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The power of the arts to connect with people is profound. It can reflect fears and hopes, explore difficult societal narratives and provide new insights and understanding. This is why the climate emergency is one of three key themes for this edition of Estuary 2021.

That said, we recognise the pressing need for festivals and arts organisations to place environmental issues not just at the centre of programmed content, but across all our actions and behaviours.

As a partnership, Metal and Cement Fields want to contribute more decisively to a sustainable future through our actions and decisions for Estuary 2021.

We have identified the following practical and realistic mechanisms to reduce the climate impacts of Estuary 2021 across production and administration and will share our experiences of this journey along the way - and the measure of our success.

We will:-

  • Engage audiences and stakeholders in positive action on climate change through artworks and discussion.
  • Reduce the amount and type of waste created in: the production of artworks; marketing of events; workshops and participation; planning and administration
  • Aim for accurate reporting on this waste, supported by an industry-wide approach, guided by Julie's Bicycle.
  • Actively seek local suppliers and workforce
  • Measure contractor, staff and artist travel
  • Decrease car use by promoting walking, cycling and public transport options
  • Use renewable sources of power wherever possible.
  • Source food as locally as possible and reduce food waste.
  • Reduce meat and dairy consumption.
  • Work with partners and our supply chain to share the journey toward reducing impacts through stories and blogs.
  • Reduce impacts from our respective offices - see Metal and Cement Fields environmental policies and statements. (need links)

Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

Creative_Estuary_New_1   ace

Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    Ebbsfleet mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

book_fest community_fund heritage_fund creative_coast bexleysalford fpg lesnes Essex2020Logo The Old Waterworks Logo UCA1

Festival Partners

arts_human uni_south uni_oxford uni_glas send_pier pla opp_se henley Flowers Gallery logoc2c roh southeastern Thamesmead2 Peabody2 BowArts3 raddison uber arriva Canterbury Dartford Faversham Swale1 Thanet Visit c2c1 Chat

Festival Supporters

essex_diversity SouthEssex1 UniversityCentre1 Churches International Exeter Wales Ramm Artist Grand