Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival, was founded to create a platform to engage tens of thousands of people in a positive, optimistic conversation about sustainability. Having operated since 2012, Sustainival has quickly established itself as a key community event and one of the largest festivals of the entire year in Fort McMurray with over 20,000 attendees.
In order to activate Sustainival 2015, we are calling out for street performers and buskers to truly electrify our fair ground. We are looking for a group of talented, creative artists who can create engaging activations, showcase their amazing talents or build off of the educational infrastructure already in place and come up with new ways to engage our attendees.
For 2015, Sustainival will operate over the September long weekend, September 4-7th. The festival is open from 11 am to 11 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and from 11 am to 6 pm on Monday. The “core” times of maximum attendance are:
- Friday from 10am – 3pm for our Schools Day
- Saturday from Noon – 8pm
- Sunday from Noon – 8pm
- Monday from Noon – 4pm
Depending on your specific performance or activation, we would look to hire performers for a total of 6-8 hours, split across the four days of Sustainival. Once a final group of performers has been selected, we will contact all successful applicants to understand your availability for the weekend and construct a formal schedule from there. If you can only make 1-2 days of the event, please still apply as we will accommodate schedules to make this work.
Keep in mind that we are looking for ideas as big and ambitious as our giant 2-acre fair ground!
We are looking for both traditional street performances that will add atmosphere and excitement to the event, as well as custom activations that tie into the educational themes of the event. We are open to reviewing any idea, but keep in mind that activations that tie in with our existing educational activities will be prioritized.
We are looking for a mixture of activations with some being short, 1-2 minute engagements that roam around the midway and some longer 5-7 minute activations that gather and engage a large crowd. You will be expected to roam the midway to engage with all attendees, unless your concept requires a dedicated space in which case one will be provided for you.
Should you wish to theme your concept around Sustainival’s educational themes, a brief list of concepts that will be explored at this year’s event are as follows:
- Energy & Energy Literacy (eg. What is a megawatt?; What is a watt-hour?; How much energy do we use?)
- Renewable Electrical Power (eg. Wind, solar, hydro, etc.; Where does our power come from and what do we use it for?)
- Energy Storage (eg. How batteries work; How hydro storage works)
- Photosynthesis & Biodiesel (eg. How sunlight can be converted to energy through plants; How plants and biofuels fit into the carbon cycle.)
- Water & Water Management (eg. Where water comes from; How it’s treated; How it’s used; Water security issues; etc.)
- Recycling & Waste (eg. How much waste do we produce?; Where does it go? How can we reduce, reuse, recycle?)
- Carnival Ride Physics (eg. Gravity, centrifugal force, kinetic & potential energy, etc.)
- Any other fun and/or spectacular clean-tech and sustainability-oriented themes.
Please submit a description of the type of street performance you would like to offer at Sustainival including: the number of people involved, the amount of space you would required (roving or stationary), and any other requirements.
Also include your contact information and links to websites, social media, etc. that might highlight your work.
Please submit your concept in a short bullet point email to Antoine@sustainival.com by Monday June 1, 2015. Only successful candidates will be notified.
Sustainival will compensate all buskers and street performers with a $25/hour honorarium. Depending on the activation idea, we may also compensate for expenses incurred as part of your activation. All expenses must be discussed and pre-approved by Sustainival ahead of time.
For more information, contact Antoine Palmer via Antoine@sustainival.com with any questions