This year, the conference takes on the theme of “Access” including access to funding, access to new audiences and access to sustainability. The conference balances social gatherings with debate and discussion events, offering numerous opportunities for professional networking and exchange of ideas. Participants receive discounted tickets to the Canterbury Festival, an international arts and culture festival with a diverse programme of events.
In August 2014, Creative Carbon Scotland hosted a discussion event as part of the Edinburgh summer festivals (highlights can be read here); “Can Festivals Change the World?” featured Di Robson and brought together a group of festival organisers, arts administrators, cultural delegates and creatives to discuss the following questions-
- What is art’s role in a changing climate?
- How can artists be part of changing the world for the better?
- What can festivals do for sustainability?
We hope that this discussion will be continued at the 2014 Bafa Conference for Festivals. For more information, please visit the conference website.
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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.
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