Hot Lists Friday, October 13th

Hydrogen cars and MASH Cinema: What to look out for at h.Energy this weekend

Hot Lists Friday, October 13th

Hydrogen cars and MASH Cinema: What to look out for at h.Energy this weekend

Okay, so stay with me. With the best will in the world, “a fusion of ecology and art, music and discussion” does sounds like the kind of event a geography teacher drags his kids to. But you’re going to want to check it out.

The event is basically a weekend-long TED-talk, with bits of Techniquest and Mud Runner thrown in. The common - possibly knitted - thread that connects a packed two-day programme across venues at the Left Bank and Queenswood is, I guess, the world around us.

You’ve got talks on how to help save it – from solar tech today, to eco-transport of the future – to ways to get out there and enjoy it with the family. Then when the sun goes down, the party starts, with hopefully enough solar energy stored to see it through to the early hours.

This year’s programme is as big and broad as there ever has been. One of the Insta accounts is called Zest Fest which pretty much hits the nail on the head. You can check out the full listings on New Leaf's h.Energy page here, but we picked out a few events that caught our eye.


For the family

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Hope Spring 5k Fun Run

When: Sat 10am -11am

Where: Queenswood Country Park

Tickets: £12,  buy them here

Blow out the cobwebs and get yourself some morning mud-splatters with an off-road fun run (or jog or walk) through the gorgeously autumnal country park. Money raised from tickets goes to water charity Hope Springs. Also at Queenswood all weekend, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust's Kate Broad and New Leaf's Tim Kaye are on hand to keep your socially-responsible rugrats busy with a whole load of craft activities from building bird-feeders to leaf lanterns (each activity costs £2).


For the TED talkers

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Debates and discussion on the future on four wheels

When: Sunday AM

Where: De Koffie Pot, Hereford

Tickets: Free

There’s a triple header of talks looking at where things are going in the automotive industry. From the confessions of a former petrol head, to the possibility of hydrogen-powered cars, there’s even a chance to quiz the experts about how technology can help save the planet, one commute at a time.


For a Bit Of Culture


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Contemporary art with a local heart

When: Exhibition runs until Monday

Where: Old Market shopping centre, Hereford

Tickets: Free

Vacuum Arts is a collective of arts grads who put the fine in Fine Art. They’re taking over a great little space in the Old Market, bringing a little flavour to the industrial-hospitality complex that is the Old Market. Enter at the back of Waga’s.


For the sustainable party people

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Tunes and Mash Cinema visuals

When: Saturday from 10.15pm

Where: De Koffie Pot, Hereford

Tickets: Free

For anyone who checked out the semi-psychedelia of The Happening last weekend, this is hitting the same vibe. DJ Jus’Jay is on the ones and twos, with MASH Cinema (who were behind the incredible visuals from last week) and Salt Road syncing up projections with the beats upstairs in DKP.


For the Day After The Night Before

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Get lost in the forest for a few hours on a walk led by artist Celia Johnson

When: Sat, Sun11:30am, and 2.30pm

Where: Queenswood

Tickets: Click here

Whether your head’s a little fried from booze,  LCD projections or a hundred inspiring eco-ideas, you can get out and treat it to a blast of fresh air on Sunday thanks to a pair of participatory walks at Queenswood that’ll be good for the soul (they also take place at the same time on Sat).

 The first takes you to less-known parts of the forest, encouraging silence and for you to sketch what you see, while the later walk is a story-based walk that brings attention to all the species of trees in the Arborteum. More here.


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