Trash to Treasure Press Release


Aug. 4, 2012 Noon to Dark at the Greyton Dump Site, Overberg, Western Cape

The First Annual Greyton Festival of Transition will take place on Aug.4 2012 at the local dump site, to catalyze change in sustainable directions, bring attention to the realities of pollution and waste issues and inaugurate rehabilitation efforts there. Through a series of workshops, activities, and competitions leading up to and during the festival, participants will gain a clear view and understanding of how regular waste can serve as a source of wealth, rather than the source of toxicity and pollution as it often does.

PERFORMANCES and MUSIC will be enjoyed on a stage made of waste materials extracted from the dump site and will feature local reggae heroes The Country Conquerors, master guitarists Steve Newman and Jane Gaisford, and world music and performance artists Shamanzi. The Trashion Fashion Show and Upcycled Musical Instrument Jam will bring together local youth and others with entries to the Trash to Treasure Upcycling Challenge, making use of waste materials in a creative and fun way. As special entertainment an on-stage competition will be held to establish the eco-brick stuffing champion in a series of time trial plastic bottle stuffings.

WORKSHOPS from 13:00 to 17:00 will focus on how materials that are regularly thrown away can be used in a range of productive ways. These will include ecological building with Tierra Construction Projects, up-cycled arts and trashion, composting, sand candle making, spekboom planting, and tree yoga. Treasure hunts and guided walks will introduce people to the dump site and everyone will have the chance to participate in zero-waste-management by producing and building with stuffed plastic bottle eco-bricks. These eco-bricks will feature prominently as they will not only be used to build structures, but also serve as the means for obtaining discounts, small food items and raffle tickets.

TALKS and PRESENTATIONS will include local pioneers and leaders such as Town Manager Jeremy Prins and visiting activist Hayley McLellen, highlighting the changes taking place at the dump site and the need for new directions in waste management.

The TRANSITION BUSINESS SHOWCASE and NIGHT MARKET will feature some of the best of local arts and crafts which Greyton / Genadendal is famous for. Food and refreshments will be provided throughout the event in a tented food court area by local restaurants, some of which will fly banners which read “We Accept Eco-Bricks”.

The event constructions are a part of the DUMP SITE REHABILITATION efforts underway at the site, to serve the newly started community owned green waste management business, and will make the site usable for years to come as a place of gathering, celebration and education.

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If you’d like more information about the festival or to schedule an interview,

contact Joseph at 072-568-4565 or