Connecting Ecology, Culture and Spirituality

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An Evening of Live Storytelling and Film with Emergence Magazine.

An Evening of Live Storytelling and Film with Emergence Magazine

With fires raging through the Amazon rainforest and recent climate strikes taking place across the globe, questions of what connects us to the Earth are more urgent than ever.
While we have always existed in close interaction with nature, we seem to have lost touch with what fundamentally connects us to the Earth – ultimately leading us to a global ecological crisis.

During this event, special guest speakers will present stories and documentary films, including the multi-award-winning and Emmy nominated film Earthrise. This film tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968, through the perspectives of Apollo 8 astronauts. Their experiences compel us to reflect on the grandeur and beauty of the Earth as a shared home.

In these times of ecological devastation, we are faced with more than just the loss of nature, for with the destruction of ecosystems comes the loss of culture, ritual and spirituality developed in connection to the living world. De Balie and Emergence Magazine present an evening of live storytelling, author readings and films, connecting the threads of ecology, spirituality and culture.

This programme was created as a collaboration between Emergence Magazine and Studio Airport, the award-winning Dutch design agency.

Launched in Spring 2018, Emergence Magazine is an award-winning quarterly online publication with an annual print edition exploring the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality. Each issue features a theme explored through innovative digital media as well as the written word. Its contributors include Sundance-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmakers, Pulitzer Prize Winners, Ted Prize winners, acclaimed writers and thinkers, and a Poet Laureate.

About the Speakers:

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an award-winning filmmaker, musician and composer. His work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside Magazine, exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals and theaters worldwide. He has directed numerous acclaimed films including Marie’s DictionaryIsle de Jean CharlesYukon KingsElementalBarrio de Paz and What Would it Look Like. Prior to his work in film, Emmanuel performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz, as well as releasing two critically acclaimed records Previous Misconceptions and Borrowed Time.

Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder is a staff writer for Emergence Magazine. After studying religion at the University of Oklahoma, she attended Harvard Divinity School and then worked for an organisation called Kairos Earth. These were experiences which inspired her to think deeply about the sacredness of the natural world, the topic she now primarily writes about. 

Founded in 2011 by Bram Broerse and Maurits Wouters, Studio Airport exists of a tight team of creatives. In the past 8 years Studio Airport has won numerous national and international awards and their work got published on various platforms, books and magazines. They were co-founders of the creative hub ‘Kapitaal’ and took part in several exhibitions. Clients of Studio Airport include Emergence Magazine, Greenpeace International, Amsterdam Art Council, Stedelijk Museum Breda, Global Oneness Project, Hart Island Project New York, White Ribbon UK, Dutch Ministry of Culture, Education and Science, HKU (University of the Arts Utrecht) and Music Venue 013 amongst many others.


Emmanuel Vaughan-LeeFilmmaker and composer / Moderator
Bram BroerseGraphic designer
Maurits WoutersGraphic designer
Emily RhodesModerator