Artists have a critical role to play in fostering creativity and bringing communities together. At AOT we passionately believe in the importance of audiences and communities across Australia having access to live performing arts experiences, both locally made and touring productions, because we know they have a significant positive impact in communities at a cultural, social and economic level.
We also care deeply for the wellbeing of our people and our planet, and our planet is in climate crisis. Many artists and arts organisations urgently want to respond. AOT started the Green Touring Initiative in late 2020 with the aim of providing tools and strategies to minimise emissions and work towards carbon neutral touring, so that the positive impacts of our touring activity at a community level don’t cost the planet. The outcomes of this Initiative, The Green Touring Toolkit and accompanying resources, and Arup's emissions calculator Circulate, were launched in 2022.
“As artists and art-makers, we have an incredible opportunity to be the innovators and the storytellers that lead on change.”
GREEN TOURING INITIATIVE AIMS
Partnering with NSW touring organisations Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, CDP Theatre Producers, Critical Stages Touring, Monkey Baa Theatre Company, Performing Lines and Sydney Dance Company, The Green Touring Initiative started with a workshop, facilitated by environmental consultant Grace Nye-Butler, where we pulled apart AOT’s 2020 tour of Siren Theatre Co’s HMS Pinafore and succeeded in reducing emissions by 32%.
The following aims were determined at the workshop:
THE GREEN TOURING TOOLKIT
Developed in consultation with artists, creatives, arts managers and environmental sustainability experts, The Green Touring Toolkit is a practical, step by step companion guide to greening the production and touring process – from setting goals to production design and pre-tour planning, working with venue partners and reducing emissions on tour, and measuring emissions post tour purchasing offsets.
We have developed a set of reference guides and templates to facilitate implementing the ideas in the toolkit – see the Resources section on this page or click below for these resources and links to other industry green guides and information resources.
CIRCULATE, ARUP'S ONLINE EMISSIONS TOOL
Arts on Tour partnered with Arup on the Green Touring Initiative. Arup supported the development of The Green Touring Toolkit and is providing access to the beta version of Circulate, an online emissions calculator at no cost, to support the sector’s transition towards sustainability.
Dedicated to sustainable development, Arup is a collective of designers, advisors and experts working across 140 countries. Arup understands that the arts, cultural and creative industries are a vital expression of the human experience and fundamental to our mission to shape a better world.
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AOT Reference Guides & Templates
Arts on Tour is based in Redfern NSW and we respectfully acknowledge the Gadigal people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the unceded land on which we work.
As we tour artists and productions across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations Elders, past, present and future.
We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.