ReConnect is a four-day festival of films, discussions and nature-based workshops that seeks to address environmental concerns. It will take place at CatStrand from March 2nd to 5th.
More than 50% of young people around the world are feeling sad, anxious, helpless, angry and guilty in response to the climate crisis. These are reasonable responses to urgent issues. But they can overwhelm us into indifference and keep us away from the climate movement.
The Reconnect Festival, held at The Catstrand in New Galloway, aims to address environmental concerns and other emotional reactions to the climate crisis by exploring connections with artistic practice, health and nature. increase. Through our carefully curated art program, we hope to give our audience the tools to process and act on their feelings about climate change.
The festival is an opportunity to deepen our connection with the planet and those who share it, so that we can advance the climate movement in a more compassionate way towards each other, ourselves and the planet.
Festival organizer Phoebe Watt said: The festival aims to build resilience and agency through community, conversation and art. “
Peter Renwick, Arts Programmer at CatStrand, said: ReConnect provides a space to meet, think and discuss these issues with like-minded people. “
Catstrand has an exciting program of three inspiring documentary films planned that will connect you with the stories of those on the front lines of the climate change crisis. Catstrand is working with the Crichton Carbon Centre, Propagate and the 2050 Climate Group to put together a range of exciting post-screening activities. Hear from a panel of young local climate leaders who share how they can turn environmental concerns into action. Express what is important to you through the act of writing a letter to Earth. Explore the power of our food system to heal and connect us to each other, our culture and the planet.
To complement the film program there are nature bundle dyeing and landscape creative workshops to ‘reimagine’. Experiment with the rich colors we get from our natural environment and explore how agricultural landscapes can look to support healthy food systems.
The closing party will be an open mic night on the theme of ecology and climate change. The team at The Catstrand encourages anyone to join the audience by sharing music or spoken word that explores these themes.
CatStrand is a versatile venue with a fully equipped and adaptable auditorium, licensed café, gift shop and meeting rooms. Open seven days a week (five days a week in January and February), Catstrand regularly offers fitness classes and activities for all ages, as well as a variety of theater, music, and film events. increase. A popular licensed café serves light lunches, home his bakery, tea and coffee. The gift shop is well stocked with locally produced crafts, quality gifts, and tourist maps and guides.
CatStrand, High Street, New Galloway, DG7 3RN