COP26: 10 major cultural and public events you can attend



A live performance of a pop musical about the 200,000 year old love story “between Earth and humanity, from the first sparks to today’s abusive relationship” takes place in Dundee Rep but will be also broadcast live. With an energetic score by Jack Godfrey and lyrics by Ellie Coote, both creators of 42 Balloons The Musical, it won’t be a depressing experience.

Enough is Enough Live

November 6, outside Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m.

November 10, Café 13, Place Govan Cross, 12:45 p.m.

Enough is Enough is not just a performance, it’s a movement. In August of this year, Karine Polwart, the moving rendition of this Earth love song by the Soundhouse Choir and Oi Musica went viral. But it was more than a recording, it was a call to school children, community groups, musicians and anyone who wanted to record their own versions to deliver a message to world leaders. Since then, a hip-hop rendition has aired on the BBC and an epic carnival collaboration involving 200 young people from 6 UK cities has been formed. In honor of COP26, there will be two live performances by its original creators, one in Edinburgh, the other in Glasgow. In the latter, he will be part of a spectacular street performance with Vision Mechanic’s giant puppet, STORM.

The People’s Summit for Climate Justice

November 7-10, in venues across Glasgow and online

A hybrid program of free in-person and digital events taking place in Glasgow and online, featuring voices from around the world on a wide variety of issues and topics, from how to pursue an international fossil fuel business to the impact of aggressive farming practices. Many of the speakers are international, some of them from indigenous peoples struggling to protect their native lands.

Glasgow Green Rally for Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

Glasgow Green, 3 p.m., November 6

After gathering in Kelvingrove Park before, at noon, thousands of activists marched towards Glasgow Green. There, at a rally hosted by Darren McGarvey of Glasgow, they will hear speakers like Ugandan Vanessa Nakate and Sweden’s Greta Thunberg. Also expect musical performances from Ana Tijoux, Dizraeli and This Is It.

Global Day of Action for Climate Justice

UMA Entertainment Culture and Climate Special Event at COP26

St. Luke’s Church, Glasgow, November 6

UMA Entertainment, the producers of Live Aid 1984, are hosting this event featuring talks on climate change and live performances by Aurora and Sam Fischer, as well as sets from DJs by Andy Cato (Groove Armada), Sarra Wild, Darwin and BEMZ. 80% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to Brian Eno’s charity EarthPercent, which provides grants to the most effective organizations working on the climate crisis.

Extreme hangout at Cop26

A youth-focused 11-day climate change conference and entertainment center featuring experts, activists, celebrities, artists, musicians – all of whom are committed to the climate action agenda. Tickets to attend the panels are free and will be streamed live worldwide online. Speakers include extreme swimming activist Lewis Pugh, Bear Grylls and paddleboarding activist Amber Nuttall.

Gaia at Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, until November 8

Luke Jerram’s giant Earth artwork, measuring seven meters in diameter and created from detailed images of the Earth’s surface by NASA, will be on display at Dynamic Earth. A glimpse of our home from afar, as astronauts could see it.

COP26 at the TFG

Glasgow Cinema, Glasgow

The Glasgow Film Theater is hosting a series of inspiring, moving and engaging films on climate and activism throughout the COP. Among them is the powerful and critically acclaimed The Magnitude Of All Things, a grieving documentary. When filmmaker Jennifer Abbott lost her sister to cancer, her grief opened her to the deep gravity of climate degradation and she began collecting stories on the front lines of climate change. Includes interviews with Greta Thunberg, Roger Hallam of Extinction Rebellion, and Anote Tong.

Stitches for survival

Glasgow Green, November 6

See the work of hundreds of knitters and artisans across the UK, as a sewn and knitted 1.5 mile scarf is displayed on Glasgow Green drying poles on Global Day of Action, “We knit, crochet, sew and craft 1.5 miles of climate messages for negotiators to inspire them to take bold and binding action together,” the creators say. Mass craft at its best.

Mass-craftivism to put the Earth centre-stage at COP26

And if not now, when?

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, November 1-14

The National Museum of Scotland hosts an immersive, immersive, responsive, sound and cinematic installation by Edinburgh artists Philip Pinsky and Karen Lamond that allows visitors to experience the hope and possibility of transforming the streets of our city.



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