Applications open for Fringe Sustainability Award 2017

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Applications are open for this year’s Fringe Sustainable Practice Award, celebrating the most socially, economically and environmentally sustainable shows at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Award, run by Creative Carbon Scotland (CCS) and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA), is free to apply for and celebrates the most sustainable show at the Fringe (4-28 August 2017), considering both thematic content and production practices in the judging.

Catriona Patterson, Green Arts Project Manager for CCS said:

We’re excited to be able to offer this award to Fringe companies of any genre. There are often shows which don’t consider their production eligible for the award because they are not talking about climate change, but that’s not the case.
We’re looking for innovation in production design - set, costumes, marketing, delivery - as well as thematic content from a wide-ranging definition of ‘sustainability’. Last year’s finalists included a dance production about a bird under threat, an interactive drama on homelessness, and a children’s puppetry performance!

Companies taking part in the Fringe who wish to enter for the Award, must complete an online form to explain how they have approached sustainability in their show, or how they’ve tried to make it as sustainable as possible.

The application takes the style of a toolkit to help companies improve the sustainability of their work, and which also includes a number of links to useful resources, including international guides and cultural sector advice. 

Each show entered for the award is judged on an individual basis, with those that make it to the shortlist being reviewed in-person. Previous entrants have been praised for such varying aspects as low-energy lighting inventions, entirely collapsible sets, and embedding sustainability themes in romantic love stories.

This year, companies participating in the Fringe can also receive support in completing their application through attending 'How to Win the Edinburgh Fringe Sustainable Practice Award': a free session taking place as part of the Fringe Central Participant’s Event Programme!

All shortlisted productions are invited to attend an awards ceremony at the end of the Fringe, where the finalists and overall winner will be announced.

For questions about the award, or support in making an application please contact, or visit the Creative Carbon Scotland website.

A joint project between Creative Carbon Scotland and the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award has been running since 2010 and is open to all Fringe shows. 

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 4-28 August 2017, and tickets are now on sale. Find out more about the Fringe, including links for programme information and ticketing.

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