Act for Global Change

The project entitled ‘Act for Global Change: A Global Conversation from the Arts to the World’ (ACT) has the ambitious goal to build bridges between different fields of actions, being the artistic, social, political and business world.

Introduction

The project entitled ‘Act for Global Change: A Global Conversation from the Arts to the World’ (ACT) has the ambitious goal to build bridges between different fields of actions, being the artistic, social, political and business world. To this, it aims in a first phase to enable and facilitate a global inclusive conversation and critical reflection between festival managers from different art disciplines, origins, generations and social backgrounds on the role that arts, culture and more particularly festivals, can play in a fast changing world. The strategy towards reaching positive change consists of a series of new training modules, digital toolkits and a fund system for refugees. In a world increasingly polarized by inequality and lack of intercultural dialogue, ACT contributes towards more cultural diplomacy and informed, skilled leaders and activists with global perspectives, acting in solidarity to effect change on the local, regional, national, and international level.

ACT is a project supported by Creative Europe under the cooperation projects 2019. 

Partners

The Festival Academy (an initiative of the European Festivals Association) in partnership with deSingel International Arts Campus, Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture, the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and the International Arts Festival NEXT with support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. 

Associated project partners are the Bayimba Foundation Uganda, Edinburgh International Culture Summit UK, Fundacion Teatro a Mil Chile and Holland Festival The Netherlands.

Odile Quintin, former Director General European Commission

“The engagement of The Festival Academy and the European Festivals Association in allowing life-long learning experiences in the cultural sector is exemplary. These kinds of initiatives are crucial for the further development of a cultural Europe. Nobody will be successful by doing business as usual. We need young creative minds for regenerating and rethinking the future.”

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