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A packed national celebration of sustainable living, the Festival of Thrift takes place from Saturday 25thSunday 26th September in the village of Kirkleatham, Redcar, with a focus this year on water. Thought-provoking talks, performances, live music and ethical shopping await you, along with the opportunity to join in with swapping clothes, alfresco dining and cooking and much more.

The packed programme includes a performance from Patrick Ziza, whose Dandyism dance piece is inspired by the gentlemen of the Congo, exploring the expression, energy and expressive dynamism of dance originating in East Africa; with the weight of plastic now greater than the weight of humanity, Cast-Away by Highly Sprung is an outdoor spectacle that responds to the devastating effect of ‘disposables’ on our canals and waterways; exploring contemporary implications of rising sea levels, performance-parkour show On The Strandline by Urban Playground asks what and who you would place on a boat should a flood threaten your future.

A series of thought-provoking talks on sustainability themes, such as climate change, protecting our water, sustainable buildings and rewilding will take place over the weekend. There’s a chance to delve deeper into the world of fast fashion, revealing the environmental cost of the clothes we wear and throw away; influential designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway discuss their amazing journey from selling second-hand clothing to becoming an international fashion brand and FOT guru Simon Preston joins marine specialist Jean-Luc Solandt and Redcar fishing family-born artist and author Carmen Markus to discuss the impending catastrophe in our seas.

With the effects of climate emergency at the forefront of our minds right now, the Festival of Thrift provides an ideal opportunity to discover for yourself how together, we can make a world of difference.

The Festival of Thrift takes place at Kirkleatham, Redcar from Saturday 25th-Sunday 26th September

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