Festivals Driving Change

Festivals Raise Awareness

I was recently asked by a local university to write about festivals as a site for the development of social capital (building participation, kinship, participation and leadership within communities). As an environmentalist and aspiring sustainabilitarian, I’m particularly interested to explore the extent to which certain local and international festivals offer opportunities to raise environmental awareness and promote action for sustainability. Without delving too deeply into the associated literature, my initial thoughts are that festivals provide a lucrative context within which to position environmental education programs and social change messaging. I’m not convinced that festivals which refer to themselves as “environmental”… read more