It is a festival that of its kind that inspires and brings young people and local political and business leaders together to map up a way forward towards a sustainable green and thriving future – and a better life.
The much-awaited Green Hustle Festival is finally back to Nottingham and is scheduled for Friday 2 – Sunday 4 June, 2023 taking over Nottingham with a big bang celebrating life, nature, community action and creativity.
After two successful previous festivals, online in 2020 and at Sneinton Market in the following year, 2021, Hockley Hustle’s all-inclusive eco-friendly sister event Green Hustle Festival returns for a three-day celebration with something for everyone.
Focussing on themes of nature and wildlife, food and community, art and creativity, music and performance, fashion and lifestyle, sport and movement, discovery and learning, and economy and business, the festival hopes to bring lofty environmental issues down to Earth.
Green Hustle Festival Co-Director Adam Pickering said: “We’ve always sought out new ways of inclusively connecting communities and nature whilst celebrating our amazing city and local people, and this festival is a huge evolution in that effort.”
“With the wide support of Nottingham’s cultural, education, and business sectors, this is definitely going to be our biggest and most exciting festival yet.
Mr. Pickering said having literally planted 2,500 trees in the last few years, the city is seeing the seeds that were sowed when it was embarked on Green Hustle in 2020 to grow into something really magic.
Mr. Pickerinng added: “We’re so grateful for all the support we’ve had along the way, to all our partners and volunteers, and we hope everyone will find something in this festival for them.“
According to Mr. Pickerinng, the Green Hustle’s vision is an accessible eco-focused festival that leaves Nottingham and its communities greener, healthier, and more connected.
All events and activities are free of charge, with the only exception being some of the film screenings at Broadway Cinema and Mammoth – A Climate Action Cinema, who will be showcasing a busy slate of eco conscious cinema of the weekend. The latter will however host a free drop-in showcasing short films from 12-4pm.
Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID)/It’s in Nottingham and supported by University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Raleigh, Castle Rock, Savoy Systems, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Canal and River Trust, Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028, Nottingham City Council, and a raft of creative and cultural organisations, the festival promises to be one of the city’s most collaborative and expansive events ever.
Alex Flint, CEO of Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) commented: “We’re proud that Nottingham is a green and healthy city in which to live and work, but there is always more we can do to understand our impact on the environment.
Green Hustle Festival is a great opportunity to find out more about sustainable living, and we know that through entertainment, education and collective experience, it will inspire businesses and residents of our city to make changes which will have a lasting impact.
Friday, June 2nd, sees the festival delving into the business and civic spaces during the day, with the World of Work day at NTU’s Dryden Enterprise Centre inviting local businesses and keen sustainability learners to come together and tackle climate change.
Nottingham Assembles at Nottingham Council House will bring together young people and local political and business leaders to chart ways towards a green and thriving future.
On Friday evening, June 2, the festival’s public launch party takes place at Fox & Grapes pub, with nature bingo and top live music headlined by Benjamin Luhis.
Saturday, June 3 and Sunday June 4, sees Old Market Square teeming with activity, with a live music stage hosted by Cultural Vibrations – Unity Through Music, and Acoustickle (who also host a Saturday night dance at Castle Rock Brewery), dressed with school children’s sea-dwelling creations from the festival’s School of Fish project.
Throughout there’ll be dance performances, fashion shows, nature-based activities, sustainable shopping, social eating, the latest in local innovation, sports, and much more, with a diverse selection of community groups pulling together.
“We’ve always sought out new ways of inclusively connecting communities and nature whilst celebrating our amazing city and local people.”Adam Pickering
Green Hustle Festival Co-Director