As the Concertgebouw celebrates the opening night of its new season, we make it clear that there is little to celebrate on a dying planet.
Ben van Beurden, the CEO of Shell, admits that one of his company’s three major goals is to secure a ‘social license to operate’. This is what the Concertgebouw gives Shell when it accepts a nominal fee from them to be part of its exclusive business club, where Shell executives get to lobby politicians, the royal family and other members of the Dutch elite.
Carrying black champagne, our solemn performers expose the dissonance between the Concertgbouw’s public image and its complicity in the global crimes of Royal Dutch Shell through its acceptance of their dirty money,
Van Beurden is terrified that his social license will be taken away as people wake up to the realities of climate change. We’re here to make sure his fears come true.