CCL Switzerland Seed Grant Recipients Announced

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Five creative climate action projects receive support through Creative Climate Leadership Switzerland.

Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) is a transformation programme for creative changemakers committed to taking action on the climate crisis through the arts and culture. CCL Switzerland is delivered by Julie’s Bicycle in partnership with Vert Le Futur, initiated and funded by Pro Helvetia and Stiftung Mercator Schweiz.

In March 2024, CCL Switzerland brought together 24 inspiring artists, cultural workers, and creative activists from different artforms and from all regions in Switzerland. To build the capacity for creative climate action, foster new opportunities for collaboration, and demonstrate the diversity and range of culture-led responses to environmental action, participants could apply for one of five seed grants between the value of CHF 5.000 – 10.000.

The seed grants will support the development of the following projects:

Friends for Climate Justice – Crafting Toolkits for Culture-based Climate Actions , an emerging art collective led by Byungseo Yoo, Cassiane C. Pfund, and Léo Rebetez. The collective will foster friendship and run participatory creative climate workshops using hands-on methods with DIY politics and aesthetics, including petroleum-free ink making, social fermentation, and alternative storytelling, to trigger culture-based actions by creating climate narratives.

Music Declares Emergency Switzerland – Artist Residency, a new collaboration between artist agent and TOURBOmusic co-founder Caroline Edwards, and artist and Music Declares Emergency Switzerland co-founder Donat Kaufmann that will bring together a group of Swiss musicians to empower artist-led responses to the climate crisis.

Culture & Sustainability Policy Network Switzerland – a collaborative project led by artists Dorian Sari and Yves Regenass and curator Mateo Chacón Pino to organise four public ‘parliaments’ (one for each of Switzerland’s language regions) to imagine a future Swiss cultural sector based on sustainability, and the cultural policy it might take to get there.

The Melt Down – a talk show hosted by hybrid drag sensation Soya the Cow (artist Daniel Hellmann), bringing together guests from the environmentalist, vegan, drag and entertainment communities to talk about climate justice, animal rights, gender equality, love and freedom of expression – over a meal of vegan fondue.

Move – a creative exploration from dancer Dawit Seto Gobeze fusing ritualistic movements, dance performance, workshops, and storytelling sessions that will bring together migrant communities in Switzerland to share their stories, actively participate in dialogue and action on climate change, and offer a fresh perspective on cultural traditions and personal narratives linked to environmental concerns.

The projects reflect the exceptional range, depth, and force of creativity of the Creative Climate Leadership cohort in Switzerland. To keep up-to-date with the projects as they develop, follow Vert le Futur and Julie’s Bicycle on social media or sign up to the Vert le Futur and Julie’s Bicycle newsletters.


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