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Webinar: Greening International Cooperation Projects in Arts and Culture

How sustainable is your cultural project? This webinar provides an opportunity for exploring environmental sustainability in the context of international cultural collaborations. The New European Agenda for Culture and the proposal for Creative Europe 2021-2027, relates to the European Green Deal and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (social, economic and environmental sustainability). Focusing on climate change and the environment, we will discuss various methods and tools for achieving a high degree of sustainability in international projects. By looking at best practice examples we will also explore how actively working on environmental sustainability can improve the quality of project activities. 

This webinar was developed together with the SHIFT project (co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union) in collaboration with ELIA and the Swedish and Danish Creative Europe Desks.

The webinar will be held in English




° Welcome and introduction 

° Laying the groundwork: ELIA – lead organisation on the Climate Change theme of the SHIFT project 

SHIFT is an Erasmus+ project that will provide training initiatives for the arts and culture sector in its role in shaping societies. The goal of the climate change theme will focus on providing capacity building for leaders and staff of cultural networks on how to claim a role in the action required to achieve the climate change goals of the UN SDGs

Reflection by Diego Galafassi, researcher at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies.


° Coffee break with DJ performance by PotatoPotato Performing Arts


° Inspiring examples highlighting some of the key steps to take 

HOME is a cultural centre in Manchester and an active member of Manchester Arts Sustainability Team. The HOME team is committed to best sustainable policy and practice. Working hard to reduce their environmental impacts, they continually monitor and report on their activities in order to better understand and improve their performance using science-based targets. Through training and knowledge-sharing HOME enables its staff to become Carbon Literacy champions, engaging and inspiring their local and international communities, audiences and partners. HOME advances the green growth of the cultural and creative sector through innovative carbon reduction initiatives, and plays its full part to support Greater Manchester’s zero carbon ambition. 

Helsingborg Concert Hall & Symphony Orchestra aspires to be a cultural institution that promotes development in the music industry, seeking new ways forward. As a part of this strategic work, their season 20/21 will be dedicated to the climate and different aspects of sustainability. The Symphony Orchestra will present a year of sustainable music, at the same time as the work with prioritising musicians and conductors who choses environmentally friendly ways of travelling.  

° Panel discussion

Alison Criddle is HOME’s Projects and Sustainability Coordinator, facilitating environmental sustainability throughout the organisation and its activities. She is an experienced Carbon Literacy trainer and lead apiarist for HOME’s honeybee hives. 

Diego GalafassiBrazilian-born transdisciplinary researcher, artist and producer now living in SwedenWith a Ph.D. in Sustainability Science, as well as a collection of works that include immersive experience “Breathe” (Sundance 2020), films “The Life of Lines” and UNESCO Patronage project “Charismatic Megafauna” (CPH:DOX 2019), he has been exploring the connection between arts and sciences for his entire career. 

Fredrik Österling, director of Helsingborg Concert Hall.


Moderator: Maria Hansen, Executive Director ELIA

Maria Hansen is Executive Director of ELIA, the globally connected European network of Higher ArtsEducation. She worked in the performing arts for more than 30 years, in Canada and the Netherlands.  Maria has worked on environmental sustainability in the cultural field for many years. As director of the theatre and concert hall in Haarlem (NL), she was a driving force in achieving green certification for nine cultural organisations . Maria leads the climate change package of the SHIFT project.


* The programme might be subject to changes