Use pedal power to save energy and light up the silver screen

by Magnificent Revolution

About the project


Tipping Point £4,000
Gear Up £6,000
Full Speed Ahead £12,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The way we use energy is shockingly wasteful. CO2 emissions from energy production are the primary contributors to climate change. People’s awareness of climate change, its impacts and solutions are on the rise. The next challenge is to act upon what we have learnt, which will be difficult, especially as energy is widely available to us and our use of energy and the climate changes it causes are largely invisible. Building appreciation for energy and changing how we use energy on daily basis is essential in reducing our negative impact on the environment and humanity.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
- Over 40% of the UK's man-made CO2 emissions come from energy we use everyday, at home and when we travel (Energy Saving Trust 2010) - Britons’ waste is the equivalent of around two power stations' worth of electricity produced each year by leaving TV sets and other gadgets on standby (BBC News 2006) - Every year, we throw away more than eight times the amount of energy supplied by all of the UK's nuclear power stations combined (Greenpeace UK 2010)
What is your solution?
Our solution is to get people thinking about energy, where it comes from and how we use it by inviting them to make it for themselves. By having to exercise for their film, music or art entertainment, attendees will start a journey of appreciation that will help them to understand that energy doesn’t come from nowhere. Work has to be done somewhere to get it to our plugs and currently that somewhere is most likely to be a coal, oil, gas or nuclear power plants.
How will you deliver this?
3 free cycle-in pedal powered cinemas across London attended by 900 people. A new 10-bike generator will be built as a resource to be lent out to small organisations, schools and charities to support their cause.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Go to our website and sign up to our newsletter
  • 5 minutes
    Send our promo video to your friends and family, get them signed up to our newsletter or tell them about one of our upcoming events
  • 15 minutes
    Come to one of our events and give us some pedal power for 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
    Record a short video clip or take some photos of Magnificent Revolution in action and send it to us so we can post it on our website
  • A few hours
    Sign up to our volunteers list, help out at one of our workshops or events and come learn about bike power. If you’re a parent, download our schools info pack and speak to the teachers about getting Magnificent Revolution to do a workshop at your school
  • Regular time commitment
    Volunteer at our events and workshops, help us develop our online resources, do some sound engineering for us, film our events, fundraise and, of course, help us out with some admin

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Our vision is for people to appreciate our planet’s resources and to actively take part in developing ways of life that will enable future generations to play a positive role within the planet’s ecosystem. Our mission is to use bicycle generators as a tool to raise people’s awareness about the elusive issues behind energy and engage people with renewable technology, a key step towards a low carbon economy. We achieve this through of series of workshops; pedal powered cinemas, music events and art installations.

Geographical coverage

Within UK

Our track record

To date we have produced over 100 pedal-powered events including cinemas, sound systems, workshops and installations reaching 1000s of people across the UK. Some of our highlights include a 3 day cinema at the Big Chill Festival, a week long screening at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (we went there by train), a special screening at old Southwark Bridge for the Thames Festival, and many many more. Most of our events are documented in over 100 blogs on our website

Who do we help?

• Pupils from primary and secondary schools can learn about energy in our school workshops. College and university students, youth organizations, artists, musicians, campaigners, educators, and athletes can learn how to design a mini off-grid system powered by a bike and solar panels. • People visiting our music, art, film and community events can stay fit and learn about energy by powering the performance. • Our workshops, activities and generators support the work of transport charities, sustainability campaigns, town and city councils as a tool to promote sustainable ways of getting about.

How do we deliver this?

A. Pedal Powered Cinemas, Sound Systems and Installations - Our cycle system uses 8 bikes/16 legs to power up to 1000W of audio-visual equipment for screening films, live performances, DJs, poetry and speaker events. B. Children/Young People’s Workshops and Assemblies - Helping young people to understand why and how to reduce their energy use in a practical, fun and engaging way. Children learn about electrical appliances, their energy consumption and are invited to take energy saving actions. C. Adult Pedal Power Workshops - Building pedal-power generators, 12 volt sound systems and bicycle blenders for use in homes, communities and/or campaigns.