Launching Goodfest: The creative festival for good

11th March, 2019

Goodfest, a new annual festival aimed at inspiring the minds of the creative and curious, will launch for the first time in May 2019. Held at Bedruthan Hotel in North Cornwall between Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd May 2019, the festival will play host to inspiring talks and workshops from the best of the South West’s speakers and sustainable change makers from across the creative industries.

Surfer going to the sea

Leading the inspiring festival line up will be co-founder of the multi award winning Eden Project, Sir Tim Smit. His workshop session will be encouraging attendees to think big, based on his own experience of turning a once sterile pit into a world-class horticulture site which has attracted over 20 million since its opening in 2001. Joining him will be Hugo Tagholm, CEO of marine conservation charity Surfers against Sewage. The hugely successful charity represents over 350,000 regular supporters and now mobilises the biggest beach clean community in the UK, with Hugh sharing his experience of creating a movement for sustainable change.

Founder of multi award winning clothing brand Finisterre, Tom Kay, will be talking on sustainability in business which can be seen throughout its products. Speaking on using kindness as a competitive advantage will be Mark Shayler, founding partner of the hugely popular Do Lectures. Acting as host for the Goodfest weekend will be popular TV presenter Gillian Burke. Well known for her role as a BBC Wildlife presenter on Springwatch, Gillian originally studied as a biologist and has a strong passion for the British countryside and environment.

Walking on the beach

Further speakers inspiring you to think differently include Mike Coulter, creative coach at Tiny Habits; Dan Dicker, founder of recycled product design company ashortwalk; Ben Quinn, co-founder of Canteen Cornwall; Hanna Henshall, co founder of digital marketing agency If Not Now Digital; Chrissy Levett, creative director of Creative Conscience; Matt Hocking, founder of B Corp certified change agency Leap and Goodfest founder Ben Akers.

The festival will motivate, fuel the next generation of progressive ideas, and encourage listeners to do good and help make our planet a kinder, happier and more sustainable place.

Ben Quinn, Co Founder of Canteen Cornwall and one of the speakers at Goodfest, said:

“Doing business in Cornwall is not just about business – that’s why we set up our operation here.  We lay long tables that make life time memories. We needed a place that would allow us to dream big and encourage purpose in all we do. We found it and now loads of likeminded folk find the same feeling at our tables. In the simple act of sharing food and drink we create a community that supports one another; it’s this community that will change the business world forever”

Fistral Beach

Commenting on the launch Matt Hocking, Co-founder of Goodfest said:

“Goodfest is an evolving beachside space to connect purposefully and set ourselves on fire with change making ways. From tiny habits to world-changing movements. sustainability, purpose, doing, good food, good people and good actions are what we are about, local meeting global, to inspire over 100 ambitious and creative people to embrace what they learn and have immersed themselves in into their future work, lives and projects.”

Nicola Lloyd, Director of Trade and Investment at Cornwall Trade and Investment and sponsors of Goodfest, said: “Cornwall provides the perfect location for a festival like Goodfest. The region is filled with organisations that are leading the way in their respective fields, from charitable organisations driving environmental change, technology businesses servicing a global client base, a creative sector whose services and expertise are sought after worldwide, right through to some of the highest quality food and drink producers. Goodfest presents the prime opportunity for businesses operating in the creative industries to be inspired and experience how Cornwall can positively impact their operations.”

Tickets for the two-day event are on sale now. Purchase tickets and find out more information here.

If you are interested in finding out what else Cornwall can offer businesses, get in touch with the Cornwall Trade & Investment team today.

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