Orient Express 20:20:20


Who is behind this?

Nick Connaughton

Arcola Theatre Production Company


United Kingdom

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Imagine a carbon neutral bus with 8 artists from different countries, travelling the route of the Orient Express. In 8 different cities, they engage scientists and local communities to create communal artistic responses, navigating towards an environmentally sustainable Europe.

Where will your idea take place?

8 cities: London to Istanbul

Why does Europe need your idea?

In 2009 the EU adopted a wide-ranging package on climate change. This focuses on 3 areas: 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions; a 20% increase in the share of renewables in the energy mix; & a 20% cut in energy consumption- all by 2020. While this has had a policy level impact & significant progress at governmental level, there remains to be a meaningful sea-change at civic level.

This project will allow artists & scientists/engineers to work together with communities to explore the real world impact of climate change & imagine solutions for a better future.

Europe needs this idea to show we can reach across borders to see the impact of concerted civic action. These issues are not limited by national borders, but are a uniting concern affecting every citizen in every country.

What is your impact?

This project will share a model & best practice for science/arts projects across Europe. It will link scientists, technology, artists & communities & encourage them to co- create a piece of art. Individual artistic interventions will be recorded, collated & shared online, inviting other communities to engage & learn. We aim for real behavioural & attitudinal change, & understand that this needs people to be actively involved, understanding how environmental changes in often disparate parts of the continent have a real world impact on their everyday lives. By travelling across Europe, we can join communities- artistic, academic & social in a shared vision of a better future.

Part of our project involves measuring the environmental impact of our work; any unavoidable impacts will be offset.

How do you get there?

Summer (July/August 2016)

1: Identify & secure EU partners/hosts - artistic & science/tech in each of the 8 cities.

2: Recruit 8 artists from a range of disciplines, one from each of the 8 countries. Artists recruited based on artistic quality & interest in environmental sustainability.

3: Logistical arrangements facilitated by Arcola project managers. Website designed, artists briefed & work plans established.

4: Tour commences in London. We travel to Starsborg, Dortmund, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Varna and Istanbul. Website launched to track the progress across Europe. Outward journey across 14 days. 4 days return.

5: Evaluation & follow up with all project partners. A project report made available to partners, and also on the website to facilitate wider learning.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 65830,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Suggested partners for the tour leg as well as any innovative community engagement ideas to use in our city visits



Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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