Blog New Website Header (1)

Great Big Green Week: Swap for Good

Thursday, 13 June

Great Big Green Week

Green Touring


It's #GreatBigGreenWeek and at Live & Local, we are excited to share with you how engaging with rural touring can help reduce your carbon footprint. This year's theme, 'Swap for Good' encourages us all to consider the small changes we can make in our lives that collectively lead to significant environmental benefits. One impactful swap is choosing to attend shows at rural venues and taking advantage of local cinema schemes instead of travelling to larger, urban theatres and chain cinemas. Here’s why making this swap is not only good for the planet, but also enriches your cultural experiences:

The Benefits of Rural Touring Venues

  • Reduced Travel Time and Costs
    You don't need to travel any further than your village hall for a fantastic night of entertainment! By attending performances locally, you reduce both travel time and petrol costs.
  • Environmentally Friendly
    Local venues contribute less to air pollution and traffic congestion. Fewer long car journeys mean a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Intimate and Unique Experiences
    Rural venues offer a more intimate setting, allowing for a deeper connection with the performance. You get to experience professional-quality artists in a cosy, personal environment.
  • Affordable Tickets
    Lower overhead costs often mean that ticket prices are more affordable than those of large urban theatres, making high-quality performances accessible to more people.
  • Diverse Offerings
    From theatre and music to dance and storytelling, rural venues showcase a wide range of performances. This diversity enriches local cultural life and introduces audiences to new art forms.
  • Welcoming Atmosphere
    Local promoters are passionate about their communities, creating a friendly and relaxed atmosphere that enhances your overall experience.
Audience 15

The Benefits of Local Cinema Schemes with Big Picture Show

  • Cost-Effective Entertainment
    Tickets for Big Picture Show screenings are often significantly cheaper than those at big-screen chain cinemas, making it easier for families and individuals to enjoy a night out.
  • Lower Travel Costs and Environmental Impact
    Just like with rural touring venues, BPS screenings are closer to home for rural audiences, reducing the need for long car journeys and thus lowering travel costs and environmental impact.
  • Support Rural Village Life
    Attending local cinema screenings supports village halls and community centres, helping to maintain vital community hubs in rural areas.
  • Relaxed and Friendly Atmosphere
    BPS cinema venues offer a more laid-back environment. You can often bring your own drinks and snacks, making for a more relaxed and budget-friendly outing.
  • Opportunities for Socialising
    These events provide a great opportunity to socialise with neighbours and friends, helping to create a sense of community. Many screenings include time for discussion or socialising afterwards.
Audience 06

By choosing rural touring venues and local cinema schemes, you're not just making an environmentally conscious choice; you're also supporting local artists and community initiatives. This Great Big Green Week, we encourage you to explore the rich cultural offerings available right on your doorstep. Not only will you enjoy unique and affordable experiences, but you'll also be making a positive impact on your community and the planet.

Join us in celebrating Great Big Green Week and discover the joys of swapping for good. Let's make a difference together, one show at a time.

See what's on in your area here and find out more about our film schemes here.

More recent pots

All posts

Join our mailing list