Green Hustle Festival Returns with an Expansive and Inclusive Celebration

Words: Eleanor Flowerday
Photos: Robert Leedell
Monday 15 May 2023
reading time: min, words

From Friday 2 - Sunday 4 June, Green Hustle Festival will be taking over Nottingham, celebrating life, nature, community action and creativity


After the success of their previous two festivals, Hockley Hustle’s all-inclusive eco-friendly sister, Green Hustle, returns for a three day celebration. With themes of nature and wildlife, food and community, art and creativity, music and performance, fashion and lifestyle, sport and movement, discovery and learning, and economy and business, there’s something for everyone. Green Hustle promises to be an accessible eco-focused festival that leaves Nottingham and its communities greener, healthier, and more connected. 

What to expect? Stop by Broadway Cinema and Mammoth - A Climate Action Cinema for a busy slate of eco conscious screenings. Mammoth will also be hosting a free drop-in, showcasing short films from 12-4pm. All other events and activities over the weekend are completely free!

On Friday 2 June the festival explores the business and civic spaces of Nottingham. The World of Work day at NTU’s Dryden Enterprise Centre will be inviting local businesses and sustainability learners to come together and tackle climate change. Nottingham Assembles at Nottingham Council House will bring together young people and local political and business leaders to chart ways towards a green and thriving future. The party starts on Friday evening at the festival’s public launch, taking place at the Fox & Grapes pub, with nature bingo and live music headlined by Benjamin Luhis.

Over Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, Old Market Square will be buzzing with activity, with a live music stage hosted by Cultural Vibrations - Unity Through Music, and Acoustickle (also hosting a Saturday night dance at Castle Rock Brewery). The stage will be dressed with school children’s sea-dwelling creations from the festival’s School of Fish project. There’ll be dance performances, fashion shows, sustainable shopping, social eating, sports, the latest in local innovation and other nature-based activities throughout the day from a diverse collective of community groups. 

the festival promises to be one of the city's most collaborative and expansive events ever

Delivered in partnership with Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID)/It’s in Nottingham and supported by University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, Raleigh, Castle Rock, Savoy Systems, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, Canal & River Trust, Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028, Nottingham City Council, and a raft of creative and cultural organisations, the festival promises to be one of the city’s most collaborative and expansive events ever.

Green Hustle Festival Co-Director Adam Pickering said "We’ve always sought out new ways of inclusively connecting communities and nature whilst celebrating our amazing city and local people, and this festival is a huge evolution in that effort. With the wide support of Nottingham’s cultural, education, and business sectors, this is definitely going to be our biggest and most exciting festival yet.”

“Having literally planted 2,500 trees in the last few years, we’re seeing the seeds we sowed when we embarked on Green Hustle in 2020 grow into something really magic. We’re so grateful for all the support we’ve had along the way, to all our partners and volunteers, and we hope everyone will find something in this festival for them."

Alex Flint, CEO of Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) commented: " We’re proud that Nottingham is a green and healthy city in which to live and work, but there is always more we can do to understand our impact on the environment. Green Hustle Festival is a great opportunity to find out more about sustainable living, and we know that through entertainment, education and collective experience, it will inspire businesses and residents of our city to make changes which will have a lasting impact.”

You can find out more over on the Green Hustle Website.

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