VIVANT, A cultural Season for biodiversity

All over France, highlight in Marseille
VIVANT, a Cultural Season for Biodiversity, is an exceptional cultural event conceived and supported by COAL, which took place in the context of the IUCN World Conservation Congress to mobilise public opinion and the public sphere on biodiversity issues through art. It was also part of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention for Biological Diversity.
The VIVANT Season has evolved in line with covid. Its first stage took place from March 2020 to January 2021 with a national agenda that brought together more than 300 events throughout France. Following the postponement of the World Conservation Congress, from 3 to 11 September 2021, VIVANT reappeared in September 2021 with a series of eco-cultural events in Marseille: an exhibition bringing together twelve artists committed to the living world within the Congress’ Nature Generation Spaces, evening performances at the Marseilles Natural History Museum with the Cie du Singe Debout, a monumental fresco by the artist Fikos in the city centre punctuated by workshops and talks about birds, professional training for Sustainable Culture, a performance by the collective L’Envers d’un monde, winners of the 2020 COAL – Culture & Diversity student prize, a meeting on art and ecology at the Pavillon France, and a calendar of cultural events on the theme of life offered by the Season’s partner structures.
VIVANT, a cultural Season for Biodiversity, is part of the general context of the sixth mass extinction that threatens the diversity of living beings, affecting both species and ecosystems. In France, 18% of species, i.e. nearly one species in five, are already considered extinct or threatened. By weaving a cultural programme for the preservation of life, VIVANT wishes to contribute to renewing representations, to integrate biodiversity into our common culture and thus to contribute to a profound awareness, the only real motor for action on an individual and collective scale.

Season VIVANT in Marseille
Three evening performances: the Cie du Singe Debout at the Natural History Museum of Marseille – VIVANT Season
The Other Side of the World: Performance at the IUCN World Conservation Congress – Season VIVANT
COAL highlight on the French Pavilion of the IUCN World Conservation Congress – VIVANT season
Living, IUCN World Conservation Congress – Living Season
VIVANT in Marseille, a cultural season for the IUCN World Conservation Congress
COAL Partner committed to nature
Launch of the VIVANT Season
VIVANT, a Cultural Season for Biodiversity – Register your action

  • About us
    About us

    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

  • Projects

    Major projects linked to the major events in political ecology, in connection with natural or urban environments.

  • Artistic direction
    Artistic direction

    About fifty exhibitions throughout France, cultural actions, works in the public space, and project support to contribute to the emergence of a new culture of ecology.


    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.