Creative Carbon Scotland’s Cultural Adaptations shortlisted for NICE Award

Culture has a key role in how society adapts to the unavoidable impacts of climate change so we’re thrilled that Cultural Adaptations is one of eight projects shortlisted for the NICE Award 2019!

A NICE award

The NICE award aims to promote innovations from the cultural and creative industries, especially those that spill over into the wider economy and society. Under the leadership of the european centre for creative economy (ecce) the Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) was initiated in 2013 at the UNESCO World Heritage Zeche Zollverein in Essen in collaboration with 15 cities, universities and institutions from 10 nations. It is financed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Innovative partnership

Cultural Adaptations brings together innovative cultural and adaptation organisations to explore culture’s role in society’s adaptation to climate change, and the adaptation issues that cultural organisations face. This co-operation project which has been in development since 2017, runs to March 2021, and is funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.

We are leading the project with Sniffer and the Climate Ready Clyde Project as adaptation partners in Scotland, TILLT working with the City of Gothenburg in Sweden, Greentrack Gent and City of Gent in Belgium and Axis will be working with Codema, in Ireland.

NICE nominees

Cultural Adaptations was shortlisted out of 55 applications that were submitted for the NICE Award 2019 which is focused on the theme of “Internationalisation for a Better World”. Varied projects from Spain, Finland, Netherlands, Lithuania and Sweden were shortlisted alongside three from the UK. Shortlisted projects include “3D Printing Sustainable Buildings” a research project which demonstrates the potentials of additive manufacturing technology and robotics in the production of sustainable low-cost buildings that can be built with 100% natural materials. International artists, musicians, technologists and theorists join forces to understand how blockchains might enable a critical, sustainable and empowered culture in “DAOWO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation With Others)” another shortlisted project.

Next steps

Cultural Adaptations will be presented to the judges in Dortmund in February 2019. To keep informed about the Cultural Adaptations project, register your interest on the project page.

Cultural Adaptations

Cultural Adaptations (EUCAN) is co-funded with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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