We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 2017: the award for sustainability at the worldâ€™s largest arts festival.
The award is a collaboration between Scotland-based Creative Carbon Scotland and the North American-based Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts. Each year it is given to a production that exhibits high quality artistic integrity and engages its audience and company in the topic of sustainability. It celebrates different approaches to sustainable practice, both in content and in the physical production of shows, and rewards those that take responsibility for their environmental impact and think creatively about how the arts can help grow a sustainable world.
This year the number and quality of applications was exceptionally high. Productions completed a comprehensive application toolkit, which challenged them on many approaches and angles on sustainability, as well as offering guidance and advice to productions still developing their practice.
Open to any of the 3,398 shows performing at this yearâ€™s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, applicants where whittled down to a shortlist of only 18 shows. Those shortlisted are as follows (in alphabetical order):
- A Great Fear of Shallow LivingÂ by In Tandem Theatre Company at Zoo Southside
- ChangelingsÂ by Pucqui Collaborative at theSpace on North Bridge
- Dreaming Amidst ThornsÂ by Kaleidoscope Theatre at Quaker Meeting House
- FormÂ by Rendered Retina at Pleasance Dome
- Home Sweet GardenÂ by Asylon Theatre at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh â€“ John Hope Gateway
- I Am A TreeÂ by Jamie Wood at Assembly George Square Theatre
- Last ResortÂ by 2 Magpies Theatre at Summerhall
- Letters From EarthÂ by NewGround Theatre Dance Company at Greenside @ Infirmary Street
- Me and My BeeÂ by This Egg and the Pleasance at Pleasance Courtyard
- Plan B for UtopiaÂ by Joan ClevillÃ© Dance at the Pleasance Courtyard
- ProgrammedÂ by Justin Lavash at C Primo
- The Hero Who OversleptÂ by Bravebeard Productions and Fringe Management at Gilded Balloon at the Rose Theatre.
- The Pit Poniesâ€™ Penultimate Life Drawing ClassÂ by UndrGround Bird / Rupert Smith at Paradise in the Vault
- The Time MachineÂ by Dyad Productions at Assembly Roxy
- Towers of EdenÂ by Outland Theatre at theSpace on the Mile
- TribeÂ by Temper Theatre at Zoo Southside
- Van Gogh Find Yourself #VGFYÂ by Walter DeForest / PBHâ€™s Free Fringe at Natural Food Kafe
- WhalesÂ by Binge Culture at Assembly George Square Theatre
Ben Twist, Director of Creative Carbon Scotland, said:
â€œItâ€™s exciting to see such a range of approaches to sustainability demonstrated by companies coming to the Fringe. The quality gets higher each year and the depth of commitment and understanding is greater, both in the way people produce their shows and the content of them. Iâ€™m very pleased that CCS is able to join our colleagues at the CSPA and the List to highlight this hard work by so many companies.â€
Ian Garrett, Director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, said:
â€œIn addition to watching the award grow and the ever-increasing quality of the shows which are submitted, weâ€™re grateful to all applicants for providing key information to understanding sustainable trends and areas of future improvement across the festival. With the many initiatives growing across the fringe, itâ€™s heartening to share that not only are we seeing more and more conscientious work, but everyone involved is have a real and visible impact on this massive arts marketplace.â€
Each shortlisted show will be reviewed by a selected international judging panel, beforeÂ the final winner is announced on 25 August 2017 at a ceremony hosted at Scotlandâ€™s national home of poetry: The Scottish Poetry Library. An organisation itself extremely committed to environmental sustainability, and a member of the Green Arts Initiative, the venue will play host to a performance by poet Harry Giles, and the winner will receive a unique (and sustainable) award piece, crafted by local maker, Chris Wallace.
The Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice award is run by Creative Carbon Scotland andÂ the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, together with their sponsorsÂ PR Print and Design, and with media partnership fromÂ The ListÂ magazine. For further information please contactÂ Alana.email@example.com
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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 publicâ€™s emotions, values and ideas.