CSPA Convergence

Sustainable Production Drop-In Session #edfringe

August 4, 11 & 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Festival Fringe, The CSPA and Creative Carbon Scotland invite production companies and individuals to a series of drop-in workshops during the 2014 Festivals. Held at Fringe Central, these sessions will provide advice and assistance to companies and productions looking to become more sustainable.

Sustainable Production Drop-In Sessions will be held  4 August11 August and 18 August from 1-4pm.

For more information please contact Catriona Patterson at Catriona.Patterson@creativecarbonscotland.com


Edinburgh Festival Fringe Re-use and Recycle Days #edfringe

August 25 @ 11:00 am - August 26 @ 4:00 pm

Back by popular demand, Creative Carbon Scotland and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe will host two Re-use and Recycle Days at Fringe Central to conclude the 2014 Festivals season. Venues and companies that participated in the Fringe can bring used set items, props, costumes, unused publicity materials and other production materials used during the Festival Fringe to be swapped for other items or recycled.

Our past Re-use and Recycle days have been widely successful, in the quantity and quality of materials gathered as well as the monitoring the physical implications of festival eventsAs part of a Creative Carbon Scotland Case Studyin 2011, 12 tonnes of unused print were collected. Through this monitoring, major Fringe venues were able to reduce print runs for the following year. We anticipate this year’s Re-use and Recycle Days to be equally successful and informative.

The Fringe Re-use and Recycle Days will take place 25-26 August from 11am-4pm

For more information and to RSVP please contact Catriona Patterson at Catriona.Patterson@creativecarbonscotland.com

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Can Festivals Change the World? #edfringe

August 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Hosted in partnership with Festivals Edinburgh, the “Can Festivals Change the World?” seminar will bring together those working in the arts and cultural sector to discuss the various reactions and interactions between politics, the environment and art. We aim to investigate the place of festivals in our altering society and ask:

What is art’s role in a changing climate? How can artists be part of changing the world for the better? And what can festivals do for sustainability?

During the event, we will hear from Di Robson, who has extensive experience on the Scottish and international festivals circuit – including the Exhibition Road Festival as part of the London 2012 Olympics. We will then open up the floor to a thought provoking discussion on the potential roles of the arts sector in affecting the world around us.

We want to gather a range of festival organisers, participants, artists, attendees and admirers in order to spark new ways of thinking and working around festival arts and sustainability.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite here.


One week remaining to apply for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award #edfringe

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Open call to all Fringe productions-

EFSPA-Green-LogoEnter your production in the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award to be chosen as a leading example of sustainability at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The award, supported by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, Creative Carbon Scotland and media partner The List, recognises artists and companies whom address sustainability in myriad ways during the Fringe.

Applicants are assessed on a written questionnaire as well as the implementation and execution of their production during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. To enter, complete the application from the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, located here.

Applications are due 18 July 2014, with a short list of applicants to be published in The List in due course. The award will be given at the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award ceremony 22 July 4-5pm at Fringe Central. More event info, as well as a list of past award winners can be found here.

Apply now.


Image: 2013 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award winner Daniel Bye with Kathryn Beaumont in “How to Occupy an Oil Rig”. Image courtesy Reed Ingram Weir.

The post Only one week remaining- apply for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award appeared first on Creative Carbon Scotland.


Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Go to Creative Carbon Scotland

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Apply now for the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

EFSPA-Green-Logo Applications are now open for the 2014 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, celebrating the greenest and most sustainable shows on the Edinburgh Fringe. This project, a partnership between Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, with media partner The List, rewards shows which engage their audiences with sustainability, take responsibility for their environmental impacts, and think big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world. Applications are open from February 19th to July 18th, with a shortlist announced in The List on July 30th, and the winner announced in a ceremony at Fringe Central on August 22nd.

“We believe artists and cultural organisations are uniquely placed to address the challenges brought on by climate change – through the art they produce, the audiences they speak to and the way in which they operate,” says Ben Twist, Director of Creative Carbon Scotland, “This major award celebrates and publicises their innovative work during the Festival Fringe.”

Shortlisted shows will receive coverage in a special feature in The List on the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, published on July 30th, and reviews of shortlisted shows will be highlighted in The List’s festival issues and website. The organisers of the Award are seeking to bring new publicity and audiences to productions working hard to do their best work and to do it sustainably. The winner will receive the Award itself along with a special feature and coverage in the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts’ Quarterly Magazine.

The award for Sustainable Production on the Fringe was first launched in 2010 at the Hollywood Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Previous Edinburgh recipients include: The Pantry Shelf (2010), a satirical comedy that takes place in any ordinary pantry shelf, produced by Team M&M at Sweet Grassmarket; Allotment (2011) by Jules Horne and directed by Kate Nelson, produced by Nutshell Productions at the Inverleith Allotments in co-production with Assembly; The Man Who Planted Trees (2012) adapted from Jean Giono’s story by Ailie Cohen, Richard Medrington, Rick Conte and directed by Ailie Cohen, produced by the Edinburgh’s Puppet State Theatre; and How to Occupy an Oil Rig (2013), by Daniel Bye and Company, produced at Northern Stage. Awardees have gone on to future success on the Fringe and presentations around the world including as close as Cardiff for World Stage Design, and as far as New Zealand and all across the US and Canada.

 “We see the arts as the best driver of sustainable societies and it’s not just our opinion: data shows that performance promotes positive environmental, social, and economic impacts. This award is intended to reward those artists and companies which embody all of these positive points in an intentional way. It’s not just about going green,” says Ian Garrett, Director of the CSPA. “The fringe model provides an ideal platform to start working with sustainable ideas through all of the freedoms and restrictions the festival allows!”

Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of cultural organisations using the arts to help shape a sustainable Scotland. The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts is in the Arts is a Think Tank for Sustainability in the Arts and Culture.

Shows can apply now at http://www.sustainablepractice.org/fringe/

For more information, contact:

• Ian Garrett – fringe@sustainablepractice.org – US 818-687-6655 – UK 0759 744 1915

• Ben Twist – ben@creativecarbonscotland.com – UK 0131 529 7909

People, Profit, Planet – Sustainability Programme at WSD2013


Exploring Sustainability in Creative Practice

Theatre is a process of reinvention, making and remaking. How do we consider the resources that go into bringing something to the stage? What is our responsibility to materials and energy? How do we create efficient spaces that house performance? How do we talk about this, both as artists and in our art? These questions are the focus for the Sustainability Programme at World Stage Design 2013. Join designers, architects, researchers and others who are focused on the intersection of sustainability and performance as we explore the future of our field as it relates to one of most vital issues of today.

You can view the full programme and book online for some events here.  More events will be added throughout the summer, so keep checking the website.

The People, Profit, Planet programme is supported by the Waterloo Foundation.

Who should attend?

These workshops and presentations are for anyone interested in considering the issues of sustainability within their work. Curious about how reused and eco-materials impact design and construction? Or the future of new energy efficient lighting technology? Intrigued by new work that explores issues of social justice and the environment? Interested in tools and best practices to monitor the carbon footprint of your facility or productions? Perplexed by how these tie together? Join us for a cross section of programming that highlights performances, place and interconnectedness in the wider world.

Sustainability Offerings at WSD2103

Thurs, Sept 5

Fri, Sept 6

Sun, Sept 8

Mon, Sept 9

Tues, Sept 10

Wed, Sept 11

Thurs, Sept 12

Fri, Sept 13

Sat, Sept 14

People, Profit, Planet – group leader
Ian GarrettAssistant Professor, York University, Canada

Sustainable Lighting for the Theatre with Henk van der Geest and Ian Garrett at WSD2013


Sat 14 Sept 16.30 – 18.00

Willow Theatre

Sustainability is important for everyone working in design today, but to be sustainable is also often required by your clients.  What is real sustainability and can the energy saving in theatrical lighting save the world? Exploring what to do, and what not to.

Who should attend?

Opent to all with an interest in lighting

Price: £6


Designing Sustainably for Broadway with Donyale Werle at WSD2013

img-peter-and-the-starcatcher_142013765001Sat 14 Sept 14.30 – 16.00

The Willow Theatre

Donyale Werle, who started out as a painter, began to reexamine routine theatre practices after working for 13 months on the set for High Fidelity, a 2006 Broadway musical that closed after only 13 performances, she told American Theatre Magazine in Fall 2012.

Seeing her work trashed seemed a waste in more ways than one.

This session will focus on producing greener theatre. Donyale Werle has gained much acclaim for her use of salvaged materials in her sets and for her creative designs; she won her recent Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher, whose set was made entirely of recycled materials. Werle serves as pre-production co-chair for the Broadway Green Alliance.

Open to all.

Price: £6


Trans – Plantable Living Room at WSD2013

TANJA-BEERonline_livingroom_guyAn edible stage will provide the unique space for this performance, which will explore our relationship to gardening in the age of ecological uncertainty and our broad relationship to nature. You will be invited to plant a seedling, contributing to the space in your own personal way.

The event will unify a temporary, site-specific edible garden with local gardening communities via performance.

Outside of the performance, the space will function as a discursive, enjoyable sitting area and installation which can be enjoyed by the public.

Open to all.

This performance has travelled to World Stage Design 2013 from Australia, the USA, Canada and the UK.

This performance will take place on the college grounds.
Tickets are free but limited in numbers.
Please follow the links below to pre book your free tickets.


Emergence presents – World Café: A sustainable enquiry at WSD2013

Summit ConferenceFri 13 Sept 14.30 – 16.00

Rowe Beddoe

Fern Smith and Rhodri Thomas co-founders of Emergence 
will facilitate a participatory inquiry into the role of the arts and artists as change-makers. World Café is an open and informal technique which uses the collective wisdom of groups to address a number of over-arching questions of relevance to the people present in the room.

The questions will be related to the people and projects we have individually encountered which inspire us to create a more sustainable practice in our life and work. This will be an invaluable opportunity to meet and share with other designers, theatre makers, producing and receiving houses and to follow a line of enquiry in an open, honest and structured manner.

The World Café methodology is a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue.

The World café will be preceded by an introduction to the work of Emergence, the ideas which have inspired it and it’s impact to date on the arts scene in Wales and beyond.

Open to all.

Price: £6