The farming of animals for food is accepted as among the largest contributors to climate change; conversely, choosing to not consume animals is one of the more significant choices an individual can make to reduce their carbon footprint. And yet many of us continue to consume animals, contributing to enormous cruelty alongside global warming, in the face of evidence.
In the absence of known eulogies for animals slaughtered in environmentally impacting commercial industries in Australia and globally, Sentients is a live song-based performance inspired by a desire to honour the lives of animal species killed worldwide for food.
An immersive and surprisingly uplifting experience, Winter Witches have crafted a concert of beautiful odes to individual animals who suffer for our desires. Sentients is a break in the silence of a world in crisis, a hopeful eulogy, a cry for change.
Winter Witches is the musical and performance collaboration between Jason Sweeney & Em König. Releasing their debut self-titled EP in 2016 they went on to feature on Three D Radio’s Top 20+1 for five consecutive weeks. They performed at the 2016 Adelaide Vegan Festival, at ‘House & Garden’ and ‘Temple of Love’ (St Jerome’s Laneway Festival events), and queer club nights Wild Style and Bona Drag. Winter Witches performed a sell-out three-night season at the Royal Croquet Club (Adelaide Fringe Festival 2017). These well-received, multimedia shows served as a preview for early sonic and visual Climate of Cruelty material.