The Big Green Week programme is now out!
20th May 2016
This year Big Green Week celebrates nine smart living themes – Community, Nature, Homes, Waste, Money, Energy, Transport, Food and Health – and each day of the festival they’re asking the people of Bristol to make a difference and commit to one of three Smart Living calls to action.
The stellar line-up includes Smart Homes with Kevin McCloud and the Bristol Community Land Trust at the Watershed, on Monday 13th June. The session will be led by Darren Hall, and will see Kevin McCloud and Stephen Beggs discuss the regeneration of buildings in Bristol. A new addition this year will City Ideas with The Architecture Centre – powered by PechaKucha, an informal series of breakfast talks at the Festival Hub on Cascade Steps in a fast-paced presentation style from Japan. Each morning a Big Green Week theme will be introduced and explored in a series of short, fun, provocative presentations.
Foodies are spoilt for choice this year – There’s a Vegetable Fermentation Master class with The Ethicurean’s Billy Trigg where you can learn to make your own fantastic fermented creations including Sauerkraut and Kimchi. There’s also an introductory course to Aquaponics, which will give you a good basic understanding of aquaponics, teaching all you need to learn about the key principles of aquaponic farming and the essentials to get growing healthy food sustainably for your home, school or community.
Find out all about Nicaragua’s Green Revolution with an exciting guest lecture from Nicaraguan Ambassador, HE Senora Guisell Morales. He’ll be explaining how the Central American nation generates 90% of its energy needs from renewables.
2016 will see the return of the incredible Bristol Grand Prix on Saturday 18th June. Following last year’s success, the race has been awarded the highest category by British Cycling, and all are welcome to participate in the ‘Love My Bike’ lap. It all kicks off at 11am at College Green – don’t miss out!
If green technology is your bag, there’s plenty for you too: head to the talk from DroneTech to find out how commercial drone technology is being used to impact positive environmental change in the world today. Plus, The Festival Hub will play host the Tesla Model S, a 100% electric vehicle with touchscreen display and autopilot.
Marks & Spencer will be Big Green Week’s official Community Champion Partner for 2016, and will deliver their Spark Something Good initiative alongside Big Green Week. They will be involved in events that need support, providing volunteers through their scheme that engages staff and customers in the local community. Alongside Neighbourly – the social network for social good – residents will help transform 24 community projects over seven days of volunteering.
As well as the volunteering opportunities as part of the Spark Something Good initiative, Big Green Week also has three ways to get involved with smart living for each day of the festival. From hosting a street party, to riding the bus to work once a week, there are
loads of ways you can get involved with Big Green Week. The festival’s events will act as inspiration for the small changes you can make to your life for a greener Bristol!