and Company).

Lucy Neal - theatre maker and community activist, interested in how celebratory events act as a catalyst for change. Co-founder Director of the influential London International Festival of Theatre - LIFT (1981-2005), she has been an active player in the global grassroots Transition movement since 2008 and initiator of Transition Town Tooting.  Her book Playing for Time - Making Art As If the World Mattered, published in 2015, and co-written with 60 artists and activists, maps collaborative arts practices emerging in response to planetary challenges.

AJ Tear - campaigner with Positive Money - a not for profit organisation based in London and Brussels that campaigns for reforms to the money and banking system. Positive Money's mission is "for a money and banking system that enables a fair, democratic, and sustainable economy.”

Chaitanya Kumar (tbc) - senior policy advisor at the Green Alliance. Previously South Asia campaigns leader at, an international climate campaigning group designing and executing political and educational campaigns, to move India and other key South Asian countries away from coal and towards cleaner forms of renewable energy. He has written extensively on climate and energy issues.

Free entry but let us know you’re coming here.

Paying cocktail bar.

The Bank is approx 110 metres from Walthamstow Central train and tube station.

The only two road crossings you need to make along the way from station to venue are both proper pedestrial crossings with green man/red man lights and with step-free access from the pavement.

The front doors to the Bank when open at their widest provide a gap of 88cm. There are no steps or other obstacles, There is a gentle slope up from the front door into the main area which is entirely flat.

Unfortunately the venue does not have accessible toilets. Cubicles are small and accessing them requires getting through a doorway gap of 62cm. Toilet seats are 44cm, and sinks are 86cm, above ground.

We do not have central heating and as such the space can be quite cold at times. We will have blankets on hand for any visitor who wants one during their time in the bank. and

Daniel Edelstyn