The Creole Choir of Cuba - Image credit: Big Tent
From Bonnaroo's green efforts to Coachella's chartered train to Glastonbury's renewable phone charging infrastructure, it's hard to find a festival that doesn't have some green angle to push, and many are making a huge effort. But there are a select few festivals whose reason for being is to make the world better. Scotland's Big Tent Festival seems to fall in this category. If you're at a loose end this weekend and have £40 to spare (that's about $65 for those of you Stateside), the program looks set to move feet and minds...
Including music from The Creole Choir of Cuba, Shooglenifty, Attic Lights and Michael Marra - folks certainly shouldn't be short of reasons to shake their thing. And there is, of course, plenty of circus action, performance, poetry and all the other things you'd expect to see - but it's the environmental content that sets Big Tent apart. Organized by the Falklands Center for Stewardship, the program also includes woodland craft workshops and demonstrations and an array of local food vendors. But it;s the calibre and breadth of speakers that really cought my eye - with the line up includes lectures and talks from legendary transport researcher and carbon rationing advocate Mayer Hillman, Julie Bromilow of the Center for Alternative Technology, and Professor Jan Bebbington, Vice Chairperson of the government's Sustainable Development Commission.
Running on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of July, the event costs a meagre £12 for a day ticket, or £40 for a full weekend pass and camping. Sadly, my airfare would cost more - both in terms of carbon and money - than I can justify.