Small is Beautiful Festival
Small is beautiful: A festival exploring positive responses to our future through low carbon technology, social justice and the arts.
With a programme focussing on the theme of ‘Housing Justice’, radical, arts and social issues festival, Small is Beautiful returns on 8th -11th June. A partnership with the Centre for Alternative Technology (C.A.T.) in Mid-Wales, the event will explore positive responses to our future through low carbon technology, social justice and the arts.
The festival is spread across 4 days with the chance of participation in over 70 workshops and talks. These will allow for in-depth discussion and participation. A superb curated musical programme will run late into the night. You can view the schedule here.
Speakers will include Hazel Tiley and Fran Edgerly (Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust and Turner Prize- winning Artist’s Collective Assemble), Bilal Zafar Bilal Zadar (comedian), Poppy Noor(freelance journalist; The Guardian, Newsnight), Anne Power (Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics) and Alastair Parvin (Architect and Co-founder of the Wiki House FoundationW). Musical acts include Typesun, Evan McLennan, Kat Flint and more.
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‘Housing Justice’, the overarching theme of this year’s festival, is a new phrase developed from the related concept of ‘technology justice’; ensuring the benefits of technology are shared more equally and sustainably. The ambitious aim of Small is Beautiful is to develop a framework using similar principles for the housing system we want to see.
“Small is Beautiful is a model for something different; an independent festival, working with grassroots organisations and groups to create meaningful social change in an inspiring environment.”
The festival will be taking place at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). CAT had been central to the UK sustainability movement for over 40 years. Situated in the Welsh hills at the bottom of Snowdonia National Park, their focus on sustainable building and renewable energy will be a perfect backdrop for the festival with inspiration and fresh ideas around every corner. Their flagship publication ‘Xero Carbon Britain”, shows that a modern, zero-emissions society is possible based on technology we have available today.
The list of previous speakers reads like a who’s who of the progressive world. Previous speakers have included Natalie Bennett, Andrew Simms, Aubrey Meyer, Tony Juniper, Polly Higgins and Sir Trevor Bayliss.
The festival was founded in 2009. The brainchild of international development charities, Practical Action and Engineers without Borders UK, the aim is to ignite imaginations and unlock positive responses to our future in a colourful fun environment that is open to everyone.
The festival is a celebration of sustainable ideas influenced by E. F. Schumacher‘s seminal work ‘Small is Beautiful’, see Guardian article which promotes a localised response to global issues. Expect practical workshops, hard-hitting debates and inspiring talks from leading minds in engineering, social change and sustainability, alongside an innovative artistic programme.
Students, artists, academics and the general public collaboratively get the chance explore the role of technology and art in building a sustainable future.
At the begging the festival was run by volunteers, the current team came together in 2012 formalising the event and scaling it up. With a short gap in 2013 the festival wax back up and running in the following year, moving to Bristol from Warwickshire. 2015 was the first year the festival was run at CAT. This proved to be a highly successful and popular move which has lead to CAT becoming an official partner and the home for the festival for the foreseeable future.
Further information: Small is Beautiful Festival.
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