The organiser of the 1990 Isle of Wight festival is a collaborator on the first Anima event to be held at Brockenhurst Village Community Centre on Saturday 30th September 10 a.m.- 5 pm. Geoff Francis,a trustee of the environmental charity No More Dodos, was one of the team who we responsible for the enormously successful Enormous Elephant Exhibition in Lyndhurst last October which raised £8,500 for orphan elephants and anti poaching initiatives in Kenya.
Four leading members of that team have created the Anima Event .The others are local artist and writer Susie Laan, Beaulieu based food expert Tony Bishop Weston and Isle of Wight based avant-garde film maker Paul Windridge.
Geoff says “ This will be a very varied and exciting day. If you are in any way interested animals and the planet we live on this is the day for you.”. He urges everyone to put it in their diary right away! As well as nearly 30 stalls there will be workshops, talks, films,an art exhibition and lots of good eats which won’t cost the earth.
The importance of biodiversity is that the heart of the event and a number of locally-based organisations are heavily featured. Such Bumblebee Conservation, Orangutan Appeal and the Jane Goodall Institute .They are joined by other national and international organisations like Born free, The BadgerTrust, Population Matters, Sea Shepherd and Compassion in World Farming.
No More Dodos uniquely uses Art and Sport to inspire individual action to bring about change for the good of the planet.
Entrance to Anima is a suggested donation of £2.50 per person and £5 for a family.