Greenbelt 09 Standing in the Long Now
28 — 31 August Cheltenham Racecourse greenbelt.org.uk
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Standing in the Long Now Greenbelt 09
Farmers in the middle-east plant olive trees, knowing that they may not see the fruits of their work, but that they’ll be ready for their children to harvest. The Long Now: living long-term.
We’ve confirmed the first names for the line-up for Greenbelt 09, which you’ll find here. There are more names being confirmed all the time, so keep checking the website at greenbelt.org.uk/lineup In the next few pages you’ll also find information about additions to our youth programme, how to book, and a reminder to Keep Monday Special…
Talks Last summer we asked you to fill in a survey about Greenbelt. When we looked at the results, we noticed that most of you come to the Festival for its unique atmosphere and for our mix of speakers. So we’ll start with news about this year’s speakers, and end with an exciting new way to round off your weekend. And if you usually come because of the music, visual arts, comedy or any other part of our full-to-the-brim programme, don’t worry, there’s information on that too… Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for Development, says a global response to the financial crisis can ensure these do not become ‘lost years in the fight against poverty’. One of five children raised by a single mum in London, David Lammy MP is
now Government Minister for Higher Education with a passion for getting young people to continue in post-18 education. Rob Bell, pastor of Mars Hill Church, Michigan, is author of Velvet Elvis and Jesus Wants To Save Christians. Greenbelt is his only UK visit in 2009. Rita Nakashima Brock is a leading theologian and co-author of Saving Paradise, one of Publishers Weekly’s top books on religion in 2008. Israeli Jeff Halper co-founded ICAHD, which campaigns against the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied territories. Alastair McIntosh is an expert on human ecology and sustainability. Radiohead’s
Thom Yorke called his book Soil and Soul ‘truly mental’. In the few years since Tamsin Omond graduated from Cambridge University, she’s founded Climate Rush, a group campaigning for environmental change. Executive Director of Holy Land Trust, Sami Awad works with Palestinians on non-violent approaches to end the Israeli occupation. Margaret Barker, Old Testament scholar and green theologian, has been called one of the most inspiring Christian teachers of our time by the Bishop of London. One-time priest Mark Vernon, argues that ‘passionate agnosticism’ is vital for the future of our planet and our souls.
More line-up Elsewhere, there’s another exciting and varied line-up of music, performing arts, worship, visual arts, literature and more. We’re pleased to announce the sixth-ever world performance of Sir John Tavener’s The Veil of the Temple, conducted by Steve Stroman. An eight-hour long, spectacular conception played all night and culminating in a procession through the Festival at sunrise, this is sure to be a highlight of the weekend. We’ve also got an acoustic performance from Delirious?’s Stu G, Shlomo & The Vocal Orchestra, thebandwithnoname, the Love & Joy Gospel Choir, LZ7 and yFriday, with many more headliners still to come. Worship styles are, as ever, wide-ranging, from goth to Quaker, rock to Taize.
Greenbelt’s Self-Portrait makes its return, alongside See Me, an exhibition created by children in the care system. Visual Arts and Literature will again make their home in The Hub, and other highlights to be found there will include novelist Jasper Fforde, and the innovative Living Library. This is an exclusive for Greenbelt – it’ll be their only UK festival this year – and offers festivalgoers the chance to ‘loan’ a person for an hour to hear their individual story and ask questions. Visual Arts will also be giving away a limited edition artwork from artist, author, poet and songwriter Billy Childish. Phoenix Nights’ Janice Connolly is one of the comedians who have been lined up, alongside Four Monks and a Nun and Mundo Jazz, the world’s funniest protest band. The Youth programme has been expanded and will take a different shape in 2009. Many of last year’s favourites are
returning to our all-new youth village The Shed, such as the skate park, podules and Fresh Talent Stage (booking forms on the website now), and live bands returning to the Underground. This summer there’ll be much more, including The Shack, a latenight café and The Showreel, a late-night cinema, plus an improved youth guide. We’re taking young people out of the familiar youth venues and helping them to explore the whole Festival; get ready... For children, Fischy Music and Tom Elliott will return, alongside Doug Horley and award-winning children’s author Sally Nicholls; and for kids and their parents, we’ve got two shows from CBBC’s Big Howard and Little Howard. And, in association with our partners Christian Aid, Stan’s Café will be bringing their fantastic and thoughtprovoking exhibition, Of All The People In All The World, which brings a whole host of human statistics to life, using grains of rice.
Keep Monday Special
Poor old Monday sometimes gets a bit overlooked. It’s the day when some Greenbelters are thinking more about packing away the tent than what’s on Mainstage. We felt a bit sorry for Monday, so this year we have decided to Keep Monday Special. So make sure you book Tuesday off work and come to the Grand Ball on Monday night, a joyous celebration with dance, cabaret and live music. You can show off those moves you’ve learnt in the tango workshops over the weekend, or
just dance like your dad at a wedding if you were too busy going to talks and watching bands. Bring your ballgowns and your wellies (no, really: bring your ballgowns, and your wellies) for the perfect end to your Greenbelt weekend. Details will be announced closer to the Festival – for all KMS-related news keep an eye on greenbelt.org.uk
Up to 50% off on Greenbelt recorded talks
Old news... The Greenbelt website allows you to buy talks recorded at the Festival over the last ten years. New news... Until 1st May, we’ve slashed the price of all talks... 50% off MP3s, 1/3 of CDs. Hop over to greenbelt.org.uk/talks, browse around and when prompted enter the promotion code ‘LONGNOW’.
We’ve added a stack of MP3 to our back-catalogue including new talks from Philip Yancey, Tony Campolo, Ann Morisy, Mike Yaconelli, Richard Rohr, John Smith, Jim Wallis and Brian McLaren. If you need a bit of guidance on what’s hot, you can now scroll through the fifty most popular talks, checkout greenbelt.org.uk/shop/talks/popular We’ve tidied up our MP3s – so they look and work great both on your computer and on any mp3 player. Delivery on CDs is now free on all orders over £20. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, we’re now giving away one free talk every month. If you’ve never sampled the goodness of Greenbelt recorded talks before hop over to greenbelt.org.uk/ blog, we’re sure it’ll leave your soul thirsty for more.
Give and receive
Angels are those Greenbelters who support the Festival by donating regularly. The heavenly support of our original Angels was instrumental in keeping the Festival going through a difficult time. Their money now provides Greenbelt with a consistent income, and this stable and sustainable base allows us to better prepare for future years.
There are almost 2,000 volunteers whose work allows Greenbelt to continue year after year. From those who work on site for the weekend to those who work throughout the year, Greenbelt is always thankful to everyone who gives up their time.
Could you be an Angel? Find out more by visiting greenbelt.org.uk/angels
Trust Greenbelt greenbelt.org.uk/trust This is Greenbelt’s grant-making group, which in the past year has funded projects such as Heavy Load, a punk-rock band from Sussex made up of musicians with and without learning disabilities; and Momentum Arts, teaching arts alongside next year’s Street Child World Cup. Designed to help those that work within Greenbelt’s ethos of arts, faith and justice, the next deadline for receiving applications is 31st May. For information about the application process and also details of where money raised so far has been given, go to greenbelt.org.uk/trust
For free Festival tickets and meal vouchers, plus the chance to make great friends and enhance your Greenbelt experience, go to greenbelt.org.uk/volunteer or email volunteers@ greenbelt.org.uk
Keep in touch my.greenbelt.org.uk my.greenbelt.org.uk is the new way of updating your details and letting us know how you’d like us to contact you. And once you’ve done that, why not register for Dispatches, our monthly email update, at greenbelt.org.uk/dispatches And don’t forget there’s also the all-new monthly podcast at greenbelt.org.uk/podcast, and the recently resurrected blog – go to greenbelt.org.uk/blog
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