The Festival of Thrift, September 2019

The award-winning Festival of Thrift is the UK’s only national celebration of sustainable living.

Back in 2013, we held the very first Festival of Thrift at Kirkleatham, Redcar; a free, fun and family-friendly celebration of everyday living, with upcyling, recycling and sustainability at its core. It had everything: great food, fantastic music, interactive entertainment, market stalls selling beautiful hand-crafted wares, workshops and thought-provoking art.

Year on year the festival has grown in magnitude and support, and we anticipated 25,000 people would join us over the two days; how wrong we were! 40,000 festival-goers poured through the gates, eager to experience all that The Festival of Thrift had to offer, like this fellow:

"Incredible 2 days. I swung in a hammock on a 'lifeboat', I walked a mile in someone else's shoes, I crafted a lamp with #UpcycleRevolution, I listened to fabulous live music, I travelled on tracks to see trees from a different viewpoint, I impressed a ceramic tile, I ate delicious local foods, I listened to storytellers...It was a blast" - Amore Brison from Facebook

You can imagine we are chuffed to bits about the festival's growing traction. In Wayne's words, “The festival proved that ‘thrift’ isn’t just a flash in the pan. It’s a genuine response to the economy and the state of the world that is creaking under mass-consumption.”

David Budd, Chairman of the Tees Valley Combined Authority added: “We believe culture has as an important part to play in the future economic development of Tees Valley, which is why we have put it at the forefront of our Strategic Economic Plan and Devolution Deal.  The Festival of Thrift  and its growing success is a key part of the cultural renaissance in the area, and we are delighted to see it taking a prominent place in the Tees Valley annual calendar of cultural events in the area. Engaging people with creativity around such an important agenda as living sustainably is critical in a region which is leading the world in low carbon technology.” 

With the Observer Ethical Award for Culture and Arts 2015 and Tourism Event of the Year under its belt, The Festival of Thrift has become an annual staple to the calendar.

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