Creative Climate Leadership Switzerland 2024: Participants Announced

We are pleased to share the full list participants for Switzerland’s first Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) programme. The programme is delivered by Julie’s Bicycle in partnership with Vert le Futur, initiated and funded by Pro Helvetia and Stiftung Mercator Schweiz.

In a group together with other changemakers, participants can expect to learn and unlearn together, nurture creative possibilities, strengthen communities of practice, and refocus on what the arts and culture can bring to the climate movement.

CCL Switzerland will take place 3 – 8 March 2024 at Mattli Antoniushaus in Morschach, Switzerland. Candidates work in a variety of areas from writing to curating, across a range of artforms from architecture, theatre, visual arts and dance.

Participants will become part of a global network of over 250 creative changemakers, working in more than 26 countries. Read below in English or meet the participants and their biogs in German, Italian, French here.

What is Creative Climate Leadership?

CCL empowers artists and cultural professionals to take action on the climate and ecological crisis with impact, creativity, and resilience. Participants will deepen their understanding of the climate and ecological crises, understand and develop the role of culture and creativity in responding to these challenges, and emerge with a toolbox of approaches and practical solutions for transformative action.

Creative Climate Leadership Switzerland 2024 – List of Participants


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Anna Grichting Anna Grichting Solder


Anna is an architect, urbanist and musician and is active as an educator, researcher, practitioner and performer.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Barbara Ellenberger Barbara Ellenberger


Barbara Ellenberger has been a director at various theatres. She co-founded the KlimaKontor Basel and is involved in the Basel2030 climate justice initiative.

Bernard Vienat
Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort -Bernard Vienat


Bernard Vienat is an art historian and curator known for emphasizing the intersections of art and science.


Byungseo Yoo


Visual artist Byungseo Yoo navigates the shift from wild to social fermentation with Eco-Transpedagogy, creating participatory art focused on planetary concerns.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Carole Haensler Carole Haensler


Carole Haensler has worked for various private and public collections; she studied art history, archaeology and sociology of art at the universities of Neuchâtel and Lausanne.


Caroline Edwards


Caroline Edwards is a founding partner in a boutique music agency and independent record label based in Switzerland which specialises in the alternative genres of folk, traditional, world and experimental music.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Cassiane Pfund Cassiane Pfund


Cassiane Pfund is a trained philosopher with an experimental, hybrid and poetic writing practice, primarily guided by unexpected collisions.

Catja Loepfe
Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Catja Löpfe


Catja Loepfe has a degree in social anthropology, she has been a freelance curator and is currently artistic director at Tanzhaus Zurich.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Daniel Hellmann

Daniel Hellmann


Daniel Hellmann is a dance and theater maker, singer and performer. Hellmann has been creating pieces which interweave performance, language, music and movement in a multi-layered way.


Dawit Seto
Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Dawit Seto


Dawit Seto is a contemporary dancer and choreographer. He completed an artist’s residency in choreography at Cité des arts, France and holds a diploma in dance from Ecole des Sables, Senegal.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort -Donat Kaufmann Donat Kaufmann


Donat sings and plays guitar, bass, synth and drums in the bands One Sentence. Supervisor and Obliecht. He also works for the Swiss branch of Music Declares Emergency, an environmental protection organisation from the music industry.


Dorian Sari
Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort -Dorian Sari


Dorian Sari observes public reactions to contemporary politics and social movements and create mostly in the form of sculpture, and video. Requestioning current affairs and taking a measure with their multidisciplinary background, is the main point of their work.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Joëlle Simmen Jöelle Simmen


Joëlle Simmen oversees Migros Culture Percentage Sparx, supporting emerging Swiss artists. She leads strategic development and network expansion.


léo rebetez


léo rebetez is a multi-discplinary artist trained in graphic design and illustration. He is also involved with screenprinting, plays music and is a grassroots activist.

Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Lisa Collomb Lisa Collomb


Lisa Collomb is a transdisciplinarian who works at the intersection of visual art, architecture,
performance, programming and philosophy.

Mateo Chacón Pino
Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Mateo Chacón-Pino


Mateo Chacón Pino is a Colombian-Swiss art historian, curator and author. He has curated projects in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Matthias von Hartz Matthias von Hartz


Matthias von Hartz is a director and curator. Currently he is Co-Director and Artistic Director of the international Zürcher Theater Spektakel.


Monica Cantieni
Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Monica Cantieni


Monica Cantieni is an author, nominated for the Swiss Book Prize. She has also been involved in heading the online culture department at SRF Swiss Radio and Television and founded ALPHABET LAB.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Nicola Castelletti Nicola Castelletti


Nicola Castelletti is an architect and museographer. In his work, the architectural redevelopment and the museum narrative are related by the desire to preserve a precious trace of social and cultural history and transform it into the starting point for a reflection on contemporaneity.


Ntando Cele
Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Ntando Cele


Ntando Cele is a director and theatre-maker from South Africa. She has created and staged numerous acclaimed political and musical comedies since 2012.


Payal Parekh


Payal Parekh is a climate scientist turned international climate justice activist mobilising ordinary people to get active on climate justice.


Sandra Feller
Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Sandra Feller


Sandra Feller is part of the Salzhaus Winterthur team and responsible for ecological and social sustainability. She also works in the areas of booking and communication.


Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Tom Greder Tom Greder


Tom Greder is an independent producer, writer, director, teacher and collaborator for theatre and street productions, contemporary circus, festivals, films and workshops throughout the world.


Yves Regenass Headshot of CCL Switzerland cohort - Yves Regenass


Yves Regenass is a freelance theater makerc(dramaturgy, direction, performance). He co-foundedcthe gametheater group machina eX and works regularly with the Ticino group Trickster-P.

For press and other enquiries, see the press page here including press releases in English, German, French and Italian.

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