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Arts and Culture at the Heart of Climate Action

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Julie’s Bicycle, Lucsus at Lund University, Sigtunastiftelsen and Postkodstiftelsen are delighted to invite you to an inspiring afternoon of talks and performance focussed on arts, creativity, and climate justice.

As the climate emergency unfolds, strengthening our support for communities has never been more urgent. Convened as the COP27 international climate negotiations approach, this event will explore how the arts and culture sector can be at the heart of the climate conversation and transformative action. An afternoon of conversation around the types of leadership, practices and policies that are vital to realising the true potential of the arts in times of climate breakdown.

This event is part of the Creative Climate Leadership Programme, a growing network of climate justice leaders, artists, policy-makers, scientists, and youth activists working in the arts and culture sector to lead on and strengthen creative climate mobilisation.

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Join an exciting roster of climate justice leaders, artists, policy-makers, scientists, and youth activists, including speakers from Julie’s Bicycle, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Moderna Museet, LiveGreen Festivals & Academy, Fridays For Future, for an afternoon of conversation around the types of leadership, practices and policies that are vital to realising the true potential of the arts in times of climate breakdown.

Discussions are accompanied by music and poetry from performing artists:

Norwegian singer-songwriter Marte Wulff, soprano saxophonist Anders Paulsson, Norwegian singer-songwriter Kristin Amparo and others.

This event is part of the Creative Climate Leadership Programme, a growing network of climate justice leaders, artists, policy-makers, scientists, and youth activists working in the arts and culture sector to lead on and strengthen creative climate mobilisation.

“We are all aware of the challenges we face due to climate change, but still it is difficult for most of us to change ingrained behaviour. We believe that arts and culture are vital resources for behavioural change and has a role to play when it comes to climate change. We are therefore proud to support Julie’s Bicycle in their work to focus on cultural leadership development for climate action in Sweden and the Scandinavian region.” – Marie Dahllöf, Secretary General at Postkodstiftelsen


About the Creative Climate Leadership Program

Between 2021 and 2022 two leadership programmes took place with pioneering arts and cultural practitioners at the forefront of climate action. Centred around climate justice, 50 of Scandinavia’s creative change-makers came together to explore leadership, justice and sustainable practice in the context of a rapidly diminishing opportunity to keep temperatures below 1.5 degrees of warming. Culture – the arts, heritage and creative industries – has been missing from climate and justice solutions at all levels. This in spite of a growing global mobilisation of culture on climate. Julie’s Bicycle, Diego Galafassi and funded by Svenska Postkodstiftelsen hosted two Creative Climate leadership programmes. This event will celebrate the CCL alumni through showcase, performance and conversations at Sigtuna Stiftelsen. With speakers from art, science and policy we will explore what needs to change so culture can help meet the Scandinavian regions’ commitment to a safe, just world as set out in the IPCC 6th assessment report. More info.

“It was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people who have similar concerns to myself around climate and environment and are trying to figure out how the ‘creative industries’ address these issues.” – CCL Alumni

“The CCL course has given me a much clearer understanding of climate change as an ethical, socio-economic and political issue and of how my thinking around equality, human rights, collective rights and environmental justice interrelate.” – CCL Alumni

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Programme

The programme is evolving in an exciting way and more speakers and performances to be confirmed over the next two weeks – watch this space!

Please note: the programme is in Central European Standard Time (CEST), which is one hour ahead of the UK timezone.

14.00 – 14.10
Music performance Kristin Amparo
Welcome
Julie’s Bicycle, Postkodstiftelsen, Sigtunastiftelsen, Diego Galafassi

14.10 – 15.00
Opening Panel: Climate justice and the role of the arts
This panel opens the event by centering justice in the climate conversation. We explore the need for radical transformation, systems leadership and the role of arts and creativity.

Music performance Marte Wulff

Speakers

  • Alison Tickell, director Julie’s Bicycle – Chair
  • (ONLINE) Emily Boyd, Director of Lucsus, Lund University
  • Åsa Larsson Blind, vice-president Sámi Council
  • Fridays For Future
  • Per Olsson, lead of Transformations stream at Stockholm Resilience Centre

15.00 – 15.30
Coffee break

15.30 – 16.10
The creative sector in flux
The creative sector is changing. Representatives of music, performing arts, galleries, film, independent organizations reflect on some key climate focused trends that are driving change.

Music performance Anders Paulsson

Speakers

  • Louise Lindén (LiveGreen Festivals & Academy, Sweden)
  • (ONLINE) Liisa Holmberg (Film commissioner at Sami Film Institute, Norway)
  • (ONLINE) Jacob Teglgaard (Bæredygtig Scenekunst NU, Denmark)
  • Jaana Eskola (Finland) – Chair
  • Ylva Hillstrom (Moderna Museet, Sweden)

16.15 – 17.00
Policy dialogue and action agenda
In the context of climate transition, this closing panel addresses policy leadership and responses within the Scandinavian cultural sector by national entities responsible for cultural advancement.
On the eve of COP27, we invite a discussion on how Scandinavian countries are approaching the linkages between climate justice and the arts, what they are hoping to see at COP27 for the arts and elaborate on policy implications, new models of collaboration and funding.

With music performance by Marte Wulff / Kristin Amparo / Anders Paulsson

Speakers

  • Alison Tickell, Julies’ Bicycle
  • Linnéa Svensson (Nordic Council of Ministries)
  • Solveig Korum (Kulturtanken, Norway)
  • ASSITEJ Sverige (Sweden)
  • Svenska Postkodstiftelsen
  • Smilla Ubbe, Aurora Movement Climate Activist

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Date:
November 2
Time:
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm