In this panel, we discussed creative solutions to climate change and what role cultural organisations and artists can play in ensuring more sustainable working practices.
Through engaging with leading climate action movements and organisations, the talk explored their action points for the cultural sector and how cultural institutions and artists can incorporate these in the future.
Kay Michael is a theatre director and activist and the communications coordinator for Culture Declares Emergency. In 2019 she co-founded Culture Declares Emergency,
a growing international movement of individuals and organisations in the cultural sector declaring climate and ecological emergency. Their mission is to ensure the cultural sector is a leading contributor in creating a regenerative future that sustains everyone, everywhere. Kay co-edited the award-winning book ‘Letters to the Earth, Writing to a Planet in Crisis’, published by HarperCollins and introduced by Emma Thompson.
Christian Gade Bjerrum is the co-founder of Sustainable Performing Arts Now, Denmark's first organisation focusing on supporting the Danish performing art industry in working more sustainably. Their vision is to ensure the Danish performing arts industry becomes the leading sustainable arts sector in the world. Their mission is to establish Sustainable Performing Arts Now as an organisation that monitors and guides the sustainable transition in the performing arts industry. Christian is an actor, entrepreneur and nature activist and has run climate-campaigns in Nigeria, Russia, New York and Denmark, as well as running for parliament in 2019 for the green party "Alternativet".
Gunn Hernes is originally from Norway and is the director of the Nordic House on the Faroe Islands. She trained in Cultural Development and has been a guest speaker and training manager for workshops in the music and performing arts field in various topics.
The Nordic House on the Faroe Islands’ primary remit, as an open and vibrant cultural venue, is to showcase Nordic art and culture on the Faroe Islands and to raise awareness about Faroese art and culture across the Nordic region. The Nordic House is one of the most important instruments that the Nordic Council of Ministers has to further the political priorities of the Nordic cultural co-operation. The house is run as a Nordic institution of art and culture with a diverse programme of music, literature, theatre, film, visual arts, lectures, conferences and much more.
It can’t be a Cut the Cord event without a little glitter check. At the end of each of our panels, we had a short set from a Nordic musician/band to round off our event.
Our first band was the Icelandic folk duo Ylja. Their sound is described as “a combination of powerful yet delicate vocal mastery and instrumental purity”. You can find all their albums on Spotify - so have a listen and see if you can guess which song we have chosen for our Climate Change panel (hint: you might have to understand Icelandic to guess it).
You can also see some of Ylja’s live sessions and music videos here: https://ylja.is/ylja-videos/
Embra Collective (UK)
Intersectional feminist collective interested in sustainability and place-based action.
Defining Activism and Sustainable Activism
Check out Embra Collectives’ articles and creative project:
Teater Viva (DK)
Katrine Faber made an important show called Tales From The Trash:
A global, virtual festival of climate action - and it’s FREE!
A Life on Our Planet (Netflix)
If you haven’t watched it yet, treat yourselves tonight with this important film!
4 brilliant benefits from going green:
Extinction Rebellion Art Group (UK)
An open group that anyone can join - check out the great work being made:
Season for Change
Season for Change is a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action.
Immersion by Selina Thompson
Immersion is one of the commissions for Season for Change, a UK-wide programme of arts activity focused on a step-change in climate awareness, activism and justice, delivered in partnership by Julie’s Bicycle and Artsadmin.
Julie’s Bicycle is a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.
Here you can find Julie’s Bicycle’s brilliant guide to make your production more sustainable: https://juliesbicycle.com/resource-production-guide-2013/