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Festival fun . . . South Canterbury Sustainability Festival organising group members (back, from left) Silke Schlusnus, Kim Dixon, Barbara Gilchrist, Rhys Taylor and Kylee Galbraith were joined by (front, from left) Jakob Clarke (6), Lukas Clarke (7), Fabian Galbraith (4) and Austen Galbraith (6) during a planning session for the festival at Redruth Park last week. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Film screenings, shrub planting, an upcycle car-boot sale and a family festival day are among the activities on offer at next month’s South Canterbury Sustainability Festival.

Sustainable South Canterbury Trust member Rhys Taylor said the six-day sustainability celebration would begin with a “sneak preview” of the developing EcoCentre project in Redruth on Sunday, October 13, followed by a planting session of native shrubs at the site.

The first of two film screenings would be held on the Tuesday evening, at MovieMax Timaru, he said.

“Eco comedy thriller” Women at War will screen at the Timaru cinema on October 15, followed by a screening of two films at the Geraldine Cinema on Wednesday, October 16.

Australian documentary A Vision for 2040 will play along with New Zealand film Fools and Dreamers

The New Zealand film profiles the work of Hugh Wilson, who restored the Hinewai Nature Reserve on Banks Peninsula, near Christchurch, from farmland into native forest, over 30 years.

A talk by Christchurch City Council sustainability adviser Tony Moore will be held on the evening of Friday, October 18, at a yet-to-be-confirmed location.

Mr Moore has recently been trained as a speaker on climate change by The Inconvenient Truth director Al Gore.

The final two big events of the festival will be held in Redruth on Saturday, October 19.

A re-use and upcycle car-boot sale will be hosted at the Crow’s Nest second-hand shop – near the dump – while a family education and action day will be hosted nearby in Redruth Park.

Mr Taylor, who is also the national co-ordinator of the Sustainable Living Education Trust, said the day would include food stalls, performers from the wider South Canterbury area, a display on public transport, the entry stand for the “make a bird feeder” competition using only recycled or natural materials, and a stall on repairing appliances.

For more information, find Sustainable South Canterbury Trust on Facebook.