Staging Sustainability: People, Planet, Profit, Performance

International Sustainability Conference

February 3-4, 2014
Toronto (various locations)
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Great ideas about arts survival converge on Toronto for Staging Sustainability 2014.

The first international conference and trade show, Staging Sustainability 2014 promotes a conversation about how the future of arts and the future of the planet are inextricably entwined. Industry and community speakers bring ideas to redefine how Canadian artists, arts organizations, and arts presenters face their uncertain future.

Brought together by ArtsBuild Ontario and York University’s Centre for Sustainable Staging, the conference gets down to the hard work of bringing sustainability to the Canadian arts.

Speakers include:

  • Simon Brault, CEO, National Theatre School of Canada; a Canadian cultural crusader and author of No Culture, No Future;
  • Tim Cynova, deputy director of Fractured Atlas; New York City’s non-profit Fractured Atlas offers a template for building sustainable arts infrastructure;
  • Katie Oman, a specialist in strategic facilities planning for arts and culture;
  • Tony Award-winning set designer Donyale Werle, a leader in sustainable design and activist with the Broadway Green Alliance;
  • Australian artist and ecological design guru Tanja Beer, whose leading edge ideas include an edible performance space;
  • Alison Tickell, Founder and Director of UK’s renowned Julie’s Bicycle;
  • Marie Zimmerman, Artistic Director of Guelph’s Hillside Festival.

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Cape Farewell Foundation is pleased to be working on this conference in partnership with ArtsBuild Ontario, The Theatre Centre, TAPA, PACT, and York University.

More Information

Staging Sustainability 2014 is presented by ArtsBuild Ontario and the Centre for Sustainable Staging at York University, in partnership with Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology, Cape Farewell Foundation, Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and MaRS Discovery District.

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This Clement World

This Clement World is a fiercely creative and charismatic tribute to our rapidly changing environment, as seen through the prism of Cynthia Hopkins’ deeply personal lens and wild cross-disciplinary style. Performed live with a 15-piece chorus and band, This Clement World blends outlandish fiction and original avant-folk songs with Hopkins’ own documentary footage from an Arctic expedition with Cape Farewell, infusing our global climate crisis with humour, poetics and urgency.

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Day of Dialogue

Participate in an afternoon of high-level balanced presentations and discussion about the impacts of climate change on Inuit communities with leading experts and stakeholders.

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Download the Exhibition Guide

Download your copy of the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Festival and Exhibition Guide (PDF 14Mb).

Multimedia Extras

View our Multimedia Extras to learn more about the issues behind Carbon 14: Climate is Culture.