News / 9. March 2020


For the past years, a rise of consciousness has seen the light and sustainability has become a considerable priority in our current society. A change of behaviour has stumbled upon different disciplines along with the artistic field.

Databases as The Ashden Directory, The Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and the Green Arts Portal have been created to bring together institutions and artists who wish to work sustainability and provide them with a platform and a list of ideas on how to achieve this goal. Many festivals as The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society per example has committed to environmental sustainability, and in supporting participants in running greener shows.

Based on these developments, CPH STAGE has chosen for this year 2020 to bring light on sustainable alternatives and perspectives for its production, and in which ways the festival can be characterized as an inspiration and catalyst for a more sustainable practice in the Danish performing arts milieu.

The festival works particularly actively with the UN’s Global Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production : Our planet has provided us with an abundance of natural resources. But we have not utilized them responsibly and currently consume far beyond what our planet can provide. We must learn how to use and produce in sustainable ways that will reverse the harm that we have inflicted on the planet.

In which ways does CPH STAGE meet these goals?

Every year the festival holds an international programme of 3 days with visits, networking events and theatre shows for professionals from all over the globe to experience Danish stage art. This year we have booked sustainable accommodation, as well as green transportation, and collaborate with local sustainable beverage and food producers who aim to reduce food losses along the production and the post-harvest food losses.

The festival encourages wasteless consumption by choosing sustainability as focus and promotes universal understanding of sustainable lifestyle.

It also aims to reduce waste generation by thinking of alternatives to plastic bottles per example.

The festival’s exploration of sustainable opportunities is supported by the Bikuben Foundation, the Copenhagen’s Municipality among others and in collaboration with Jordnær Creative as advisor.