Opening Ceremony

Saturday 22nd June at Newton Abbot Clock Tower starting 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Tano Taiko

Taiko drumming is a performing art originating from Japan involving big drums and choreography. Tano Taiko are the main performing group of Taiko South West and they are a joy to watch for all ages and their performances always bring that extra special something to events. Not to be missed!

Bishopsteignton Players

Poly Mer

Poly Mer has eaten too much plastic. 


Over 9 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year.

Only around 17% of the plastic we throw away every day gets recycled. 

But it’s not just in the oceans.

Plastic is now in the water we drink (bottled and tap), the food that we eat and the air that we breath. 

Poly Mer is heart-broken and angry. 

What can she do about it?

What can WE do about it?



You may see Poly Mer wandering around the streets during the festival. Please say hello!

Frances Gynn Public Erasure

Frances Gynn RWA

Public Erasure – Dormouse at Newton Abbot Market Square

Saturday 22 June 

11am to 11:30am

Frances’ work is informed by nature, particularly environmental issues. As pollution increases, her work reflects a growing concern for the human effect on the environment.

Frances’ Public Erasures draw attention to the increase in  endangered species due to climate change, habitat loss and plastic pollution. The endangered species featured in her Public Erasure at Act with the Arts Climate Festival will be the Hazel Dormouse. Frances will invite the audience to ‘erase’ a painting of multiple dormice.

The current projection for biodiversity is grim. When we lose biodiversity it becomes extremely difficult to fight climate change, prevent pandemics, grow healthy and sustainable crops. Humans need wild nature in order to survive. The best solution for fighting climate change and ending the extinction crisis is nature protection.

Children’s Tree of Hope

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