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Connect2Culture Dossier Launched at Arts Summit

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04 Oct 2011 Anupama Sekhar Culture Department Connect2Culture Culture

Melbourne (Australia)

Arts. Environment. Sustainability. How can Culture Make a Difference?

In 2008 ASEF initiated a four year programme called Connect2Culture that investigates the evolving role of arts and culture in society. As a result of the programme, in 2011 ASEF is launching the Connect2Culture dossier: Arts. Environment. Sustainability. How can Culture Make a Difference? at the ASEF-supported roundtable at the 5th World Summit on Arts and Culture in Melbourne, Australia.

The programme engaged many experts from different sectors in Asia and Europe to address issues related to art and environmental sustainability through artistic projects, workshops and policy meetings. The dossier summarises ASEF’s work in the area of arts and environment from 2008 to 2011 and reflects on the issues raised by the people involved.
There is a growing recognition of the contributions of culture and the arts to finding creative solutions for global challenges. Both civil society and governmental stakeholders are beginning to acknowledge the transversal nature of culture and consequently, its value to sustainable development, environment, education, health and social cohesion, among other fields.

The dossier includes:

  • "How can Culture Make a Difference?", with discussion papers from two Connect2Culture projects
  • A collection of visions for the future (from an ASEF-supported project in Copenhagen, 2009)
  • An overview of ASEF projects 
  • A directory of cultural professionals in the fields of culture and environment
  • A directory of ASEF partners

These can be downloaded as separate PDFs from the menu on the right.

Project Updates

  • The arts have an important role to play in helping communities deal with the issues arising from environmental change and globalisation. That is the opinion of three passionate advocates for the arts who took part in the Connect2Culture programme organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). The programme started in 2008 to help connect people working in the arts and culture sectors in Asia and Europe into the dialogue around global environmental topics. Profiles of the Connect2Culture alumni, discussion papers and more will be included in an upcoming ASEF publication to be released online in October 2011.

    Find out more about the Connect2Cultre alumni here.

  • Unleashing the creative power of science

    Published on 30 Nov -0001

    Genetic scientist Dr Theodore Anagnostopoulos is no stranger to using creative and artistic approaches to communicate messages of sustainable solutions in response to global environmental challenges. Besides creating and staging plays on scientific topics for young audiences, he also undertook journeys to record the use of renewable energy which he presented through exhibitions and festivals.

    As a result of his work in this field, Theodore was invited to participate in a capacity-building workshop in 2009 as part of the ASEF programme Connect2Culture, which links arts and culture to environmental issues. He will be back to take part in the ASEF-supported roundtable, A Climate for Change, part of the World Summit on Arts and Culture, which takes place in Melbourne, Australia, October 2011.

    Of his experience in 2009 he says, “[it was] truly inspiring! Not only did I learn so much new stuff regarding team building, communication and sustainability, but also a strong network of climate leaders was created and several collaborations were established.”

    Read more about Theodore’s work.


  • International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA)
Funded by the European Union
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