Forming part of a commitment to continually innovate and advance the sustainability of the festival as well as discuss with audiences the fragility of planet earth, music, science and culture festival bluedot, which takes place at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st July 2019 has announced its sustainability initiatives and green programme for 2019,
The programme includes women's rights activist and writer Helen Pankhurst, who features alongside Tom Shakespeare and a representative from Extinction Rebellion on the panel talk 'Protest for Change: Direct Action and Society'. A controversial form of political campaigning, direct action seeks to confront society, trigger debate and incite change. While some defend its validity as a peaceful and vital part of a truly liberal democracy, others decry the impact of the disruption cause, and the cost to public services. This high profile panel of speakers will represent a range of lenses through which to explore the effectiveness of direct action, from the suffragetters through to the contemporary environmentalist movement, Extinction Rebellion.
Following their collaboration on David Attenborough's groundbreaking Our Planet, WWF will be onsite presenting screenings and In Conversation talks with the creators of the series. There will also be talks throughout the weekend with WWF's environmental experts. The festival will also host a series of DotTalks which will explore various issues surrounding the planet. TV Presenter Liz Bonnin will host ' The Problem with Plastics' which will explore the problem of marine plastic pollution and reveal the full scale of the problem across our oceans whilst lecturer Tamsin Edwards will cover the story of climate science. Astrophysicist Eamonn Kerins will host PLEXIT - a look into the possibility of life on other planets.
The festival has also announced the concept Spaceship Earth - the future of our bluedot - a world view that humans should work together harmoniously to look after the planet. Working in unison with Jodrell Bank, bluedot will implement a number of sustainability initiatives that will continue to support the concept. Initiatives include no single use plastic across the food traders on site, reusable bottles for all staff and wristbands made entirely from bamboo and recycled plastic. Green Events, the catering company for the festival, will work with food salvage scheme 8th Plate again this year to salvage any food waste at the festival and donate to the local community to help those living in food poverty.
Collaborating with Red Fox Cycling, festival goers can now travel sustainably in a one day canal-side cycle ride from Manchester to Jodrell Bank. Designed to encourage attendees to reduce their carbon emissions, all rides will be led by experienced guides who will navigate the journey ensuring there is plenty of time for socializing and making new festival friends before arriving at the festival. Perks of taking part include VIP ticket upgrades and a free meteor shower pass for luxurious hot showers across the weekend.
Customers will also have the options to make a 'Carbon Offset' donation when they purchase their tickets to the festival with bluedot investing 100% of this in renewable energy with Energy Revolution, a festival industry collaborative charity.
Squid Soup the UK-based international group of artists, researchers, technologists and designers will be on site with their project Submergence - an immersive walkthrough experience. The installation uses many thousands of individual points of suspended light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space.
Global innovator Practical Action will be on site to discuss the ingenious, practical ways in which people can free themselves from poverty and disadvantage whilst experts from Take a Bite out of Climate Change will discuss how technology is helping to lower emissions from food.
As well as its live and electronic programme, bluedot will explore the latest scientific discoveries from outer space and our planet. There will be talks from world-class scientists and thinkers, combined with an opportunity to ask the Big Questions of leading researchers.
Music at bluedot this year come from Hot Chip, Kraftwerk, New Order, Jon Hopkins; Kate Tempest; 808 State; John Grant; Gogo Penguin; Jarvis Cocker; Gruff Rhys; Anna Calvi; Les Amazones D'Afrique; The Go! Team; Ibibio Sound Machine; Omar Souleyman;, and many more. For the details as available please see the line-up page.
Day tickets are now on sale, priced £59.75 per person. Full weekend camping tickets start from £169.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced as follows:-
adult 3-day (Fri-Sun): £168.75
teen (aged 11-15) 3-day (Fri-Sun): £85.75
child (aged 6-10) 3-day (Fri-Sun): £27.50
infant (aged up-to 5) 3-day (Fri-Sun): free but needs ticket
adult Saturday: £65.70 (SOLD OUT)
teen (aged 11-15) Saturday: £27.50
child (aged 6-10) Saturday: £27.50
Thursday add-on: £31.90 for weekend ticket holders.
car parking: £22
campervan / caravan: £88.50
All-day and just-evenings tickets also available.
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