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Open Call: 100 Colours of Culture -Tampere, Finland

100 Colours of Culture

Tampere, Finland

2017 August 17 – 20

Accessible Arts and Culture International is growing, international arts and culture movement that presents diversity in a new light. It is an international network build since 2009 and covers all continents. ACCAC Festival & Congress promotes the use of art and cultural participation to enhance wellbeing and focuses on improving the inclusion of people with disabilities in arts and culture.The second

The second full size ACCAC Festival & Congress next year in Tampere Finland is part of the official program for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017 and official program in Tampere City.

ACCAC Festival & Congress includes professional congress, art fair and official program. The congress highlights and issues are selected from the local environment; what are the main targets to develop in society. The art fair as a carnival brings together various culture programs and associations and offers a platform to easy access ongoing small performances. It is a forum for the childrens activities as well as seniors and programs with people with disabilities. The official program highlights professional artist groups internationally, integrated groups from theatre, music, visual arts, dance and circus.

100 Colours of Culture

ACCAC Festival & Congress is looking for unique and innovative artists and speakers, remarkable practices and experiences to develop the diversity in society and best practices on how the quality of services can improve social inclusion.


Open call is now available

The application form is found in ACCAC website. The deadline for applications is until December 15th. The selected performers and speakers will be announced soon after the deadline.

Apply on Website Now!

Sustaining Great Art: Arts Council England Environmental Report 2015/16

Arts and culture sector acting on climate change

Arts and culture engagement with environmental sustainability is the highest it has ever been, according to a report released today by Julie’s Bicycle, a leading charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability.

Julie’s Bicycle has been working in partnership with Arts Council England since 2012 to inspire environmental action across the arts and culture sector, with a focus on National Portfolio Organisations. This report demonstrates the success of the programme in supporting the sector to act on national and international climate targets.

Key report findings include:

The sector continues to reduce its environmental impacts; notably greenhouse gas emissions from energy use decreased by 17% between 2014/15 and 2015/16 despite a growth in cultural activity.

Environmental action is making the sector more resilient, avoiding £5.1 million in energy costs during 2015/16 (compared to taking no action), and improving staff wellbeing in 71% of reporting organisations.

The sector is taking action in multiple ways, engaging audiences and other stakeholders in the process. 37% of organisations have produced, programmed or curated work on environmental themes, with a further 28% planning to do so or exploring possibilities.

People are increasingly working together to address environmental issues, with 45% of reporting organisations having found their environmental action plans useful for developing new partnerships.

The sector’s work is having an international impact, with more knowledge-sharing taking place between cultural organisations internationally, and other funding bodies considering policy interventions inspired by Arts Council England.

“As the first national council in the world to introduce environmental reporting for its regularly funded organisations, the Arts Council has been a major driver for unlocking the sector’s contribution to environmental responsibility. This report demonstrates the response taking place, and the sector’s potential to engage the public, design solutions and initiate a shift in cultural values to support a more sustainable future.” — Alison Tickell, CEO, Julie’s Bicycle

“We see sustainability as being intrinsic to resilience. It’s not only environmentally responsible but it makes economic sense. Our collaboration with Julie’s Bicycle is introducing us all to new ways of working. Our funding supports not only the mechanics of compliance – the environmental reporting tools, help and support but also thought-leadership. We all believe that art and culture can make the world a better place; this programme shows how our actions can make a real difference.” — Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

“This important partnership is a beacon of international best practice and shows how our arts organisations are leading the way in building a more environmentally responsible industry. The report demonstrates that a sustainable sector can also have a positive financial impact and improve staff wellbeing.” — Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Read the full report here.

Call for Artists / Joya: arte + ecología International Residency, Spain

Joya: AiR 2017 / January-March

Joya: arte + ecología’s Artist in Residence program has hosted over 500 international artists since it opened in 2009. Joya: AiR provides a creative environment free from distraction in one of Spain’s most beautiful and remote regions. Joya: AiR is an interdisciplinary residency at Los Gázquez, five old restored farmhouses, now an ecologically minded ‘off-grid’ location in the heart of the Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez, in the sun-filled region of Andalucía, Spain.

Selected artists are given studio space and are encouraged to expand into the surrounding environment of over 20 hectares of land.

For the first quarter of 2017 we seek dedicated contemporary artists looking for a distinct change of pace, and a platform to create work away from the pressures of everyday life. We encourage both emerging and established artists to apply; our selections are based upon the integrity of work presented. The deadline for AiR applications is Friday, December 9th for residencies in the period January-March 2017.

Click Here to Apply:

Disciplines and media:

Visual Art / Sculpture / Ceramics (enquire before applying) / Dance / Theatre / Performing Arts / Music / New Media / Curatorial / Film Making

Type of organisation:

Independent international not-profit artist and writers’ residency


Joya: AiR is currently accepting applications in Spanish and English

Residency duration:

Between 1-4 weeks (negotiable)

Application deadline:

Friday, 9th December 2016

Residency period:

1st January – 31st March 2017

Fees & Conditions:

The Joya: AiR residency has a subsidised fee of €300 per week + tax (10%). This covers the cost of accommodation, wood for heating, water and all meals. It also includes collection from our nearest transport hub, Vélez Rubio. There is no application fee for the residency.

Friends and family:

Accompanying friends and family are welcome subject to the contribution of the same outgoing fees as the resident artist (above).

Superhero Clubhouse Solstice Celebration 2016

Speyer Hall, University Settlement
New York , NY

Dec 18, 2016 – 4:00 PM

A light party for dark days.

Radiant tunes and projections by…DJ/VJs The Hogstad Brothers
Heartwarming food from…Pil Pil Spanish Tapas, Lombardi’s Pizza, Brooklyn Whiskers, and more.
Beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery
Natural wine from Jenny and Francois Selections

An original, climate-inspired performance by our 2016 Science and Stage Fellows, a select ensemble of environmental experts and theater artists.

Your ticket guarantees you a seat at the performance, unlimited food, and a complimentary sunset cocktail.

Eat, be merry, and play our new Surprise Spheres prize game– you could win goodies ranging from from free rehearsal space at IATI to artisan crafts to top-shelf tequila.

As night falls, we’ll lift our glasses for a sunset toast to a better world.



If you are unable to attend, consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support our work in 2017!

Learn more about us:
Donate here:

Apply now for Creative Climate Leadership Training

Julie’s Bicycle is launching Creative Climate Leadership, a new leadership development programme.

Creative Climate Leadership is a pan-European programme for artists, creative professionals and policymakers to explore the cultural dimensions of climate change, and take action with impact, creativity and resilience.

Through a series of events, policy labs, flagship training courses and an alumni network, the programme will put culture at the heart of the international response to climate change.

Find out more

The first Creative Climate Leadership Training Course will take place 27 – 31 March 2017 in Wales, UK.

This five-day intensive course is for artists and creative professionals who want to take a lead on tackling climate change.

The week will:

  • Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges;
  • Bring together a range of expert guest speakers to share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for achieving environmental sustainability in the cultural sector;
  • Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas;
  • Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home, and support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

The course is facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle (UK) and PiNA (Slovenia), two pioneering organisations in the fields of culture, climate change and sustainable development in Europe. It will take place at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales, an education centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability.

Applications will be considered from all creative disciplines and art forms. We will also consider applicants from organisations that work directly with the cultural sector, such as networks, associations, funding bodies and policymakers.

The course will be conducted in English, and costs are £1,000 for UK applicants and €1,200 for international applicants. A limited number of bursaries are available for freelance applicants.


For more information and application guidelines visit:

The deadline for applications is 10am (GMT) Monday 16th January 2017.

Join our Twitter Q&A

Want to learn more and talk to the course facilitators?

Join CCL programme partners for a Twitter Q&A Live from 11.00 – 13.00 (GMT) on Thurs 1st December via @JuliesBicycle #ccleaders

Spread the word

Share this programme with your networks to help us grow the creative climate movement!


Embracing the Vulnerability of Others

This post comes from the Artists and Climate Change Blog

Feature: Storyboard from the animated film pilot for “Next to Now,” by Annette Mohr.

Marte Røyeng is a singer/songwriter based in Oslo, Norway. I met her on a trip to Norway a few years ago where, at the time, she had just finished creating a musical with at-risk youth that dealt with aspects climate change. I have been following her work from a distance since then, always delighted to listen to her haunting and richly textured songs. A gifted musician who plays mandolin, piano, guitar and banjo, Marte has performed in concert venues, cafés and smaller festivals in Oslo and as far north as Lofoten. Here, she tells us what drives her, why urgency must be accompanied with compassion, and why embracing the vulnerability of others is a source of hope.

Marte Røyeng© John Nordahl

What inspires you?

I often find inspiration in descriptions of a life that is different and more extreme than mine. When I feel like a stranger to what I am listening to, reading, or seeing, I feel the need to respond, and that response is usually a piece of music, or a song. For a while now I have been really drawn to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction and films. I think what inspires me in these stories is that they often contain some kind of search for compassion. Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is the strongest example I know of that kind of story. It is beautiful and horrible, and has become a point of reference for me. I want to bring some of that sense of human strength and vulnerability into what I do.

What can music do for climate change that other art forms cannot?

Music has a lot in common with other art forms, of course, but one defining feature is that it happens in time. It gives you something to react to, and then moves on. So what lingers, what resonates, what you find interesting or important is deeply personal. Music has many layers and it interacts with a complex mix of “materials” inside your mind: emotions, knowledge, memory, self-image, and culture. You pick up the song’s message, but you bring a lot of yourself, a lot of your own “material” to it. Music can be abstract and very open. In terms of climate change, it gives the opportunity to have a personal experience. I’ve written a song called “While You Can” which could bring to mind images of islands slowly being washed away by rising oceans. Or it could just as well be heard as a description of a relationship withering away – or even carry both meanings at the same time.

I really appreciate how music offers a mild and non-judgmental space for people to explore their own emotions. I like it when I listen to music and think “this is so important, I need to remember this.” And it is in part the music itself and in part my own personal “material” that brings out this sense of importance. The music and art project “Next to Now” is all about that. The words I sing can be direct and desperate, but the music softens them, or adds a question mark to them. When I make music and write lyrics about climate change, I try to balance the sense of urgency with the understanding that it is difficult and takes time. I don’t want to point fingers too much. My hope is that the songs become more open to many different listeners that way.

I know you often work with kids… Does your work with them influence your music?

The last time I worked with kids was on a theatre project called Black Sea / White Foam: The Little Mermaid, a collaboration between Scenelusa, America-based Experimental Theater Lab and Myers-Bowman Productions. Five teenage girls created and performed several versions of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid using experimental theatre techniques. Incorporating their thoughts on climate change into the performance was part of the project. In addition to making music for the pieces based on recordings of the girls’ own voices, my role was to give a few talks during rehearsals about different aspects of climate change. In these talks, I tried to stay close to the teenagers’ lives. I avoided exploring the issues from a too specific or political point of view, trying instead to give the girls a chance to check in on their own feelings and thoughts about climate change. We talked about things like responsibility, perception of time, and the relationship between us and nature. Listening to the discussions that followed the talks, and watching the performance itself (which was very emotional), I was struck by the blunt seriousness with which the teenagers treated the issue. It was sobering. I even felt a bit guilty as if I’m not serious enough about climate change myself. It still feels far away and unreal. But to them, it’s all very true. My impression is that young people look at their future with more stark realism than many adults do. Even though I’m less than ten years their senior, I haven’t grown up in the same way they have, listening to news that are becoming more and more dire.

What is the single most important thing artists can do to address climate change?

Artists are in a position to create works that act as reminders of something we perhaps already know: Every human being is part of a network that can make big things happen. Artists are really good at making hidden or forgotten connections visible, and at helping us overcome our feeling of being anonymous or insignificant by presenting alternative ways to view ourselves in the middle of our ongoing stories. They challenge our sense of responsibility. They hear and respond to our sense of being useless, of disappearing in the crowd, of being drowned out by stronger voices.

Speaking of making connections, I really support the idea that there is a lot of potential in collaborating with researchers and others working outside the art world. I am inspired by people like Heike Vester, who I met this summer in Lofoten, in Northern Norway. Heike is a biologist and the founder of a fantastic project called Ocean Sounds. She studies the vocal communication of whales and dolphins, using that knowledge to protect the marine ecosystem from harmful human impacts. Ocean Sounds lists Art Projects as one of their project aims, with the explanation that art can help bridge the gap between “dry” science and its audience and create deeper understanding. I admire Heike’s approach. Maybe artists need to be more actively on the lookout for collaboration opportunities?

What gives you hope?

Climate change is about equality and fairness and everyone having the right to a good life on a healthy planet. The fact that we can consciously choose between connection to, and rejection of, others gives me hope. It means that we can choose to care about people beyond those in our closest networks. It is so good to see growing movements of people who believe in the importance of looking after each other, not just one’s own interests. I am hopeful that more and more people will choose to embrace the vulnerability of others as well as their own.


Artists and Climate Change is a blog that tracks artistic responses from all disciplines to the problem of climate change. It is both a study about what is being done, and a resource for anyone interested in the subject. Art has the power to reframe the conversation about our environmental crisis so it is inclusive, constructive, and conducive to action. Art can, and should, shape our values and behavior so we are better equipped to face the formidable challenge in front of us.

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Opportunity: Workshops on the ‘Environment Connecting Theme’ for your RFO Application

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Workshop dates will soon be announced for exploring Creative Scotland’s ‘Environment Connecting Theme’ in their upcoming RFO Applications.

Every applicant for Regular Funding will be required to show how they will address the Environment Connecting Theme. The best applications will apply innovative and creative approaches to environmental sustainability. With the Scottish Government poised to bring in a more ambitious Climate Change Act in early 2017, this is a great opportunity to strengthen your application, imaginatively develop your environmental sustainability work and show how the arts, screen and creative industries are helping to deliver Scotland’s world-leading climate change commitments.

Early in the new year, we will be holding workshops on the Environment Connecting Theme and encourage all RFO applicants to come along and learn more.

What is the Environment Connecting Theme?

Creative Scotland believes that RFOs are expected to embed each of the four connecting themes across their organisation and work. They have provided the following guidance:

Across the network of organisations that we will fund, the key outcomes in relation to Environment are:

  • Reduce the direct environmental impacts of our work
  • Influence others on issues relating to the environment

What is the criterion for Environment?

How well is Environment embedded across all aspects of your organisation and its work?

How will we assess this?

We will particularly look for:

  • Any systems in place to measure your carbon emissions, any policies or plans for environmental sustainability including reducing your emissions.
  • A Board or staff member who has responsibility for or actively champions environmental issues within the organisation and that there is a clear structure to address any issues.
  • Any opportunities where you are taking the opportunity to influence others with whom you engage

How Creative Carbon Scotland can help

The current group of Regular Funded Organisations (RFOs) were required to measure and report their carbon emissions from April 2015, and did so for the first time this September.  We’ll continue to provide support in this area and new applicants or current RFOs wanting further help should contact Fiona MacLennan, our Carbon Reduction Project Manager to discuss their needs.

Early in the new year, we are hoping to run free workshops in Edinburgh and Glasgow to help applicants consider how they can strengthen their applications in these areas:

  • Communicating their own work on environmental sustainability to audiences, suppliers, staff, freelancers and artists
  • Programming work that touches upon or explores environmental sustainability and climate change, both within and outwith the organisations’ usual programme
  • Engaging staff with climate change and environmental sustainability more widely

We’ll discuss the areas you might think about and provide examples of interesting work from around the world. The workshops will last about 2 hours and refreshments will be provided.

Please check back next month for updates on workshop dates and locations.

We will offer further workshops in different areas around the country if there is demand – please get in touch with Ben on if you’d like us to arrange a session near you. And in January we will be running our first webinar to enable people who find it difficult to attend a meeting to participate. Again, please contact Ben if you want further information.

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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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51 Shades of Green Report Published!

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Our second annual conference for Green Arts organisations look place on Thursday 27th October 2016. Read our report on the day to find out about all the topics, ideas and knowledge discussed!

Read the 51 Shades of Green: Action in the Arts conference report.

The Green Arts Initiative 3

During the day, we heard from 17 different speakers across two spaces, with 9 sustainable suppliers and support organisations hosting stalls throughout the event. Talks concentrated on everything from energy reduction to transport policy; staff engagement to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: all of which you can read about in the report, which aims to give detail to the day!

Now focusing on the aims, ambitions and currently actions of the 170-strong Green Arts Initiative membership, we’re already thinking about next year! If you wish to participate in our annual conference, as a speaker, stallholder, or participant, or have ideas about content, location or structure, please get in touch by emailing:

Our annual conference is an event for (and by!) the Green Arts Initiative community: an interactive, free-to-join, community of practice for all Scottish arts organisations aiming to reduce their environmental impact. We are supported by PR Print and Design and an Arts & Business Scotland New Arts Sponsorship grant. 

To find out more about the GAI, or to become a member, go to our Green Arts Initiative project page.

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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.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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