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Organising a Climate and Biodiversity Festival event

Expressions of interest

The Climate and Biodiversity Festival is back again! We’ll be hosting a week-long programme of events during the Big Green Week (24 September – 2d October) and we need your help.

Last year saw hundreds of residents taking the opportunity to learn from and inspire each other on ways to reduce carbon emissions and restore nature. Over 30 events took place across Bath and Northeast Somerset celebrating community groups and raising the profile of their climate action.

We’ve all got a shared responsibility to tackle the challenges of the environmental crisis. That’s why we’re inviting communities across B&NES to shape the weeklong programme of events by running their own activities on the theme of ‘taking action for the climate’. 

Fill out the webform below to submit your event proposal, all ideas are welcome whether they are fully developed ideas at this stage, or not!

Deadlines: 

  • 8 July - deadline for expressions of interest for event proposals
  • 31 July - confirmation of event details for programme 

Register your event

Event Management 

The Festival Programme is being coordinated by the Council. All event management is the responsibility of the Event Host listed on the Event Details, including bookings, and ensuring that the necessary Risk Assessments, Public Liability Insurances, and licenses are in place. 

Ensuring that an in-person event is sustainable, climate and nature friendly.

Please refer to the Council's guidance

What types of event can I run?

We invite all forms of expression around the themes which could include music, poetry, film, theatre and art as well as discussions and debate We will have a Virtual Film Theatre on the website, where we can  list films, recordings, videos and animations.

What themes or topics can be included in the Programme?

The impacts of the climate and ecological crisis run across how we live our lives and everything we do. Following the success of our first festival this year we want to focus on ‘taking action for the climate’ and reaching out to the wider community.

There are a wide range of potential topics including: food, travel, waste, renewable energy, biodiversity, behaviour change, carbon sequestration, organising, climate impacts and engaging with your local community.

What event formats are eligible?

Events can be face to face, in person or virtual, it's up to Event Host/Organiser to decide what works best for your activity. 

Can I ask people to book onto my event?

Yes, as  Event Organiser  you decide how to manage this to fit your event, perhaps  using an online booking system such as Eventbrite, or by asking people to contact the organiser directly.

Do events have to open to all, e.g. I'm in a group that is only open to members (The Scouts or WI)

If your event is restricted to a specific audience, we can it made clear on the event listing that this is the case. 

Can we charge for an event, or do they have to be free?, e.g. a theatre show or to cover costs of a speaker?

Yes, paid for events can be part of the Festival Programme. Please make this clear to customers in the booking process.

I want to run an event in a park or on our street, do I need to ask permission?

Please see the Council's Plan your outdoor event guidance.

I'm interested in running a virtual zoom event but don't have a licensed account, can you help?

We can support community and third sector organisations run a virtual event. Please contact sustainability@bathnes.gov.uk to discuss.

We’re a business or community group and are interested in being involved in an event but would like to join up with others to run something together. Can you help connect us up with others in the same position?

We’re holding monthly zoom meetings, you’re welcome to drop in and make connections. 

What happens after I’ve registered my event?

We will make sure that your event fits the programme and confirm details with you.

Will you help us promote our event?

We will be promoting all events on the programme. We recommend that you also promote your event through your own networks and community.

Can we download the logo?

Once your event has been confirmed the logo will be sent to you, for you to use if you wish, e.g. to help you promote your event.