Europa Nostra contributes to meeting on cultural and creative sectors driving the green transition in Tartu, Estonia

From 14-16 June, Europa Nostra joined representatives of over 30 European organisations in Tartu, Estonia to exchange views on the Culture and Creative Sectors and Industries driving Green Transition and facing the Energy Crisis. The brainstorming meeting was organised in the framework of Voices of Culture, the platform for dialogue offered to civil society by the European Commission. The Tartu dialogue, the fourth Voices of Culture topic for 2021-2023, aimed to reflect on the state of the art and generate recommendations for policy and actions for decision-makers.

The Voices of Culture dialogue was well timed to coincide with the launch by Europa Nostra and partners of the new EU-funded European Heritage Hub project. The Hub aims to build the resilience of the European heritage sector and its capacity for action and advocacy in the face of our society’s great transformation, including climate change/green transition.

Europa Nostra used the opportunity presented by the Voices of Culture dialogue to share with participants the concept of ‘Triple Transformation’ – green, social and digital – which provides the overarching theme for the Hub. ‘Triple Transformation’ is meant to describe transformative trajectories that pursue the dual goals of living within planetary boundaries and strengthening sustainable development, fully reaping the opportunities offered by new technologies while paying close attention to equity and wellbeing for all.

The event was held in Tartu which has been selected both for the EU Mission: Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030 and as a European Capital of Culture 2024. Other participants in the dialogue included ACE – Architects’ Council of Europe; the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Culture Action Europe; and Eurocities.

Voices of Culture dialogue participants will reconvene in Brussels for an event on 6 September to reflect and discuss their policy recommendations and ideas with representatives of the European Commission.

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