Letters to the Earth display at Shop Front Margate

Shop Front Margate

Shop Front Margate at 161 Northdown Road will be one of some 50 arts venues worldwide to host a Letters to the Earth event on Friday, April 12.

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 has selected items from more than 1000 submissions, letters and artwork from Thanet creatives and will have items on display in its window gallery.

Everyone is invited to attend the event, which runs from 4pm-6pm on and is hosted by community consultancy Co-relate with the Margate Bookie.

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 is 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.

Anyone wishing to read at the Margate event please email [email protected]