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Bizarre protest against BP sponsorship at British Museum uses theatre, mermaids and seas shanties to 'summon a Kraken'

Protest over BP at British Museum 'summons the Kraken'. Credit: Protest group 'BP or not BP?'

A bizarre protest against BP sponsorship at the British Museum used theatre, sea shanties and 'mermaids' to 'summon a Kraken'.

Protest over BP at British Museum 'summons the Kraken'. Credit: Protest group 'BP or not BP?'

More than 200 people launched the 'splash mob' mass performance inside the British Museum's Great Court.

The protest group - called BP or not BP? - said it was in response to oil firm BP's "controversial" sponsorship of the museum’s current ‘Sunken Cities’ exhibition.

Protest over BP at British Museum 'summons the Kraken'. Credit: Protest group 'BP or not BP?'

They say they are fighting a "theatrical battle between BP and the ocean" using musical mermaids, and hundreds of performers singing anti-BP sea shanties.

A ‘Sunken Cities’ exhibition sponsored by BP is almost beyond parody.

...scientists tell us we need to leave most of these fuels in the ground to have any chance of avoiding runaway climate change, including sea level rises that would threaten dozens of the world’s biggest cities within our lifetimes.

– Danny Chivers to took part in the performance
Protest over BP at British Museum 'summons the Kraken'. Credit: Protest group 'BP or not BP?'

We respect other people’s right to express their views and allow peaceful protest onsite at the Museum as long as there is no risk to the Museum’s collection or visitors.

– British Museum spokeswoman