A practical approach to governing cultural organisations, managing buildings, creating and touring productions, collaborating with partners and engaging audiences.

Sustainable Cultural Management is an intensive course designed to explore the practical ways the performing arts can shape a more environmentally sustainable society. Taking a systemic view, the course will explore what actions can be taken to become more ecological. Participants will leave with new skills and perspectives to manage their work effectively in this context.

Course content

The course explores the role of the performing arts in shaping a more environmentally sustainable society, and takes a practical approach to looking at what actions can be taken to become more ecological in the way we govern cultural organisations, manage buildings, create and tour productions, collaborate with partners and engage with audiences.

The course will incorporate case studies, tools and resources to enable participants to make practical changes in their working practice. Time is built into the course for peer learning, exchange and participant-led time to share best practice identified by and for the performing arts.


The course will bring together a mixed group of 25 multi-level performing arts professionals from across Europe, including

  1. Post-graduate students studying arts administration and cultural management
  2. A broad range of organisation-based performing arts professionals including administrators, managers and artists
  3. Academics and lecturers teaching arts administration courses


Sustainable Cultural Management is a partnership between the European theatre network mitos21 and Julie’s Bicycle.


We are not currently accepting applications for Sustainable Cultural Management. We are developing courses in Germany and Canada for 2018.


The first SCM course took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2016. It has been supported by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Onassis Foundation and Onassis Cultural Centre, the Heinrich Boell Stiftung, the Goethe-Institut, the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, USA, and the Laznia Nowa Theatre & Cultural Centre, Krakow.