2019 marks our fourth annual EcoFest, which will be bigger and better than ever! For the Year of Green Action, we will be showcasing green events from across our programme, with exhibitions, performances, workshops, screenings, talks and more.
Join MAC and other local eco-friendly organisations on Sunday 29 September, and find out how we can work together to make a positive impact on the environment.
Stalls & Discussion
Sun 29 Sep | 11am-4pm | MAC Public Spaces | Free
Come and meet many local environmental organisations at EcoFest! Join us for talks, screenings and Q&As with organisations including:
Active Wellbeing Society; Badger Trust West Midlands; Climate Action Network West Midlands; Community Energy Birmingham; Disability Resource Centre; Eco Birmingham; Plastic Free Moseley; The Real Junk Food Project; Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust; Severn Trent; Extinction Rebellion Birmingham.
Sun 29 Sep | 11am-4pm | MAC Hub & Foyer | Drop-in | Free
MAC Tutors James Hannam and Catherine Jones will present interactive eco-digital discovery projects for EcoFest in MAC’s Hub and Foyer. Welcome to all ages and levels.
Sun 29 Sep | 1:30pm & 3pm | Music Room 1 | Free
Make a musical instrument from things that would usually be thrown away, with MAC Makes Music. Workshops end in a performance procession of the newly created Junk Orchestra.
Performance: Gulp! by The Bone Ensemble
Sat 28 Sep at 11:30am, 2pm | Sun 29 Sep at 3:30pm | Foyle Studio | 7+ | £10 / £8
Gulp! is an interactive story for all the family dripping with fun! Follow Maya as she embarks upon an exciting journey, whooshing through oceans, plunging into rivers and floating in clouds, encountering a flood, a drought and fascinating people and creatures. A Relaxed Performance of Gulp! will take place on Sun 29 September at 3:30pm.
Post-show Chat: Meet the Water Experts
Sun 29 Sep | 4:30–5pm | Foyle Studio | Drop-in | Free
Join us after Gulp! on Sun 29 Sep to meet the actors and creative team behind Gulp! and Water Experts Professor David Hannah (UNESCO Chair of Water), EcoBirmingham, Severn Trent and more! Find out all about how Gulp! was made, get tips for saving water back at home, hear fascinating watery stories and surprising facts!
DigiBus by Severn Trent
Sun 29 Sep | 11am-4pm | MAC Terrace | Drop-in | Free
Visit Severn Trent’s DigiBus with lots of interactive games! This educational experience aims to inspire and educate children and families about the wonderful world of water. Using cutting edge virtual reality technology, including the incredibly popular Minecraft game, this will be an exciting, digital, hands-on experience for all.
Film Screening: Stones Have Laws
Sun 29 Sep | 2pm | MAC Cinema | From £8.50
Combining stories of African ancestral traditions and escaped slavery with enacted contemporary rituals, Stones Have Laws explores how a Maroon community’s powerful ties to the land have become endangered as industries threaten to devastate the region through deforestation and mining.
Visual Arts: The Hills Are Shadows
Sat 21 Sep - Sun 24 Nov | 11am-5pm | First Floor Gallery | Free
Visit MAC’s new visual arts exhibition which features large scale drawings depicting huge imaginary landscapes. Working together to produce large scale pieces, artists Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane create worlds within worlds where beached whales grow cities from their backs and creatures lurk in the lush undergrowth.
MAC EcoFest Drawing and Wellbeing Walk: Park Edition
Sun 29 Sep | 2pm | Starts in First Floor Gallery | 18+ | £5
Pop on some walking shoes and a waterproof jacket and join us for a walk in the park, where exhibiting artists Jim and Matt will talk you through their love of drawing in nature with plenty of chances to stop and draw what you find. In conjunction with MAC Ecofest.
EcoFest will be heading to MAC on Sun 29 Sep from 11am – 4pm in MAC’s public spaces, welcome to all ages.
More information about EcoFest and individual events can be found at www.macbirmingham.co.uk/ecofest.