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Creative Carbon Scotland

The Cultural Adaptations conference will take place online from 2-5 March 2021. Over four afternoons (12pm-5.30pm GMT), this inspiring event will feature participatory works, explore wider knowledge and international experiences of how creativity can help us adapt, and share learnings from our project activities in four European nations (Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and Scotland).

Showcasing unique, innovative and creative approaches to solving complex climate challenges, the event will present new ways of working collaboratively in adaptation. Interactive and practical sessions will focus on transformation through research, policy and practice, enabling attendees to apply learning in their own cities, using specially developed tools and resources.

With more cities, regions and nations declaring a state of climate emergency, how can cultural organisations and creative practitioners adapt their work and lead societal adaptation? The Cultural Adaptations conference will take place fully online. However, we will be bringing the spirit of Glasgow: the host city of the UN COP26 and home of pioneering adaptation partnership, Climate Ready Clyde.

Programme overview:

Speakers from Scotland, Europe and around the world will join delegates in keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive networking sessions.

Day 1 - Transformation in Culture: What has been done so far? Sharing best practice in mitigation and adaptation in Scotland's cultural sector and further afield as we look ahead to COP26 in Glasgow.

Day 2 - Transformation of Culture: How can cultural organisations and SMEs adapt to climate change in their region? What are the first steps and where do the challenges lie? Learning from adaptation professionals and adapting cultural pioneers.

Day 3 - Transformative Adaptation: What have Covid-19 taught us about resilience and adaptation? How can our culture shape our adapting places, and how can we evaluate transformational interventions? Reflecting on the past year and exploring pioneering adaptation project across Europe.

Day 4 - Transformation through Culture: How can cultural practices help in driving for positive change? How can art and creative methods contribute to climate change adaptation? Disseminating learning from the ongoing Embedded Artist Projects and leading examples from across Europe.

The conference marks the conclusion of Cultural Adaptations: an action research project supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and co-funded by the Scottish Government.

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