Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Presented with Media Partner The List

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Click here to view the application for the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Applications are now open for the 2015 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 23rd to July 24th, with a shortlist announced in The List at the beginning of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the winner announced in a ceremony at Fringe Central on August 28th.

The Fringe Sustainable Practice Award celebrates the best in sustainability on the Edinburgh Fringe. Inviting productions to 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, the Award highlights the different exciting approaches Fringe productions are taking to sustainability. We’re inviting all Fringe productions — whether they’ve just started thinking about recycling or whether they’ve been bike-powering venues for years — to apply for this high profile award, and to tell us the new ideas and new ways they have for engaging with sustainability.

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 Handlebards for their production of The Comedy of Errors performed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (2014); How to Occupy an Oil Rig (2013) by Daniel Bye and Company, produced at Northern Stage; 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; Allotment (2011) by Jules Horne and directed by Kate Nelson, produced by Nutshell Productions at the Inverleith Allotments in co-production with Assembly; and The Pantry Shelf (2010), a satirical comedy that takes place in any ordinary pantry shelf produced by Team M&M at Sweet Grassmarket. 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.

The 2015 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award is supported by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland with media partnership from The List. Entries are invited from companies until 24 July. A long-list will be published on-line in the List on 31 July and productions on the long-list highlighted in subsequent print festival editions before the announcement of the award at a ceremony at Fringe Central on Friday 28 August. The winner will receive a special feature and coverage in the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts’ Quarterly Magazine

To be considered for the award, a production fills out an online questionnaire. Questions range from an inventory of materials used to what public transportation lines run close to venues to how themes about sustainability are addressed in their shows. Because venues vary so greatly, various sections may not be included in a single evaluation to provide equal footing for the shows on a case by case basis. Shows are encouraged, but not required to provide a CSPA affiliate with tickets to their production to allow a trained eye to look at shows and projects as they exist in the real world.

Also, we do hope this will inspire you to have the discussion with your venue about what they’re doing to make those things you don’t control more sustainable. Encourage your venue to join the Green Arts Initiative – details here: http://www.creativecarbonscotland.com/project/the-green-arts-initiative-2/


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 How do we make the determinations? Click here to read about our methodology.

please email fringe@sustainablepractice.org with any questions.

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The 2014 Award for Sustainable Practice at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was awarded today to the Handlebards for their production of The Comedy of Errors performed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. In a ceremony at Fringe Central on Friday, August 22nd at 4:00 pm, after presentations by Brendan Miles from The List and CSPA Director Ian Garrett, Anthony Alderson, Director of Pleasance Theatre, presented Elinor Gallant, Public Programmes Manager at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, with the 2014 Award for Sustainable Production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on behalf of The Handlebards.

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