News & Events​

In this section, we publish information on current developments as well as promote events in the context of music, climate and sustainability.


The “Theater im Bauturm” shows the solo-performance “The Feral Womxn” by and with Jemima Rosa Dean which discusses interfaces of feminism and climate activism. It is presented in English. More information and tickets can be found here.

As a festival for world literature, Poetica 9 will be dedicated to the relationship between nature, poetry, and history, and will thereby expand the search field, particularly by showing the global diversity in contemporary nature poetry and the widely differing cultural traditions and literary forms that poets from Colombia, England, Greece, Iran, Japan, North Macedonia, Switzerland, USA, or Germany refer to in their poetry.

More information on the program and the authors can be found here.

The University of the Arts Helsinki is hosting the 36th World Conference of the International Society of Music Education addressing Advocacy for Sustainability in Music Education. Music education can have its own significant role in transforming the world towards a sustainable future. Uniarts Helsinki believes that music and other arts have enormous potential to make a difference in the world. All that potential, all the questions and new partnerships for change that music educators and other stakeholders can offer are needed and discussed throughout the conference.

For further information, click here.


The Cultural Diversity in Music Education (CDIME) conference has provided a platform for the exchange of practices and research related to cultural diversity in music education since 1992. In 2023 the sixteenth CDIME conference will be an in-person event, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. The theme of the conference, ecologies and diversities, invites participants to consider diversity in music education using theories and ideas drawn from ecological thinking. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • the relationships between ecological sustainability, the climate crisis, music education and cultural diversity;
  • cultural, social, economic, technological, or sonic ecologies that relate to cultural diversity in music education;
  • systems and relationships in, beyond, or outside music education situations that foster or limit cultural diversity;
  • embodied systems of thought or practice as it relates to cultural diversity in music education;
  • coloniality, decoloniality or postcoloniality and cultural diversity;
  • ways in which classrooms, schools, schooling systems, teacher training, policy or curricula, etc. can be understood as ecological and how such ecologies relate to cultural diversity in music education.

For more information, click here.

Conference on Politics in Music and Song;, Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

XXII Biennial IASPM International Conference 2023 “Popular Music in Crisis”; Minneapolis & online

III International Conference on Sonorities Research (CIPS):
Sounds of the End of the World. Fluminense Federal University (UFF) – Niterói/RJ – Brazil. Online & in person. Call for abstracts until 22 January 2023

How do sound and musical cultures take a position, articulate, face and/or politicize themselves in the face of late capitalism and the Anthropocene? What do certain sounds and music teach us in these situations where there seems to be no alternative but to accelerate? Or what sounds need to be heard, which are ignored and which denounce the urgency before the end of the world? Anyway, what does it mean to hear the end of the world?

How Can Music Education Respond to the Climate Crisis? 35th World Conference of the International Society for Music 2022. Virtual Conference (originally Brisbane, Australia)
Deadline: Early Bird Rate available until 17 April,

Daegu, South Korea, 5-9 July 2022, IASPM XXI 2022 „Climates of Popular Music“; Deadline: 31 October 2021,

On January 30, 1969, the Beatles performed their last ever public performance on a rooftop…with only the sky above! In 2022, people around the world are searching for hope, inspiration, and unity; a way to join together with others around the world who believe a peaceful and more sustainable future is possible.

Unprecedented times demand unprecedented action! Now more than ever, the world needs a message of hope & togetherness through a globally connected event on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2022!

Each event will host dialogue opportunities where people will
connect over one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as: Quality Education, Gender Equality, Climate Action, and Peace and Partnerships.

Be part of this global movement by organizing your own #SkyConcert: endorsing one of the stages, promoting the message or showing your enthusiasm in some way! Make your voice heard by joining our biggest #MusicAboveFighting celebration ever! 

For more information click here!

Sustainability managers and climate balances have long since ceased to be the domain of industry, commerce or tourism. For theaters, festivals, socio-cultural centers, museums and concert halls, too, sustainability and climate protection are increasingly becoming relevant issues for their own operations and artistic productions. In collaboration with the nationwide initiative Culture4Climate, the Kulturamt Freiburg invites cultural institutions and cultural professionals to learn about current developments and examples as well as concepts and practical possibilities for action.

Freiburg University of Music, Chamber Music Hall

September 19, 2022, 2 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, click here.

17 panels with film and literature, debate and art, new music and climate activism. Artists from the UK, Taiwan, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Switzerland, Austria as well as the Caribbean, Canada and Germany will be participating.

The festival will take place from August 26-28, 2022 at the Alte Münze, Molkenmarkt 2, 10179 Berlin.

More info can be found here.

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 24-26 März 2022, Zukunftsentwürfe in der Populärkultur: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven;
Deadline: 1 Oktober 2021,

Hochschule für Musik, Theater und
Medien Hannover. Neues Haus 1, Hörsaal 202. Deadline: 1. März 2022, final.pdf

New York, USA, Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, International conference to be held via Zoom,