JTP is delighted to be part of the Incredible Festival of Ideas this week, working with Incredible Edible Todmorden and other local organisations to create a unique event from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 June 2018. The Incredible Festival of Ideas is a four day radical, free community festival with activities across the Calder Valley including Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Halifax and Hebden Bridge.
The Festival is organised and run by the enterprising Upper Calder Valley community, where 15 years ago JTP led the ground-breaking Upper Calder Valley Renaissance (UCVR) process, working collaboratively with the community and client Yorkshire Forward to co-create a new Vision for the valley and establish a Valley Team. The Festival is part of the continued legacy of the UCVR collaborative process.
The Festival also celebrates the tenth birthday of Incredible Edible Todmorden, a small idea that has grown into a global movement of building communities and places through growing and sharing food, which was recently covered by the Guardian.
As part of the Festival JTP Partner, Charles Campion, is co-curating the placemaking conference, “Whose Place is it Anyway?” on Friday 22 June in Todmorden.
It will be a day to explore what makes up our towns and neighbourhoods, and how we can build sustainable places of the future for communities to flourish. The conference is an opportunity for those involved in all aspects of designing, developing, building, managing and transforming ‘places’ to discuss and re-imagine the future of ‘places we call home’.
Charles Campion, JTP Partner
The conversation will look in depth at how communities are playing a central role in placemaking today and cover environment and landscape, enterprise, creativity and place management, including the rise of collective action to take on and re-purpose empty or underused buildings, known as ‘community asset transfer’.
A highlight of “Whose Place is it Anyway?” will be an update on the future vision of community asset transfers from Tony Armstrong, CEO of national community, enterprise and neighbourhood action network, Locality. Pam Warhurst CBE, co-founder Incredible Edible Todmorden, will chair the conference and give the keynote address at the end of the day.
Meanwhile down the valley in Hebden Bridge, at the “All Things Resilience” conference, JTP Partner Fred London will be presenting The Home for All Seasons, the winner of the 2016 Sunday Times British Homes Awards Resilient Homes design competition, by JTP and The Environmental Design Studio (TEDS).
The Festival is showcasing a way to live and in a beautiful valley too. We’re talking about ideas that really matter about place, connection and support and a triumph of hope in everyday life. Join us and see what the fuss is about and be inspired with ideas to make your place home too. Rather than say ‘something must be done’, come and see how we do it.
Mary Clear, chair of Incredible Edible Todmorden
Spaces are available at both conferences and other Festival events. Entry is by donation.
Book now at http://incrediblefestival.org.uk/tickets/