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Pestival is redefining humankind’s relationship with the insect world
and reconnecting urban audiences with the power of nature.

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AS FEATURED ON THE GUARDIAN:
“THE GLASTONBURY OF THE NATURAL WORLD”

Pestival Termite Pavilion

THE TERMITE PAVILION - SOUTHBANK 2009

Designed by Softroom architects, and based on the studies of Namibian termite mounds by Dr Rupert Soar.
Showcasing a new type of science/art interpretation demonstrating what we can learn from termites.

Bee cab

BEE CAB - 2009

With a micro cinema and live bees on board, the Bee cab was a moving tool for teaching
about colony collapse and the importance of urban beekeeping.

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AM I ATTRACTIVE? - SOUTHBANK 2009

A collaborative science/design project between Rothamsted Research and artist and designer
Susana Soares, to demonstrate research into malaria and pheromones.

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ZSL LONDON ZOO - SOUTHBANK 2009

London Zoo's highly popular live insect show at the Royal 'Pestival' Hall

Pestival Bees

BEE’s - SOUTHBANK 2009

Susana Soares created BEE’s to demonstrate that bees can be trained to target
a specific odour and detect certain diseases in a person’s breath

Pestival Chimp stick

WHO’S THE PEST? - WELCOME COLLECTION 2013

Exploring the deliciousness of Insects - The chimp stick was part of the experimental insect cuisine
developed by The Nordic Food Lab for the Who's The Pest? show

THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING INSECT FESTIVAL

Pestival celebrates the role of insects in our lives and the greater role they play on the planet. We mobilise an international network of eminent research scientists, renowned artists and education experts to create an exciting and innovative experience based on the biggest issue of our time. Insects.

We are now creating a major touring festival crammed full of multi-media, interactive events for 2017 that will travel the length and breadth of the UK.

TESTIMONIALS

“Pestival was the best festival of pests ever! Hopefully this new Pestival will best the last Pestival Festival.”
STEWART LEE - COMEDIAN
“Putting on the ‘Who’s the Pest?’ events with Pestival was an extraordinary experience …. The topic took us in exciting new directions, surprising those who already knew us and delighting others who hadn’t come across us before.”
Ken Arnold, Wellcome Collections’ Head of Public Programmes
“You HAVE to know about Pestival”
Margaret Atwood, Writer
“Since I moved to the country, I’ve really learnt to appreciate how many insects live alongside us. I think Pestival is a wonderful idea, especially now with our bees, those vital pollinators, in such peril. The timing couldn’t be better!”
Valerie Singleton OBE, TV and Radio Presenter

ACHIEVEMENTS FROM PREVIOUS FESTIVALS

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Visitors over 2 days at the previous Pesitval at London’s Southbank
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People reached in media coverage in 23 countries

WINNER

of the Observer Ethical Award for Conservation in 2010

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PESTIVAL ADVISORY PANEL

Stephen Barber

Chairman: Stephen Barber, Group Managing Director and Head of Group Corporate Communications at Pictet private bank. He established the Pictet Prix photography prize in 2008.

Francis Pike

Francis Pike has worked in a senior executive capacity for major financial companies such as INVESCO and NM Rothschild and has been actively involved in the start up of over 30 businesses including several PLCs. He has also worked in a government advisory capacity on issues of investment, geopolitical analysis and economic management.

Dr James Logan

Dr James Logan, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Disease Control and Scientific Director of the Arthropod Control Product Test Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He’s a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Research Degree Coordinator for the Department of Disease Control, a member of the LSHTM Repository Steering Committee and the Public Engagement Committee.

Nigel Keen

Nigel Keen, is the Chairman of Syncona Partners. He is also Chairman of ISIS Innovation, the technology transfer group for Oxford University, and Chairman of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, a new entity established by the National Health Service in England to align the interests of patients in its region with academia, industry and the healthcare system.

Dr. Leslie Vosshall

Dr. Leslie Vosshall, investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, heads up her own lab at Rockefeller University. She is well known for her discovery and subsequent characterization of the insect olfactory receptor family.

Prof. Justin Dillon

Prof. Justin Dillon, University of Bristol and previously member of DEFRAs Public Engagement Group, trustee of the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom and former Chair of the London Wildlife trust.  He was given ‘The Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award’ by the North American Association for Environmental Education in 2013.

David Barrie CBE

David Barrie CBE was Director of The Art Fund, the UK’s largest independent art charity.  He served as a Council member of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and is a trustee of the charity Butterfly Conservation.

Tim Delaney

Tim Delaney, CEO and Founder of Leagas Delaney, is a leading figure in the advertising world heading up one of the world’s best advertising agencies. His clients include Avon, Penfolds and Glenfiddich.

Ariane Koek

Ariane Koek created Arts@CERN, the first multi-disciplinary arts programme at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory outside Geneva. She is an External Policy Advisor for the European Commission on arts, science and technology, and an elected member of the French national cultural think tank Forum D’Avignon. She is also a Clore Fellow and an international consultant specialising in strategy, policy, design and delivery in arts, science and technology.

Stephen Snoddy

Stephen Snoddy, Director of The New Art Gallery, Walsall. During his career he has lead top UK arts institutions including the Cornerhouse Manchester and Milton Keynes Gallery.

Valerie Singleton OBE

Valerie Singleton, OBE, is an established broadcaster and best know as a presenter of the popular children’s series Blue Peter.

Pestival Partners – among others:

Natural History Museum
British Explorers Association
GLA
Mumsnet ***
Arts Council England
ZSL London Zoo Conservation
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Wellcome Trust
Leagas Delaney
Arthur Matthew (Father Ted)***
Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre***

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