In 2009, the Connect2Culture programme supported collaborative multi-disciplinary projects on art and environment between Asia and Europe which followed up on the ideas and recommendations resulting from the ASEM Dialogue on Arts, Culture and Climate Change, Beijing (China) in 2008.

The projects supported were:

Ecolocated: Littoral Lives
July-September 2009
UK and Ireland
This project explored geo-political and ecological issues posed by human impact upon marine ecosystems (especially around harbours). The project comprised of a mobile residency and expedition in the Irish Sea. This project was organised by the Media art Research lnterdisciplinary Network (M.A.R.I.N.)

Climate Leaders: Release your Creative Powers. How can art enhance our ability to think and act differently?
12-19 October 2009
Bangkok (Thailand)
ASEF collaborated with the British Council, East Asia, to organise this capacity-building workshop for 30 young leaders from ASEM countries. The workshop helped them to develop climate change solutions for local communities with an emphasis on the role that culture and creativity can play in finding such solutions.

Making Our Futures: The Art of Sustainable Living
01 Oct 2009 - 30 April 2010
Manchester (UK) and Beijing (China)
This is an arts-led collaborative research project between Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing (China) that explored how artists may contribute to the work and lives of the city communities in Manchester and Beijing.

First International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation
August 2010
Gabrovo (Bulgaria)  
The Cultura21 network, Cultura21 Nordic (Denmark) and the International Council for Cultural Centres (Bulgaria) co-organised this project for scholars, researchers, communities and arts practitioners to address a range of environmental issues through dialogue and cooperation. Click here to watch videos from the Summer School.

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