Festival of Thrift: People-Powered Cinema 

We're excited to be heading to this year’s Festival of Thrift, in its new location of Billingham, who we've partnered with to create an exciting new project as part of Nature Matters: a pedal and solar powered cinema!

The festival was set up in 2013 in Darlington, later moved to Redcar and now has a new home in Billingham. It focuses on ‘celebration and joy’ and aims to ‘represent everyday folk and encourage change in affordable realistic ways’. Its ethos ties in well with our Nature Matters project, looking at how we have interacted with environmental issues across the regions, and we look forward to showing a series of films during the weekend.

Come along and experience a series of nature-focused archive films that speak of thrifting, the local area and the Nature Matters project.

Not only will you be able to watch the films, but you will also get the opportunity to power them via the bike! The cinema aims to explore how we can show films in more sustainable ways, whether by bike or solar power, and also to consider how what is on the screen is also important.

Martha from the Nature Matters team will be on hand, leading the screenings and also answering questions about the project. You’ll also be able to find out how you can submit your own films to be preserved by the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives, as part of our current contemporary collecting film search.

For more information and to find out more, head to the Festival of Thrift website

Nature Matters is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.