Special Events

Professional Workshop

Roman Keller and Christina Hemauer, 'Postpetrolistic Internationale', choir performance in the Port of Rotterdam, 2009. Courtesy: SKOR, Photo: Paloma Polo. Creative Commons: BY-NC-ND.

ArtCOP21 Professional Workshop

At the Gaîté Lyrique on 3rd and 4th December 2015

In the framework of the COP21 event, COAL, Julie’s Bicycle, IFACCA and On the Move will gather some 150 international key players from more than 25 countries to define together how the cultural sector can better embed sustainable development in its activities.

This Professional Workshop is based on a series of preliminary reports and international recommendations. Based on an exchange of best practices, the workshop aims to reinforce cross-sectorial dialogues between various types of actors.

The objective is also to highlight the necessity of a focused support and adapted funding mechanisms to ensure the leadership of the cultural sector with regards to sustainable development.


  • Facilitate a direct dialogue between policy makers and funders (arts councils, ministries, regional/city governments, foundations etc.) and the cultural/arts sector to exchange on policies and practices encompassing art, culture, sustainable development and environmental sustainability in France, Europe and internationally;
  • Highlight partnerships involving various stakeholders (institutions, civil society organisations, governmental bodies etc.) coming from diverse disciplines (art, research, science) and in different contexts (local, regional, national, international);
  • Recognise and support the role of arts and culture in relation to environmental sustainability and, more broadly, sustainable development in order to scale up initiatives with adequate support and funding mechanisms;
  • Disseminate a final common pledge developed with the Professional Workshop’s participants and interested parties within the ArtCO21 Conference of Creative Parties;
  • Produce an ad-hoc online toolkit of references and resources shared during the two-day Professional Workshop.

This workshop is co-curated by COAL, Julie’s Bicycle, IFACCA, On the Move in partnership with IETM, Imagine 2020 and GALA.

The Workshop also receives contributions from Institut Français in China (Consulat Général de la France à Wuhan) and from the following Foundations: Asia-Europe Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, Hivos and Doen Foundation.

Background Documents

The Professional Workshop is based on various key initiatives and recommendations’ documents developed by the coordinators of the event such as:

This publication – to be presented during the Professional Workshop – has for objective to highlight practices from the sector through a questionnaire disseminated by COAL-Coalition for Art and Sustainable Development and IETM- International Network for contemporary performing arts. It will also include contributions from Sacha Kagan, Chantal Bilodeau, Marco Kusumawidjaya, Mike van Graan and Yasmine Ostendorf.


Opening session: The ArtCOP21 Professional Workshop: Principles and objectives

Streaming / Not open to the public

9:30 – 9:45: Welcome words by Jérôme Delormas, Director, La Gaîté lyrique
General introduction by Loïc Fel, Founder/Director of COAL

9:45 – 11:00
The Policy Context: Conditions for Change

Based on the recommendations of the IFACCA/Julie’s Bicycle report, “Art and Environmental sustainability, an international overview” the discussion will focus on the challenges of creating policy frameworks which bring together environmental sustainability and the arts and culture.


  • Jean-Pierre Lalaut, High official in charge of sustainable development, Ministry of Culture and Communication- France
  • Søren Krogh, Chief Adviser, Head of Programme, International Affairs, The Danish Agency for Culture – Denmark
  • Rosemary Mangope, Chief executive officer, National Arts Council of South Africa
  • Ian Rimington, Relationship Manager, Theatre & Environmental Sustainability, Arts Council England – United Kingdom
  • Alison Tickell, Director, Julie’s Bicycle – United Kingdom

Diane Dodd, Representative-Europe for IFACCA – International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies

11.30 – 12.45
Plenary session 1: How to maximise partnerships to create effective change (first part)

Streaming / Not open to the public

This session will explore examples of successful partnerships and potential challenges between cultural organisations and strategic bodies that are focused on sustainability goals.

The series of ten minutes’ short presentations followed by audience discussion.


  • Lucy Wood, Programme Director, Cape Farewell – United Kingdom
  • Farai Mpfunya, Director, Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust – Zimbabwe
  • Giuliana Setari Carusi, President, Cittadellarte­Fondazione Pistoletto – Italy
  • Erna von der Walde, Co-director, Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA) – Colombia
  • Alain Fouquet, Vice-mayor (Culture), City of Angers (Agenda21 for culture) – France

Nevenka Koprivsek, Director, Bunker – Slovenia (Member of Imagine2020)

Each session will consist of 6 to 8 ten minute presentations followed by a discussion feedback which will inform the Pledge.

How to nurture collaborative management models? What are the conditions of success for collaborations? To what extent can these models integrate elements of environmental sustainability?


  • Steven Hearn, Director, Creatis – France
  • Hafsa Shorish, Programme Manager, PlanX – Pakistan
  • Lore Gablier, Programme officer, European Cultural Foundation & Tamara Janashia, Founder/Director, Culture and Management Lab – Georgia
  • Happy Smala, France-Morocco (tbc)
  • Clément Le Bras, Co-funder, Lilo-France
  • Stelios Voulgaris, Facilitator, synAthina, city of Athens – Greece  (Robert Bosch Stiftung / Programme Actors for Urban Change)
  • Tanja Tvranic, Coordinator, Arts Collaboratory / HIVOS, Yu-lan Van Alphen, Programme manager, DOEN Foundation and Jonathan Colin, Co-director, Más Arte Más Acción (MAMA)

Birgitta Persson, Secretary General, Trans Europe Halles and Nan van Houte, Secretary General- IETM (partners of the EU funded project, Creative Lenses)

How to green practices, nurture cross-sectorial collaborations and develop strategic partnerships with other sectors (research centres, universities etc.)? How to embed sustainability into creative practice? How to evidence the financial and carbon impacts of sustainable creative practice?

Streaming / Open to the public


  • Sophie Delorme, France Télévisions for Ecoprod – France
  • Judith Knight, Director, Artsadmin (Imagine 2020) – United Kingdom
  • Véronique Fermé, Project-manager, Sustainable Development, International Lyric Art Festival, Aix en Provence – France
  • Monica Gutiérrez Herrero and Juan López-Aranguren Blazquez, Co-funders Basurama – Spain
  • Charlotte Streck, Climate Focus – The Netherlands (for the project ‘Sinfonia Tropico’- Colombia)
  • Hervé Fournier, Réseau Ecoévènement / Terra 21 – France
  • Lulzim Hoti, Executive Director, 7Arte – Kosovo

Alison Tickell, Director, Julie’s Bicycle – United Kingdom and Guy Gypens, Director, KAAI Teater- Belgium (Imagine 2020)

How to encourage sustainable bottom-up approaches and work closely with local communities. How to develop partnerships which support community engagement on environmental challenges and sustainable development.


  • Chen Feng, Founder, Natur Wuhan & Mu Wei, Funder, Advanced Architecture Lab(AaL) – China
  • Anton Polsky aka makemake and Igor Ponosov, Artists/activists, Partizaning – Russia
  • Marco Kusumawijaya, Director Rujak Centre for Urban Studies – Indonesia
  • Carolina Caycedo, Artist/activist (Descolonizando La Jagua, Rios Vivos Movement, and Asoquimbo) – Colombia
  • Matthew Biedermann, Artist, Artic Perspective Initiative / Changing Weathers
  • Flannery Patton, Director, Member Services & Communication, Alliance of Artists Communities, USA
  • Sithabile Mlotshwa, Executive Director Thamgidi Foundation and Producer / Artistic director IFAA & Head of IFAA Global

Marie Fol, Programme manager, DutchCulture / TransArtists – The Netherlands and Sophia Lapiashvili, Cultural manager- Georgia (GALA- Green Art Lab Alliance)

9:00 – 9:15 : Introduction

Reflect back from the 3rd December > Insights for the pledge by Loïc Fel (COAL), Alison Tickell (Julie’s Bicycle) and Diane Dodd (IFACCA)
Streaming / Not open to the public

9h15 – 10h45 : Plenary session 2: How to maximise partnerships to create effective change (second part)

This second session will continue the exploration of different multi-level cooperation models highlighting the need for public support.
Streaming / Not open to the public


  • Olivier Darné, La République Forestière – France
  • Margaret Shiu, Founder/Director, Bamboo Curtain Studio – Taiwan
  • Martha Bißmann, Senior project manager, WIP Renewable Energies – Germany / EE MUSIC Region Styria – Austria
  • Leônidas José de Oliveira, Vice President of the Belo Horizonte’s Municipal Foundation of Culture (Agenda 21 for culture) – Brazil
  • Nathalie Berbett, Director, PETR (Pôle d’Equilibre Territorial et Rural), Sundgau – France

Valeria Marcolin, Co-director, Association Culture & Development – France

10:45 – 12:00 : Plenary session 3: “Green” tools: Translation & Adaptation

This interactive session will explore online tools and documents and share initiatives by organisations such as the Arts Council of England (Ian Rimington, Relationship Manager, Theatre & Environmental Sustainability), Green Film / DutchFilm Fonds (Els Rientjes, manager), Creative Carbon Scotland (Ben Twist, Director), IETM (Hannah van den Bergh, researcher and Nan van Houte, Secretary General), COAL (Anaïs Roesch, Project-manager) etc.
Moderation by Sholeh Johnston, Head of Creative Programmes, Julie’s Bicycle
Streaming / Not open to the public

12:00- 14:15 : Working lunch co-hosted by IFACCA – over the draft pledge – presented by COAL, Julie’s Bicycle and IFACCA
Session not open to the public

14.30-17.00: Plenary session 4 : Transforming the culture industry

14.30-15.45: First part

In the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and COP21 policy frameworks – at local, regional, national and international levels – which bring together the sustainability and creativity agendas by scaling up existing initiatives and understanding, what more is needed.

Short address
H.E. Prince Nikola II Petrović, Foundation Petrović Njegoš, Montenegro (Green Culture Network)


  • Patrick Degeorges, Philosopher/Manager for emerging and strategic ideas, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy – France
  • Jordi Pascual, Coordinator, UCLG (Agenda21 for Culture / Campaign for the inclusion of culture in the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals)
  • John Crowley, Chief of section, Research, policies and prospective, UNESCO
  • Paul Owens/ Justine Simons, Chair, World Cities Culture Forum

Cees De Graaff, Director, DutchCulture, Centre for International Cooperation – The Netherlands

15.45-17.00: Second Part
Participants are invited to evaluate the workshop and give suggestions for the common pledge.


  • Sacha Kagan, Coordinator, Cultura21 International, Research Associate, Leuphana University Lueneburg, Chair, ESA Research Network Sociology of the Arts
  • Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle
  • Diane Dodd, IFACCA
  • Lauranne Germond, COAL

18.00-19.00: Book presentation

The researchers Maja and Reuben Fowkes and co-Directors of Translocal Institute – Hungary present River Ecologies: Contemporary Art and Environmental Humanities on the Danube, an in-depth research around art and ecology around the river Danube, a project funded via the EU Culture Programme, GALA- Green Art Lab Alliance