Networking at The Green Gathering 2015
More than three decades after the first Green Gathering was held on Glastonbury’s Worthy Farm, this solar and wind powered festival has forged alliances with a range of social enterprises, campaign groups and art collectives to create a sustainable event based around social justice and environmental issues – while retaining the intimate music stages, traditional crafts and community vibe of festivals past.
In recent years The Green Gathering has hosted the Off Grid College, a Radical Routes Co-operators’ Camp, Transition Towns, and an Occupy camp. In 2015 festival organisers are working with the Permaculture Association to raise awareness about the International Permaculture Convergence to be held in the UK this September. Permaculture Ambassadors will be at The Green Gathering to share their knowledge of ecological design systems from around the world – and to dispel the myth that permaculture is only about gardening.
Pioneering permaculture author Patrick Whitefield was instrumental in organising early incarnations of The Green Gathering. Patrick died recently at his home in Glastonbury and in recognition of his inspiration, a memorial for Patrick will be incorporated into this year’s festival.
One of the UK’s top events for families, The Green Gathering won a Festival Kidz Gold Award in 2014 and The Spark Family Award in 2013.
With a view to expanding activities for teens, Green Gathering organisers have recently confirmed a new collaboration with Beatfreeks, an award-winning social enterprise set up to provide platforms for growth and expression to young people while addressing social issues and bringing benefit to broader communities. At GG 2015 the Beatfreeks collective will provide a series of youth-oriented workshops in poetry, music, dance, enterprise, leadership and media, culminating in a poetry slam and performance jam on the solar powered Floating Lotus Stage.
Those attending the Gathering will also have the chance to network with No Dash for Gas and Reclaim The Power activists who’ve been responsible for raising awareness of climate change and fuel poverty, occupying power stations and organising action camps on the anti-fracking frontlines of Balcombe and Blackpool.
Green Gathering director Em Weirdigan says: “It’s amazing how many people say ‘The Green Gathering changed my life’. It really is a festival beyond hedonism, where you can party then wake up and hatch plans for a better future with your mates from the night before. It’s a place outside the mainstream where your eyes will be opened to fairer and more fun ways of living and working, and where you can learn practical skills to transform your world”.
The line-up includes live music from Martha Tilston, The Undercover Hippy, Seize The Day, Roving Crows, RDF, The Don Bradmans, Krankschaft, Tallulah Rendall, Formidable Vegetable Sound System, Dapper Cadavers, Will Tun and the Wasters, Suzy Condrad, Smiley and the Underclass, The High Breed, Jon Sterckx and Tori Reed.
Spoken word and open mic venues will see poet and author Salena Godden, the legendary Artist Taxi Driver, Jazz Gnome Assassins and many more appearing over the four days of the festival. Bristol’s Libby Lawes/HippyPunk will curate a late night dance venue, while travelling healers, magicians, mystics and tipi dwellers add colour and wisdom at the festival’s fringes.
The Green Gathering will be held 13-16 August 2015, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Welsh borders just 18 miles from Bristol.
Advance Winter Tickets £85, Spring Tickets (from April 1st) £95. Youth Tickets £54 (11-15 years). Children under 11 go free. Tickets from Bristol Ticket Shop.