Venues and Companies Invited to Apply to Sustainable Fringe Awards 2019

The Sustainable Fringe Awards recognise innovative ideas that seek to tackle issues of climate change or environmental sustainability at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in design, content or execution.

Artists and venues are invited to submit new, novel, creative or ambitious ideas for increasing the sustainability of their work, and nominate themselves to be a ‘Green Pick’ of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sustainable Fringe Awards 2019

Ideas can tackle ways of reducing environmental impact (e.g. changing resource use or minimising carbon emissions), creating pro-environmental behaviour among participants, organisers or audiences, or changing our wider society’s perspective of climate change.

  • Hosted by Creative Carbon Scotland (the national charity for environmental sustainability in culture) in collaboration with Staging Change (a new network of theatre makers committed to greening the industry) the winning artist/company and winning venue will be awarded £100 to help implement their green idea and will be featured on the Creative Carbon Scotland website.
  • Ideas should relate to productions or practices taking place at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but do not need to be implemented during the 2019 Festival or already be in progress at the point of submission : this award rewards the idea.
  • Shortlisted ideas will be announced during the Start your Sustainable Fringe day (5th August), with the winners announced at the Sustainability at the Fringe Reception as part of the Fringe Central Events Programme.
  • Ideas submissions for this award will open in July 2019, and close on Friday 2 August 2019, and will be in the form of an online form. Ideas should be described in a maximum of 300 words.

‘Green Picks’ of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019

For the first time, Staging Change will be curating a list of ‘Green Picks’ across the Festival: show creatively engaging with topics of climate change and environmental sustainability within their artistic content. To be considered for inclusion as a ‘Green Pick’, shows must opt-in below. More information will be available on the Staging Change website in due course. 

Submit your show here:

Venues and Companies Invited to Apply to Sustainable Fringe Awards 2019 on 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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