FAQs - CCL Benelux 2023

  • The CCL Benelux programme includes:

    A five day residential course for arts and cultural professionals who want to take a lead on climate change. Participants will arrive on Sunday afternoon and leave the following Friday afternoon, with full days of workshops, discussions and talks in between.

    The training sessions will:

    • Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges.
    • Share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for environmental sustainability in the cultural sector.
    • Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas.
    • Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home.
    • Support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

    Themes will include:

    • Approaches to organisational change.
    • Engaging people with new narratives and shifting values through art and design.
    • Encouraging behaviour change through communications and advocacy.
    • Collaborative ways of working to maximise impact in civic society and policy making.

    A full programme will be released to participants in advance of the course.

    After the course, participants will become members of the CCL Alumni network, which will facilitate ongoing communications.

  • The CCL Benelux will take place between 27 – 31 March 2023, therefore you need to ensure you are available to participate fully for the full duration.

    Sunday 26 March 2023 – Participants arrive at Koningsteen
    Monday 27 to Friday 31 March 2023 – Training course
    Friday 31 March 2023 – Participants depart Koningsteen late afternoon

    Application deadline: 11.59pm GMT, 25 January 2023

  • CCL Benelux is open to artists and creative/cultural professionals based in and/or working in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. We encourage creatives and leaders that want to challenge the status quo and conventional ways of thinking.

    If you would like to stay up to date and be notified when other applications for CCL open, please sign up to the Julie’s Bicycle newsletter.

  • The Iris seminar room at Koningsteen, where the majority of the training will take place, is fully accessible with toilets in the adjacent hallway. There is also one ground-floor accessible ensuite bedroom in a neighbouring partner hotel. The rooms at Koningsteen in the main building are not wheelchair accessible due to the nature of the listed historic building. The training will mainly happen in the Iris and in the Garden room. Please check their website at www.koningsteen.be
    We are committed to ensure to remove all possible barriers to participation. If you have any access requirements please let us know in advance so we can make the necessary adjustments. Please contact thiago.jesus@juliesbicycle.com.

  • Participants do not need to do any work prior to attending the course. However, an important part of this CCL is active participation. All participants will be given space to share their skills, knowledge or experience with the other participants. All participants will become members of the CCL Alumni network, which will facilitate ongoing communications.

  • The CCL Benelux course is designed and facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle team.

  • You do not need to be a specific age or have a particular level of experience to attend the CCL Training Course. Before applying you need to consider how the course will enable you to make a greater impact through your work, specifically in relation to climate change and the challenges it poses to culture, leadership and society.

  • If your current role involves significant work with the cultural sector, for example working with networks, funding bodies, policymakers, communications, education and other sectors related to the cultural field. You will need to show how your particular experience fits with our criteria when applying, and to evidence your commitment to the cultural sector in the longer term.

  • Yes. This training course focuses specifically on leadership in the context of climate change, through the lens of culture and creativity. It is specific, but will be explored in relation to broader leadership challenges relevant to the cultural sector.

  • The CCL Training Course will provide you with knowledge, skills and insights on cultural action on climate change that most organisations are not in a position to provide in-house. The experience will enable you to design and implement solutions to environmental responsibility and climate adaptation relevant to your organisation, which will support organisational resilience as well as provoke new ways of thinking about what creative engagement with climate change looks like.

  • Fees for participation in CCL vary depending on the size of your organisation or whether you are a freelancer. They cover the costs of the programme, accommodation and food between Sunday evening and Friday afternoon; and inclusion in an on-going network of CCL alumni.

    Band 1 CCL fee €950 – Organisations or individuals with an annual turnover/income over €300,000.
    Band 2 CCL fee €450 – Organisations or individuals with an annual turnover/income up to or under €300,000.

  • There are a limited number of scholarships available. These grants will be awarded to successful applicants who are most in need of support, based on the rationale provided in the course application. We will also be able to offer a limited number of participant travel subsidies.

  • Yes, though places are limited and this should be taken into consideration when making an application.

  • Yes, we encourage self-employed applicants.

  • These are made available during open application cycles. Visit www.creativeclimateleadership.com/apply

  • Yes, if you would prefer to submit a video application, please record a video of max 5 minutes addressing the questions in the application form, and send this as an MP4 file via WeTransfer to ccl@juliesbicycle.com with the subject line ‘CCL Benelux Video Application’ along with your Personal Details. If you would like to discuss submitting an application in another format, please email ccl@juliesbicycle.com.

  • We are committed to making the course as accessible as possible. If you need alternative versions of the application form, or any help completing it, please contact the Julie’s Bicycle team on +44 (0) 20 8746 0400 or ccl@juliesbicycle.com.

  • We don’t currently have a specific commitment to run another CCL Benelux, however we are always looking to expand our network of CCL courses with partners in different regions. If you are a funder or interested in partnering with Julie’s Bicycle to develop a CCL for your region or community, please contact ccl@juliesbicycle.com. If you are unable to participate in this course but want to be kept up to date with future CCL opportunities, please sign up to the Julie’s Bicycle newsletter.

  • Julie’s Bicycle is a pioneering not-for-profit, with over 15 years experience mobilising the arts and culture to take action on the climate and ecological crisis. Julie’s Bicycle delivers Creative Climate Leadership with different funders and partners. CCL Benelux is being made possible by Porticus.

  • We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and the appropriate protocols will be put in place. We will remain in close communication with all successful applicants to chart the best course of action.

    We ask all participants to take a lateral flow test (LFT) within 24 hours before the programme starts and recommend wearing wear masks when travelling to the event on public transport. Masks and rapid lateral flow tests will be made available on-site.

    Spaces will be ventilated with regular opening of windows where possible (please bring layers in case of cooler temperatures), and some sessions will be held outside weather permitting.

    All participants who, prior to the event, have symptoms of a respiratory infection, have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to carry out normal activities will be asked to stay at home. In this circumstance, participants will receive a full refund (minus any currency transfer losses). Any participants and facilitators who present symptoms during the programme will be asked to self-isolate until they have had a negative rapid lateral flow test, and will be asked to wear masks and maintain a distance to other participants if rejoining the group.

    In the event of a postponement of the whole programme due to new or shifting COVID-19 regulations, participants will have the option of rolling over their registration to new dates or receiving a full refund (minus any currency transfer losses). In the event of a cancellation of the programme, participants will receive a full refund (minus any currency transfer losses). Alternatively, we may also re-assess the possibility of delivering CCL in a digital format with reduced fees. To minimise the financial risk to everyone, we will not ask for payment to be received more than 30 days before the course start. If you are able to wait before booking travel, we recommend you do so.

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