FAQs

About the Festival


1. What was SustFest21?

Answer:  SustFest21 was the St Albans District Sustainability Festival 2021. The festival was made up of a programme of 100+ events put on by community businesses and organisations between 23rd May and 6th June 2021.

You can find the programme on our home page


2. What geographical area does the festival cover?

Answer:  The festival covers the St Albans District *across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages*. It is not a “one location” festival but consists of a programme of over 100 events put on across the district by a huge variety of businesses and community groups during the two weeks.

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3. Where can I see information the 2021 festival.
You can find the 2021 programme on our home page


4. What sort of events and activities does the programme contain?

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Answer: Groups  and businesses run all sorts of innovative and interesting activities during the festival.   All events must fit with the 10 themes of sustainability from the Bioregional rainbow list illustrated on the left.

Many fabulous events have been registered including building a whale sculpture out of discarded plastic…hearing Jonathan Porritt talk….fashion swap shops…..a scavenger hunt….an upcycling workshop for teenagers and walks, talks, films, nature hunts and much more.


5. Are there any events open to the general public?

Answer:  Yes, most events are open to the general public. All those will be listed in the programme with dates and times are public. There are also many private events, open to members only e.g. schools events, some businesses, some faith groups etc. These will be listed as such in the programme with no detail of time or location.


6. How much does it cost to go to an event?

Answer:  The price of an event is listed beside it in the programme. A large majority of the events in the Festival programme are free.


7. Do I need to book to go to an event?

Answer:  The booking details of an event will be listed in the programme. However, many of the events do not need booking.


8. Is it too late to organise an event?

Answer:  Unfortunately, SustFest21 has now finished.


9. What is the Market Takeover – is it the same as the Sustainability Festival?

Answer: The Market Takeover was a one-day event in St Albans in 2019 as part of SustFest19. Due to Covid, in 2021 we held Sustainable Markets with stalls filling central St Albans. However, it was not called the Market Takeover. Please see our Sustainable Markets page for more information.


10. Who organises the festival?

Answer: Sustainability Festival is organised by a partnership between  Sustainable St Albans (formerly Transition St Albans) and St Albans Friends of the Earth.  We seek funding from various sources, including The National Lottery, local grants, local business sponsors and advertisers in the programme. Read more on our About page.


11. Where can i find out more about sponsoring the Festival?

Please contact us here – we are no longer accepting sponsors for 2021 but can re-contact you for 2022.