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An Update from The Green Arts Collective

The Green Arts Collective is a networking group of Northern Irish arts and culture organisations and freelance artists. Set up last year, the group now has over 40 members, representing 25 organisations and venues, and meets regularly to share best practice and develop new joint initiatives, including how we can improve our own sustainability practices, how we can support the newly launched Belfast Climate Commission, and how we can play a creative role in inspiring us into action.

We are in the midst of a climate emergency. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the emergency does not abate. According to the IPCC, we have less than a decade left to set a course towards a zero-carbon world, after which we will set in motion catastrophic events that will be out of our control. Julie’s Bicycle and others have been advocating for a long time for the crucial role the arts have to play in inspiring, challenging and provoking us into action. We believe that culture can do so much at this extraordinary point in our collective history, and that the response that is required to get the general public immobilised to change must be creative and innovative.

That is what motivated us to come together as a collective of artists, producers, administrators, designers to see how the Arts sector in Northern Ireland – and a creative response in general – can help engage with our audiences and communities in an impactful and meaningful way.

If you would like to join the Green Arts Collective please email clairemurray@lyrictheatre.co.uk to join our network and get involved!