REclaim is all about creative recycling and the main event will be a free entry, inclusive festival centred around Coronation Green, Shoreham-by-Sea on the second May Bank Holiday weekend 2019 (25 to 27 May). There will also be activities and events in venues across Adur from January to June. The weekend festival will feature lots of recycling themed events each day for all ages, to promote creative reuse, recycling and sustainability. Make an instrument and be in a junk orchestra, make poetry from discarded texts or add to a giant community collage! Be inspired by or even take part in a recycled fashion show or recycled sculpture exhibition! Book on a printing, beach art or jewellery making workshop or drop in to family junk modelling sessions or preschool messy play. Buy refreshments and eco-friendly products from local sustainable traders and get expert help from local organisations on waste reduction, repair, recycling, sustainability.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The project will reach all ages, abilities and interests and is very much inspired by the need to help address pressing global concerns about waste reduction and sustainability. On a local level, the imminent reduction in residential waste collections means there is a pressing need to get inspired and knowledgeable about how to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. We hope to encourage a change in mindset to thinking of discarded materials as a resource rather than rubbish. This project will also be a fun community celebration, giving people a reason and opportunity to come together in a shared creative experience, which is great for mental health and wellbeing and to help ease isolation in people's lives. In the absence of other events from the community calendar this coming spring and summer, we hope this inclusive and large scale project will be bring some much needed positive cheer to Adur!
Steps to get it done:
We will be collaborating with other local organisations for different aspects of REclaim, including the following:- REfashion: the recycled fashion show will be produced in conjunction with Emmaus Brighton & Hove and Emmaus by the Sea. REwrite: recycling activities using discarded text will be run in conjunction with Adur libraries (Lancing, Shoreham and Southwick) and Shoreham Wordfest. REmodel: a recycled sculpture competition and exhibition will be run in conjunction with The Skyway Gallery at the Shoreham Centre. REfuel: Eat Food Love Food will be coordinating a sustainable refreshments area.
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As part of the legacy of this project we are very excited to be making progress on a vision of setting up a repair cafe for Adur, working with a district councillor and being advised by a founder of Worthing Repair Cafe. More info at www.weareoverthemoon.org/adurrepaircafe. We are hoping to officially launch it at the REclaim Weekend.