EVENT PROGRAMME FOR THE SOUTH WEST VEGAN FESTIVAL
Sunday 5th March 2017
10am – Doors open for VIP ticket holders
10am – Doors also open for anyone with a visible or invisible disability who would find crowds more difficult
10.30am – Standard entry
11.30am-12.15pm – Alex Lockwood – Author, Marathon Runner and Animal Activist
How to turn a man vegan in 45 minutes Less than a third of vegans are men, while many of the biggest health problems and social factors affecting men’s lives can be significantly improved by moving to a plant-based diet. So it’s lucky that many more men are now seeing the benefits of a vegan lifestyle—as well as re-finding their compassion for other beings and the environment. Join Dr Alex Lockwood (vegan studies scholar and author of The Pig in Thin Air) for a lively, non-judgemental presentation and interactive debate drawing on his recent research interviews with actors, sports stars and normal blokes, that explores the links between masculinity and health, men’s lives and the future of our planet, all in 45 minutes. // @alexlockwood
12.30pm – 1.30pm – Elizabeth King from the Vegan Approach – A Workshop on 10 easy steps to living a vegan lifestyle.
1.35pm – 2.35pm Trewhitts Food Cookery Demo
2.45pm – 3.30pm – Dispelling the Myth of the evil Grey Squirrel by Natalia Doran of Urban Squirrels
Myth of the Evil Grey Squirrel can be formulated as follows: they are an invasive alien species, they replace the native red squirrel, destroy trees and reduce the bird population.
These accusations do not usually survive an encounter with general knowledge on the subject. The argument is very often in the detail and Natalie will give an overview of the red squirrels, trees and birds issues, then dwell on the language that the myth is formulated in, and end with putting our attitude to the grey squirrel in the wider context of ethics, thus attempting to answer the question of why the myth takes hold in society.
11.00am-12.30pm Film: Live and Let Live – Six people who have switched to veganism, including former butchers and factory farmers, share their stories to examine the relationship between animals and people.
12.45pm-3.15pm Film: Cowspiracy, The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
3.30pm-4.15pm Film: The Witness
How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighbourhood become an impassioned animal advocate?
In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humour and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.
THE WITNESS has been an official selection in 32 film festivals where it has received eight awards for Best Documentary and two for Best of Festival. It has been broadcast on the independent film showcases of several regional PBS stations, as well as LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and United Kingdom’s Community Channel. Thus far, the film has been translated into 11 languages, including Russian and Chinese.
5pm – Door close