The HandleBards, winers of the Sustainable Practice Award 2014.

The HandleBards, winners of the Sustainable Practice Award 2014.

I’m delighted that yet again Fringe shows here at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh  have been shortlisted for the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award. Last year’s winners were the HandleBards, for their shows of Comedy of Errors and Macbeth, here at the Garden. The HandleBards are returning this year with new productions of Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – not to be missed!

The Fringe Sustainable Practice Award acknowledges shows which engage their audiences with sustainability; take responsibility for their environmental, economic, and social impacts; and think big about how the arts can help to grow a sustainable world. This year’s shortlist of 21 includes two shows here at the Garden: Fraxi Queen of the Forest, by Asylon Theatre, and our exhibition Photosynthesis, presented by Dutch art collective the Tropists. The winner will be annouced on 28 August.

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Tulips by Arie van't Riet, part of Photosynthesis exhibition.

Tulips by Arie van’t Riet, part of Photosynthesis exhibition.