The Creativity 4 Sustainability Forum’s (Ljubljana, 28 September 2022) first panel addressed policymakers by talking to cultural managers about their projects in which funders took a different approach: Matthieu Gillieron’s sustainability tools and online guide for ECoC 2022 Esch (LU), funded by Luxembourg’s Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development; Vânia Rodrigues’s data-gathering academic research project “Green Production – Performing Arts in Transition”, funded by the University of Coimbra (PT); and Zala Velkavrh’s work in Slovenia with Prostorož’s grassroots interdisciplinary projects addressing environmental and social challenges, funded by numerous local funders.
Moderator Yohann Floch (On the Move) began by quoting the bold and “almost visionary” European Parliament Resolution of 15 September 2020, which “Calls on the Commission and on national agencies and desks to establish criteria to enable the environmental aspects of projects to be factored into project evaluation, thus promoting greener practices”. In its 2023 Work Programme, the European Commission responded with a strong commitment to more inclusive and diverse cultural and creative sector and “the greening of Creative Europe, notably in view of contributing to the achievement of an overall target of 30% of the Union budget expenditures supporting climate objectives”. This strong will at the EU level also influences actions at national, regional and local levels. He also pointed out the issue of adapting, especially the tensions of adapting, the tensions between the reality and capacity in different parts of Europe, and the tensions between the precarity of the cultural field and the necessity for artists to embark on a journey of adapting to climate change but to also have the space to breathe and work.