Stroud Festival of Nature Success

20 September 2011 Ape Alliance News

This year was the fourth annual Stroud Festival of Nature. This event has become an integral event in the Stroud Festival Fortnight and has had many successes in the past. With the help of Ape Alliance, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Ecotricity, the Barn Owl Centre and many others, it once again was a great success, organised by Steve Roberts with the help of many volunteers.

Ape Alliance were the centre of attention, with prime location on either side of the bandstand where the PA was set up. With a marquee, a yurt, the PA and music all provided by Ape Alliance and Electric Pedals, it was guaranteed to be a success from the beginning.

In the marquee, there was face painting, food, merchandise and pedal powered smoothies. All of these were to help fund raise for the projects that Ape Alliance support. The yurt was a turned into a Pedal Powered cinema which showed several films over the course of the day. The Pedal Powered Cinema helped raise awareness of the Great Apes Film Initiative (GAFI)'s latest project, which is helping conservation education films to be shown in areas of the world which have no electricity and no access to the films.

The PA and DJ set was set up and run by Colin Tonks of Electric Pedals, who produce the current Pedal Powered Cinemas. All of the PAs were run by bicycle power, which all the children (plus a few adults) had a go at powering the music onwards.

On the Friday night, Ian Redmond, our chairman, gave a talk; "Gorillas in the Mist: The True Story". This was hailed as a huge success and heralded as the start of the Festival of Nature. All donations and sales raised on that night helped Ape Alliance projects, including GAFI's Pedal Power, which was used to show a 20 minute film; "The State of the Gorilla Journey".

With 3 areas and donation buckets carried around by a volunteer in a gorilla costume; much money and awareness was raised to help all of the projects that Ape Alliance support.

We look forward to helping out next year at the next Festival of Nature.

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