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The Cultivate Centre are presenting ideas for a cooler earth at this years Electric Picnic!

For those of you who not in the know Electric Picnic is quite simply the best music festival to hit our green shores! This year the festival is on from 29th – 31st August in the lush grounds of Stradbally Hall in Co. Laois!

The focus of Cultivates Global Green is to Rethink, Redress, Reform & Re-engage environmental issues and climate change.

The forum for these events is the eco-cool Global Green at the Electric Picnic where festival punters can slowdown and take in some good organic food, eco beats, and reflect on a better world.

This year The Cultivate Centre are bringing together a collection of leading edge organisations artists, designers, thinkers to creatively explore a more just and sustainable world.

The hub of The Global Green is the Cultivate dome, which will see a packed schedule of films, new media, world-café, world-music, discussions and talks around the very hot issues of energy scarcity and our shifting climate.

As always the themes are geared towards proactive, positive responses, and looking at ways to adapt and change our behaviour to the changing environment.

  • Rethink.. the future and the way we live.
  • Redress.. ideas for ethical fashion.
  • Reform.. the latest in eco-design.
  • Re-engage.. artists and designers come together around critical issues.
Electric Picnic is the highlight of our summer festival season, the music is great and the ethos of the festival is even better! 

Now in it’s 5th year, Electric Picnic is paving the way for sustainable, carbon neutral music & lifestyle festivals in Ireland.

This year EP08  have worked with a number of environmental groups and consultancies, including CultivateFriends of the Earth and Ecocem, to begin the process of creating a Carbon Responsible Electric Picnic. Offset providers will also be on site, providing information to festival goers on the footprint of the festival and our own associated footprint, and strategies to reduce and offset this.

EP08 are offsetting the emissions caused by the festivals energy consumption, using high quality, independently verified emission reductions (Offsets) available, generated in Ireland by Ecocem. 


Earth Hour 2008 will take place on March 29th from 8pm-9pm, and all you have to do is switch off all the lights in your home/business for just 1 hour.

Don’t forget to tune out, turn off and help deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

This simple act has captured the hearts and minds of people all over the world. As a result, at 8pm March 29, 2008 millions of people in some of the world’s major capital cities, including Dublin, Copenhagen, Toronto, Chicago, Melbourne, Brisbane and Tel Aviv will unite and switch off for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour started in Sydney, Australia with one simple question, How can we inspire people to take action on climate change?

On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour. This massive collective effort reduced Sydney’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour, which is the equivalent effect of taking 48,000 cars off the road for one hour.

Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

In Ireland, like all other participating countries around the world, the event will take place from 8pm to 9pm.

April 17th 2008 sees Cultivate host a seminar on the health benefits of Seaweed.The talk which is being chaired by Rosaria Piseri (founder of Irish seaweed brand, Algaran), will focus on Thalassotherapy, Algotherapy & Seaweed’s uses in our ancestors’ lives and practical lessons of how to use seaweed in cooking and cosmetics. 

€25 for each session.  To book call:  01 6745773

We’re huge fans of using seaweed beauty products and also for dietary benefits.

Indeed one of our favourite recipes featuring Seaweed can be found in the brilliant Blazing Salads cookbook, Mexican Bean Casserole made using Kombu or our favourite seaweed Dulse.

AlgAran are relatively new to the market, all products are made in Ireland and feature both beauty and food-based products which are cheap, cheerful and do somewhat what they say on the tin.

Algaran beauty product

Though AlgArans packaging leaves a lot to be desired & could do with a style-savvy revamp to get rid of the twee Oirish connotations and possibly help them get a foothold in the international market!

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