Main Energise
Festival Midday-8pm,
Saturday 1st April 2017

Hulme Community Garden Centre,
28 Old Birley Street,
Manchester M15 5RG

Fun come rain or shine! Outdoor activities will be undercover.

Barrow Down stage

This 'ramshackle chic' main stage will host a mix of local talent including Quiet Loner, Louis Barabbas and KS Rooservelt.

We will be firing up the pizza oven, Tibetan Kitchen will be serving delicious food, and the Community Cafe will be stocking up treats. Moss Cider will be assisting the revelry with their locally-sourced apple-based drinks (non-apple based drinks also available!).

DJ Senor Caramba and San Sonido

19:00 - 20:00

This cheeky duo will play jazzy Latin tunes and African beats to dance to while the sun sets!

Louis Barabbas

18:00 - 18:45

"Excellent in every way: ... a voice that belong in smoke-filled gin-joints where the booze drips off the ceiling and love is left outside."
Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6 Music
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Quiet Loner

17:00 - 17:30

"The wordplay is pure Costello. Delicate songwriting, with hints of folk and Americana. Bleakly beautiful."
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The Happy Soul

16:15 - 16:45

A 4 piece Pop/Alternative band from Manchester ‘‘...the songs are very modern in their knowing wit, poetic surrealism and Belfast-sink melodrama. Some of them take unexpected twists and turns; others are comforting in their crafted popsong-ness. But what they all have in common is that they'll stick in your head, become earworms and generally make themselves part of your life.’ Listen now

KS Roosevelt

15:15 - 15:45

Relax with the soulful KS Roosevelt's RnB vibes. Listen now


14:30 - 15:00

A lovely mass of chiming chords, deadpan wordplay and a wispy psychedelic otherness.
Now Then Magazine
"Music that wouldn't sound out of place in a Wes Anderson movie."
Drunken Werewolf
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Elle Mary

13:30 - 14:00

Drawn to the communicative and bonding qualities of plainsong but explorative beyond its stylistic connotations; enough of a pack member to want a band yet also keen to imbue a sense of solitude through her music, Elle Mary is an artist who operates best when balancing conflicting instincts. It's what lies beneath the subtle tension that slightly tugs at the heart of her and The Bad Men's acoustically-webbed slowcore minimalism.
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Don Hartley

12:45 - 13:15

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, his musical journey has acquired him some of the most philosophical roots anthems that easily recommend him as a truly unique purveyor of the roots reggae genre.
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Open Voices

12:15 - 12:35

Open Voice is an friendly open choir of about 50 members. We sing songs from all over the world in a capella harmony. Songs of protest, freedom, songs to uplift.
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The Polytunnel

This warm space, full of plants winding and growing in the heat, will be the backdrop for discussion on a range of hot topics and controversial issues within the environmental movement. A place to take a moment to connect with nature through drawing and to think about local campaigns and global energy justice.


Saturday 1st April 2017
17:00 - 18:00

Treesponsibility has been active in the Upper Calder Valley for over 19 years, planting at least 10,000 trees p.a. This workshop outlines the practicalities of running a tree-planting project, finding funding, land and volunteers.
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The Art of Seeing

Saturday 1st April 2017
15:30 - 16:50

An exercise in drawing as 'deep looking'. Rather than creating drawings we will spend time looking closely at our plant subject; to gain a deeper appreciation of how the plants form relates to its function. Drawing/Seeing meditation was a favourite method of Frederick Franck (1909-2006).

What's all the Frack about? Campaign update and craft your own action

Saturday 1st April 2017
14:20 - 15:20

Learn about fracking and the industry's attempts to start fracking in the North West, the awe inspiring anti-fracking campaigns from local people in Lancashire and beyond. Craft your own anti-fracking messages. Join us for the perfect blend of education and activity!
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Climate Activism - Solidarity, Social Justice & Solutions

Saturday 1st April 2017
13:10 - 14:10

Climate Change is here on our doorstep and yet somehow we seem to be getting further away from slowing down its onslaught. Are we shouting in an echo chamber, or are we just shouting the wrong things? This session questions what we need to do to grow our movement, how we frame the conversation, and whether it's enough to talk about what we don't want?

Kindling Trust

Saturday 1st April 2017
12:00 - 13:00

Manchester's Kindling Trust is on a quest to prove that affordable food needn't come at the expense of people or planet. From a worker-owned veg bag enterprise to an incubator scheme for new organic farmers, find out why Kindling is intervening at all stages of the food chain ñ and how you can be part of it. Learn more -

Do-It-Yourself Space!

Get practical, be empowered, learn how to do-it-yourself! Drop in and make your own solar panels and learn how to make your home warmer through DIY energy efficiency improvements.

Practical DIY Solar with Demand Energy Equality

Saturday 1st April 2017
12:00 - 16:00

Solar panel building and off grid systems ñ drop in to have a go at assembling DIY solar panels from scratch or learn about designing and building your own off-grid renewable energy systems.
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DIY Retrofit - Make simple efficiency improvements to your home

Saturday 1st April 2017
16:00 - 18:30

A hands on look at some of the very simple maintenance and DIY jobs that can help you to save energy and make your home more comfortable. We'll cover topics like replacing window draught seals, insulating pipework, and how to check your loft insulation is working correctly.

Yard theatre

The theatre will be the space for engaging debates, discussions and film showings on society, our environmental crisis and issues of justice.

Film shorts 4: Solutions to the climate crisis?

Saturday 1st April 2017

Various shorts explore potential solutions to the climate crisis.

Panel discussion: New Populism - Learning to talk with people we disagree with

Saturday 1st April 2017
18:30 - 20:30

The last year has seen seismic political shocks in the form of the Brexit vote and Trump's election. But it has highlighted the vast range of opinions and view points within our society.
In the context of climate change, what does the rise in popularism mean for people committed to taking effective collective action to re-shape our society?
Join us for a panel discussion with George Marshall (Climate Outreach), Sheila Menon (Reclaim the Power) and Kooj Chuhan (Metaceptive and Virtual Migrants)
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Carbon Co-op Annual General Meeting

Saturday 1st April 2017
17:45 - 18:15

Please join us for the Carbon Co-op Annual General Meeting. A chance to catch up on progress in the last year and hear plans for the 12 months ahead.
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Effective Climate Communication with George Marshall

Saturday 1st April 2017
17:00 - 17:30

George Marshall argues that the failure to engage conservatives in climate change has been a political and strategic disaster. He will share the recent research by his organisation, Climate Outreach, which runs the only program in Europe to identify and test conservative climate narratives. George has also travelled extensively in the US and Australia obsessively seeking out and talking to 'non-greens' including professional climate deniers, custom car enthusiasts, cattle ranchers, and the Texan Tea Party.

Film shorts 3: The art and science of climate change

Saturday 1st April 2017

Through science as well as art, the profound and complex nature of climate change becomes intelligible.

Film and Q&A with creator: Footprint modulation

Saturday 1st April 2017

A film which brings to life the ground-breaking exhibition 'Footprint Modulation' of art and interventions exploring Climate Change, Global Justice and Migration. This project critically connected artists and cultural venues with researchers, activists, communities and documentary media to interrogate, expose, humanise and discuss this compelling and increasingly urgent issue.

Film shorts 2: Voices from the frontline of climate justice

Saturday 1st April 2017

Around the world, people are taking action to stop climate change. We explore how.

Panel discussion: Retrofit Question Time

Saturday 1st April 2017

Interested in eco-home renovations? Want your retrofit questions answered? This session hosted by Carbon Co-op brings together an architect, a builder, a community organiser and a home owner, all of whom have lots of experience in energy efficient retrofit.
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Film shorts 1: What is climate justice?

Saturday 1st April 2017

Climate change affects us all. But does it affect us all equally? And who has responsibility over it? This block of shorts explores the idea of environmental and climate justice.

Film: Beyond the Red Lines

Saturday 1st April 2017
12:00 - 13:30

The struggles for climate justice are fought at more and more fronts. Beyond the red lines is the story of a growing movement that says 'Enough! Here and no further!' and commits civil disobedience taking the transition towards a climate just society into its own hands.

Little Folk

A place for kids and parents to run wild, discover little creatures in the ground, get creative and play. Bring your tiny tots, terrible twos and almost teens to be entertained. With facepainting, craft activities and games. Open from midday to 6pm.

Kids Environmental Superhero Costume Making Workshop

Saturday 1st April 2017
15:00 - 16:00

Come along and create your own Captain Carbon, or Recycling Robin costume!

Body image, real love and self confidence workshop for under 10s

Saturday 1st April 2017
14:15 - 14:45

Do you want to be a Princess or a Footballer? That is ok, but you don't need to look or behave like the ones in TV, come to find out why...

Carbon Co-op Caravan

Find out more about the organisers of Energise. Carbon Co-op is a community benefit society co-operative, with members who want make large scale reduction in their domestic carbon emissions. We provide the practical tools, technical information and support people need to take action on climate change in their own homes. If you want to meet some of our inspiring members and get energy advice, pop it for a cuppa and a biscuit!

Andy Hamilton

Saturday 1st April 2017
16:30 - 17:30

Andy is an Energy Consultant with expertise in the following areas: Solar, Wind, Heat Pumps, Building Design, Urban and National Strategies, European Commission Senior Expert (retired).

Dom McCann

Saturday 1st April 2017
14:30 - 15:30

I am based in Prestwich and have been tracking our household energy since 2002. This has allowed me to understand how we use energy in our household. Our house was part of the Carbon-Coop Green Deal Go-Early project which involved a whole house retrofit to achieve an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Eric Fewster

Saturday 1st April 2017
13:30 - 14:30

Retrofit specialist guiding those who want to integrate high-performance energy efficiency into whole-house refurbishment, using Passive House principles to guide methodology.


Envirolution is a cooperative that is working to make Manchester better by promoting all things environmental.

If a whole day of fun wasn't enough for you lucky people, the guys behind Envirolution festival are going to be hosting the afterparty following a day of excitement at Energise Festival.

We'll proudly be at Energise all day getting you all involved in a load of exciting workshops, including make your own soap, make your own vegan energy balls, and for the kids, make your own environmental superhero costume! Many more things will happen in the day as well, so keep your eyes peeled!

After Louis Barrabas, we will be heading down to the highly-recommended Old Abbey Taphouse in the other side of Hulme, where a whole host of bands, DJs, vegan and gluten-free cakes, a swap shop and of course, a fully stocked bar full of lovely craft beers and such await our arrival. Come from 8, stay til late and come and help us fundraise a wicked festival for what is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer!

Forest Garden

This lush and beautiful woodland is a quieter space which will transport you from the daily busy-ness into another world.

Energise Open Homes

Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April 2017
At locations across Greater Manchester
Book here

Pioneering householders are throwing open their doors for the weekend to show off their energy saving improvements and share tips. Come and see a range of energy saving measures from low cost improvements, to big insulation works like external wall insulation and high spec ventilation systems.

If you are considering renovating your home, consider the energy and money savings you could make by incorporating energy efficiency works.

Lorenza and Paul

Lorenza and Paul have been improving there home bit-by-bit and love that they only need short bursts of heating, a couple hours in the morning and an hour in the evening, for their home to stay warm and cosy. Visit this home and more like it over the Energise weekend.

Lorenza & Paul - a staged approach to home retrofit and Triple Glazed Windows from Carbon Co-op on Vimeo.

Energise Bus Tour

Sunday 2nd April
11:30 to 16:00

Departs 11:30am Hulme Community Garden Centre, 28 Old Birley Street, Manchester M15 5RG
Come along for the ride on this guided bus tour of eco-homes.
See energy efficient homes up close
Meet people who have transformed their houses and hear how they did it
Meet and network with other people in your area
Book here

Three Acres and A Cow

Yard Theatre, 41 Old Birley Street, Hulme M15 5RF

Friday 31st March
Doors 18:30, show starts at 19:00

Explore the history of land rights with Three Acres And A Cow. This performance connects the Norman Conquest and Peasantsí Revolt with current issues of fracking and the housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical peopleís history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.
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Carbon Co-op

About the Energise organisers.

Based in Greater Manchester, we are a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides householders with the tools, knowledge and expertise they need to make significant reductions in their home energy use.

We aim to make the process of improving our homes as simple as possible, being an advocate for the householder, offering independent technical expertise and training, providing targeted retrofit services, connecting members and shifting the debate via innovative new projects.

We are committed to Community Energy and believe that by working together, sharing our knowledge and expertise, we can make an impact on daunting issues such as climate change to benefit all.

Energise has been organised by Carbon Co-op, with thanks to Celebrate! Big Lottery Fund