Piranha Arts, the organisers of the WOMEX World Music expo, has announced the leading environmental charity Julie’s Bicycle as the winner of the 2019 WOMEX Professional Excellence Award.
The award reflect’s the winner’s ‘forward-thinking strategies to speed up the attainment of environmental sustainability in every facet of our industry and professional lives, their rallying of artists and arts professionals from all over the world to speak and act in one powerful group, and their status as a figurehead in the global arts movement in the face of climate change and ecological disaster’.
Shouting with one voice against environmental crises
According to Piranha Arts, ‘Julie’s Bicycle rallies the creative and arts sectors in shouting with one powerful voice against the environmental crises that we are now facing. Named after the location of their first meeting, Julie’s Bicycle has worked tirelessly towards their vision, in London (where they’re based), in the UK, and in the world’.
Julie’s Bicycle works with businesses individually to improve their environmental impact management, researches and develops resources, and introduces, promotes and performs outreach for new ideas and sustainable business models.
Julie’s Bicycle Director, Alison Tickell, said:
‘Climate change and our environment are global challenges which necessitate a global response. Many of the most extreme impacts are being felt by the most vulnerable communities, often in the global south: justice, fairness and equity are at the heart of environmental action.
‘This award is not just for Julie’s Bicycle team, but for all those music pioneers who are raising awareness, bringing together our kindred communities, regenerating music practice and protecting all beings that share our earth. Thank you WOMEX.’