Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award

Hosted annually between 2010 and 2017, the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award celebrated the best of sustainability and sustainable practice at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and highlighted the different exciting approaches Fringe productions were taking to tackling sustainability and issues of climate change.

About the Award

The award invited all Fringe productions – whether they had just started thinking about recycling or whether they had been bike-powering venues for years – to apply for the high profile accolade, and to share their new ideas and new ways they had been engaging with sustainability.

The award was run by the North Amercia-based Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Creative Carbon Scotland with media partnership from The List, and was supported PR Print and Design in 2017.  Our #GreenFests archive can provide more examples of productions shortlisted and winning.

Previous recipients include:

  • The Pantry Shelf (Edinburgh 2010), a satirical comedy that takes place in any ordinary pantry shelf, produced by Team M&M at Sweet Grassmarket;
  • Allotment (Edinburgh 2011) by Jules Horne and directed by Kate Nelson, produced by nutshell productions at the Inverleith Allotments in co-production with Assembly;
  • D is for Dog by Katie Polebaum and the Rogue Artists ensemble, directed by Sean Calweti (Hollywood 2012);
  • The Man Who Planted Trees (Edinburgh 2012) adapted from Jean Giono’s story by Ailie Cohen, Richard Medrington, Rick Conte and directed by Ailie Cohen, produced by Puppet State Theatre;
  • How to Occupy an Oil Rig by Daniel Bye (Edinburgh 2013)
  • Comedy of Errors and Macbeth by The HandleBards/Peculius (Edinburgh 2014)
  • Lungs by Paines Plough at Roundabout (Edinburgh 2015)
  • Are We Stronger Than Winston? by VOU Fiji Dance (Edinburgh 2016)
  • Towers of Eden by Outland Theatre (Edinburgh 2017)

Winners and commended shows at the 2016 awards

Purpose and Outcomes of the Award

The Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award had a number of objectives. It sought to:

  • Recognise, celebrate and incentivise sustainable production principles in design and content across shows taking part in the world’s largest arts festival.
  • Raise the profile of sustainability at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • Provide a research base for the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts – contributing to research into international trends into sustainable practice.

The process for applicants was two step:

  1. Companies completed an online questionnaire on the conceptual and production aspects of their show, as well as the practical aspects of their time in Edinburgh.
  2. From this, the awards team shortlisted around 20 productions, and then viewed and judged shows on their artistic merit and the successful implementation of the intentions from their application.

The award was discontinued in 2017 as the capacity, resource and priorities of Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts evolved, as the festival continued to expand, and as conversations and initiatives around sustainable practice increased.

Maker Chris Wallace on crafting the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award 4

2017 winners Outland Theatre

Current Work and Activities at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Creative Carbon Scotland does not regularly programme work or activities at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but does sometimes host opportunities, blogs, initiatives and events during or connected to the festival. For more information about what we currently do:

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