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The Most Creative Ways To Explore Oxford This Summer
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The Most Creative Ways To Explore Oxford This Summer

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Updated: 9 January 2017
Oxford, best known for its famous scientists, philosophers, and eccentric university traditions, is spreading the word about environmental sustainability through a myriad of creative events and activities this summer.

These events are coming from inside and outside the university walls, from the University of Oxford, the City Council’s Low Carbon Oxford week, as well as literally hundreds of community groups that have come together to give collaborative strength to the environmental movement.

Tandem Festival

June 19-21st 2015

Oxford’s only not-for-profit environmental and pan-European music and arts festival brings you an intimate, international, and eco-friendly line-up in its second year at the Tandem Festival. Grab a ticket for the whole weekend or just for a day to listen, learn & dance in the great outdoors. Alongside an exciting and eclectic mix of folk, jazz, gypsy, afro-beat, and classical music, you can take time to revel in the beauty of the Hill End Outdoor Education Centre. Celebrate the summer solstice with inspiring talks, workshops, films, poetry, theatre, and more, all with a focus on environmental sustainability. You could even hire a bike and contribute to reducing the festival’s carbon footprint by joining one of the many bike rides heading to Tandem from hubs across the UK & Europe.

Reimagining Creativity

June 17th 2015

Julie’s Bicycle is an amazing research and arts collective that works to use arts and creativity to communicate about environmental change and sustainability. Low Carbon Oxford Week showcases green initiatives around Oxfordshire with a brilliant programme of events from June 13th-21st. In the Reimagining Creativity workshop, they will look at how arts organisations and artists are exploring environmentally sustainable practices to enhance their brand, develop relationships, and reduce their operational costs. They will also look at how ‘creative companies, venues and event producers are benefiting from sustainability and saving money by up-cycling materials to reduce waste; driving demand for new green products and services; working with renewable energy; and adopting radical new business models.’

Name It…Community Fun Day

Saturday May 24th 11AM-5PM

The residents of East Oxford have transformed this patch of disused wasteland into the beautiful Barrack’s Lane Community Garden, one of Oxford’s real hidden gems. Name It…Community Fun Day fuses the natural environment and art with a programme of henna tattooing, stress ball making, loom band design, designing canvas art, cake decorating, a raffle stall and a lucky dip. There will also be a home-made food stall, cake stall, and refreshments; a great event for all the family.

Theatre in the Garden, Shakespeare’s As You Like It

June 3rd-6th 2015

Polyptych Productions presents As You Like It in one of the oldest and most beautiful college gardens in Oxford. An all-student production, this gives you a rare chance to explore this beautiful garden from within, rather than having to peer over fences and walls like the average Oxford visitor. Be prepared for ‘vibrant folk music’ as a soundtrack for one of Shakespeare’s finest cocktails of fantasy, youth, love, and intrigue. Why not take along a picnic and a jug of Pimms to really get in the swing of the English Summer.

A Creative Commons Image: Wytham Woods | @lxsocon/Flickr
Wytham Woods | @lxsocon/Flickr

Wytham Outreach

May 2nd-25th 2015

Wytham Woods is one of the most beautiful woodlands in Oxfordshire and it is now home to a number of kilns that are being used to research sustainable methods of ceramic making. You can view the artistic output and history of this inspired and original project by visiting the Wytham Room at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History during Wytham Outreach as part of Oxfordshire Art Weeks. You might want to take time afterwards to wander around the Museum of Natural History to take in other fascinating exhibits or perhaps enjoy a beautiful walk over Port Meadow to Wytham Woods to see the studio for yourself.