THE Gas Tower dance arena in the Shangri-La area of this year’s Glastonbury Festival will be made from plastic that has been collected during May from beaches, streets and in parks in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
Glastonbury has banned the sale of plastic bottles at this year’s festival which opens on 26th June. This recycling project will require 10 tonnes of plastic with the beach cleans to contribute taking place between 11th and 23rd May.
The collected plastic rubbish will be processed by Exeter City Council before being recycled into materials to build the stage. The Gas Tower is a 360-degree arena that will feature artists and electronic DJs including Subfocus and Bicep. The scheme is being run by Keep Britain Tidy and the Orca Sound Project, in collaboration with Shangri-La Glastonbury.
Shangri-La is a disruptive, subversive and wildly creative area on the furthest corner of the festival site. It is a celebration of outsider art and underground culture, with interactive installations and wrap-around venues, ground breaking live art and performance, epic scale artworks and multifarious music programming unify to inspire and engulf its audiences. The aim is to “hold a mirror up to the masses, challenging people in politics and play, creating conversations, force-feeding the senses, expanding minds and opening hearts. There are No Spectators.”
The fantasy field in the furthest corner of the festival has a deep history in outsider art and underground culture. This spirit continues to manifest in original and new ways to inspire the next generation of cultural revolutionaries and amplify the collective conscience.
In 2017, Shangr-La became actively part of the environmental movement and this year’s plastic project sits within that ethos. Creative director of Shangri-La, Kaye Dunnings called it an “important, pioneering project” and “a total game-changer.”
Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “This ground-breaking project will see tonnes of plastic removed from our environment – where it has such devastating consequences on our wildlife and marine life – and put to good use.
“By working together, we are showing the world that the plastic we no longer want or need can be recycled and turned into something that is both exciting and useful.”
Pictured: Shangri-La at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival; scientists reported that 220,000 pieces of rubbish were found along a 37-mile stretch of the Cornish coastline.