An outdoor cycle-in cinema will be popping up in Old Buckenham next month as a way of encouraging local people to think about their energy consumption.
The UK’s first cycle-in cinema appeared at The Big Chill in 2007 and works by using bikes connected to a generator to power the show.
Now Breckland Council and Creative Arts East are bringing the concept to Norfolk for the first time with four local screenings over four days at Swaffham, Old Buckenham, Hockham and Titteshall.
The Wizard of Oz will be screened at Old Buckenham Village Hall on September 13.
People are invited to see - and participate in - the bicycle-powered showing, where three bicycles will be hooked up to the projector and speakers, and set up to the sides of a large open-air cinema screen.
Councillor Lynda Turner said: “All the electricity for the performance is produced by the cyclists – there are no batteries. Having generated their own energy, we hope people will be encouraged to think a little about their own energy consumption and hopefully make a small step change to reducing it.”
Filmgoers are invited to sit on blankets or deck chairs and enjoy a picnic, as well as volunteering to hop on the bikes and become a human generator.
Each cyclist will generate about 50 watts, which is enough to light up a low-power incandescent light bulb. The projector and sound system use around 70W.
The bikes will be provided by Electric Pedals, a company that specialises in building bespoke bicycle powered installations.
Doors for the Old Buckenham show will open at 6.30pm and the film will start at 7pm.
Tickets cost £4 for adults or £3 children available from 01953 860866 or the Ox and Plough public house.
Bar snacks and refreshments will be available.
For more information visit www.breckland.gov.uk/cyclecinema