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Climate Crisis and the Arts: Full Program Announced

Climate Crisis and the Arts: Full Program Announced

Full Program Announced for Climate Crisis and the Arts

Adelaide Festival has announced the line-up for the 2022 Climate Crisis and the Arts forum, a free one-day event on Friday 11 March at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden. The inaugural event will feature conversations with some of Australia’s leading artistic voices and environmental activists who will explore creative opportunities to educate, inspire and mobilise communities for climate action.

The panels are intended to act as a catalyst and encourage artists, arts organizations, and others interested in climate action in their community. They will discuss how the arts can help drive urgently needed environmental changes.

To date, 44 local and international activists have confirmed their support for the program, including:

  • Damon Gameau – filmmaker (2040), author and environmental educator
  • Rona Glynn-McDonald – proud Kaytetye woman from Central Australia who is founder and CEO of Common Ground
  • Tiahni Adamson – First Nations youth environmental activist and state coordinator of Seed
  • Berish Bilander – composer, musician and CEO of Green Music Australia
  • Sharni Honor – creator of award-winning travelling backyard festival series The Porch Sessions and co-director of Summertown Studio
  • Jess Scully – author, arts curator and Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney
  • Alison Tickell – founder and CEO of Julie’s Bicycle (live streamed from the UK)

Adelaide Festival Artistic Directors Rachel Healy & Neil Armfield

Adelaide Festival was the first major Australian festival to be certified carbon neutral in 2020. We invite you to come along and see how arts patrons and workers can both be examples of environmental responsibility and how we all can help build a sustainable future.

Climate Crisis and the Arts Producer Beatrice Jeavons

The biggest global challenge of the 21st century is still the climate crisis. However, it’s also an opportunity to come together and build a better future. Climate change is everyone’s business and while it is hard not to become overwhelmed by the urgency, there are so many incredible ways to tackle this head on. I’m confident the arts and cultural sector will play a significant role in inspiring us, highlighting solutions and mobilising collective climate action.”

The forum is one of five Adelaide Festival events supported by the UK/Australia Season, a partnership between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Season is a major cultural event that strengthens and builds cultural connections between both countries. It centers on the theme, “Who Are We Now?” It encourages reflection on our history, exploration of our current relationships, as well as imagining a better tomorrow together. The Season is held in Australia from September 2021 – March 2022, and in Great Britain from September 2021 – December 2022.

Australia Country Director at British Council Helen Salmon

Collaboration is a key focus for the UK/Australia Season. It involves collaboration across disciplines and using new technologies to create capacity and innovation. Our programme is artist-led and climate was one the four key themes that emerged from our grant funding process. The cultural and arts sector will play a significant part in communicating the urgency of climate change. Our artists’ insights, ideas and dedication are essential to how we reimagine and create a better world. We’re thrilled to partner with the Australia Council on this event that demonstrates our shared commitment to action and sustainability and will inform future goals and developments.

Founder and CEO of Julie’s Bicycle Alison Tickell:

The climate crisis can be described as a cultural crisis. This is why it is important to think about how we respond to this enormous challenge. Australia’s creative community is already generating the collective purpose, commitment, and integrity we so urgently require. Julie’s Bicycle is honoured to be a part of this inspiring moment.

Jade Lillie is the Head of Industry Development for Australia Council

The Australia Council is pleased to partner with British Council to support this initiative via the important UK/Australia Season partnership. It is important that we have discussions about the role of the arts in addressing climate change and addressing the future challenges of environmental sustainability.

Dr Ian Overton, Chief Executive of Green Industries SA

Green Industries SA is proud partner with Adelaide Festival for the second year. This is due to their strong commitment to a circular economy and to reducing their carbon footprint. It’s a partnership we value for the wide audience the festival attracts. We are able to connect the Adelaide Festival partnership to this audience to the idea of a circular economy as one of the most efficient and effective ways to address climate change. It is based on the philosophy of reducing, reuse, recovering, and recycling all our resources.

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Presenting Partner Green Industries SA

In collaboration with Julie’s Bicycle as part of the UK/Australia Season

Supported ByThe GREAT Campaign, British Council and Australia Council for the Arts

With special thanks to James Darling AM & Lesley Forwood, Novo Wealth, Nunn Dimos Foundation and City of Adelaide

Season Details

Venue: Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden| Adelaide
Date: 11 March 2022

Click here for more information HERE

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