25 - 27 November

Designing the New Decade

What can we expect from the new decade? How can we as theatre makers, European citizens and as a network shape a meaningful future and environment for our audiences? We are all aware of the existential threat that climate change, environmental deterioration and biodiversity loss pose to our future. Nevertheless, almost all sectors, including the arts and our institutions, are lagging behind on effectively implementing solutions for sustainable creation and working processes.

Sustainability is the main focus of the upcoming ETC International Theatre Conference – both with regards to environmental protection and the ETC’s strategic development. What does Green Theatre mean? What can theatres do to effectively meet the 17 sustainable development goals? 

On Wednesday we will discuss a pragmatic, realistic approach to sustainability in our buildings and artistic productions. Thursday and Friday are dedicated to designing the future of the ETC through networking and joint project development.


Main image: Joanna Osyda in Urban Weeds dir. by N. Sołtanowicz, JK Opole Theatre/Poland © HaWa

Press Release

02 December 2020

Theatres and environmental organisations should team up and fight for funding to make cultural buildings efficient and sustainable, one environmental leader has said.

Jörg-Andreas Krüger, President of NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) in Germany, which has more than 700,000 individual members, told an assembled group of leading European theatre makers that it was time to join forces and lobby politicians to make post-pandemic recovery funding available for greening the theatre sector.

“The insulation of buildings and new heating systems are the really transformational things,” Krüger said, “but we are completely aware that we all need a lot of money for that.

“The good news is that there is a lot of money for investment in climate change mitigation measures in the European Green Deal and in many of the national recovery plans as well. I think it’s something where we can go together as theatres and NGOs and lobby for direct support.”

The environmental leader was speaking at a special session on ‘Green Theatre’ as part of a major international conference organised by the European Theatre Convention (ETC), the largest network of public theatres in Europe.

Read the full press release

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