Get your Green Pass to a festival of fun…

Posted on 02 March 2012

Celebrating the launch of the Green Pass

With less than 100 days to go until the start of BIG Green Week (9-17th June 2012), initial details of the programme have been revealed – and Green Passes, offering discounts throughout the festival, have gone on sale.

A Bristol trio of carnival musicians marked the launch of the Green Passes at Colston Hall, the headquarters for the nine day festival, which celebrates Bristol’s role as an innovative sustainable city, and includes a packed programme of events with speakers, art, culture and entertainment.

The Green Pass, priced £10, gives festival visitors advanced booking, up to 20% reductions on tickets, and discounts at a range of local cafes, restaurants, and hotels during BIG Green Week.

Latest events and speakers for BIG Green Week:

Sat 9th & Sun 10th June:

Bristol’s biggest market and electric bicycle extravaganza with outdoor events for the whole family in the centre of Bristol, including street art with the Bristol Biennial.

Mon 11th to Fri 15th June:

Wonders of the Planet – a chance to see some of David Attenborough’s greatest hits for free every day at the Watershed.

Sat 9th June:

Jonathon Porritt – Writer, broadcaster, former Chairman of the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission from 2000 to 2009, and former director of Friends of the Earth.

Clive Hamilton –  Australian Professor of Public Ethics and writer on the issues of climate change politics, consumerism and overconsumption.

Mon 11th June:

Prue Leith –  Restaurateur, caterer, TV cook, broadcaster and cookery writer. She promotes good, fair, clean food under the international Slow Food movement, and is a judge on the BBC TV’s ‘Great British Menu’.

Ed Mayo – Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, and former Chief Executive of the National Consumer Council from 2003 – 2009. Described by the Independent newspaper as “the most authoritative voice in the country speaking up for consumers”.

Tues 12th June:

Tony Juniper – Campaigner, writer, and a well-known British environmentalist, Tony is also the editor-in-chief of National Geographic Green Magazine.

Wed 13th June:

Kevin McCloud – British designer, writer and TV presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’. Kevin is also an ambassador for the World Life Fund for Nature, and leads the home energy refurbishment campaign the ‘Great British Refurb’.

Tim Smit – Chief Executive and co-founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall and famous for his work on the restoration of the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

 Thurs 14th June:

Andrew Simms – Founder of the New Economics Foundation’s Climate Change Programme, and NEF’s Policy Director until 2010.

Polly Higgins – Barrister, author  and creator of new laws to protect the Earth. Polly has proposed that ‘Ecocide’ should sit alongside Genocide as an international crime. She was named ‘The Planet’s Lawyer’ by the 2010 Performance Awards.

Maria Adebowale – Founder and Director of Capacity Global, and author of numerous articles on environmental justice, equality and public participation.

Fri 15th June:

Fiona Reynolds – Director General of the National Trust, and former director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England.

Caroline Lucas MP – Leader of the UK Green Party, as well as its first MP representing Brighton Pavilion. Former MEP from 1999 until 2010, Caroline is a member of the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee.

Fri 15th & Sat 16th June:

Two evenings of comedy at Colston Hall curated by Bristol’s Comedy Box.

Sat 16th & Sun 17th June:

A family fun weekend on Bristol’s harbourside with the Festival of Nature, Europe’s largest free natural history festival.



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