About This Festival
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From the Organizer
Greenbelt is an annual summer festival. But it is also an idea. It believes that things usually kept apart should be brought together. Things like artistry and activism, spirituality and politics, faith and justice. It is part movement, part moment. Its genius is that it defies easy description. You have to be there. Greenbelt saw its first edition way back in 1974 and has hosted its annual festival every single year since. 2018 will see its 45th festival! Celebrating artistry and nurturing activism, Greenbelt Festival is an act of the imagination – inspirational, provocative and fun. Energised by a progressive Christian worldview, Greenbelt creates a festival that is inclusive, open-minded, participatory and generous in spirit. Greenbelt’s Christian beliefs embrace instead of exclude – making the festival an inter-generational celebration, inclusive and accepting of all, regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, background or belief. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, Greenbelt hosts a rich multi-arts festival programme of music, visual and performing arts, spirituality, comedy, talks and discussion. The diversity of content not only demonstrates its commitment to the arts, faith and justice, but also its underlying values of tolerance, dialogue and hope. Greenbelt does all it can to keep the festival as accessible as it can, offering a range of discounted and concession ticket deals as well as giving away some tickets each year (through an Open Festival scheme) to people who otherwise would not be able to afford to go to Greenbelt. Greenbelt tries to make a difference beyond the festival, too, through its campaigning activity and through Trust Greenbelt, which gives grants to community projects combining arts, faith and justice. Over the years, Greenbelt has welcomed artists, activists and thinkers as wide-ranging and diverse as Anita Roddick and Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Moby, Mark Thomas, Sinead O’Connor, Josie Long, Mavis Staples, Owen Jones, Lemn Sissay, a young Ed Sheeran and U2. In 2017, Greenbelt’s lineup included Kate Rusby, Newton Faulkner, Jack Monroe, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Clive Stafford Smith, Zoe Lyons, Bilal Zafar, Pif Paf Theatre and Lost Dog Dance. The festival holds the Gold Standard for accessibility from Attitude is Everything and has also been awarded A Greener Festival Award for its sustainable practice and a Rainbow List award for its LGBTi inclusion.