bluedot, taking place from 18 – 21 July, is featuring not just the best of electronic music and diverse fusions – with Kraftwerk, New Order, Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins, and Kate Tempest just some of the leading headliners.
Now, it’s introduced its sustainability programme for 2019, featuring WWF, Extinction Rebellion, TV Presenter Liz Bonnin and a festival-wide sustainability effort.
Forming part of a commitment to continually innovate and advance the sustainability of the festival as well as discuss with audiences the fragility of planet earth, bluedot – the award-winning festival that fuses music, science and culture at Cheshire’s iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory – has today announced its sustainability initiatives and green programme for 2019.
Announced today is women’s rights activist and writer Helen Pankhurst. Helen will feature alongside Tom
Shakespeare and a representative from Extinction Rebellion on the panel talk ‘Protest for Change: Direct Action and
controversial form of political campaigning, direct action seeks to
confront society, trigger debate and incite change. While some defend
its validity as a peaceful and vital part of a truly liberal
democracy, others decry the impact of the disruption cause, and the
cost to public services. This high profile panel of speakers will
represent a range of lenses through which to explore the effectiveness
of direct action, from the suffragetters through to
the contemporary environmentalist movement, Extinction Rebellion.
Following their collaboration on David Attenborough’s groundbreaking Our Planet, WWF will be onsite presenting screenings and In Conversation talks with the creators of the series. There will also be talks throughout the weekend with WWF’s environmental experts. The festival will also host a series of DotTalks which will explore various issues surrounding the planet. TV Presenter Liz Bonnin will host ‘ The Problem with Plastics’ which will explore the problem of marine plastic pollution and reveal the full scale of the problem across our oceans whilst lecturer Tamsin Edwards will cover the story of climate science. Astrophysicist Eamonn Kerins will host PLEXIT – a look into the possibility of life on other planets.
The festival has also announced the concept Spaceship Earth – the future of our bluedot – a
world view that humans should work together harmoniously to look after the planet. Working in unison with Jodrell Bank, bluedot
will implement a number of sustainability initiatives that will
continue to support the concept. Initiatives include no single use
plastic across the food traders on site, reusable bottles for all staff
and wristbands made entirely from bamboo and recycled
plastic. Green Events, the catering company for the festival, will work with food salvage scheme 8th Plate again
this year to salvage any food waste at the festival and donate to the local community to help those living in food poverty.
Collaborating with Red Fox Cycling, festival goers can now travel sustainably in a one day canal-side cycle ride from Manchester to Jodrell Bank. Designed to encourage attendees to reduce their carbon emissions, all rides will be led by experienced guides who will navigate the journey ensuring there is plenty of time for socializing and making new festival friends before arriving at the festival. Perks of taking part include VIP ticket upgrades and a free meteor shower pass for luxurious hot showers across the weekend.
Customers will also have the options to make a ‘Carbon Offset’ donation when they purchase their tickets to the festival with bluedot investing 100% of this in renewable energy with Energy
Revolution, a festival industry collaborative charity.
UK-based international group of artists, researchers, technologists and designers will be on site with their project Submergence –
an immersive walkthrough experience.
The installation uses many thousands of individual points of suspended
light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical
Global innovator Practical Action will be on site to discuss the ingenious, practical ways in which people can free themselves
from poverty and disadvantage whilst experts from
Take a Bite out of Climate Change will discuss how technology is helping to
lower emissions from food.
As well as its live and electronic programme, bluedot
will explore the latest scientific discoveries from outer space and our
planet. There will be talks from world-class scientists and thinkers,
combined with an opportunity
to ask the Big Questions of leading researchers.
Day tickets are now on sale, priced £59.75 per
person. Full weekend camping tickets start from £169. For tickets and
details please visit: discoverthebluedot.com
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