Relaunch of our #GreenFests blog

3rd August 2015

The festival season is upon us and with it comes the launch of our summer blog #GreenFests. In this I will be celebrating the efforts being made by artists, productions and acts at festivals across Scotland to engage with sustainability issues, both in their practice and in the content of the work they’re producing.

There is plenty to celebrate! From a living plant being sent to the depths of the ocean (Holoturian by Ariel Guzik at the Edinburgh Art Festival), to string orchestral music written with the tempo of the waves (Wave Movements at the Edinburgh International Festival), to any number of talks by authors and journalists and panels at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Politics Festival, and the Just Festival to name but a few. Not to mention wild camping at Morton Castle with the Environmental Art Festival Scotland and the 21 shows shortlisted for the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, including poetry, plays and puppets (this last one involves taxidermied road kill – you have been warned!)

The keen-eyed amongst you may have noticed that there have been a couple of #GreenFests posts already (including ‘Going Green: Good for the Screen?‘, ‘Tips and Tricks for Sustainable Festivals‘ and ‘Green Denim – would you rent a pair of jeans?‘)  but I thought I’d write this piece to briefly introduce myself and my role in all of this. I’m Kitty Dutton, blogger-in-residence at Creative Carbon Scotland. Over the next month I will be seeking out the best in arts and sustainability at Scotland’s festivals and writing two or three pieces a week – more if I can (so watch this space!). These will vary from case studies of best practice to discussions of the sustainability ideas raised by a production to my own general thoughts and green musings that the festivals inspire. I will also be writing a weekly ‘Top Picks’ piece which will include a selection of shows and events in the upcoming week that particularly stand out.

Throughout the blog, I will be trying to unite pieces by always bearing in mind Creative Scotland’s Environment connecting theme, which encourages the arts, screen and creative industries to work in as sustainable a manner as possible, both in practice and in the nature of the work being produced. In #GreenFests I will be providing many examples of the different ways of approaching this, especially attempts to spark the interest of the public and potentially change wider attitudes.

As well as our website, we can be found on Twitter and Facebook so follow @CCScotland or like our page to receive regular updates on all things green in Scotland’s arts and festivals world. I’d also love to hear from you if you think there’s something worth covering.

I hope that you find this blog interesting and useful and look forward to regaling you with tales of sustainability prowess across Scotland’s many festivals.

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