#04_A Green Deal for the Performing Arts

Episode Summary

The springboard for discussion in the "Green Thursdays" series and for this episode was the Theatre and Environmental Protection survey, a piece of research carried out in spring 2020 as part of Theatre Night in the Czech Republic, in which the majority of respondents stated that they actively try to minimise the environmental impact of their activities, albeit in a somewhat haphazard way. We spoke with guests from the Czech Republic, Poland and France about current ecological trends in theatre management or production and cultural mobility, as well as how the topic of sustainability resonates in communication with the public, in artistic programs and the pandemic-induced slowdown, which we are coming to terms with on a daily basis, more or less organically. We progressed from concrete examples, attitudes and measures, through emphasis on their sustainable management and systematic evaluation, to reflecting on artistic and personal practices and the lot of the performing arts in the context of the European Green Deal and the new – pandemic and post-pandemic – normality.

Episode Notes

Participants of Show must go on/off line discussion that served as base for this podcast 

Michaela Rýgrová / Czech Republic, producer and expert on sustainability in theatre

Gwendolenn Sharp / France, founder of The Green Room, a non-profit organisation developing strategies for environmental and social change in culture and the music industry

Anna Galas-Kosil / Poland, theatrologist, expert of international relations in performance arts and curator of the interdisciplinary cultural organisation Biennale Warszawa

Petr Dlouhý / Czech Republic, curator of live art, dramaturg and cultural organiser


Martina Pecková Černá / Czech Republic, ATI International Cooperation Department

Links to projects, organisations and initiatives mentioned in the discussion and in this episode:

Results of the the Theatre and Environmental Protection survey (in Czech only) 

Sustainability Codex of Theatre Night in the Czech Republic: From theatrical culture to culture in theatre : (in Czech only)

Culture for the future: (in Czech only)

David Finnigan: I was wrong about the fires:

The Green Room:

Julie’s Bicycle:

Green Music Australia:

The Shift Project:

Broadway Green Alliance:

Buried Sun:

On the Move:


Bruno Latour: What protective measures can you think of so we don’t go back to the pre-crisis production model? -

This episode is written by: Martina Pecková Černá / Czech Republic, Head of International Cooperation Department / PerformCzech IDU, theatrologist and cultural manager.

Podcast Director: Jiří Šimek

Read by: Daniel Zappi and Sinead Phelps

Dramaturgy: Martina Pecková Černá and Co. 

Production: Barbora Comer 

Soundesign: Jan Čtvrtník

Other important links _ _ czech version of podcast