The charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) exists to protect and enhance the environment, in Peterborough and beyond. PECT has organised a Green Festival in the city for 24 years and aims to continue this into the future as a way of engaging the public on important issues.
This year the Green Festival approach will be a series of events, debates, a conference and artistic commissions which seek to ‘earth’ some of the key issues. It will support contemporary sustainable interventions; and a deep adaptation agenda. Although seemingly strategic and academic in nature the focus and breadth of the programme will allow people to engage at a variety of levels. The two week programme will take place over a fortnight from 29th July to 12th August and will include:
• Smugglers Trail – a day long festival event at the Green Backyard – 29th July
• Debates programme covering a range of key issues
• Conference bringing local and international speakers together around themes for the fortnight (12th August tbc)
• A series of artists commissions taking place around Peterborough
• Film Festival
• Creation of a festival newspaper with interviews, articles and art works as well as the programme
• Themed workshops, activities and film screenings by environmental, cultural and voluntary organisations in the city
A curatorial team has come together to help programme the festival and will help bring the commissions together.
Planet B (as in there is no Planet B) is the name we have given to the artistic element of the Green Festival.
PLANET B COMMISSIONS
We would love to hear from artists of all art forms, activists, academics, networks, organisations etc. interested in taking on commissions and joining us on this exploration. We intend to support 6 - 10 commissions of up to £5k each, part funded by the Arts Council. At this stage, we are looking for A4 Expressions of Interests, setting out ideas and how much you anticipate your project will cost.
Please see the attached Artist Commissions document
for more information. Image: 'There's no planet B' - credit: teddybaden.co.uk