Timetable of Events
Huddersfield Green Fest 2011 springs into life on the 29th of March at 10am in Nelson Mandela Square in the town centre with stalls including Aztec Arts, Sustainable Tailoring, National Trust, Tread, and many more! Be sure to pay a visit to these stalls for amazing green bargins.
After a browse of the stalls, a short walk towards the University Campus will bring you to the Creative Arts building for the photo competition and green art expo starting from 12pm. The photo competition is open to everyone and photos should answer the question ‘What does green mean to you?”. People can submit photos to the Huddersfield Green Fest Facebook page where people can vote for their favourite by ‘liking them’. The Art Expo will feature work from the University students currently studying a wide range of degrees from Fine Art to 3D Design. For those of you wanting to help keep Huddersfield clean there is a river clean up taking place between 2pm and 4pm on the river bank near the University. So come down, have a watch and help out if you get the chance.
And if that wasn’t enough for one day, you can finish up in The Parish pub listening to Tabbed Up and Red Star, two local bands with great reputations. It’s a brilliant way to unwind after a packed day of shopping, browsing exhibitions and helping out the town. Gig entry is only £2, with all profits being donated to the official event charity Friends of the Earth, or you can get in for free if you’re wearing the official event t-shirt
The second and busiest day of Huddersfield Green Fest 2011 will be kicking off bright and early with a Fair Trade Breakfast. Come along to the Cafe on 3rd in the Central Services Building on the University of Huddersfield campus from 9 am to 11 am. Start your fun filled day of learning by enjoying a scone with Fairtrade jam and Fairtrade filtered coffee for the special price of £1.45
The Huddersfield Green Conference will take place in the University of Huddersfield Business School, (see map for details) and everyone is welcome to come along. The Huddersfield Green Conference is a free event from which you will hopefully learn something new about environmental problems and possible ways to solve them. Visitors can choose from a wide range of presentations during the day involving topics such as low energy homes, climate change, importance of rainforests, waste management, eco shopping, environmental policy and the chemicals that surround us.
All speakers will be available to discuss any queries you might have in a Q&A session at the end of each session. Following the conference there will be a political talk which will run from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm in the Business School. The talk will involve representatives from The Green Party, the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Conservatives where you can hear how each party is making a difference, the political talk will also include a Q&A session. So if you have any questions please come along. And if that wasn’t enough for one day, there will be an afterparty at Bar Voda from 8pm for all attendees.
To round off Green Fest 2011 a fashion show showcasing recycled and organic clothing will take place in The Graduate from 7.30pm. The pieces will all be made out of recycled or organic materials and vary from the elaborate to practical and show that recycled fashion does have a place in everyday life.
Over the past several years the fashion world has started to change into a more eco-friendly place with designers beginning to use either recycled or sustainable materials in their designs. Shops like River Island and Topshop now stock ranges made from sustainable materials, a sign that eco-fashion is becoming more accepted. Soon sustainable and fashionable clothing will become the norm for big brands looking to up their green credentials, with many switching to fair trade guaranteed fabrics and clothing too. Tickets for the show are priced at £4 in advance (email email@example.com) and
half of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Earth, a group dedicated to solving environmental problems through extensive campaign work. The fashion show will also be supported by United Colors of Benetton located in Huddersfield’s Peters store. Alongside this, additional entertainment will be entwined throughout the evening with musical and dance acts and a clothing swap shop. Guests are encouraged to bring one item of clean and respectable clothing to swap for another item in a bid to find you a new and exciting piece of clothing. By doing this you will also recieve a £5 voucher from United Colors Of Benetton.
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This year the FASHION world is going GREEN, and no, not the colour. Both the London and New York Fashion Shows featured ‘eco-chic’ and ‘fairtrade’ runways causing a buzz amoungst the top designers. Recycled and eco fashion isn’t restricted to catwalks and the star studded red carpets anymore. Many high street chains have recently launched their eco- fashion labels including Monsoon who have launced their collection L.O.V.E. (Living our values and ethics). They have been making use of recycled and organic fabrics whilst adopting Indian cloth making techniques.
With more and more of us keeping a check on our spending habits, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t keep your wardrobe up to date. Recycling your existing clothing is an excellent way to save both your monthly pay packet and the environment. And the good news is you don’t have to be a fashion student to do so!
These quick tips will help revive your tired looking clothing without spending a small fortune on the high street: Take an interesting old t-shirt, cut Make accessories such as chunky out the image and sew it onto a necklaces. Add these to a plain top plain jumper. to make the outfit a must have piece. Dye a boring coloured or plain white shirt into the this season’s colours. And all you need is a washing machine.
Add sequins and jewels to those plain shoes; bringing them back to life.
Or why not come along to the Swap Shop? (see festival schedule) for more information
Published on Mar 27, 2011