Pulse – Cultural Network for Transition believes that culture can be a driver for transition to a socially just and sustainable society. It connects cultural organizations that experiment with sustainable alternatives to our current societal model, with self-sufficiency and cultural activism at its core. Pulse is a bottom-up network that was founded by several players in the cultural scene in Flanders, who are on the forefront of sustainability in arts, culture, media and youth.
As a project manager at Pulse, Ruben Arnaerts connects people in the creative sectors to exchange and collaborate on sustainability challenges and turn them into opportunities, thereby inspiring the respective audiences through the power of imagination.
Solweig Barbier co-founded the association ARVIVA - Arts vivants, Arts durables, and is currently its Managing Director. After training in cultural management, she turned to the management of cultural organisations, specialising in live musical performances: first with the early music ensemble Correspondances, then in Évian-les-Bains at the Grange au Lac. It was on tour and at major festivals that she became aware of the unsustainability of certain practices and the fragility of performing activities in the light of dwindling resources and climate change. Gradually learning the ropes, in 2018 she carried out her first impact measurements and drew up one of the first ecological commitment charters for the cultural sector. This work has spread thanks to the artists she works with, enabling her to meet those with whom she will create ARVIVA in 2020.
Lili Brodbeck is EventChange's coordinator. With a doctorate in art history, she has worked in higher education and academic project management. For several years now, she has been working on projects linked to sustainability and transition in the cultural field in Belgium (soft mobility, eco-responsible festivals, sustainable department of Pastoo asbl).
EventChange aims to accelerate the sustainability of Belgium's French-speaking cultural sector by bringing players together and developing the best possible solutions. To this end, EventChange offers best practice tools, training, a blog, workshops, an annual sustainable culture forum and personalised support for cultural structures and events. In collaboration with sector federations (EFES, Court-Circuit, Aires Libres, FFMWB, Musées et Société en Wallonie, Asspropro, Brussels Museums, etc.), the team is supported by scientific and field experts.
Director of the Scène Conventionnée la Faïencerie in Creil, delegate to the Syndeac, Joséphine Checco began her career in a cultural environment, working as a stage manager, actress, presenter and administrator for a number of companies. After completing a course in cultural mediation and cultural business management, she went on to work for the Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture in Sarcelles (95), where she quickly took on responsibility for all the theatre and programming projects for eight years. She set up a theatre company that performed for ten years at the Festival d'Avignon, in Quebec and Ireland, etc. For five years she worked for the Festival Théâtral du Val d'Oise - FTVO, developing local initiatives in fifty towns. She then took over as director of the Théâtre Espace Lino Ventura in Garges-lès-Gonesse (95), where for 8 years she developed an ambitious cultural project aimed at local residents (shows in the public space and outside the walls, development of cultural initiatives, local programming, residencies, installation of a Cnarep, etc.). For the last 4 years she has been at the helm of the Faïencerie de Creil, a Scène conventionnée d'intérêt national Label Art en Territoire, where she has been developing the relationship between a project for an accredited establishment and the people of the towns around it. An expert on the Drac and the Hauts-de-France region, she also sits on the national board of the Syndeac, and teaches masters courses at Sciences Po-Lille and the INET.
Dirk De Wit worked in the arts sector as a programmer and curator of film, visual art and media art at (successively) arts center STUK, Constant vzw - art, media and technology, BOZAR - Association for Exhibitions, Culture Capital of Europe Bruxelles/Brussels2000, and has been working for support centers since 2002. Dirk De Wit is currently part of the 'develop and innovate' team at Kunstenpunt, working on themes such as fair practice, commoning, sustainability and multi-voicedness.
Flanders Arts Institute FAI (also known as Kunstenpunt) is the professional support centre for three art disciplines: the visual arts, the performing arts and classical music. FAI supports in the form of information and advice, sector support in the form of workgroups and learning trajectories, matchmaking, research, development and innovation. Flanders Arts Institute aims to be an inspiration, an available and reliable source of knowledge, a data provider and fact-checker, a source of support, a facilitator and an innovator. FAI is committed to inclusiveness and ecological sustainability.
Lise Hemelsdaël is a performing arts production manager and cultural engineering consultant with the Kanju agency. A member of the Shifters Culture Circle linked to the Shift Project, a think tank working for a carbon-free economy, Lise Hemelsdaël has been involved for several years in taking climate issues into account within the cultural sector. She took part in the creation of the Décarbonons la Culture! website and the podcast of the same name, for which she interviewed cultural professionals who have experimented with ways of making their activities more resilient in the face of energy and climate challenges.
David Irle - Author
In 2021, David Irle co-authored the book Décarboner la culture (Decarbonising Culture), which helped many professionals in France become aware of the urgent need for a paradigm shift in the cultural sector. He will share his views on the changes underway in the cultural sector after the shock of awareness, on the current phase of negotiation and bargaining, on the resistance that needs to be overcome and the alliances that need to be forged.
Maeva Justice - Collectif ECHO
ECHO - collectif de la culture durable des Hauts-de-France brings together performing arts organisations and networks in the Hauts-de-France region that are committed to eco-responsible and socially responsible approaches, and whose shared ambition is to improve and strengthen sustainable development and corporate social responsibility practices within their organisations.
Camille Louedec - EventChange - Fresk of the Cultural Mobility
Camille Louedec holds a Master's degree in European Politics and joined the EventChange team as a project manager. Since 2021, Camille has been working in the sustainable department of the non-profit organisation Pastoo, where she is responsible for implementing eco-responsible initiatives at events. Concerned about social issues and accessibility to culture for all, she also coordinates cultural mediation projects with specific audiences.
Hermann Lugan - Organiser/moderator - Climate Fresk
Hermann Lugan is an independent consultant on the ecological transformation of performing arts. He is working on the low-carbon strategy for the Bourges 2028 European Capital of Culture bid. In partnership with European Partners (ONDA, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the University of Luxemburg, Pro Helvetia…) he developps CooProg, a platform aiming at building geographically and temporally coherent touring and artistic presence in order to lower the ecological footprint of the performing arts sector. In 2021-2022 he coordinated the European initiative Where to land, embedding European performing arts in the new Climate Regime.
From 2018 to 2022 he was head of the Office for Theatre and Dance of the Institut Français in Germany. From 2011 to 2018 he was deputy director of the Phenix, national stage Valenciennes - European creation pole. From 2005 to 2011 was is co-director of the Quinzaine de l'Entorse, a festival dedicated to the crossroads between arts and sports.
After studies in musical composition and a couple of years working in the field of contemporary music as a composer, Christophe Meierhans progressively derived into performing arts. His work focusses on radical forms of participation, blurring borders between fiction and reality and creating performative situations in which actors and spectators share responsibility for what takes place on stage.
Since 2019, he has dedicated most of his energies to activism, as a co-founder of the Belgian branch of the international environmental movement Extinction Rebellion. He is a co-initiator of the "Common Wallet" a socio-economic experiment in which a group of a dozen Brussels-based arts practitioners share all their income and expenses via a single bank account.
Since 2021, he is engaged in an initiative to set up a collective agri/cultural project in the south of Belgium, in Dourbes (Viroinval), at the crossroads of arts practices and food production, of urban and rural life.
Christophe was associated artist at the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, in Paris and artist in residence at the Kaaitheater, Brussels form 2017 until 2022.
Julia Reist - Kunstenpunt
Julia Reist worked as independent researcher, dramaturg and producer bridging different disciplines like dance, performance and visual arts . In 2018 she set up the platform arp.works supporting research based and subversive practices nationally and internationally. Over the last years, Julia has focused on the different processes that drive the artistic sector and the humans behind it, as well as how collaborative practices can contribute to reshape and rethink certain structures, approaches and systems. Julia Reist is currently working for the (Inter)national networking and sector support for performing arts at Kunstenpunt.
Celine Shall - Cooprog - Université Luxembourg
A researcher at the University of Luxembourg / Esch-sur-Alzette, she works on the ecological and social transition of and through culture. As part of the CooProg team, she is in charge of research for the project.
Flore Taine - Aeronef
General Secretary in charge of development and projects at L'Aéronef.
Iphigénia Taxopoulou - Mithos 21 - Autrice
Co-founder of Julie's Bicycle, Secretary General of the European Mithos 21 network and involved for over 20 years in the ecological transition of the performing arts, Iphigénia Taxopoulou has just published Sustainable Theatre, Theory, Context, Practice, the result of extensive research into experiences, practices and public policies across Europe. Drawing on good practice in different contexts, she will explore the conditions under which the necessary systemic and political changes are possible.
Ecaterina Vidick – Cie HIATUS
Ecaterina Vidick studied stage direction at INSAS, in Brussels, where she graduated in 2004. Since 2015, she is production manager at Hiatus, the organization producing the artistic work of choreographer Daniel Linehan (USA/BE), based in Brussels and supported by the Flemish authorities. Her collaboration with Linehan started in 2011 when she joined Caravan Production, a production office supported by the Flemish authorities accompanying several Brussels based (dance) artists. At Caravan, Ecaterina also collaborated with Eleanor Bauer, Fabian Barba, Gabriel Schenker and Olga de Soto among others. Prior to that she worked with several theatre makers, as an artistic, production, touring and/or administrative assistant.
Since 2018, Ecaterina is a certified confident person for Hiatus and for other organizations actives in the dance sector in Brussels. Together with the administrative and artistic team of Hiatus, she created care practices, tools and guidelines aimed to improved well-being at work in the frame of artistic creations and group interactions.
Since 2023, she is professor/conférencière and coordinator of the classes of production and of the “Good Practices” workshops, in the frame of the Master “Dance and Choreographic Practices” at INSAS & La Cambre, in Brussels. Ecaterina is also author and director of sound documentaries. She creates her artistic work within her own association, Babelfish asbl. Her latest sound documentary, Quand la mer se retire, cocreated with Aurélie Boudet, was awarded the Ondas Prize of Radio International (Barcelona, ES) and the prize “Coup de Coeur Tënk” at the festival Phonurgia Nova (Paris, FR). Ecaterina is one of the founding members of Babelfish (www.babelfishasbl.com), an association created in 2016 to produce and promote sound creations.