CCL Policy Lab

CCL Policy Lab

As a continuation of the ArtCOP21 professional workshops(, On the Move of the European Creative Climate Leadership network, of which COAL is a member, is organizing the Policy Lab 2018 on July 3 and 4 in Leeuwarden-Friesland, European Capital of Culture. On this occasion, Loic Fel, president of COAL, intervenes.

This Policy Lab entitled “Cities, Culture and Climate Change: Practices, Models and Future Actions” includes a variety of inspiring talks by cultural leaders, as well as a hands-on workshop designed for city representatives, influencers and policy makers. It is an opportunity for participants to discover many international examples of best practices, which showcase the low-carbon cultural economy as a driver of civic engagement, cultural diplomacy and innovation in urban development. Participants can also share their own experiences, ideas and challenges and have the opportunity to conduct an initial analysis of their cities and practices, to build successful initiatives and develop new approaches and partnerships.

The Policy Lab’s objectives are to:
– Demonstrate the contribution of artists and cultural professionals to the ecological agenda of cities;
– Identify opportunities to connect cultural and environmental policy makers: supporting innovation and unlocking economic, social and environmental values;
– Share good practices around how cities and their nearby rural suburbs can better support their cultural infrastructure, arts actions and cultural projects to respond to climate and environmental change through specific arts funding, but also policy, training and investment ;
– Begin to define key opportunities for integrating art, culture and the environment in cities: identify opportunities to create, converge and reinforce new and existing policies and practices.

Speakers and contributors: ECOC representatives (Leeuwarden-Friesland 2018 and Eleusis 2021), COAL, DutchCulture/TransArtists, Welcome to the Village, Oerol Festival, Recycle Art Festival, Julie’s Bicycle

This event is co-organized by On the Move and Julie’s Bicycle, with the support of the European Cultural Foundation and UCLG-Culture Committee, in the framework of the European Creative Climate Leadership network.

The European Creative Climate Leadership network supports cultural professionals in applying the qualities of the cultural sector to sustainable development. The network program is designed to help artists and cultural professionals reach their potential and maximize their creative and cultural actions in relation to climate change, with the help and support of the network structures to test and evolve their ideas and through sharing practices.


Policy Lab
July 3 – 4, 2018
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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  • 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.