The Small is…Festival began in 2009 as the brainchild of international development charities Practical Action and Engineers Without Borders UK to celebrate the work of radical economist E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful.

Initially run by volunteers, the current team came together in 2012, to formalise the event and scale it up. After a hiatus in 2013, the festival was revived in 2014 and moved to Bristol from Warwickshire. In 2015 the event was run at The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Mid-Wales, a highly successful move which has lead to CAT becoming an official partner.

The Small is…Festival is a celebration of sustainable ideas influenced by E.F. Schumacher’s seminal work ‘Small Is Beautiful’. The festival combines practical workshops, hard-hitting debates and inspiring talks from leading minds in engineering, sustainability and social change, with an innovative artistic programme responding to and challenging festival content.

Carefully curated content will allow students, artists, academics and the general public to collaboratively explore the role of technology and art in building a sustainable future.



George Bell - Festival co-Director leading on music, arts and production

George Bell

Festival Co-Director, leading on music, arts, and production


Lindsay Berresford

Festival co-director and facilitator, making sure everyone gets stuck in

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Eddy Llewellyn

Our site manager

Francoise Ballaha Ntonga - Running our workshop programme

Francoise Ballaha Ntonga

Running our workshop programme

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Hugh Jones

The most dapper Health & Safety chap in the business

Mike Powell - Our artist in residence

Mike Powell

Our arts coordinator

Robyn Mondesir-Clarke is building our music programme

Robyn Mondesir-Clarke

Building our music programme



Please email info@smallisfestival.org for general enquiries about the festival.



The festival gratefully recognises the generous support from The Ashley Family Foundation.

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