Welcome to #GreenFests – our social media and communications project for the summer of 2014!
We will be collecting stories, event highlights, photos and ideas surrounding the topic of sustainability within the arts. Feel free to contribute on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @CCScotland using #GreenFests.
#GreenFests is a resource for companies, productions and individuals participating in the 2014 summer festivals season in Scotland, ranging from hardened green champions to casual spectators with a desire to be inspired. We will highlight the many wonderfully sustainable events happening at the summer festivals in Scotland, starting a conversation and compiling projects with similar themes into an accessible digital resource.
Types of articles and resources that can be found on the #GreenFests homepage include-
- Resources, updates and highlights for visiting companies and venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to reduce their impact through the Green Arts Initiative
- Highlights of green-tinged programming across Scotland’s many summer festivals
- Case studies of exemplary venues, productions, companies, offices and individuals in the cultural sector who are leading the way for a more environmentally sustainable Scotland
- Information about upcoming events facilitated by Creative Carbon Scotland and our partners such as:
o Sustainable Production Drop-in Sessions for Edinburgh Festival Fringe production companies and individuals offering advice and assistance to achieving their sustainability goals
o Can Festivals Change the World? A seminar, featuring speaker Di Robson, that will bring together those working in the arts and cultural sector to discuss the various reactions and interactions between politics, the environment and art
o Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, celebrating the best on environmentalism in the Edinburgh Fringe and highlighting the different exciting approaches Fringe productions are taking to sustainability. o Edinburgh Festival Fringe Re-use and Recycle Days, an excellent event for Fringe productions to bring production materials used during the 2014 season to be swapped for items from other productions
o Information and highlights from our work with Edinburgh Art Festival on their major exhibition, Where do I end and you begin, to explore the environmental impact of an international visual art exhibition and connecting with thematic content of the exhibition
- Links to resources outwith the Creative Carbon Scotland programme and website
Feel free to send information about green festival events happening in Scotland this summer to Allison Palenske at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @CCScotland. And be sure to visit the #GreenFests homepage to receive daily information about the 2014 summer festivals season!
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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