Making Lewes Festival until Sunday September 21

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MakingLewes highlights the connections between the culture of making and sustainable architecture and design.

The first Make Lewes Festival consists of three exhibitions, two seminars, one film, one design & make workshop, one building visit and several talks.

Primarily a series of community events, MakingLewes will be of interest to anyone engaged with the wider field of sustainable architecture, making and design.

It will be first ever chance in the UK to hear, see and experience TejlgaardJepsen – Copenhagen’s 21st century dome-ologists who are bringing their geodesic knowhow to Lewes and talking about their melding of Buckminster Fuller’s sixties approach with their 21st century sustainability informed expertise.

The festival is hosting the first ever British showing of the Crackle of Time - the documentary film on Burkina Faso architect, Francis Kere, and German artist, the late Christian Schlingensief’s, making of the Opera Village, Schlingensief’s vision of a different kind of cultural centre in the middle of the Burkina Faso Sahara desert.

And in the Bio-Base exhibition will be the first time Danish practice Vand Kunsten’s unique seaweed panels will be shown here in the UK, (with the Laeso Islands Seaweed House architect present as part of the Bio Base seminar on Saturday September 20.)

The seaweed panel will be one of a broad spectrum of natural building materials, technologies, products and projects, which have also never been brought together into a single exhibition before. Including thatch panels from Architype’s Adapt project, salt bricks and art baskets made from local Sussex chestnut glulam.

There are two half-day seminars on the second weekend - Saturday and Sunday respectively (20/21st) - with a strong line up of speakers, including Pooran Desai from BioRegional, Sarah Wigglesworth, Craig White, Soren Nielsen from Vand Kunsten, Jonathan Fovargue from Eurban, David Saunders and Steve Johnson from the Flimwell Woodland Enterprise Centre, here in Sussex and Jeremy Till, head of Central St Martins plus further others.

The Weekend Seminars will be on September 20 and 21. Visit for full listings.