Future City: New Green Festival Begins in Chelmsford

Future City - A month of ideas on growing a sustainable Chelmsford. October 1st to November 2nd

“A month of ideas on growing a sustainable Chelmsford” is how October is being labelled by Chelmsford City Council.

The council is bringing together organisations from across Chelmsford to create ‘Future City: a month of ideas on growing a sustainable Chelmsford’. The mainly digital festival runs throughout October and tackles the themes of climate change, biodiversity and sustainability. The programme is intended to capture the moment as we think about life post-COVID-19, and it’s hoped events and activities will encourage people in the city to make connections and provide fresh thinking about the future.

What’s On?

Future City, which is part of Essex2020, is hosted on the council’s new Love Your Chelmsford website, bringing together a range of experiences.

These include original performances from Connect: Black Chapel Collective, the City Photo Exhibition, Eco-Casts inspired by the Essex Book Festival’s ‘Manifesto For Essex’, and an audio-visual installation from the Resonance Collective.

RSA Essex is holding a free conference called ‘Shaping Our Future’ to consider how the world could and should change after COVID-19, and Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES) is celebrating their centenary with an evening event on the exciting work taking place in Essex right now to secure a more sustainable future for the county.

“The great disruption of the pandemic has impacted every area of our lives. It has also prompted us to reflect on how we might live differently to set us on the right path for the future.

“This dynamic festival is helping us to start these important conversations in an exciting and accessible way. I’m looking forward to taking part as this will mark the launch of a programme of regular green activities and events in Chelmsford over the next 18 months.”

Cllr Rose Moore, Chelmsford City Council’s cabinet member for Greener and Safer Chelmsford

Future City runs between 1 October and 2 November.

The full festival lineup can be found on Chelmsford City Council’s new website for all things green – www.loveyourchelmsford.co.uk – along with much more information about green spaces, green living and other events in the city.