Panels and workshops

Start your Sustainable Fringe

At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, Staging Change, Creative Carbon Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department collaborated to produce a day of workshops, talks and activities to help Fringe-goers have a more #SustainableFringe.


On Monday 5th August 2019, they celebrated green arts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Fringe Central's Respite Room. Participants heard from a range of exciting speakers, picked up tips on how to reduce their impact as Fringe-goers, and met others who are passionate about green action.

Monday 5th August - Start your Sustainable Fringe

Respite Room, Fringe Central (Venue 2)

The day will begin with a design workshop from Staging Change. The workshop will start with an overview about sustainable design in performance, from set, to lighting to marketing. We will then collaborate in groups to prototype solutions to improve sustainability in the theatre and entertainment industry. The groups will then share their ideas and we’ll finish the session with an informal debrief.

Next up, we have a workshop led by University of Edinburgh’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department. This two-part workshop will include a presentation on sustainability in the Festival and the importance of reuse to reduce environmental impact. We will hear from experts in the field of material reuse, focused on props and costuming. After this we will have an open workshop for sewing and repair skills, either for general skill building or with an opportunity to bring your own items which you are hoping to fix!

As storytellers, we have a unique capacity to explore key issues with audiences on and off the stage. Join Staging Change’s discussion on sustainability in the theatre and entertainment industry and hear form theatre critic, Lyn Gardner; chair of the Fringe Society and Principal of Edinburgh University, Sir Tim O'Shea; director of ZOO Venues, James Mackenzie; and theatre makers, Bea Udale-Smith and Luke Rollason. Whether you’re the greenest theatre machine or new to the game, everyone is welcome!

The final event of the evening is hosted by Creative Carbon Scotland. Environmental sustainability at the Fringe is increasingly prominent, with artists, companies and venues demonstrating how it can be done. Whether you are a long-time green innovator, or new to tackling the climate crisis through culture, we invite you to celebrate sustainability in all shapes and forms at the festival! With expertise from leading arts and sustainability organisations, and refreshments on hand, come and meet others passionate about sustainability in the arts.

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