Emergence sustainability journey continues for theatres and arts venues across Wales

Creu Cymru (the development agency for theatres and arts venues across Wales), to continue ambitious project that will benefit staff, performers, customers and local communities.

In securing Welsh Government Supporting Sustainable Living funding via Environment Wales for the next 12 months - Creu Cymru (the development agency for theatres and arts venues across Wales), will be continuing an ambitious and really important project that will benefit staff, performers, customers and local communities.

The project will involve 18 theatres and arts centres from across Wales, including the likes of the Wales Millennium Centre, Theatr Brycheiniog, Hafren, and Galeri Caernarfon. To deliver the project Creu Cymru will continue their close work with Emergence founders Cynnal Cymru and Volcano Theatre, along with sustainability experts from Julie’s Bicycle and Cardiff University.

SSL is a funding scheme which aims to bring about long term changes in behaviour and lifestyle to help reduce emissions – in the case of Emergence it’s all about adapting the way venues operate, how staff work and how performances are carried out. The sustainable solutions generated from the pilot group of venues will be shared amongst others across Wales and it’s hoped will inspire audiences, local communities, and other organisations.

The funding will be used to carry out a series of information sharing webinars, national events, to develop a bilingual sustainability toolkit, and to create venue specific action plans – that will reduce harmful environmental impacts, save money, and support the wider community.

Deborah Keyser (Director, Creu Cymru) said “The news that the Emergence project had secured SSL funding is brilliant. The project has already brought people together – ensuring venues work closely together and providing a combination of internal and external expertise. Over the next year, sustainable practices will be enhanced and we are all looking forward to trying new things and contributing to a sustainable Wales.”

Catherine Langabeer (Operations Director, Julie’s Bicycle) said “We hope this second stage of Emergence will demonstrate that addressing sustainability is both deeply urgent and profoundly rewarding for all involved. We are delighted to continue our work with the venues and look forward to harnessing expertise from all participants to strengthen the sustainability of these special buildings.”

Lori Frater (Senior Research Associate, Cardiff University) said “It’s excellent news that this important and valuable project has been rewarded with continued funding, which will provide us with the opportunity to continue to develop our understanding of the challenges and opportunities of sustainability within the pilot venues and to work together to enhance the benefits of sustainability.”

Rhodri Thomas (Cynnal Cymru) said “Emergence has already shown how effective partnership working in this community focused sector can make sustainable change happen. The arts sector has an important role in inspiring people and helping tackle the problem of climate change – and this big issue will be taken on over the next year.”

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Notes to Editors

Photograph features the solar powered Theatr Brycheiniog - which is one of the venues taking part in the pilot project.

For further information about this press release please contact James Harper at Cynnal Cymru on 02920-570814 or email james@cynnalcymru.com

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