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Big Green Week by nadiacatkinhillman
April 24, 2012, 3:14 pm
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Bristol asked for inspiration as Big Green Week tickets go on sale and fun-filled programme is launched

From Brunel to Banksy, Beryl Cook to Blackbeard, Bristol’s past and present is bursting with big names that have inspired millions. And now, to coincide with the launch of its inspirational programme, Bristol’s Big Green Week wants to know what inspires the people of Bristol today and how the city can inspire the next generation of great green ideas.

The International festival of environmental ideas, art and culture takes place from 9th-17th June citywide. Venues include The Colston Hall, The Watershed, The Arnolfini, M-Shed, and the mysterious Nowhere Island Embassy.

Tickets are available from tomorrow (25th April) and can be found, with the full programme at Speakers include Vivienne Westwood, Deborah Meaden, Kevin McCloud and Caroline Lucas MP, as well as Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride, the Festival of Nature, Bristol’s biggest market, and the transformation of Park Street into a venue for the first ever electric bike world championship. Some events will sell out fast, so booking early is recommended

Paul Rainger, of Forum for the Future, one of the co-organisers of the week in partnership with Bristol Green Capital, said: “Bristol is an inspirational place with a reputation for innovation and creativity. We’ve worked hard to create an amazing programme of speakers and events to inspire you.”

Bristolians can log on to the Big Green Week Facebook page and post comments, stories, or pictures about what inspires them. Entrants have the chance to win a Green Festival Pass, giving them discounted entry to many of the week’s events.

The week is being supported by Bristol City Council. Council leader, Barbara Janke, said: “Big Green Week is a fantastic illustration of how Bristol is leading the way when it comes to being green, and it couldn’t be more timely when we have just been chosen as the only UK city to make it to the final three in the quest to be European Green Capital 2014. It shows a great collaboration between local communities, organisations and partners to bring together such an inspirational programme – one which uses fun to inform, educate and inspire a greener future for our city, while at the same time putting on some amazing activities that everyone will enjoy.”

Big Green Week is sponsored by Good Energy, Wessex Water, and Triodos. You can find more information on or by searching ‘Big Green Week’ on Facebook or Twitter.

Bristol – An inspiring place

Nick Parks’ father banging around in his garden shed, trips to Bristol Zoo, and veteran TV Zoo keeper Jimmy Morris inspired the hit characters from Wallace & Gromit and Creature Comforts. Shaun the Sheep has now been exported to 172 different territories.
Brunel took his inspiration for the Clifton Suspension Bridge from his trips to Egypt. The original intended the two columns to be decorated with hieroglyphs and sphinxes.
Bristol has inspired many musicians including Massive Attack, Roni size, Portishead, and errr….Bananarama.
Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female doctor in Bristol
Billy Butlin, of Butlin’s fame opened his first ever venture in Bristol – a hoop-la stall in Lock’s Yard, Bedminster
A third of UK owned FTSE 100 companies have operations in Bristol and the region is the biggest silicon design cluster anywhere outside of silicon Valley, attracting over $1.25 billion in investment over recent years
Bristol is the world capital of the wildlife and environmental film industry – responsible for 25% of the sectors global output
Across the West of England, about 13,600 people work in environmental technologies and services.

Big Green Week participant Alistair Sawday, eco-pioneer and founder of Sawdays Publishing has shared his green inspiration especially for the program launch: “I was a school teacher in North London, living in a shared house next to a housing estate. A little girl from the estate would often spend time in the house. One day she sat on my bed and gazed, dumb-struck, at a leopard skin hanging on my wall. (My father had lived and hunted in India in the 1930s.) “What’s that?” she asked. When I told her and confessed how it got there, she said “I hate your Dad.” What could I say? She spoke her truth and there was little point in telling her how lovely my Dad really was and that……”


Notes to Editors

For more information please contact:
Lucy Warin
W. 0117 9307300
M. 07525335863

Advanced PDF copies of the programme are available from the Big Green Week press office on request.

About Big Green Week
BIG Green Week runs from the 9-17 June 2012 and is the UK’s first major festival of sustainability, with international speakers, art, comedy, film, music, poetry and entertainment. Big Green Week is an annual event. All information can be found at

About our partners
Big Green Week is organised by a partnership of Forum for the Future, and Bristol Green Capital. The major sponsors are Good Energy, Wessex Water, and Triodos Bank.


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