Edinburgh Festivals: A Summer of Sustainability

This post comes from Creative Carbon Scotland

Here at Creative Carbon Scotland, we’re lucky to be based in the home of some of the world’s largest cultural events and festivals! This summer there are lots of sustainability and cultural events taking place: both run by CCS, and by our collaborators – take a look and see what’s on.

The Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Running since 2010, one of our major summer projects is the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice award! Any production taking part in the 2017 Edinburgh Festival can apply for the award, and Creative Carbon Scotland the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts are also running a help session for anyone wishing to apply: ‘How to Win the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award’ ! 

We’ll also be holding an award ceremony at the end of August! Keep you eyes peeled for more information!

Events for Artists and Industry Professionals at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

On Monday 21st August, Creative Carbon Scotland will be participating in The Fringe Fair, alongside other key strategic and supportive organisations for the cultural sector. With drop-in advice on specific issues, to information about first steps in sustainability, there will be plenty of chat! 

Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Participant’s Programme, Creative Carbon Scotland will be hosting ‘Sustainable Shows: Emerging Trends’ on Wednesday 23rd August: a facilitated workshop for cultural producers, directors, writers and other arts professionals. With speakers from the USA, the UK and Australia, the session will actively examine how to integrate sustainability into production planning.

As in previous years, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society will also be running The Fringe Swap Shop: a zero-waste initiative that aims to re-purposes props, costumes and materials from Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows for new productions!

Events as part of Edinburgh Art Festival

With a core theme among commissions of Sir Patrick Geddes, this year’s Festival explores some of the better physical, social and emotional ways of living, inspired by the town planner/polymath/conservationist. Responding to Geddes’ key work ‘The Making of the Future: a Manifesto and Project’, EAF’s The Making of Future: Now summer meeting at (Green Arts Initiative member) North Edinburgh Arts is essential for those engaged in exploring the legacy of Geddes, and the role of artists in city regeneration.

Equally, combining the work of Geddes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, and the urban ecosystem, Bobby Niven: Palm House (part of the Festival’s commissions programme) will be based at the Johnston Terrace Wildlife Garden from July 27th – August 27th.

Image credit: David Monteith-Hodge


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About 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.

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