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Green Tease: Music Festivals & Climate Change with Matt Brennan

Join Dr Matt Brennan (University of Edinburgh) and Creative Carbon Scotland for an interactive discussion and workshop exploring what roles music festivals can play in the transition to a more sustainable society.

Over the past year Matt and CCS have worked together on an AHRC-funded research project Fields of Green, exploring the environmental sustainability of Scotland’s music festivals through the eyes of artists, audiences and festival organisers.

During this time the Fields of Green team has travelled around the country meeting with music festival organisers, speaking with festival goers, working with touring musicians and building links with organisations outside of Scotland including A Greener Festival, Julie’s Bicycle and Glastonbury Festival.

In this Green Tease, we’ll learn about Matt’s research background, what led him to initiate Fields of Green, and some of the key findings and ideas raised over the course of the project in the team’s discussions with music festival organisers, festival goers, touring musicians and industry professionals. In light of this discussion, participants will be invited to take part in a playful festival scenarios session with the challenge of balancing multiple priorities in the festival planning process including environmental, economic, social and artistic drivers!

It is hoped that participants will gain an understanding of the complexity surrounding the greening of the music festival sector and also an insight into where the opportunities lie to work with artists and audiences to address the issues around environmental sustainability and climate change.

Academic partners for Fields of Green include the University of Edinburgh, University of the West of Scotland, Lancaster Institute for the Performing Arts.

Green Tease is an ongoing informal events programme, designed to build connections between creative practices and environmental sustainability. All Green Tease events are free to attend. Refreshments are provided.


6th April 2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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