Call for Artists/Performers for Civil Society Hub at COP26

  • 05 Oct 2021
  • Written by Nick Cullen
  • Blog, General, news

We are seeking Glasgow and Scotland-based singers, poets, musicians and storytellers to host nightly evening open mic ceilidhs during COP26. 

Our vision is that we will create a space where people can come together in an informal and welcoming setting to share songs, stories, music, poetry and chat. We will welcome all to join us with an aim of breaking down the barriers that form at COP and creating a space of meeting and dialogue. Our aim is to raise awareness of the nightly ceilidh in advance of COP and encourage people to come to COP equipped to take part.

We already have groups contacting us with short performances that they wish to bring to COP and we will incorporate some of these into the night in advance, leaving plenty of space between for the open mic elements.

We are seeking Glasgow and Scotland-based performers who can act both as MC during the evening, and also bring in some elements of their own performance to link together the open mic participants. 

  • The Artist fee will be according to the Scottish Artists Union rates of pay 2021.
  • There is no budget for travel or accommodation and so we are looking for people within a travel distance of Glasgow.
  • We are seeking a different person for each night which will be three hours plus two hours setup/tech/prep.
  • The events will take place in Adelaides which will function as a hub for civil society for the two weeks of COP26
  • The dates will be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 12 November events will run 7-930pm


Please apply with an artist’s statement or CV (with links to examples of your work)  and a short supporting statement explaining how you would contribute to the programme. Supporting statements can be in writing (max 300 words), or in video/audio form (max 3 minutes).

Also please indicate which evenings you would be available of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11 and 12 November

Send applications to [email protected] by 14 October 2021.

Artists will be selected on the basis of:

  • ability to deliver the role requested
  • links of your performance practice to climate/nature 
  • previous involvement in climate/environment work

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations in Scotland working on climate.

  • Nick Cullen

    Nick is a past coordinator for the Climate Fringe platform and Climate Fringe Festival, working on strategy, website development and communications. He spent two years at SCCS in the lead up to COP26 and led on developing the Homestay Network, volunteering programme, COVID-19 safety, and many other aspects of logistics and operations in collaboration with the COP26 Coalition.