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A Conversation in Europe: Arts and the Environment

Arts and the Environment Workshop
Friday, April 03, 2009 from 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM at the Barbican

WaterAid/ Marco Betti

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Workshop Package: 2 Workshops, 2 Films + Reception  £20

LIDF presents a day of films and a ‘Green Afternoon’ dedicated to showcasing how the arts are tackling climate change. With the emphasis on the practical, representatives from the theatre, music and film industries discuss and demonstrate their commitment to best ‘green’ working practices.

The afternoon is co-hosted by Arcola Energy the driving force behind sustainability in the arts. Itself a spinout from the Arcola Theatre that aims be the world’s first carbon neutral theatre. Arcola aims to demonstrate to the creative industries just what can be achieved and why it is so important for the arts to pursue a green agenda. Arcola’s work in this area will be showcased at the Green Afternoon.

The session will cover London’s Green Theatre Plan and other related sustainable projects from across the creative industries spectrum.

Schedule for the afternoon:

Introduction:  Anna Beech (Arcola Energy) and Patrick Hazard (LIDF)

13.00 –14.00 Workshop 1 Environmentally conscious Theatre
Anna Beech, Sustainability Projects Manager, Arcola Theatre
Paul Handley,  Head of Production, Royal Court Theatre

14.00 – 15.30 Workshop 2 Music, Film and the Arts
Soutra Gilmour, Freelance Set Designer
Andrew Haworth, Environmental Manager, Live Nation
Alison Tickell , Julie’s Bicycle
Patrick Hazard, LIDF

15.30 – 16.10 Informal meet and greet, tea and coffee break
Ecover presentation of WaterAid project

16.15 Screening Cinema 3

Ecover – Working with Water | 15min
Around the world 884 million people do not have access to safe water and 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, both of which are basic human rights. This film explores Ecover’s partnership with WaterAid and the impact it has had on the Ethiopian communities supported by the project.


Apocalypse on Wheels / Apocalipsa după oferi | Ada Solomon | 2008 | Romania | 52min
The streets of Bucharest are busy with fast cars and no driver seems to follow any rules. The result is complete chaos. The streets and the traffic in them are a metaphor for contemporary Romanian society.

17.30 – 19.30
Private Reception and speeches by Dermot Scott (Head of the UK Office of the European Parliament),  and Patrick Hazard (Director of LIDF)

Supported by the UK Office of the European Parliament

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