This weekend at CAT: The Small Is Beautiful festival

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Eco-friendly festival showcases top performers at the Centre for Alternative Technology

The vibrant, environmentally-minded Small is Beautiful festival is bringing the very best artists, speakers and entertainers to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on the 4th-6th September. Follow the link to the program here Campfire

Alongside practical, hands-on workshops and discussions, festival-goers can enjoy all kinds of entertainment across the weekend. In collaboration with the Machynlleth Comedy Festival, there will be stand-up comedy from the award winning Josie Long and Rob Newman. A full programme of folk music – many from the local area – includes a headline performance from Mercury Prize nominated folk singer Sam Lee.

The festival aims to keep audiences thinking and getting stuck into big ideas over the weekend. Attracting influential speakers, including Dr Jane Davidson, former Welsh minister for Environment and Sustainability, and Andrew Simms, fellow at New Economics Foundation, the festival will explore low carbon living and social justice across the themes of energy, food and land and money.

A truly participatory affair, everybody can get involved, with fun, hands-on workshops and discussion labs on offer. Guests can take part in anything from wind turbine blade carving, to ukulele workshops, to straw bale building classes. Kids are also catered for with family activities courtesy of Gwerin y Coed – the Woodcraft Folk in Wales.

There’s everything that you may expect from a festival atmosphere, including delicious food courtesy of Machynlleth favourites The Green Goat, as well as CAT’s café, plus a fine selection of ales and beers from the Small is Beautiful bar.

In its sixth year, this is the first time the festival will be held at CAT, but the festival aims are perfectly matched with this forward thinking venue, which catalysed the UK’s sustainability movement.

Adrian Ramsey, CEO of CAT, said:

We are delighted to be the new home of Small is Beautiful festival. The festival teaches practical and realistic skills that will engage and encourage people to lower their carbon footprint and have great fun whilst doing it!”


Small is Beautiful

The Small is Beautiful festival is a colourful, hands-on weekend exploration of social justice and low carbon technology. We aim to make massive issues feel less massive by focusing on the positive steps we can all take to change our future in a practical way through workshops, debates and the arts.

Tickets are available from

They can be bought on the door over the weekend in cash

Prices (Adult / concession / young adult 12-16)

Weekend: £55 / 40 / £27.50

Day: £30 / £25 / £20

Camping: £10 per person for the weekend (must be bought in advance)

Twitter: @smallisfestival


See our Flickr Press set here

Listen to our Soundcloud of this year’s performers here