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Norfolk Arts Forum Summer Summit and AGM 2010 ‘The Arts, Climate Change and Sustainability’ (Wednesday 14 July 2010) The conference celebrated the energy and dynamism of the county’s arts community, and highlighted some of its successful initiatives. Keynote Speakers Alison Tickell, Director, Julie’s Bicycle www.juliesbicycle.com Julie’s Bicycle is a not-for-profit company established in 2007 to help the creative industries cut their greenhouse gas emissions and create a low carbon future. Originally set up to unite and support the UK music industry in tackling climate change, it now plays a leading role working with governments, policy makers and across the creative industries and performing arts sector to promote climate responsibility. Before setting up Julie’s Bicycle, Alison Tickell led the music consultation for the National Skills Academy and was the Music Director at Creative and Cultural Skills. Peter Gingold, Co-Director, Tipping Point www.tippingpoint.org.uk Tipping Point is network-based activist organisation which encourages collaboration, action and debate across the arts and climate science worlds through an annual events programme including conferences, commissions and public debates. Its activities give artists and scientists the opportunity to explore the cultural challenges precipitated by climate change and the role of artists in this complex debate. Peter Gingold has been the prime mover behind Tipping Point since its inception. He became Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001, and led the artistic side of Liverpool’s successful bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008. Presentations The Norfolk stage of the 2010 Tour of Britain - the biggest live sporting event ever to be staged in the county, and offers a major opportunity to promote Norfolk nationally and internationally as a vibrant cultural destination. Norfolk Artists for Climate Change Initiative, led by Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services to equip local artists to deliver environmentally friendly projects in schools, which has recently been awarded a London 2012 Inspire Mark. Workshops Sustainability and the Cultural Sector - Juhi Shareef, Sustainability Consultant In this session, participants worked with sustainability consultant, Juhi Shareef to look at what artists and arts organisations can practically do to become more environmentally sustainable in their practices and operations. Juhi gave an overview of sustainability issues and good practice for the sector as well as highlighting some of the resources and guidance that are available, including the Arts Council England Arts Energy Toolkit. She discussed initiatives such as Culture Futures, an international collaboration of organizations and individuals concerned with culture and sustainability issues. www.culturefutures.com. Sustainable event planning for the Cultural Olympiad - Claire Gulliver, Norfolk Development Officer for the 2012 Games, and Liz Hughes, Creative Programmer for the East of England London 2012 is the first Summer Host City to embed sustainability into the planning for the Olympic and Paralympic Games from the outset. This commitment to sustainability applies throughout the Cultural Olympiad and is working to ensure that all events and related activities associated with London 2012 are positive examples of sustainability in practice. Claire and Liz gave an overview of London 2012’s own sustainability guidelines, the sustainability Inspire Mark and the top ten sustainability tips for your own events, using Norfolk’s Synergy programme as an example of good practice. Participants had the opportunity to discuss and come up with ideas as to how their own event practices can become more sustainable for the future.
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