Start your own Sustainable Fringe! – Sustainability Day at Fringe Central

At this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Creative Carbon Scotland, Staging Change and the University of Edinburgh’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department will be collaborating to produce a day of workshops, talks and activities to help Fringe-goers have a more #SustainableFringe.

Join us in the Respite Room in Fringe Central (Venue 2) on Monday 5 August 2019 for a day celebrating green arts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hear from a range of exciting speakers, pick up tips on how to reduce your impact as Fringe-goers, and meet others who are passionate about green action!

10.30 – 12.00 – Staging Change Sustainable Design Workshop

The day will begin with a design workshop from Staging Change, a network of performers and makers who work together to green up the theatre and entertainment industry. The workshop will start with an overview about sustainable design in performance, from set, to lighting to marketing. We will then collaborate in groups to prototype solutions to improve sustainability in the theatre and entertainment industry. The groups will then share their ideas and we’ll finish the session with an informal debrief.

13.00 – 15.00 – Festival Sustainability: A Practical Skills Workshop

Next up, we have a workshop led by University of Edinburgh’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department. This two-part workshop will include a presentation on sustainability in the Festival and the importance of reuse to reduce environmental impact. We will hear from experts in the field of material reuse, focused on props and costuming. After this we will have an open workshop for sewing and repair skills, either for general skill building or with an opportunity to bring your own items which you are hoping to fix!

16.00 – 17.00 – Staging Change: Creating a Green Movement

As storytellers, we have a unique capacity to explore key issues with audiences on and off the stage. Join Staging Change’s discussion with a variety of performers and makers at our discussion on sustainability in the theatre and entertainment industry. Whether you’re the greenest theatre machine or new to the game, everyone is welcome!

18.00 – 19.00 – Sustainability at the Fringe: Reception

The final event of the evening is hosted by Creative Carbon Scotland. Environmental sustainability at the Fringe is increasingly prominent, with artists, companies and venues demonstrating how it can be done. Whether you are a long-time green innovator, or new to tackling the climate crisis through culture, we invite you to celebrate sustainability in all shapes and forms at the festival! With expertise from leading arts and sustainability organisations, and refreshments on hand, come and meet others passionate about sustainability in the arts.

For more ideas on how to have a #SustainableFringe head to, or browse Creative Carbon Scotland’s resources section.

Stand Up for Your Planet 
If you are planning one big night out during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe then make it “Stand Up for Your Planet”, Green Arts member Assembly’s one-off comedy extravaganza on Monday 19th August, raising awareness for one of the most pressing issues of our time – protecting our planet. Proceeds from this comedy spectacular will go to Creative Carbon Scotland to help us unlock the role of the arts to defuse the climate crisis and helping artists and arts organisations go greener. Find out more and book your ticket. 

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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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