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“THE GLASTONBURY OF THE NATURAL WORLD”

PESTIVAL 2018

The World’s Largest Touring Insect Festival

With the thrill of a theme park, the buzz of a festival and the rigour of a science fair, Pestival is creating a major touring experience for 2018.

The touring festival will create an exhilarating, immersive environment; a physical space leading to a transformation in people’s perception of, and relationship with, insects. As visitors enter the barely-imaginable insect world, they will instantly sense the critical interdependence of insects, animals, humans and the planet itself.

At the heart of the experience will be Pestival’s giant immersive touring pods, inside which family members of all ages will discover – and rediscover – a sense of wonder, with the expert contribution of world-renowned scientists, chefs, thinkers, technologists, designers, artists and musicians.

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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.

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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

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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

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

OUR MISSION

EDUCATION: ENVIRONMENT: ENTERTAINMENT

Pestival helps us understand our relationship with insects by placing them at the heart of our lives and culture. In so doing, Pestival aims to inspire a new generation of ambassadors to a new way of thinking – and acting – in the greater interest of our shared environment.

99% of insects are not ‘pests’

80% of plants rely on insects for pollination

80% of human diet relies on insects

45% of insects have disappeared since 1980

98% of people changed their view of the importance of insects to the health of the planet after visiting Pestival

Pestival is a global movement to enable every human in the world to respect every insect.

Without insects we wouldn’t be here.

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
“I’m very excited about Pestival – it has a charismatic leader, it’s drawn a whole bunch of really cool people together and it’s a real opportunity to get everyone across the country excited and interested in insects role in a way that’s previously never been possible.”
Tim Smit - founder of the Eden Project
“Pestival is incredibly important because insects are incredibly important.”
Rosie Boycott - UK journalist, feminist and Mayor of London's Food Advisor
“A three day insect festival has spread enthusiasm for this much-maligned section of the animal kingdom like crumbs of bread through an ant colony.”
Lucy Seigle - Journalist and writer on Ethical Living

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