Swedish folk singer Esbjörn Hazelius, reggae artist General Knas, the punk band Invasionen, the poet Bengt Berg, the sculpter Maria Westerberg and many other artists, scientists and nature conservationists… Everyone is coming to the Forest Festival in Sweden on July 14 to 18. The event is a manifestation for the protection of old-growth forests and reformation of Swedish forestry.

Several scientists and nature enthusiasts will lecture and hold guided tours about nature conservation, ecology, nature-oriented forestry and climate. There will be a political debate between members of the Swedish Parliament on the environmental and forest policies in Sweden.

The festival is arranged to highlight the threat to the forest’s diversity. This year the Swedish general election is being held and it is the UN’s International Year of Biodiversity.  Currently Sweden has not achieved the targeted area of protected forests set by the Environmental Objectives Council. A new environmental objective towards sustainable forests should be adopted in Sweden and the loss of biodiversity should be halted.

“To have any chance of achieving the set environmental objective, vigorous effort needs to be made to completely stop the logging of our remaining old-growth forests,” said Victor Säfve, Forest Festival Organizer. “We hope to provide knowledge about the forest and inspire engagement towards greater ecological awareness.”

The Forest Festival is an event with various forms of cultural expressions such as music, dance, poetry, film and theatre.

“Most cultural events are held in cities but the Forest Festival moves culture into nature,” said Kata Säfve, Organizer. “The Festival is an exciting union between nature and culture, with everything from Bollywood dance to an art film about elk mythology. We want to encourage people to see the forest´s many possibilities and dimensions.”

The Festival takes place at the homestead Åfallet, 50 km south of Örebro. The Swedish author Thomas Tidholm opens the Festival on July 14.

Organizers: Protect the Forest; Swedish Society for Nature Conservation in Örebro County; Hjärtats Eko (Echo of the Heart).

Link to the Forest Festival website: http://www.skogsfestivalen.org/2010/en

Contact person:

Viktor Säfve, Forest Festival Organizer, +46 (0)76 1148811

Email: postmaster@skogsfestivalen.org