Peat-Fest Offline (Day 5)
On day 5 we invite you to make Peat-Fest a true fest. Get your peat-crew together, or hang out with yourself; and relax, reflect, reimagine. Let the information from the previous days sink in while enjoying your surroundings and company. We have a few activities lined up as suggestions, but how you wish to spend your Peat-Fest Saturday is entirely up to you. Make sure to take some notes on what came up for our collaborative Peat-Fest notebook!
Apply with your group!
Are you planning on getting a physical group together for Peat-Fest? This can be for day 5 only, for any other day, or for the entire festival. Whether you’d like the event to be open for others or rather keep it private,
What is day 5 about?
Day 5 is the fest in Peat-Fest. It is a day for community, celebration, and regeneration. We have made space in the programme to give time to processing and reflecting on all the material in a way that suits you. We encourage you to channel your creative vein, hit up some friends, and celebrate Peat-Fest together.
The last two years, most of us were confined to our screens and living rooms. For many, the situation has changed now and the non-digital event world is operating again at full speed. As a geographically spread collective with a global audience, we have wondered how we can position Peat-Fest in this new environment, and a mostly offline, real festival-vibe day came up as one of the ideas.
Activities for day 5
We would love for everyone to go out into the peatlands with a group of fellow Peat-Fest attendants, but recognise that this is not feasible or desirable for everyone. Therefore, we would like to leave it up to you to decide how you would like to spend your day “meeting the peat”, whether alone or in a group, outside or inside. We have planned a few things which we believe can be enjoyed in any situation, but we have also prepared a few suggestions in case you would like to bring your day 5 to the next level.
From our side, we have invited Merlyn Driver to give a guided tour through his Curlew Sounds Project (18h CEST). He will show a few sound snippets and provide commentaries about them for extra context. Furthermore, we have made the Invisible Hand Documentary about Rights of Nature available for all Peat-Fest attendants to watch. The documentary crew will even be present to talk about their work and answer your questions (21h CEST). Lastly, Lara-Lana from the RE-PEAT team has recorded a guided meditation for you to listen to.
For those of you who are keen to amp up the festival spirits even more, here is a non-exhaustive list of activities that might speak to you!:
Go to your local peatland and explore the area. How does the peatland feel, smell, sound, taste, look?
Organise a storytelling evening about your encounters with peatlands, successful campaigns, your vision for the future of peatlands, your worries about the climate crisis, etc.
Do a collective envisioning exercise: what does the peatland paradigm look like in 2030?
Go to your local park and document the nature that is around you - what can you spot that you haven’t noticed before? How do all these species intertwine and co-exist?
Do some journaling by yourself or discuss with a friend about what you have learned from the first days of Peat-Fest, what potential you see for Rights of Peatlands, what you are critical or sceptical of with Rights of Peatlands, what you would personally like to invest your energy in when it comes to peat action.
Have a peat-inspired dinner and cocktail night
Have a drink with friends and listen to music while dreaming of peat
….anything else you can think of!
Our intention is for Peat-Fest to be action-oriented. We believe that peatland solutions can best be imagined at a local level, with global impacts. In order to learn as much as we can from Peat-Fest and integrate all the insights into the next steps of our campaign, we would love to hear from you! You can share your day by adding your notes (text, doodles, drawings, recordings, photos, …) to our collaborative notebook. Have a think what format you would like to use, it is up to you! Some guiding questions for notetaking:
What topic from Peat-Fest so far made the biggest impression of you?
Has your perspective of Rights of Nature as a protection/restoration/decolonisation strategy changed over the course of the last days? If so, how?
What would you personally like to follow-up on after Peat-Fest, regarding peatland action and campaigning?
What would you like RE-PEAT to include in the next steps of the Rights of Peatlands campaign?