HûG Green Arts Festival
Please See the Covid Safety Notice Below
We are pleased to confirm that the HûG Green Arts Festival will take place at the Foxlowe in Leek this year (Covid permitting), organised by Moorlands Climate Action. We were disappointed when we had to cancel last year’s event but Saturday, June 26th, is now booked in and looking promising. We would be delighted if you could join us between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
At the start of the day there will be the unveiling of the new Foxlowe Garden Dragonfly sculpture situated next to a designated picnic area in the garden. This is a new low-level climbing frame to replace the very popular spider that sadly went to meet her maker a year ago with the help of some beautiful bracket fungi. Both she and her dragonfly replacement have been made for the Foxlowe garden by Martin Evans of Churnet Woodland Crafts.
There will be stalls downstairs and the café, shop and art gallery will also be open. Upstairs in the Rainbow room and neighbouring craft room there will be a range of activities and workshops including children’s craft workshops, Yoga, Qigong, Shiatsu, a dance rehearsal for a flashmob (ER ‘Stayin’ Alive’), short environmental films and a Q & A to follow. In the afternoon we are very excited to be joined by PhD students and working scientists who will introduce our very own Climate Question Time. The panel will be able to answer questions from the audience.
Outside there will be circus activities for children, a drumming workshop and a singing workshop. On the terrace, a willow artist will be doing a public demonstration of his art and a visiting bee keeper will be talking about keeping bees. In the bar, local poets have been invited to read or perform their own poetry.
The stalls will include advisory groups on all things environmental, including waste, energy and transport. Sustrans (sustainable transport), the Woodland Trust, Moorlands Climate Action, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, the RSPB and the Co-operative Bank will be represented and you can browse stalls of vinyl, upcycled product ranges, plants, preloved treasures, work from local artists and see an exhibition of art. Several of the art stalls will be running drop-in workshops during the day, free and open to all.
Anyone who would like to find out more about Moorlands Climate Action and join us would be very welcome.
All donations and monies raised from an exciting raffle for hampers of goodies will go towards the cost of insulating the Foxlowe, which is aiming to achieve carbon neutral status by 2030. Cash donations will be welcome.
In light of the uncertainty over the pace of the planned easing of lockdown measures, MCA would like to inform all participants in the upcoming HUG Green Arts Festival of the following:
- All appropriate actions are being taken to ensure that the event will be run in accordance with whatever government guidelines are in place at the time.
- MCA and the Foxlowe Arts Centre are ensuring full contact with the relevant licensing authorities in the planning of the event.
- Full safety measures will be in place on the day (we trust participants will respect these measures, including bringing a mask).