Circularity Festival, bringing together ideas and music, is set to take place for the first time at the National Brewery Centre in Burton on Trent on Friday 22 June 2018.
The festival has grown from the grassroots Circularity movement, itself born from the album of the same name by local band Star From Ivy. Released in 2015 each song on the album links to an area of modern life and was available as ‘open source’, meaning anyone could take the music and re-mix or re-use it in their own creative projects rights-free.
Chris Baldwin, guitarist from Star From Ivy and co-founder of Circularity, said, “I’m just blown away by the growing support for our project. People are taking our seed of an idea and are growing and cultivating their own amazing concepts for change. I’m very excited for the future, and I hope people invest their time in coming to our first event.”
The first festival event will focus on mental health. In partnership with venue the National Brewery Centre it will include performances from Star From Ivy, Andy Crowe and Emma Buckley, as well as in-conversation sessions and live podcasting including with local author and Storge editor Sarah Lay on the publication of her debut novel. All profits from the night are set to be doubled by the Utility Warehouse and donated to mental health charity Mind.
David Edwards, manager of the National Brewery Centre, said, “As a local venue we feel very proud and privileged to be supporting such an important event. The Circularity project and its message will impact people in different ways, it has so many branches and that’s what struck a chord with me; the opportunity to help plant a seed of change but let people grow it for themselves.”