Splendour in the Grass 2019

In 2019, Splendour in the Grass will host the Deep Green Biotech Hub as a part of The Forum and The Science Tent lineup.

In collaboration with UTS Science, Inspiring Australia, and MyImpact, the Deep Green Biotech Hub will present it’s Living Lights installation, and the Deep Green Forest Tent.

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Over 350 “algae leaves” will be grown by festival attendees inside our Deep Green Forest tent. These leaves will contain millions of living, breathing, algae cells, photosynthesising and producing oxygen.

Our Living Lights installation – part of our Deep Green Forest activation – contains almost 300 litres of live algae, and captures about as much carbon dioxide as a small park. 

During the Splendour in the Grass festival, the algae within our Deep Green Forest activation will produce more oxygen than 1 hectare of Australian forest would in the same time. Talk about some oxygenation!

Splendour in the Grass 2019

Alongside this year’s stellar lineup, Australia’s premier outdoor music festival, Splendour in the Grass, will get a sustainability boost thanks to a microscopic plant and a passionate group of young researchers affectionately dubbed “the algae crew”.  Instead of grooving to the music beats they’ll be welcoming festival goers to the Deep Green Forest tent courtesy of the Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH), where they can soak up an oxygen-rich environment whilst exploring personal hopes for a sustainable future.

If this all sounds quite “zen” there is, in fact, a lot of science behind the experience which aims to get audience members attending this regional event to learn how science can cross into art, design and sustainable solutions for our planet. All part of a 10-year celebration of Splendour Forum at Splendour in the Grass.

Dr Alex Thomson, DGBH Manager and serious algae cheerleader says she hopes the audience at the festival will be open to “the potential of algae, these awesome little aquatic plants that have been around for millions of years”. 

We want to increase the awareness of algae as a versatile and sustainable resource. By 2050 we’ll need between three to five ‘earths’ to feed and sustain our global population. 

Dr Alex Thomson
Manager, Deep Green Biotech Hub 

“When people enter the tent they’ll be invited to calculate their carbon emissions, choose an algae to help offset them and contribute to the growing ‘trees’ within the tent,” she says.

Read the rest of the story here: https://www.uts.edu.au/news/health-science/splendour-algae

Splendour in the Grass plays at the North Byron Parklands from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July.  For the location of the Deep Green Forest tent check www.splendourinthegrass.com for the site map.


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