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About the Course

This intensive course for up to 25 participants is designed to share the environmental best practice identified by and for the performing arts and to explore the role of culture in shaping a more environmentally sustainable society.

Taking a systemic view, the course will explore what actions can be taken to become more ecological in the way we govern cultural organisations, manage buildings, create and tour productions, collaborate with partners, and engage with audiences.

Experts from across Europe and the world will share their experience and best practice, and participants will come away with new skills and perspectives to manage their work effectively in the context of environmental sustainability and climate change.

Course leaders

The creation of this course was an initiative of mitos21 and has been designed in collaboration with Julie’s Bicycle and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The course will be facilitated by these three main partners, with invited guests speakers from across Europe and the world.

  • mitos21 is a European network of national and public theatres:
  • Julie’s Bicycle is the UK’s leading organisation on sustainability and the creative sector:
  • The Department of Mechanical Engineering ( and the Laboratory of Quantitative Analysis and Advanced Supply Chain Management ( at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will be hosting the seminar and will be delivering sessions as part of the course.

The course aims to:

  • Promote sustainable thinking in three ways: in policy making (advocacy), in the profession (new skills and expertise), and in education (training for young professionals);
  • Introduce participants to the main reasons for a central role for culture in the global quest for sustainable development;
  • Build a common level of environmental literacy, skills and expertise, for the managers and future leaders of cultural institutions;
  • Enable cultural professionals to take advantage of the trends that are shaping a green economy and the opportunities that they present;
  • Promote the discourse and methods by which environmental sustainability can be embedded in cultural policies;
  • Multiply the impact of these topics and develop the leadership potential of participants.

Course themes and workshops will include:

  • The science of climate change, as relevant to the performing arts;
  • How cultural policy is responding to this driver for change;
  • Practical guidance, tools and resources to “green” cultural management;
  • Case studies to demonstrate what’s possible;
  • Guest speakers on trends and ideas that can shape a “green” economy for the performing arts;
  • Communications and engagement methodologies;
  • Leadership development;
  • Peer learning, discussion and networking with a pan-European group; Action planning.

Course language: English

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