Two weeks ago, the countryside close to Zwolle – a city in the north east of the Netherlands – was home again to the third edition of the Living Village Festival. In the beginning of June dozens of volunteers started constructing the village, whereas many more have helped during the fundraiser festival itself.
The festival promotes sustainable living and self-sufficiency by means of music, art, theatre, workshops, education and examples of sustainable innovation. Like-minded people networked, and conveyed knowledge that supports the sustainable transition.
As can be seen in the picture above, the name “The Living Village” is besides its harmonic meaning also meant literal. Initiators of the foundation, Cathelijn and Bob Radstake, are raising funds for a permanent ecological village. Houses then “would be built using Living Tree architecture, an innovative technology that allows […] to build shelter-providing structures through weaving and pleaching live willow. The township will reforest the land it settles on, providing food for its inhabitants, along with housing that will not degrade, but actually grow bigger and stronger over time” (The Living Village, n.d.).
Currently the foundation is looking for a suitable location. In 2021 the new Environmental and Planning Act is expected, that should facilitate this process (Government, 2017).