Swissnex to Stage Marquee ‘Climate Ring’ at Climate Week NYC

The boxing-inspired pavilion in New York City’s East Village will host events, exhibits, and performances over three days at the world's largest climate festival, featuring Swiss and international efforts to combat climate change framed as "the fight of the century."

May 31, 2024 | New York

For three days this fall, Swissnex will transform a performing arts center in New York City’s East Village into the Climate Ring, a boxing arena for the fight of the century: the one against climate change. From September 25-27, rising stars and heavyweights from research, innovation, and the arts will go toe to toe with our current planetary crisis.

Swissnex’s boxing-inspired pavilion will serve as a central stage for Swiss engagement at Climate Week NYC 2024, the world’s largest and most bustling climate festival. Referred to by The New York Times as a “Burning Man for climate geeks,” the annual gathering features over 600 events taking place across New York, in parallel with the UN General Assembly High-Level Week. It brings together climate leaders from government, business, technology, creative industries, arts, academia, and civil society.

The Climate Ring’s program of events, exhibits, and performances will draw this influential community around a growing list of Swiss and US partners and contributors, including Performance Space New York, the pavilion’s host at 150 1st Avenue; the participants in Climate Collider, the startup exchange program powered by Swissnex and Innosuisse; the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD); the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK); Greater Zurich Area; Swiss Business Hub USA; and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.

The project looks to boxing, a sport with deep roots in New York, as an inspiration in the fight against climate change. Like a prizefighter rolling with the punches, the struggle for a livable planet demands adaptation and resilience in the face of repeated setbacks. At the same time, the Climate Ring draws on the legacy of the sport as a catalyst for social change, to invoke the global solidarity needed in our current moment. Just as boxing showcases the extremes of human strength and vulnerability, it calls attention to the communities and ecosystems that the climate crisis has put on the ropes, and urges us to fight back.

The Climate Ring builds on the success of Swissnex’s presence at the 2023 edition of Climate Week NYC, providing a creative platform for Swiss and international innovators and leaders to engage in dialogue at one of the world’s most important climate events.