Green Arts Initiative Spotlight: Gilded Balloon
Gilded Balloon has emerged as one of the most popular venues in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For this reason, amongst …
Gilded Balloon has emerged as one of the most popular venues in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. For this reason, amongst many others, we feel quite lucky to have the venue as part of the Green Arts Initiative. Creative Carbon Scotland recently heard from Gilded Balloon regarding their thoughts on sustainability.
CCS: What is your most recent action related to sustainable operations or programming?
GB: This year we have converted two of our venues to 100% LED lighting. We have also kicked off a new sustainable build program where we are replacing worn out building materials with more durable materials that have a longer life span. Part of this program includes making wall units which have a “tool free” build causing less damage to the building materials over time and elongating their life span.
We have also begun a collaboration with our landlord EUSA to expand their year round recycling program through the festival.
CCS: What have you most enjoyed about being a member of the Green Arts Initiative?
GB: We love to have a collaborative group working towards carbon responsible goals. It’s a great place to find new ideas that we can implement throughout our organization.
CCS: What are you most eager about for the 2014 summer festivals season?
GB: We are very excited to discover our energy savings come the end of the festival fringe, compared to last year.
CCS: Do you have a top tip for new GAI members?
GB: Just get stuck in! Any first step will do, and it always leads to the second!
Image courtesy Steve Ullathorne and the Gilded Balloon.