On the 21st of November, the Alternatiba Exeter festival will promote local solutions to the climate, environmental and social issues.

Do you want to build a better and a much fairer world?

Do you want to discover the local alternatives to the climate change and to the environmental and social crisis?

Do you want to learn a lot and spend a day in a joyful atmosphere?

Numerous alternatives to face the global crisis exist locally. They are made by Exeter and Devon citizens. Do you want to help them and to promote them? You are at the right place!

Alternatiba Exeter will take place on the 21st of November in Exeter (Southernhay Church, St Stephen Church and Corn Exchange).

Idea and main motivation of the project

The climate change, the environmental and social issues are the big challenges of our time. Hearing about these problems without talking about practical solutions can be depressing. We want to show that these solutions exist here, in Exeter, and we want to promote them to the general public. You will therefore be able to hear about these solutions, question the people that propose them and finally use them. That is how the idea of organising this festival came.

How did it all begin?

Alternatiba Exeter will be a one day festival to promote existing and local solutions to climate, environmental and social issues. The festival is part of a global network of such festivals in more than a hundred of cities across Europe and further. Alternatiba started two years ago in France and it was such a success that it spread over the country and beyond. It was made to raise awareness of people and politics in the scope of the international climate negotiations that will happen this december in Paris.

Why making an Alternatiba in Exeter?

We, a group of volunteering citizens from Exeter, want to organise our own Alternatiba on the 21st of November because we want to promote all the positive things that are happening locally. We believe that Exeter has a huge potential. For instance, Exeter has now its own currency, the Exeter Pound and the Exeter Community Energy provides electricity from local energy sources and so on. These two examples represent practical solutions to the global crisis. And there are plenty of others!

Unite the people

We want to show it to people from every age, every political background and every degree of implication. We want as well to unite all the people that are already acting to make their action more efficient and to create new ideas. To make it we need support and more people to help us make it happen!

What, when and where?

We will promotes solutions in different topics: environment, social issues, health, economics & finance, transport.

To speak about those topics, we invite speakers to give talks, organisations to present their solutions with stalls and short presentations (5min), project movies, organise debates and finish the day with poets and a concert in the evening.

For that we have hired different venues: the Southernhay church, St Stephen church and the Corn Exchange (thanks to our collaboration with the Christmas without cruelty festival). The exact schedule of the day will be published close before the 21st of November. We will also have gazebos outside on High street to inform about the different events.

What do we need the money from this crowd funding for?

We are entirely run by this crowd funding campaign and donations. We are independant of any political party. We need money to invite the speakers (journey+meal), the artists, to hire the venues and the equipment (projectors, microphones, speakers, ...), to make the publicity (with leaflets, posters, badges) and the equipment for volunteers.

We also need help in another way

We are pleased to welcome any help in the festival organisation and in the communication. We also are looking for volunteers (https://alternatiba.eu/exeter/help-us/). Everybody is welcome to join us! :)

If you want to meet us we organise a cycling parade through Exeter on the 31st of october. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/854072598040605/

Acknowledgements

We want to thank Transition Exeter for their help into the organisation of this festival.

Alternatiba Exeter is in collaboration with Christmas without cruelty.