How to make your tour greener

A new toolkit will help performing arts companies reduce the environmental impact of their tours.

From booking flights for artists to shipping sets across the country, performing arts touring is a complicated business – and one with a sizeable carbon footprint.

Recognising the urgent need for the arts to transition to a low-carbon model – a situation highlighted by the increase in extreme weather events, such as the flooding that recently hit south-east Queensland and the Northern Rivers – Art on Tour, the peak body for performing arts touring in NSW, recently launched a step-by-step guide to help organisations move towards a carbon neutral touring model.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts