Forum timetable

12.00 Registration and noon coffee
12.30 Roomet Jakapi (lobby)
12.30 Hall doors open
13.00 Opening words: Triin Pikk Tartu 2024 programme line Tartu with Earth manager and Sander Loite ERR, “Osoon”
13.15 Urmas Klaas Mayor of Tarty
13.20 Kati Ilves Tartu 2024 Artistic Director
13.30 Ruth Reichstein European Commission, The New European Bauhaus
13.40 Mihkel Kaevats Republic of Estonia Ministry of Culture
13.55 Marleen Viidul Head of the Department of Culture of Tartu City Government
14.05 Else Christensen-Redzepovich Voices of Culture, European Capital of Culture Expert Commission
14.15 Panel discussion – send your questions: #kultuurikompass
14.45 Pause (lobby)
15.15 Roomet Jakapi
15.20 Instructional video: “How to Organise an Environmentally Friendly Event” Moonwalker Film
15.30 Feimatta Conteh Theatre Green Book, Manchester International Festival
15.50 Lewis Jamieson Music Declares Emergency
16.05 Kristiina Kerge Acento, Green Tiger, Let’s Do It Foundation
16.20 Gwendolenn Sharp The Green Room, A Greener Festival, Keychange 2022, Festival Academy
16.30 Networking and pause (lobby)
17.25 Roomet Jakapi
17.35 Artur Mendes Boom festival, Being Gathering
17.45 Jonas Skielboe VeloConcerts
18.00 Kiira Kivisaari Helsinki Biennial
18.10 Panel discussion – send your questions: #kultuurikompass
18.40 Concluding thoughts from the day
18.45 End of forum

Climate change affects us every day. Every step and action we take affects the environment. We believe that we can change the world through green cultural management. There are more questions than answers in this area. Let's try to make the picture clearer.

The Kultuurikompass forum: “How To Change The World Through Environmentally Friendly Cultural Management?" taking place on the 28th of April discusses the topic through three thematic sections: social agreements, the green revolution across the fields of cultural management, and a wider collection of inspiration for the future.
At the Third International Kultuurikompass forum, we will discuss, how to maintain the course towards green cultural management. How to do this in the sphere of influence of cultural and environmental policies and strategies, with the help of networks, while staying true to your creative goals? How to avoid the fatigue that such an emotional topic can cause?

The Kultuurikompass Forum is organised according to Tartu 2024, OÜ Acento and Tartu City Government guidelines for organising environmentally friendly events.

The Kultuurikompass programme is divided into three thematic sections:

I: Setting a course from dream to reality

Big goals require political and societal vision and agreements. The first thematic section of the Kultuurikompass forum will discuss green cultural management in the light of political agreements. 

II: Overcoming obstacles together

Promoting green cultural governance and achieving the European Green Deal and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can be the new focus for cultural networks and organisations. The second thematic section of the forum asks how networks can support the cultural sector in implementing environmentally friendly changes.

III: Trailblazers

Many festivals, theatres, and cultural managers in Estonia and Europe have taken clear steps to make environmentally friendly events. The forum will share their inspiring best practices. 


Artur Mendes is one of the co-managers of Boom Festival and the Being Gathering. Due to his love for music, he became active in the Portuguese electronic music scene in the mid 90s. He co-wrote and co-produced documentaries such as “Lusofonia, A (R)Evolução”, “Boom Festival 20 Years” and the books “Boom Book” and “Boom Festival 20 Years: A Visual and Oral History”. He has also been a part of the curation and executive production of Red Bull Music Academy Portugal.

Else Christensen-Redzepovic is an expert and advisor in local and international cultural relations. She has led complex large-scale transnational EU projects focusing on empowering local communities, sustainable urban and regional development and internationalisation. Else has advised Croatian, Austrian and German Ministries of Culture on topics related to the European Capital of Culture programme and has trained ECoC teams.

In 2018, Else was appointed the Project Manager of “Voices of Culture” . In 2020, she was appointed to the European Union expert panel for the selection and monitoring of European Capitals of Culture by the European Parliament. 

Feimatta Conteh has worked with sustainability, technology development, digital culture and the arts for over 15 years. She is a trustee at Artsadmin and Invisible Dust, an active member of the GMAST network, and sits on the advisory committee for the Theatre Green Book.

The Theatre Green Book is an initiative by theatres to work more sustainably. In three volumes, it sets standards for making productions sustainably, for making theatre buildings sustainable, and for improving operations like catering and front of house.

Gwendolenn Sharp is the founder of The Green Room, a non-profit organisation developing strategies for environmental and social change in the music industry. She has worked with cultural institutions, festivals and environmental NGOs in Poland, France, Germany and Tunisia and has diverse experience in concert production, tour management and project design.

Since 2016, she co-creates solutions with associated musicians and technicians towards low-carbon touring. Gwendolenn is an assessor for A Greener Festival (UK) and a Keychange 2022 innovator.

The founder of VeloConcerts, guitarist Jonas Skielboe has always been interested in discovering new ways to perform. After studying classical music in Denmark, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands, his career has spanned several genres, ranging from flamenco and crossover to rock and experimental contemporary music.

Jonas has spent over 20 years touring the world, working in the music industry and discovering different cultures. The ecological footprint of touring schedules led him to develop VeloConcerts a mobile, ecologically friendly alternative to conventional stage setups. In 2020, the VeloConcerts Austria Tour received national media attention as one possible way of hosting outdoor events safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kiira Kivisaari worked as the environmental coordinator for contemporary art event Helsinki Biennial from 2019 to 2021. Her responsibilities were to create an environmental programme for the biennial as well as to map out the environmental impacts of the event. The first Helsinki Biennial turned out to be a true learning experience regarding environmental responsibility!

Currently, Kiira is studying Environmental Change and Global Sustainability at the University of Helsinki, and Responsibility and Management in Business of Sport at the University of Jyväskylä.

For the past 11 years, Kristiina Kerge has contributed to several environmental initiatives, such as the service, the Let's Do It Foundation's World Cleanup Days and the concept of environmental impact metrics in cooperation with the Green Tiger Foundation.

In 2020, she founded the company Acento, together with three active people, which has helped both large and small festivals and conferences be more sustainable.

Lewis Jamieson is the Communications Director of Music Declares Emergency and a founder member of the organisation. Having worked in the music industry since the early 90’s, Lewis has a wealth of experience in all areas of the business. Initially a DJ and promoter, Lewis worked for the independent label 4AD. He has handled media for UK top ten bands and acted as PR lead for the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

In 2019, Lewis was one of the founders of Music Declares Emergency with other leading industry professionals and recording artists. Their declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency has amassed over 6000 signatures from music industry organisations, artists large and small, and a swathe of major and independent labels.

Marleen Viidul is the Head of the Department of Culture of Tartu City Government, who has been active in the field of culture both as a cultural organiser and as an official. In her work, Marleen has repeatedly experienced that culture is an area that drives significant change and makes every place truly liveable, unique and attractive. The cultural sector is often one of the advocates of environmental issues, proving that change starts with small steps and everyone's contribution counts.

Poet. A walker. Cyclist. Fighter if needed.
Mihkel Kaevats speaks for the Ministry of Culture, which is trying to learn from the best cultural managers and spread this knowledge. Culture has a lifelong role to play in the human and biosphere crisis (also known as the Green Revolution). Culture has a huge impact on how people think and what they think. Therefore, the sustainable management of cultural organisation is paramount - whatever the content. Now we have to think about how to do it together.

Ruth Reichstein works in I.D.E.A., the Advisory Board of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. She deals with Green Deal related issues and coordinates the New European Bauhaus initiative. Ruth is a trained journalist and occupied several positions before joining the Commission beginning of 2019; both as communicator in the European Parliament and as journalist for several German news outlets such as “die tageszeitung”, “ARD” and “Deutschlandfunk”.

Sander Loite is a journalist working for Estonian National Broadcasting on environmental and nature issues. He runs ETV's long-standing environmental and nature show "Osoon" as co-host and co-author. The subject of the natural environment is a part of his weekly life. Sander's commitment to nature is supported by his education - master's degrees in Zoology and Hydrobiology from the University of Tartu and Science Media Production degree from Imperial College London.

Triin Pikk, Tartu 2024 Tartu with Earth Programme Line Manager, has studied semiotics, cultural theory and sociology at the University of Tartu and has a master's degree in journalism and media communication from Tallinn University. During her semiotics course, she also studied at the Voronezh State University in Russia. At the European Capital of Culture she advises and curates projects and develops green strategies. She ensures that events taking place in Tartu and Southern Estonia in 2024, are based on the principles of sustainability, nature conservation, re-use and hold the values of biodiversity and cultural diversity. 

See what happened at previous international Kultuurikompass forums

What is Kultuurikompass?

Kultuurikompass is a capacity building programme for culture managers, artists, creative and social entrepreneurs in Tartu and Southern Estonia. We invite everyone to learn from each other because knowledge and experience exchange help entrepreneurial and responsible cultural managers find new and more diverse audiences, and achieve their goals. 

Kultuurikompass programme consists of forums and seminars, and it is developed by the Tartu 2024 Foundation and Tartu City Government in cooperation with partners from around the whole Southern Estonia. The first forum took place in January 2019 and by the end of 2020 there 2 international forums, 6 forums, and 2 side events have taken place.