Joined by an incredible panel of community, climate and cultural leaders and practitioners, this one day conference will offer practice-led examples from Cyprus and across Europe, asking:

  • How does culture impact the environment?
  • How do we measure our cultural impact?
  • How are we responding? through practice, engagement, circular economy, activism and digital sustainability

Date: Saturday 19 March 2022, 10am – 6pm EET
Location: Theatro Polis – OPAP, 10-12 Tempon Street Palia Ilektriki, Nicosia
Language: English, Greek translation of presentations

Clymene Christoforou and Argyro Toumazou,
Directors D6:EU
Welcome and introduction to the conference  
Niyazi Kizilyürek,  MEP and member of the European Parliament’s Culture Committee (CY)Keynote address one: Culture and Europe – the value of culture to society and the environment.
Aggeliki Kylili, Cyprus Department of Environment, Sustainable Development and the Green Deal and Cyprus (CY)Keynote address two: An introduction to the Green Deal: Progress towards developing sustainable communities in Cyprus.
Stella Hall,
Director, D6:EU and
Festival of Thrift (UK)
Setting out the agenda for the day: How culture impacts the environment, with an example from the Festival of Thrift, a major arts festival promoting the concept of sustainable living and a voice for sustainable issues globally and locally. https://www.festivalofthrift.co.uk/
Moderated discussion

Networking lunch
Christina Skarpari Xarkis Festival (CY)Presentation: Contemporary arts festival in mountain villages, supporting a circular economy and climate awareness. https://xarkis.org 
Paul Koronis
Gardens of the Future (CY) 
Presentation: Building communities through culture and a communal garden in the centre of old Nicosia. 
Penelope Iliaskou, Director Duncan Dance Research Centre and member of the European Dance Network (GR)Dance, permaculture and community garden spaces and an introduction to the Moving Ground project.
Moderated discussion with Stella Hall and Argyro Toumazou
Stella HallDirector, D6:EU and Festival of Thrift (UK)Introduction to measuring the environmental impact of activity in the cultural sector.
Christos Carras, Onassis Foundation (GR)Tools produced by buildings and venuesPresentation: An approach to sustainable practice https://www.onassis.org/people/christos-carras
Dan Barnard and Joe McAlistair, The Networked Condition (UK)Tools produced by artistsPresentation: An approach to measuring the environmental impact of digital arts practice. https://thenetworkedcondition.com 
Concluding remarks from hosts and dates for workshops to follow online in April 2022.
Reception at the Gardens of the Future until 8pm