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Culture: The Missing Link – a lens on policy

October 25, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



Solutions to the climate and nature crisis have been led by scientists, politicians, economists and technologists. Yet the climate crisis is a cultural crisis, rooted in systems that favour some at the expense of others, and don’t account for many of the things that matter most: natural resources such as clean air, fresh water, healthy ecosystems, and human experiences of love, belonging, community and appreciation.

The event will thread together international conversations held earlier this year in the UK, Turkey, Indonesia, Colombia, Nigeria, and Italy. This is the culmination of a programme of work in partnership with The British Council as part of The Climate Connection, a global platform for dialogue, cooperation and action against climate change in the lead up to the United Nations climate conference, COP26.

On the eve of COP26 this digital event will discuss the results of new research, mapping national arts policies to climate policies, which seeks to strengthen the creative climate movement and mobilise action rapidly. We are grateful to have Juliana Olayinka join us as MC for this event.

Building on IFACCA D’Art Report 34b: The arts and environmental sustainability – an international overview from 2015, this new research will update the findings and highlight the crucial role of culture in driving climate transformation, and the implications of aligning cultural policies with frameworks that support a thriving world.

Time: 13:00 – 14:30 BST

This event will be translated live into Spanish, Indonesian, Turkish to accommodate our roundtable partners and networks.




13:00 Introduction and Welcome – Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle & Rami Tawfiq, British Council

13:10 Presentation of policy findings – Julie’s Bicycle

13:20 Hearing from international roundtables – IKSV (Turkey), Inspirit (Indonesia), FondoAcción (Colombia), 5 Cowries (Nigeria)

13:30 Arts Council England and European Commission response – Darren Henley, Arts Council England; & Anne Grady, European Commission (slides here)

13:35 Panel discussion – Erminia Sciacchitano; Magdalena Moreno; & Chukwumerije Okereke

14:15 Performance – Nidia Góngora

14:30 Close

Speakers and contributors bios can be found HERE

This event will not be live-streamed, so please do register above if you wish to join us. Registration will close at 10:00 BST on the 25th October.


October 25, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Online United Kingdom