INvirolution Festival 2020 is a digital climate action festival, coming to a screen near you! Following lasts years success, community festival organisers Envirolution are delighted to confirm that the digital version of their festival, INvirolution Festival 2020, will be taking place on Saturday 20th June. I caught up with organiser Dan to chat about how COVID-19 might impact climate action and what going digital has meant for the festival.
Climate Action Goes Digital
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, INvirolution were forced to get innovative, against all the odds the show must go on and will! The virtual festival will be dedicated to the idea of what people want the planet to look like in this changing world, with a focus on the hashtag #myfutureplanet.
With their base in the city of Manchester in the UK, there will be a range of bands, inspirational stories happening locally and workshops coming from the North of England.
Q. What have been the benefits of going digital with this years festival?
A. We are a community festival focused on worldwide issues at a local level. A digital festival allows us to adopt a wider scope to this year’s edition and start new, positive conversations all over the world.
Due to the global possibilities of the digital festival, there is also set to be some worldwide involvement, connecting people as far away as Australia and Kenya into this newly-widened festival scope.
Growing A Sustainable Community
Q. Have you seen any projects or ideas put into action that were sparked off by last year’s festival?
A. Definitely – we are always growing, and now we are seeing stronger community interaction and more of a recognised voice for organizations and people doing great things from a sustainability perspective. The biggest positive for us is seeing more people get involved with these projects, stories and organizations. It’s the main driver behind what we do – to connect people and bring things together. It’s definitely getting easier in a number of ways as the support networks get stronger and attain more belief.
Key topics for this years festival will include inspirational discussions and ideas around sustainability, community spirit and insightful ways to help shape our climate in a post-coronavirus world.
How Will Coronavirus Impact Climate Action?
Q. In what ways do you feel the Coronavirus pandemic will impact the Climate Action movement?
A. For a little while I expect to see a slowdown in activity in terms of industrial production. Naturally, this will cause a drop in carbon intensity. How we make the most of that is up to us as a society. Certainly I have seen a quieter climate movement than I have known in the last ten years, but with INvirolution we’re hoping to nudge some of that back into the conversation. Keep an eye on the hashtag #myfutureplanet as we encourage everyone to show how they envisage our planet after the crisis ends.
The virtual festival world will have live features and talks as well as pre-recorded entertainment due to begin at different times like a typical live festival.
INvirolution also presents opportunities for other environmental and sustainable causes to get people involved with their latest campaigns, with Green Gathering and Extinction Rebellion confirmed to participate.
Green Gathering director Emma Fordham said: “We’ve had to postpone our 2020 festival but we’re collaborating with Green festivals internationally on how to come out of this pandemic stronger and more sustainable than ever. Thanks to INvirolution we’ll have a platform to demonstrate what we do this June.”
Join in: Applications can be taken to be included in this festival until Saturday 13th June. To enjoy the festival content head over to www.invirolution.org
Happy World Environment Day!