Monthly online dialogues, meetings and talks > with cities, experts, artists, practitioners, civil society, institutions

The Orchestras of transformation – new artistic imaginaries for the 2030 Agenda, curated by the collectives Locales and Visible, is a project that combines contemporary artistic imagination with new action strategies for achieving the SDG objectives of the 2030 Agenda in the medium term. The themes of gender-based violence, regenerative actions for the climate emergency and underwater life, and the overcoming of social inequalities, are at the center of this edition for the city of Rome.

Initiated on the occasion of the 2020 Rome Charter launch, and commissioned by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, the project Orchestras of transformation invites three international artistic and curatorial perspectives from Cooking Sections, Jasmeen Patheja and Johanne Affricot (GRIOT) to rethink artistic methods of intervention in the public sphere that implement paths of change and promote alternative imaginaries. Moreover,  due to the current pandemic situation, the team of the Orchestras has developed a multiform method of artistic presentation which includes establishing collaborations with local and international actors, developing social-media campaigns and podcast palimpsests with a powerful mediatic impact and aimed at a wider audience.

Starting from ongoing research and projects, each artist’s project addresses a different SDG, with the aim of working towards the implementation of new forms of awareness and generating new learning paths on urgent issues. Indian artist Jasmeen Patheja (SDG 5: Gender equality) in collaboration with feminist and and LGTBQI+ associations, will develop a podcast to reflect on the theme of gender-based violence. The British duo Cooking Sections (SDG 2: Achieving Food Security and Better Nutrition; SDG 13: Acting for the Climate; SDG 14: Life Underwater) will conduct a multifaceted campaign to raise public awareness on the impact of food production and consumption on the climate emergency.  Finally, cultural producer and curator Johanne Affricot will work on an artistic palimpsest for the city of Rome connected to the international and plural debate on the African diaspora, with an attention to Italian afro-descendants (SDG 10: Reducing inequalities).

3 online workshops > dedicated one for each Orchestras artist and involved cities’ representative






20th April 2021 – #CITIESARELISTENING. Upgrading culture in sustainable development: the time is now

organized by UCLG, with members of 2030 goals


28th May 2021  – The Rome Charter: one year after. An informal and multivoiced conversation.

Organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, with UCLG Culture Committee and the contribution of Villa Massimo – Rome / Liminal project


15th  and 30th June 2021 – HOW CAN A CITY BECOME CLIMAVORE? – Open session and workshop by Cooking Sections / Orchestras of Transformation

Organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and UCLG Culture Committee

A video summary of the sessions (15th + 30th June) will be published on this website in the following days.


22nd June 2021 – Togetherness, community, commoning: radical perspectives in a dialogue with the Rome CharterA conversation between the artistic collective Chto Delat, Théo-Mario Coppola and Cesare Pietroiusti with external voices from artistic practices

Organized by Azienda Speciale Palaexpo and UCLG Culture Committee



Single Speeches – Day 1