What role can culture play in countering climate change? A growing number of artists are using their work to tackle this issue, challenging concert, theatre and museum-goers to act. In this episode, we take a closer look at how culture and the performing arts can inspire creative solutions and get audiences involved in climate action movements. And we ask why the arts sector – especially in the Nordic countries – sees itself playing a key part in the push for a more environmentally sustainable world.
This podcast comes from the live Nordic Talk “Sustainability in the Arts”, chaired by Cut the Cord theatre in London, United Kingdom, as part of International Leadership Week.
”Cultural venues are being pushed to be greener…
it’s a movement now”.
Gunn Hernes, director of the Nordic House on the Faroe Islands
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Gunn Hernes (Norway)
Gunn Hernes is the director of the Nordic House on the Faroe Islands, a cultural venue that showcases Nordic art and raises awareness of Faroese art and culture in the Nordic region. She has extensive experience as a producer and project leader in music and the performing arts. Before moving to the Faroe Islands, she lived and worked in both Iceland and Norway.
Christian Gade Bjerrum (Denmark)
Actor, entrepreneur and activist Christian Gade Bjerrum is the co-founder of Sustainable Performing Arts Now (Bæredygtig Scenekunst NU), an organization that aims to turn Denmark's performing arts scene into the world's leading sustainable arts sector by monitoring and guiding the sustainable transition in the industry.
Kay Michael (UK)
Kay Michael is a theatre director, activist and co-founder of Culture Declares Emergency, a movement of over 1,000 artists and cultural organizations declaring a climate and ecological emergency and calling for action. She is currently leading the Letters to the Earth campaign, which invites people to take time to contemplate the climate emergency and write letters to or from the Earth. Letters have been written and read by individuals and communities worldwide, including well-known figures such as Yoko Ono and UK Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.