As part of its EDNext 2022-2024 programme, the European Dancehouse Network has focused on the issue of environmental sustainability in its first year. The EDN Campaign was built on the conversations and outcomes of the EDN activities in 2022, together with the findings and recommendations of the EDN publication "Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary Dance: Emerging Issues, Practises and Recommendations". 

The EDN Campaign document can be used by artists, advocates, funders and stakeholders to (re)think, (re)adapt and (re)invent their approach. We encourage you to use this document along with the EDN publication "Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary Dance: : Emerging Issues, Practises and Recommendations" (available on the EDN website) in your local, regional and national advocacy work.

On this basis, the EDN campaign document was drafted with six key themes, providing answers to the following questions: How are ecological concerns addressed by contemporary dance organisations? What're the biggest challenges in "greening" the way we design, produce and present contemporary dance artworks? What do we need to achieve greater ecological sustainability? And what needs to be considered given our different international circumstances?

The EDN campaign document presents concrete actions and ideas to engage the contemporary dance sector in Europe, its advocates, funders and stakeholders in a common movement for a sustainable future. The campaign was launched in collaboration with EDN members on 6 October 2022 with seven social media actions, including a general announcement and six awareness-raising activities through EDN and member communication channels.

As the final result of the campaign, the European Dancehouse Network has released the final campaign document which includes six themes: 

  • We Can Dance. (highlighting the narratives)
  • We Can Do Less and Do It Together. (focusing on the question of production)
  • We Can Travel Slow and Stay Longer. (how can we think about mobility)
  • We Can Be Sufficient. (focusing on organisations)
  • We Can Be Many. (our relations with community)
  • Towards a Sustainable Futureā€¦ (the policy recommendations)


The final document is endorsed by all 48 network members from 28 countries. The EDN Campaign document can be used by artists, advocates, funders and stakeholders to (re)think, (re)adapt and (re)invent their approach. We encourage you to use this document along with the EDN publication "Environmental Sustainability in Contemporary Dance: Emerging Issues, Practises and Recommendations" in your local, regional and national advocacy work. 

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