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The UK’s national celebration of sustainable living is back and thriving with thrifty imagination at Kirkleatham in Redcar from Saturday 14th-Sunday 15th September. The festival’s offerings are divided into three zones, inspired by the theme of clean air and the moon landing.

The Pink zone presents theatre productions, such as Zoo Humans (a depiction of a future where humans have forgotten how to move), and dance performances that illustrate the poignancy of environmental concerns. More hands-on activities are available at the Fixit Café, where festival-goers can fix anything over a cup of tea, or Little Inventors which provides an opportunity to invent ways to help the environment. Taste one of the festival’s many eco-friendly food delights at Town is the Menu, serving food from The Ugly Duckling cooking collective inspired by Guisborough.

The Blue zone contains a bicycle hub, the Toasting Stage (which showcases musicians from the area) and stalls where local businesses promote sustainable products, such as paper jewellery and home accessories made from reclaimed wood and metal. You can learn new skills in the Yellow zone by picking from a variety of workshops, including stained glass, pottery, jam making and eco bird feeders.

In addition to the festival itself, organisers showcase Viewpoints, which brings together ideas from all three zones in several green-themed artworks which will be on display from Thursday 12th-Thursday 19th September across the Tees Valley. These include a glowing, plant-filled lung cleaning station, a free-standing observation platform, a sensational green house and Peter J. Evans’ wall drawing, using ink made from cars’ exhaust fumes, transforming an invisible form of pollution into an unmissable fixture.

Festival of Thrift is at Kirkleatham, Redcar from Saturday 14th-Sunday 15th September, with Viewpoints taking place across the Tees Valley from Thursday 12th-Thursday 19th September

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