Pestival is an international arts festival dedicated to ‘the art of being an insect'. Pestival won the 2010 Observer Ethical Award in Conservation, and had a three year residency at ZSL London Zoo.
It has attracted world-renowned insect experts as well as artists, such as Bob and Roberta Smith, and comedians, most notably Robyn Hitchcock, Robin Ince and Stewart Lee (who mentions his involvement in his stand-up act "41st Best Stand-up Ever").
Pestival is the brainchild of Bridget Nicholls. She came up with the idea in 2004 after going to a now defunct insect film festival called FIFI in the Pyrenees.
Pestivals by yearEdit
Pestival 2009 was held at the Southbank Centre in London. With 200,000 people attending over three days, it had over 50 free interactive events and numerous experts at the cutting edge of art and science, and was supported by over 260 volunteers.
It featured Blur’s Graham Coxon, Robyn Hitchcock singing insect anthems, Robin Ince’s Bee Comedy Night, an interspecies choir, Softroom Architects iconic Termite Pavilion, artist-in-residence Noboru Tsubaki, live mosquito swarms, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Bob and Roberta Smith’s Mobile Brownfield Site, insect detectives, maggots who paint, a pollinator themed slow food market, and Valerie Singleton spinning her favourite insect seven inch.
Chris Watson, a sound recordist who specialises in Natural History, and former member of Cabaret Voltaire provided the soundtrack to the Termite Pavilion as well as creating an evening called Cross Pollination that used live voice and the sound of bees.
Pestival 2009 also hosted the symposium How insect are we? at ZSL London Zoo, chaired by New Scientist editor Roger Highfield. Speakers included Stanford University ant expert Deborah Gordon, artist/engineer Natalie Jeremijenko and literary critic Steven Connor.
- Observer Ethical Awards: Pestival, Conservation Project of the Year 2010-06-13
- Stewart Lee - Performance at Pestival 2010-25-08
- Pestival "The Movie" Trailer
- Crickets, bees and vinyl – a Pestival mix by Chris Watson: Asked to curate a night of insect music for Pestival at London's Southbank Centre, wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson thinks he may just have found a 15th-century iPod Pascal Wyse , 2009-09-22
- Pestival insect festival launches at Southbank – bee there: A new celebration of insects and art at London zoo and the Southbank Centre hopes to help our ailing friend, the bee Alison Benjamin, 2009-09-03
- Insects welcome for the Pestival Helen Wallis, 2009-09-01
- Time Out says 2009-08-26
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