DeTox Festival

Wow! What an amazing day we had at the MBA DeTox Festival on Thursday. The day started early with a visit from Naomi Kennedy from BBC Radio Cornwall who interviewed student organisers, Lilia and Brooklyn, live on the Breakfast Show.

The Festival was the brainchild of Year 9 student Lilia.  “I was actually in a geography lesson learning about the issue of climate change and plastic pollution so I just kind of sparked this idea of why not have a day where we can educate and raise awareness about this big issue.”

The festival featured eco stalls from external organisations including Extinction Rebellion and Surfers Against Sewage, plastic free food and drink stalls, smoothy bikes, Miss O’s fashion swap, wood turning demonstrations, vintage clothes sales, the University of Exeter, plant sales, second hand uniform, tours of the poly tunnel, a fire pit in the copse and top tips on living more sustainably. On the Cube stage there was some fantastic live music performances, dance, and two amazing fashion shows, one featuring repurposed fabric garments made by GCSE Textiles students and the other vintage clothing. MP Derek Thomas popped in on his way back from Westminster to take part in a lively Q&A session, giving students the chance to voice their concerns to their local representative.

The festival was open to all students during the afternoon and then at 5pm the doors were thrown open to the public. Despite it being the first event of it’s type to be hosted by MBA it was incredibly well attended.  Look out for future festivals! One festival goer said, “This is the best school event I have ever been to!”

The organising committee would like to thank Stacey Wheeler and  Shelley Claxton for helping them with the organisation of the event. Thanks also to all the staff and students who responded so enthusiastically and made this such a successful event.


Click below to hear some interviews broadcast on BBC Radio Cornwall and “Earthrise” an original compostion by Charlie


Click on a video below to see some programmes made for the day: