A refreshed and greener than ever Wirral Earth Fest returns to St. Bridget’s Church and Fields on Friday 11 and 12 September 2015. The festival, organised by Transition Town West Kirby and St. Bridget’s Church, has an overall theme of ‘Love Where You Live,’ and the opening event will be a celebration of Hilbre Island and the Dee Estuary, past and present.
The festival launch event takes place in St. Bridget’s church, West Kirby on Friday 11th September at 7pm, when two newly composed, bespoke pieces of music will be performed, including a very special talk/performance by our invited speaker, John Ashton, the former UK government special advisor for climate change.
Many of John’s talks can be seen on YouTube where he displays a considerable knowledge of world energy and environmental issues and the intergovernmental responses to them. However, he has been moving towards other forms of communication that uses the arts as a means to enlighten and change hearts and minds in the face of these global challenges. As John shared with us: “I’m driven by the conviction that we will be unable to come to terms with any of the challenges we now face unless we decode what they (governments) are telling us not only about what we should do, but also about who we are.” John is developing a new piece for our festival and we are honoured to have him with us.
Music will be provided by Liverpool/Chester based multi-media arts collective Operation Lightfoot, who will lead us across the sands with their composition ‘Far from the Shore’. Luke Moore, Creative Director of Operation Lightfoot said: “It’s exciting to be bringing a new piece of music to Wirral Earth Fest for the second year running. Last year’s even was truly wonderful and to be involved again is a real privilege.”
Local New Folk duo, The Kirk Owls, will present their tribute to the Dee Estuary and Hilbre Island, ‘Sketches.’ Tom Lockett of the duo said: “We are immensely excited to be part of this celebration of a truly magical place; one that holds no shortage of inspiration for us both, creatively and as a place to live and work.”
Saturday 12th brings the on-field events which we hope will inspire visitors to the festival to deepen their commitment to the place where they live, its community and natural environment. Over the last two years we’ve had over 60 local volunteer, activist, friend and church groups, and businesses, telling a collective story of concern for people and the earth. This year will see an expanded cohort of groups including a sizeable camp of Scouts and Guides, who do so much good work in our community.
We will also be joined by Tam O’Shanters urban farm with some of their animals and volunteer team, and the rangers from Dibbinsdale promoting forest skills and crafts. A specially commissioned ‘Commitment Tree’ made by Dibbinsdale folk and local artist, Marko Muller, will challenge us to make a small change in our daily lives for the good of others and the environment.
On-field entertainment will be provided over two stages, The Earth Stage and the Wirral Arts Centre ‘Firetruck Stage’.
Sebastian Gahan, Creative Producer for the performance elements of the festival, explains, “This year there are new element’s to the festival’s artistic plan. Notably, the innovative Festival Launch event at St Bridget’s Church on the Friday night and, on the main festival day, a dedicated stage specifically for a wider range of performance arts, such as dance, poetry and story-telling, co-curated by local independent arts venue Wirral Arts Centre; The Earth Stage in the big field will carry on doing what it does best, providing great music from 11 in the morning till 5 in the evening. We also have an exciting programme of music and performance in the church, which has wonderful acoustics and atmosphere.” All of this will of course have the company of good food and fine ales!
The Festival organisers are making further efforts to make this edition the greenest so far, with a specific recycling area and non-bottled water, as Andrew Gibb, of the organising team outlines: ‘We realised after last year that we could do a lot more to be environmentally responsible, especially in terms of managing waste. This year we are committed to a greener field during the festival and to providing water free of pesky plastic bottles. Any suggestions from previous festival goers would be welcome!”
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NB: Friday night’s launch evening is ticketed, whilst the Saturday is Free entry. A donation to ensure the festival remains free is always appreciated though!