Environmental Arts Festival
A group of activists are bringing a little bit of soul to the heart of a bustling, busy and polluted metropolis, and they’re doing it with a bit of a party.
In its second year, this is an environmental arts festival, which uses local talent to express concerns about sustainable living. It’s run primarily by volunteers, students and artists, and showcases arts events all over the city in spaces as varied as rooftop gardens and vacant blocks, galleries and theatres. But today, the festival is bringing its message about environmental issues and creativity to the city square.
They are showing off examples of visual and performing arts. Passers-by take a break from their lunch or their shopping. While they might be initially tempted to have a closer look by the music, they often end up looking in at the stalls as well.
Next to the stage, festival organisers have set up stalls where people can get more information about sustainable living and indigenous cultural issues. Passers-by can collect leaflets (all printed on recycled paper, of course!) with helpful tips on minimising waste, recycling and where to shop for green and earth-friendly goods.
The visual artists of the festival have produced stunning examples of earth art and sculpture on a very large scale – but it’s a bit difficult to transport that to the city square. Instead, some paintings with an environmental theme are colourfully on display.
The soundtrack to the whole event is provided by some of the best local bands, who are volunteering their services today. It’s undoubtedly their presence that makes the whole show a success. The appeal of the music makes it possible for the message of the day to be spread. People today will carry on their way with a smile on their faces and perhaps a few thoughts about the environment in their heads.