Sat 18 Nov 11:00am
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Sat 18 Nov 11:00am
A creative response to the climate crisis
Join us for a jam-packed day of creativity inspired by our environment. Enjoy performances from community musicians, engage with fascinating talks and films, or get stuck into hands-on workshops including a Clothes Swap. Bring an indoor picnic or enjoy sustainable food and drink from local producers.
ECO:FEST is a mini festival of music and creative activity delivered in partnership with Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon, Bradford on Avon Town Council and other partners. Learn more about what’s going on in our local community and opportunities to get involved through a rich programme of performances, talks, activities and films and an evening concert. At the heart of this festival is a shared interest in reducing our environmental impact.
WMC is committed to working together to become a more sustainable organisation.
ECO:FEST activities are open everyone in the community. Please note, children under 8 must be supervised by an adult in workshops
Clothes Swap: bring clothes to swap or buy tokens to swap for clothes, run our WMC Youth Panel.
Trash Fashion workshop with Skylarks Creativity: have fun making a unique outfit or fashion accessory out of various discarded items, with the chance to show off your creations in our 2.30pm fashion show.
The Wise Woods Project led by The Wisdom Space: a calming space with comfy seating, forest sounds, nature crafts, herbal teas and fire cider making, brought to you by. The founders of The Wise Woods in Box. The two craft sessions are: leaf mandalas with cocktail sticks (adults) and making a simple bird feeder with apples (kids).
Find out more about your local wildlife organisations: meet representatives from the RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Avon Needs Trees.
Bread Art Competition: enter your doughy creations to win a number of prizes including a veggie hamper from Grow Green at Hartley Farm and a hamper of FairTrade products from the Co-op in Bridge Yard. For more info see here.
Breadmaking tips: Join Co-op Community Champion Maureen Breeze as she shares her skills in making and decorating delicious real bread, free from Ultra Processed Foods (UPFs).
Locally-made food and coffee from The Meraki Van: enjoy the authentic flavours of Greece lovingly brewed and baked in the form of delicious savoury pastries, pies, cakes and coffee.
Ruby Darbyshire: catch this young local singer-songwriter on the foyer stage.
Songs for Change: see and hear up to 150 young singers from Box, Christchurch, Westwood-with-Iford and Freshford primary schools perform the premiere of this eco-song cycle by Kate Courage. This work has been specially commissioned by Bradford on Avon Town Council for this event.
Film takeover by Frome International Climate Friendly Film Festival: from mini-cinema rooms to auditorium screenings and discussions, explore some of the best climate and environmental films. Curated by the director of the world’s first and only dedicated free film festival focussing on green themes.
Watch ‘Phosphates: Too much of a good thing?’: a new thirty-minute film describes the phosphate challenges on the Somerset Levels and features contributions from scientists, farmers, and businesses. An over reliance on phosphate is a problem facing the entire planet.
Followed by 12.30 – 1.00 River Water Quality panel discussion with Matt Wheeldon, Director of Infrastructure Development, Wessex Water; Amy Wade, Engagement & Education Officer, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust; film-makers Phil Shepherd and John Potter, and Alex Kay, Town Councillor.
1.15 – 2.30 Consuming less… how do we do it? in Henry Smart
Join us for a friendly chat sharing different perspectives and ideas for how to reduce our climate impack. Begins with short film ‘The Rise of Lowsumerism’.
Loving Earth Exhibition by the Wiltshire Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers Patchwork Group: a gallery of beautiful textile panels celebrating some of the wonderful things threatened by growing environmental breakdown.
Making Toys from Plants workshop with renowned moving toymaker, Robert Race: most of us will remember playing with plants – conkers, daisy chains, dandelion clocks. This is a chance to see a wide range of toys made from plant materials from all around the world, and to make a simple moving toy or noisemaker
Click the link below to download the ECO:FEST programme for full details about the festival