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Edinburgh Green Tease with Sarah Hopfinger

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

creative_carbon_scotlandChildren and artists both do something very well indeed: inventing exciting worlds to live and play in. At a time when our own world is in environmental and economic crisis, how can we use that imaginative power to make things new?

If you haven’t already heard, Green Tease is coming to Edinburgh this June for a special event in collaboration with Imaginate and Festivals Edinburgh.

Following on from a workshop we ran with Imaginate a while back with children’s theatre makers exploring what a sustainable children’s theatre network might look like in 50 years we wanted to get the ball rolling again.

We hope you can join us at Summerhall on June 18th, 5 – 7pm for this first Edinburgh Green Tease. We’ll be joined by Sarah Hopfinger, artist and children’s theatre-maker, in a discussion of how we can transform the children’s theatre sector and the art we make, and transform folk’s lives in doing so. Sarah’s practice explores the interconnections between people and wider ecology, and we’ll be thinking about the connections between children’s theatre, the wider arts sector, the city, and the world.

Green Teas(e) brings together the artistic and sustainability worlds of Edinburgh to spark new connections and join up projects and activities which share a common desire to make the city a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable place to live. At each event invited speakers start us off with short presentations/provocations to lead us on to a wider discussion. We really want to hear your views and hope you can join us and contribute to the event.

To find out more and to sign up for the event click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Image: Sarah Hopfinger: www.sarahhopfinger.org.uk

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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.

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Opportunity: Volunteers Wanted for Creative Environmental Project

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Opportunity for volunteers to get involved in a new creative environmental project in Leith

A new project in Edinburgh is embracing creative approaches to engage the community with climate change and environmental issues. The Leith Community Climate Change Project is the first initiative run by the new Himalayan Centre for Arts and Culture in Leith, formally Dr Bells Swimming Pool. The idea behind the Centre originally came from the Nepal Scotland Association, who wanted to find a suitable venue which could act as the common base for many different cultural communities in Edinburgh and beyond.

The Centre is now looking for a special team of Community Champions to develop the Leith Community Climate Change Project over the coming months.

The initiative will run from April 2014 to February 2015 and involves a range of activity:

  • A schedule of creative and environmentally themed workshops will run from the Centre, including natural dyeing sessions and theatrical pieces.
  • The team will support households in Leith to reduce their energy consumption and increase food composting.
  • Outdoor excursions will be organised for community members, including tree identification walks and cycle rides.

The Community Champions

The Champions will receive bespoke training to develop the skills relevant for this project, including an option for further training at the end. Champions spending a certain amount of time with the project will get bikes from the Bike Station, plus a cycling course and cycling equipment for the duration of the initiative. They will receive ongoing support from the Centre and the opportunity to go on Scottish based trips to connect with similar projects. They will have the chance to shape an exciting and vibrant environmental project.

If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to get involved with, please email harriet@himalayancentre.org.
0794740030
Twitter @HimalayanCentre
Facebook – Himalayan Centre for Arts & Culture, Edinburgh

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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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Platform on tour in Glasgow and Edinburgh, 21-24th October

This post comes to you from EcoArtScotland

Platform on tour in Glasgow and Edinburgh, 21-24th October – Platform London.

PLATFORM, the interdisciplinary social and enviromental practice working across arts, activism, education and research are in Scotland next week contributing to the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Glasgow as well as the Radical Independent Book Fair in Edinburgh. 

ecoartscotland is a resource focused on art and ecology for artists, curators, critics, commissioners as well as scientists and policy makers. It includes ecoartscotland papers, a mix of discussions of works by artists and critical theoretical texts, and serves as a curatorial platform.

It has been established by Chris Fremantle, producer and research associate with On The Edge ResearchGray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University. Fremantle is a member of a number of international networks of artists, curators and others focused on art and ecology.
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Sensory Worlds: Environment, Value and the Multi-Sensory

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7th-9th December, 2011; Edinburgh

“What contribution can sensorially-engaged Humanities make to environmental thinking and action?“

The conference “Sensory Worlds“ wants to examine the multi-sensory and will reflect upon the historical, contemporary and possible future relations between the senses (from balance to taste to the haptic and beyond). It aims to allow generously for both formal and informal discussions and dialogues. David Abram and Iain Borden will hold keynote presentations which are also open to the public.

Call for Papers: This call invites responses to the main theme, and asks that these are submitted to one of the following elements: Paper Sessions, Panel Sessions or Installations.

For more information on the conference and the call for papers, check the website:
http://www.iash.ed.ac.uk/Sawyer/Conference.html

Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.

Cultura21′s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.

The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:

– Sacha Kagan (based in Lüneburg, Germany) and Rana Öztürk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)

Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21

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For the end of the Edinburgh Festivals – Scottish Researchers Turn Whiskey into Fuel

Don’t drink and drive, but feel free to let your car party all it wants! After two years and $400,000, researchers at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland have successfully turned whiskey into fuel. The researchers were provided with the general products needed to make whiskey as well as the byproducts that typically result from production of the alcohol. They found they were able to make a form of biobutanol — which is 30% more efficient than ethanol — with two whiskey byproducts – pot ale and draff. Finally, a discovery worthy of a toast!

via Scottish Researchers Turn Whiskey into Fuel | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World.