JB in France, Moscow, and Spain

Julie's Bicycle is bustling about globally this autumn, with speaking engagements for Climate Chance, the World Cities Culture Forum, and IETM.

Climate change is a global challenge that demands a global response. JB is working hard to support the growth of a worldwide movement of cultural and creative practitioners taking action, and forging closer links between culture, policymaking, and environmental sustainability. Upcoming international engagements include:

Climate Chance Summit | 26-27 September | Nantes, France

Climate Chance is a global summit for non-state actors to identify solutions that can contribute to carbon emissions reduction and achievement of the Paris Agreement. Networks, organisations and coalitions representing major sectors and industries, from transport and energy to local government and finance, will come together from over 70 countries. Culture is rarely at the head of the negotiating table and yet it is critical to delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This two-day side event, programmed by Julie's Bicycle in partnership with local partner Réseau Eco évènement, will emphasise the fundamental role of culture in the transition to a low carbon society, and represent the contribution of the global cultural community as part of the summit’s programme.  

World Cities Culture Summit | 6 October | Moscow, Russia

This is the fifth World Cities Culture Summit, organised by the World Cities Culture Forum, looking at global leadership on culture in cities. The World Cities Culture Forum is chaired by Justine Simons OBE, London Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries. WCCF 2016 will focus on putting culture at the heart of urban policymaking beyond the narrow brief of ‘culture’: on challenges including increased inequality, soaring property prices, and environmental sustainability. Alison Tickell of Julie’s Bicycle, in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world's megacities taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will be presenting a breakout group on Breaking boundaries: bringing culture into the climate conversation on how cities can work more strategically to link their culture and climate change agendas. The session will be chaired by Paul Owens from BOP Consulting.

IETM Plenary | 3-6 November | Valencia, Spain

IETM is a network of over 500 performing arts organisations and individual members working in the contemporary performing arts worldwide: theatre, dance, circus, interdisciplinary live art forms, new media. Members include festivals, companies, producers, theatres, research and resource centres, universities and institutional bodies. Its mission is to advocate for the value of the arts and culture in a changing world and to empower performing arts professionals through access to international connections, knowledge and a dynamic forum for exchange. IETM holds two plenary meetings a year in different European cities. The theme of the plenary in Valencia is Cross-Roads: between international and local, technical and artistic, experiential and innovative. Julie’s Bicycle, will be giving a talk as part of the programme on ‘Art & Ecology: the bigger picture’. 

COP22 | 7–18 November | Marrakesh, Morocco

The UN’s annual climate negotiations bringing together over 190 countries and thousands of non-state actors and civil society organisations – NGOs, charities, businesses, local authorities, faith groups and cultural organisations.

Julie’s Bicycle will not be in Marrakesh, we'll be following all the action remotely and will try and keep you updated on what's happening at the negotiations whilst raising awareness of the cultural community's role and actions being taken. 

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