Green Hustle Festival is back on Friday 2 – Sunday 4 June, taking over Nottingham with a festival celebrating life, nature, community action and creativity

After two successful previous festivals, online in 2020 and at Sneinton Market in 2021, Hockley Hustle’s all-inclusive eco-friendly sister event Green Hustle Festival returns for a three day celebration with something for everyone.

Focussing on 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, the festival hopes to bring lofty environmental issues down to Earth. Their vision is an accessible eco-focused festival that leaves Nottingham and its communities greener, healthier, and more connected.

All events and activities are free of charge, with the only exception being some of the film screenings at Broadway Cinema and Mammoth – A Climate Action Cinema, who will be showcasing a busy slate of eco conscious cinema of the weekend. The latter will however host a free drop-in showcasing short films from 12-4pm.

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.

Friday 2 June sees the festival delving into the business and civic spaces during the day, with the World of Work day at NTU’s Dryden Enterprise Centre inviting local businesses and keen 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. On Friday evening the festival’s public launch party takes place at Fox & Grapes pub, with nature bingo and top live music headlined by Benjamin Luhis.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June sees Old Market Square teeming with activity, with a live music stage hosted by Cultural Vibrations – Unity Through Music, and Acoustickle (who also host a Saturday night dance at Castle Rock Brewery), dressed with school children’s sea-dwelling creations from the festival’s School of Fish project. Throughout there’ll be dance performances, fashion shows, nature-based activities, sustainable shopping, social eating, the latest in local innovation, sports, and much more, with a diverse selection of community groups pulling together.

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.”