The Green Elephant in the Room

Now is the time to ask difficult questions about real-world sustainability in large outdoor festivals, the distances audiences travel to events, and the products and services used to create Mela and other outdoor events.

At Nutkhut and with our Mela Partners, we’ve seen more people attending events in our local areas. Entire families spanning generations are sharing experiences of local events. These one or two local events per year are often the only cultural events our audiences attend.

Over the next three years, Nutkhut and The Mela Partnership will co-design a series of seminars, events, and workshops across the UK, especially targeting outdoor events and festivals that diaspora communities attend.

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A Discussion on Good Practice & Environmentally Sustainable ways of working in the Outdoor Arts

Wednesday 23rd March 2022, 4pm – 5.30pm (UK time) | Online

We kicked off our first hybrid session of the season live and online from Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle. We discussed good practice, case studies and new Environmentally Sustainable ways of working.

We were joined by:

– Andrew Mackay – Director – Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust
– Adrian Lochhead – Director – Eden Arts
– Feimatta Conteh – Environmental Sustainability Manager Manchester International Festival (joined online)
– Mohammed Yaqoob – Director – Newcastle Mela (joined online)
– Teresa Moore – Director – A Greener Festival Ltd
– Ajay Chhabra – Artistic Director – Nutkhut & Mela Partnership

This inaugural conversation about environmental sustainability in our sector opened up questions with the broader Mela market and offered opportunities to hear how Mela can both teach and learn from the wider outdoor sector.

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From left to right: Ajay Chhabra (Artistic Director – Nutkhut and Mela Partnership), Andrew MacKay (Director – Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust), Teresa Moore (Director – A Greener Festival Ltd), Adrian Lochhead (Director – Eden Arts)