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2019 is the year of Green Action and the fourth annual EcoFest returns to MAC Birmingham on Sunday 29th September for a day of exhibitions, workshops, performances and screenings that focus on working together to make a positive impact on the environment in your own home and community.

Visitors are invited to meet many local environmentally friendly organisations including Greenpeace, WWF, Community Energy Birmingham, Friends of the Earth and ecobirmingham. Budding artists can explore The Hills Are Shadows exhibition which features large scale drawings depicting huge imaginary landscapes or take a trip around Cannon Hill Park with artists Matt Shane & Jim Holyoak, taking inspiration from the natural world with plenty of chances to stop and draw along the route. MAC Makes Music offers the chance to make a musical instrument using things that would usually be thrown away, with a finale performance procession from the newly created ‘Junk Orchestra.’

Q&A’s, talks and screenings will be available with organisations including Extinction Rebellion, EcoBirmingham, Climate Action Network West Midlands, The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & Black Country and Plastic Free Moseley.

MAC Tutors James Hannam and Catherine Jones will deliver interactive eco-digital discovery projects. Catherine will present the ‘Pollution Plant’ – an art work that translates pollution measurement data into a visual and physical art work, while James showcases ‘Plants without Earth’ – a home-made hydroponic soil-less growing system using recycled materials. They will also be available to discuss their projects in further detail, giving ideas on how families can create similar projects at home or in school.

Watch a performance of Gulp! by The Bone Ensemble, which follows Maya’s exciting journey to find out where our water really comes from, and then meet the Water Experts including the creative team behind Gulp!, UNESCO, EcoBirmingham, Severn Trent and more. Find out about how Gulp! was made and get lots of useful tips for saving water back at home! Severn Trent’s DigiBus will also be available with lots of different interactive games.

A screening of Stones Have Laws, which explores how a Maroon community in Suriname and their powerful ties to the land have become endangered through mining and deforestation, will be shown in the cinema at 2.00pm.

EcoFest promises to be a fantastic and educational day out for the whole family and many of the activities are free of charge.