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100 CELEBRATIONS

When you look at the world around you,

What do you care about?

What would you share?

What would you celebrate?


Why not organise your own Earth celebration? You might take an existing event and build on that. You might decide to plan a new event to share an idea, a place or an activity with other people. Ideas, suggestions and examples of such celebrations will follow on our blog.


To transform an event from a straightforward activity like tree planting, or bird watching, or a garden open day, or even a religious ceremony into a celebration, we would suggest you look for ways of incorporating

  • time for people reflect upon what they are doing and why this matters to them

  • an opportunity to share those feelings with others if they want to

  •  chance to look ahead, shaping an idea of what they would like to do next


If you organise your own earth celebration please let us know. We will list those that we can, encouraging people to attend (if that’s what you want), sharing the news of your existing work and growing plans, and contributing to a wider sense of how people across the country are looking at the world around them and reminding each other, sharing with each other, the wonder of the world we live in – building 100 Celebrations.


Covid-19: we know that with the current situation events may be planned and then have to postpone or more online or operate with very reduced numbers. While that might change what we can do or how we do it, it need not prevent an event becoming a Celebration!

 
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100 CELEBRATIONS SUBMISSIONS

If you have a celebration you would like us to include, in the first instance please send the information below to admin@celebrationearth.org

Name of group:

Contact person:

Email:

Public contact for event if needed:


Planned event

  • Date:

  • Venue: (include a postcode if possible)

  • County:

  • Title:

  • 100 words to describe planned event


Nature of event: outdoors/indoors, family friendly?, accessible? If you are walking how far, an easy route? Difficult route….choose a few key words

For further info – website/email – where should people go to learn more


Data protection statement: personal information will not be sold or shared beyond the CelebrationEarth! and our host FaithInvest. Contacts details for events will only be posted with your permission


This event is your event: you remain responsible for the organisation, management and delivery of any of your events we include in this list. You are also responsible for Public Liability Insurance etc and for ensuring that your event or other activity conforms to current Covid-19 guidelines

Editorial control: CelebrationEarth! reserves the right to accept or reject materials. Work that is racist, sexist, homophobic or that we deem is discriminatory on the grounds of race, gender, gender orientation, religion or ideology will not be accepted

 
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SEPTEMBER 11TH 2020

1. Heydon Church Virtual Bat Night
11th September
This was Bats in Churches first ever virtual bat night. “Expect a fun and fascinating 90 mins with expert bat ecologist Phil Parker, Bats in Churches heritage advisor Rachel Arnold and the clerk at Heydon's Holy Trinity church, Angela Bucksey all from the comfort of your own home. Hear all about Holy Trinity's bats, how they live, why they love the church and how they are working hard to ensure the bats, the building and its human occupants can continue to thrive and live together successfully in their beautiful surroundings.
You can also take part in their competition by sending in a picture of your bat or church inspired creation.
THIS EVENT HAS NOW HAPPENED BUT YOU COULD SEE MORE ABOUT BATS IN CHURCHES WORK

15TH SEPTEMBER 2020

2. Chats about bats

Jo Ferguson (Bat Conservation Trust) and Honor Gay (Bats in Churches) to find out more about all they do to support bats and buildings and what you might be able to do to help. This event is organised by the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project as part of

THIS EVENT HAS NOW HAPPENED BUT YOU COULD SEE MORE ABOUT BATS IN CHURCHES WORK 

SEPTEMBER

3. Batfest

Throughout September

Events across the country: find out more

https://www.bats.org.uk/events/batfest

THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER

Organised by Bradford Cathedral
Live talks with Q&A and pre-recorded videos featuring: Dr Ruth Valerio | Rev Ruth Jarman on Bible and Ecology; how to transform your churchyard to be more environmentally friendly; and on the Church of England’s carbon neutral goals Creating great food and reducing food waste, with Duncan Milwain of the Shipley Food Project | Green Christian on their work and programmes | Harvest Festival Eucharist | live-streamed environmental-themed music night | Themed Bradford Street Market | Children’s Space how-to activity | Bradford Cathedral Woodland Project |The work done by Bradford Cathedral including their solar panels, recycling initiatives and insect hotels | Friends of Queensbury High Street litter-picking |Fialuna on plastic-free periods | plus more to be announced, including videos on how to go plastic-free, top ten tips to make your house more green, and some special Fairtrade videos

 
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SEPTEMBER

The Kindness Revolution at Kinderleeds

https://kinderleeds.org

A Festival of events exploring themes relating to “six ways to a kinder world”: kinder to self, kinder relationships, kinder business, kinder spaces, kinder communities, kinder to our planet.

KINDER TO OUR PLANET

Nature is a part of us. It is not separate. It’s the foundation of our wellbeing. How we treat Nature and our one and only planet, affects us directly – from what we eat, to how we grow, to how we travel & what we buy. 

Again events are over now but the website is there and might inspire, offer new connections and generally keep you hopeful!

OCTOBER

6. Apple Day

Originally designated 21st October when it was founded by Common Ground in 1990, Apple Day has grown to be one of the most successful of the “new” environmental festival days. Combining a sense of harvest richness with autumn fires, roasted apples, apple games and just having a good time outdoors in the autumn, Apple Days happen all over the UK through mid-October. Specific dates depend on local circumstances, but Apple Days offer ideal opportunities for CelebrationEarth! events: opportunities to share, reflect and respond to how we feel about the world around us. 

There are Apple Day event ideas in our Resources page

 
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7. Remembrance of Lost Species Day

 November 30th, is a chance each year to explore the stories of extinct and critically endangered species, cultures, lifeways, and ecological communities. 

Whilst emphasising that these losses are rooted in violent and discriminatory governing practices, the day provides an opportunity for participants to make or renew commitments to all who remain, and to develop creative and practical solutions. 

Remembrance Day for Lost Species honours diverse experiences and practices associated with enduring and witnessing the loss of cultural and biological diversity. 

There are ideas in our resources page and we will list individual events here as they come in

8. Plan an Advent Spiral

Spirals invite movement and thought: that sense of movement inwards, to pause at the centre before bubbling outwards again seems to physically mix inward reflection with outward celebration.  

Advent Spiral

I won’t post everything from the Sparklestories blog: please follow the link to get the full effect of their lovely work….but here are the opening paragraphs and a summary of the ceremonial side of their Spiral


Long ago, when our oldest was very little, and we were living in New Hampshire, we were invited into a beautiful neighborhood celebration that centered around a Winter Spiral (or Advent Spiral).  Each Sunday of Advent, as the sun was going down, we gathered in a friend's urban garden.  We held lanterns and sang songs.  We read verses and heard stories.  And most importantly, we each took a walk to the center of the spiral, where a single candle was lit.



In the traditional Waldorf spirals, each week of Advent has a different offering.  The first week is of the mineral world (stones, shells), the second week is of the plant world (acorns, berries, branches), the third week is of the animal world (and so we make wax animals), and the fourth week is the world of people. 


The fourth week at our house, each person is given an apple with a small, unlit candle in it (see photo below), which they light on the central candle and place along the spiral.  So by the end, the entire spiral is covered in little lights.  And it is extraordinarily beautiful.


There is ceremony built around the spiral: the lighting of a central candle, the choice and position of the natural materials that make up the spiral. They sing their spiral, too, using rounds and Taize chants and carols and there is a lovely sense of both contemplation and celebration contained within this work

9. Other maze ideas for Midwinter

Tucked away in south-east London, in Forest Hill, there is a spiral that grew out of a community arts festival a few years ago. Maria Strutz, the artist who created it, described her work and the use of the spiral


I created the labyrinth in May 2013 during a 4-day community arts festival (LEAF) on Albion Millennium Green in London SE23.

The materials used were sticks and stones found on the Green. It was meant to be a temporary structure but in the end I was loathe to let it go.


Initially I had to rebuild it nearly every day as the stones and branches got dislodged and the paths could no longer be recognized.  


Over time some borders of the labyrinth gathered moss and sprouted grass (also eventually encouraged by me by strategically moving around grass and soil from where it shouldn't grow to where it 'should'. In heavy rains soil is washed away, wherever it wants to go. Maintenance is necessary but less so than in the beginning stages of the labyrinth.


In summer however the labyrinth dries out completely and seems to disappear in most places but it slowly comes back in autumn with the rains.  


Response to the labyrinth is/was mostly positive but also encountered some suspicion regarding its spiritual aspects whilst others seem to be totally oblivious to it.

The labyrinth is used and walked by a variety of people, most of whom I am unaware; I sometimes receive unexpected and quite moving feedback how the labyrinth affects people’s lives.


I also come across pigeons wandering the paths and I dream about foxes walking the labyrinth at night.    



Other spirals

There are spirals every where! Spirals to walk ( St Catherine’s Hill, Winchester, springs to mind as does the Willen Labyrinth near the Buddhist temple in Milton Keynes). There are old turf mazes (look at Saffron Walden!) and ancient carved stone spirals. There are new spirals (try the Touchstone Maze at Strathpeffer for a spiral that walks you through millions of years of geological history). There are transient ones.


But more personally there are the mazes we can create for ourselves: a simple in and out, marked out on a lawn with sawdust and glass bottle lanterns. A bigger spiral in a field marked with little flags to be walked in silence. A wide green space to be danced in a spiral, leaving a pattern of trampled grass that will linger through to spring. We’ve danced spiral dances with a hundred people, at its height having that sense of inward and outward movement at the same time as the dancing spiral turns.

More celebrations coming soon!

If you have a suggestion, let us know: arts@celebrationearth.org

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100 CELEBRATIONS INDEX

100 CELEBRATIONS INDEX
THEME with EVENT BY NUMBER
Advent: 8, 9
Apples: 6
Bats: 1, 2, 3
Bradford: 5
Business: 5
Celebrations: 6
Communities: 5, 6
Environmental responsibility: 4
Extinction: 7
Greening buildings: 5
Leeds: 4
Lost Species Day: 7
Maze: 8, 9
Orchards: 6
Reducing waste: 4
Relationships: 5
Self: 5
Spaces/environments: 5

 
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