Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

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EFSPA-Green-LogoThis 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, economic, and social impacts; and think big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world.

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: Paine’s Plough’s production of Lungs at the Roundabout at Summerhall (2015), 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.

To be considered for the award, a production uses our online toolkit to evaluate their sustainable approaches. 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.

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:

Presented with Media Partner The List


Sponsored by PR Print and Arts & Business Scotland

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Presented by the CSPA and Creative Carbon Scotland

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

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ARE WE STRONGER THAN WINSTON Announced as Winner for 2016 Fringe Sustainable Practice Award!

The award, celebrating sustainable design, content and production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, was given to VOU Fiji Dance for their production Are We Stronger Than Winston?, performed at Greenside @ Nicolson Square.

A representative of the company received the award piece, created by local maker Coral Mallow, and presented by comedian Holly Burn, who hosted the event. Other speakers included Brendan Miles from the List magazine, Ian Garrett from the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Phil Brady from PR Print and Design.

Are We Stronger Than Winston?  was created in response to the cyclone Winston, which devastated the South Pacific Islands in February this year. The dance piece depicts the horrors of the natural disaster, as well as the locals’ resilience in dealing with the strongly-felt impacts of climate change. They convinced the judges with this direct approach to the theme of sustainability in its form of human adaptation to a changing environment, as well as their excellent and moving performance. Moreover, they are conscious of their carbon emissions through travel and aimed to offset this by planting trees in their homeland. The company concluded their spring European Tour with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, appearing at Greenside @ Nicolson Square from August 5th to August 13th. In the company’s words:

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