This session was part of the XTRAX/SIRF 2021 Outdoor Arts Showcase, which took place online 28-29 July 2021.
The climate emergency and the pandemic have highlighted a need to accelerate change in the Outdoor Arts sector and to understand our carbon footprint and develop environmentally sustainable practices. While a lot of thought has gone into examining and questioning existing models, it is crucial to understand the financial implications that come with these key commitments. Who pays for what when it comes to making touring more sustainable? Where do the financial responsibilities sit when looking at becoming greener? What choices do we have? And what are the implications?
This panel discussion brought together presenters and artists to discuss these questions and share examples, practices and potential ways forward. Speakers:
- Chair: Feimatta Conteh, Environmental Sustainability Manager at Manchester International Festival (MIF) – Manchester, UK
- Reuben Kench, Director of the Environment, Culture, Leisure & Events – Stockton Borough Council, UK
- Markus Wörl, organiser and promoter of international festivals across Europe and expert on sustainability in culture – Munich, Germany
- P Burton-Morgan & William Reynolds, Co-Artistic Directors of Metta Theatre