The Canary Wharf Film Festival (CWFF) is teaming up with Green Sundays to allow festival-goers the chance to explore environmental issues through theatre, music and discussions.
The festival, entering its third year, showcases UK and international films across the five-day event, with ‘Golden Canaries’ awards given to the best films.
This year, the organisers have delved into archive footage of the Canary Wharf area to showcase environmental issues past and present. The ‘Green Sunday’ will end with a bike ride across London to the eco-friendly Arcola Theatre.
The bike ride will begin at Canary Wharf and follow the Regents Canal to Hackney for the rest of the Green Sunday events.
The programme – which is entirely free – will begin with a green film archive screening and is followed by a discussion on green issues in the creative media industry. Festival Director Olivia Bellas believes environmental issues are a growing outlet for creative media.
She explained: “We want to highlight a greener way of travelling around London. Some people see Canary Wharf as quite a distance from the centre, but cycling is a great way to get around. Personally, I’m a huge fan of cycling and I am very excited to be including it in the CWFF this year.
“Bringing in the Green Sundays activity into the CWFF programme was really important this year. We've become more conscious about how the creative industries function on an environmental level, festivals included, and will explore this through our discussion with theatre, music and events head honchos.
“The archive films we've compiled are also a great way of people getting access to material that they wouldn't ordinarily see and gets them thinking about the green message in a historical context too.”
The speakers at the green discussion include an agency that aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the British entertainment industry and a spokesperson for the Arcola Theatre, which hopes to become the world’s first carbon-neutral theatre.
The CWFF begins on 3rd September and runs until 7th September. Green Sunday takes place on Sunday 6th September.
Green Sundays runs a number of green events across the UK. The events are dedicated to environmental themes in the film, music, reading and games industries.