ROCK Green Streams Episode 2
30 April 2020, 11.00-13.00 CET
City cultural events are uniquely placed to bring people together from all groups in society. They span a diversity of activities and disciplines and provide cities with an opportunity to showcase and celebrate their cultural heritage and present-day achievements. Despite the potential social, cultural and economic benefits of city cultural events, they inevitably come with an environmental cost, which needs to be considered fully at all stages of event design and management in order to minimise it as much as possible.
To kick start the discussion, this episode welcomes Dirk Holemans, Belgian publicist, coordinator of the social-ecological think tank Oikos, Co-President of Green European Foundation and former politician. Dirk explores why cities are drivers of positive changes in Europe and how the cultural sector is key but so far underestimated in the climate policy.
The training module runs through the key environmental impact areas of cultural events, and where to start in managing and reducing them. Best practices can already be found in some cities, and we are joined by Bologna and Leeuwarden (TBC) who take us through some of the initiatives they have been putting in place lately.