BIG Green Week Announces its 2015 Programme

Doc2BIG Green Week, Bristol’s international festival of better living and big ideas has announced its initial line up. Events include a live link up to the global Live Earth Road to Paris concert and the announcement of the 2017 ‘European Green Capital’.

BIG Green Week is launching a revamped programme of events under the theme #Lovethefuture for its 2015 celebrations. In its fifth successful year, the festival features soon to be released events around the city between 6th and 21st June, as a key part of Bristol’s Green Capital year. Past events have included the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Tony Hawks, Lucy Siegle and Kevin McCloud and the launch of this year’s theme caused #Lovethefuture to trend in Bristol on Twitter over Valentine’s Day.

This year, directors include Shambala festival organiser Dan Raffety, Stephen Clarke from the Bristol Pound, Alastair Sawday of Sawdays and Caroline Macdonald of Oggadoon and Green Party Candidate Darren Hall of Pale Blue CIC.

Following a top secret launch event on 6th June 13th -14th June sees the Festival of Nature take over the Harbourside as well as Rathbone Greenbank’s ‘Investing in the Future’ conference on 18th June At-Bristol Science Centre. Many more are to be revealed over the coming weeks, including speaking, fashion and cycling events. As Bristol is Europe’s Green Capital 2015, the city will also be hosting the announcement for the 2017 winner, to follow on from Ljubljana’s Green Capital Year in 2016. The shortlist will be announced on 17th June, with the award dinner on 18th.

The festival will also feature a #Lovethefuture Hub by Cascade Steps in the city centre, featuring music, debates and family events. The #Lovethefuture Hub will run from 6th – 21st June showcasing music from St Paul’s Carnival, Floodtides and world music musician Sika, art from Bristol artists using Cass Art materials, poetry from Helen Moore, Chris Paradox, Martin Kiszko, speakers in the Big Green Chair, flashmob yoga and workshops in willow, laughter, clay and tango.

On 5pm Thursday 18th June, in Millennium Square there will be a link up live to the global Live Earth: Road to Paris events featuring Pharrell Williams and Former US Vice President Al Gore. The events aim to unite a billion voices to call for action on climate change from world leaders at the Paris Climate Negotiations in December 2015.

Alastair Sawday, Chair, BIG Green Week says:

“I am really excited by the ambitious programme we have put together in 2015. We wanted to pull out all the stops for Bristol’s Green Capital year and showcase the sense of momentum in the city right now. There’s so much happening in Bristol today that gives us hope for the future and we look forward to celebrating that as well as having thought-provoking conversations about what we need to change.”

Dan Raffety, Director, BIG Green Week says:

“BIG Green Week provides an annual platform for the active, creative people that make the city so great to come together, discuss and inspire each other to build a better future together. Bristol is, and will continue to be, at the forefront of guiding our civilisation away from this precipice towards a more equal, prosperous and sustainable future. It is a privilege to be a part of it all.”

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