Redemption Songs 25—28 August Cheltenham Racecourse www.greenbelt.org.uk Festival Guide £5
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contents. Useful information Welcome Angels Christian Aid Campaign Music Youth All-age Talks Literature Generous G-Store Pulse Partners Visual arts Comedy Performing arts Worship Trust Greenbelt Volunteers Credits Angels form
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Before you get started… some helpful information about Greenbelt 2006
There is a free Bio-Diesel shuttle bus service running between the Cheltenham Spa train station, coach station, the town centre, Hardwick Campus and the Racecourse. Service provided by Green Futures and Forum for the Future.
Located near the Arena, the Info Booth is the place to go for lost property or any other questions you have while on site.
Friday 08.00–23.00, Saturday 08.00–00.00, Sunday no service, Monday 16.00–23.00, Tuesday 07.00–14.00
Cash points. Can be found in the Hall of Fame and over in the Centaur Foyer (please be respectful of exhibitions and events when queuing in these locations).
Children and youth. Everyone wants children at Greenbelt to have a safe and enjoyable Festival, and we’re sure you understand that this is a shared task. So while we take full responsibility for them in the Children’s Festival and the Mix, we’d ask that you do so at other times and in other areas.
Come along to these sessions if… it’s your first time at Greenbelt A panel of Greenbelt veterans will do their best to answer any of your questions and help make your Festival experience a little less overwhelming
Lost property. Can be retrieved from the Info Booth during the festival or from the Greenbelt Office afterwards until end of September 2006.
Opening ceremony. Welcome to Greenbelt! Everyone is invited to come and experience the new big main stage for a whole lot of fun, participation and thoughts about the theme of the weekend in our wonderful opening ceremony! Poems, participation, prayers and music to help us all strike up on the right note. See you there! 17.20 Friday mainstage
Organic Beer Tent & Winged Ox. Please be aware that as the Organic Beer Tent and the Winged Ox venues are licensed to sell alcohol, under 18s will only be admitted if accompanied by a supervising adult (eg parent, guardian or group leader etc). Please do not drink alcohol in any other public area.
18.00 Friday Foxhunter Cabaret
you’ve come on your own? Don’t let it stay that way! Pop into the Angels’ venue for a cuppa, a chat and to meet others.
17.45 Monday Watts
We spend lots of time and money vibing the site and making it look great. So please look after the banners, flags, sculptures etc as we will lovingly re-use them. Also please do not use stickers at Greenbelt and if you do put up posters then think carefully about how and where you place them.
Facilities and treatment are available in the Medical Centre (by the Arena) from experienced first-aiders and health professionals.
If you need someone to talk with about current struggles, a difficult experience or issues emerging over the weekend, you can talk with one of our
11.15 Saturday Angels
you’ve got something to say Have your say about the Festival this year – the good, the not so good and the beautiful.
professionally qualified counsellors, male or female, in private. Sessions last up to an hour and can be booked to suit you. This is a free service offered for the duration of the Festival only.
17.00–19.00 Friday, 10.00–19.00 Saturday, Sunday & Monday Hatton’s Grace [Please note: if
you need emergency support outside these times please go to the Medical Centre.] Also in Hatton’s Grace
SafetyNet. An informal group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight and transgendered Christians, SafetyNet are a ‘metagroup’ working together across other groups and organisations to deliver Safespace at Greenbelt. Social Space Friday 19.30 Worship An emerging style worship service around the story of the transfiguration. Sunday 19.30
S:VOX Support groups for abuse survivors These self-help groups are exclusively for people who have experienced abuse: sexual, emotional, physical or spiritual, as a child or adult. We come together to share our experiences, recognising that we are all at different places in our journey. You are welcome to come along at any time, to share or just listen and ‘be’. The groups will run for two hours. There will also be information about support and healing resources available nationally.
a £3.00 ticket for a 15-minute shower. Please note tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis.
Special diets. If you have special dietary needs ask at the Info Booth about onsite caterers who offer suitable dishes
Speed dating. Christian Connection, the popular UK Christian dating site, is running a Speed Dating event for unattached Greenbelters to get together for a succession of approximately 10–15 minidates, each lasting about three minutes. Sign up 13.30 –16.00 Saturday Winged Ox
Speed dating 19.15 Saturday Crosby
Student Space A panel discussion with Christian Aid, Speak and SCM. First-timer or old hand? Ask any questions you may have about faith and social justice at university. 14.00 Monday Winged Ox
Those with disabilities or special needs.
As a condition of entry to the festival, all ticket holders consent to being filmed, photographed and recorded for usage in future Greenbelt publicity.
Greenbelt welcomes those with disabilities or special needs and is committed to making the festival as accessible as possible. An Accessibility Guide – with access routes and other useful information – is available from the Info Booth. We also have some large print information for visually impaired people. There is also a rest, recuperation and meeting room for those with disabilities and their carers run by L’Arche from 10.00–17.00 daily. The Info Booth can tell you where it is. They will also try to sort out any problems you have over the weekend.
Tickets for GB07.
Pop into the YMCA 24 hour cafe from 17.00 Friday and purchase
Can be purchased onsite at the Box Office Monday 11.00–16.00.
Saturday & Monday 19.30
Redemption Song Kester Brewin 2006
Oh you quavers and crochets, minims and breves, step down from clefs and forget your times: the strict beating of the 4/4 the 3/4, the 6 over 8 and sometime 7. Gather here with rests. And stop. The composer waits. Pen over paper. A dance in ink yet to begin in the mind and shiver down the spine to fingers clutching quill. The notes gather and listen, waiting to be born in rhythm, to flow under rhyme and skip with reason.
The sounds hold back, ready to pour forth their waves in full crescendo at his command: “Let there be music” And the song begins. The beat will drive and stamp its foot: No. No. No. The melody will persist while the harmony rejoices in hope and the lyric speaks out this shattering song of coming redemption. The conductor stands. The audience hushes. A breath is taken, a foot shuffles. The baton strokes the ending silence: one, two, three, four…
welcome. from the Chair Dear Greenbelter, The Song Remains the Same? Welcome again to Cheltenham Racecourse for the 33rd Greenbelt Festival, and thank you so much for coming. Once again, we’ve spent the year carefully considering how best to use this wonderful site, and we hope that you appreciate the hard work that has gone into making the space as effective as possible. We’re particularly proud of the new outdoor mainstage, so come and make an evening in front of some great music. We’ve also made special efforts to improve the provision on site for families and young people; with the all-age Messy Space venue, a Mobile Farm and a skatepark taking pride of place under the Tote Hall. After the huge push last year for Make Poverty History, with the WTO talks and the UN Development Goals, we might be left wondering if we have done all we can, if we have sung our hearts out. I’m sure you’ll agree as you experience the festival this weekend, especially in Christian Aid’s ‘The Beat Goes On’ campaign, that the march for justice goes on. Live8 may be over, but in the voices of a thousand artistes, the yearning for justice, the message of hope and the possibility of redemption are still heard. The Programming Group must be congratulated for drawing together a programme that showcases these voices in all their myriad cadences. In Michael Franti’s Spearhead we have a uniquely powerful and prophetic artist who is guaranteed to restart your dancing heart, and this spirit resonates throughout the rest of our programme of art, worship and talks. I hope that throughout the entire programme you will once again pick up the tune that we have been working out for over thirty years. The song never quite remains the same, but the soul keeps singing! As ever, we’d love to welcome you closer to the heart of what Greenbelt is doing. By becoming an Angel – one of our regular supporters – you can not only make a huge difference to the future of the festival, but get more involved in the wider community of Greenbelt throughout the year. Finally, I must say thank you to the Racecourse and its Managing Director Edward Gillespie; to our hardworking office staff who have all done such a wonderful job in delivering such a great festival; the Trustees and Management Group; to our Festival Operations team; to the 1000s of volunteers who help make the Festival happen; to our partner Christian Aid, our sponsor DFID and our Festival Associates; to Cheltenham and the local community for its support; and to you all for making Greenbelt such an amazing and special place. I realise that Greenbelt is not made from absolutely nothing, far from it – but from the seeds of time, skill and energy that many different people continue to bring to the event. So enjoy the weekend! Immerse yourself in music, in lyrics, in art, in community and pick up the tune of that great redemption song again.
Karen Napier On behalf of the Greenbelt Trustees, Management Group and Staff
Songs are strange beasts fathered by words and mothered by music. Being of this dual parentage, they are unique, delicate and beautiful children. Too often we want to separate words and music. Some of us feel redeemed by text, and rejoice in speech. We love to hear words crafted and honed, and worship a God who is the Living Word. Others of us get lost in music, and feel lifted by it. We are moved in ways that language cannot speak of, and brought to deeper understanding of things we can’t find words for.
But songs are unique. A song is both word and music, incomplete without each. And Greenbelt is a place where songs are sung: a place where text and music, reason and emotion, symbols and senses are melded together.
The American writer Walt Whitman once penned some lines called ‘Finally Comes the Poet’ in which he said:
Look around you this weekend, and listen.
After the noble inventors, after the scientists, the chemist, the geologist, ethnologist,
In talks you’ll hear music, and in everything you will find divine meaning. The tune will be complex and multitimbral. It may have dissonances or searing harmonies. And the lyrics will be rich. And funny. And thought-provoking. But throughout it all, in the visual arts, on the stages, in the theatres, round the tents, in the children’s areas, at the cafes, a song of redemption will be being sung.
After the great captains and engineers have accomplished their work,
Finally shall come the poet worthy of that name, The true son of God shall coming singing his songs.
Whitman was right. The true son of God is a poet, rich with words and dripping with meaning. But he is a poet singing songs: songs of redemption, songs of justice, songs of love. And Greenbelt is his bride who sings back, who harmonises, who resonates with this great song of history and hope. So, this weekend, as we think and listen and speak and sing and laugh and drink, let’s in it all sing into being that time when finally, when all else has passed, the captives will be freed and the oppressed will be unburdened, and hope bursts into song. Beki Bateson. Festival Director
Annie Lennox was wrong. ‘Must have been talking to an angel’ she crooned, ‘and he was playing with my heart.’ No. At Greenbelt Angels don’t play with the heart. They are the heart. While Greenbelt seeks to sing redemption songs, the Angels are the mighty band who make sure the beat goes on.
Don’t play with the heart. Be the heart. angels.
Greenbelt Angels are committed friends of the festival who put their money where their heart is by making regular gifts to Greenbelt. They currently provide around 14% of Greenbelt’s income and in the past few years this has really allowed the festival to spread its wings and begin to take flight again. Now this income is securing Greenbelt for the future, a festival for our children’s children, continuing the dream and journey of discovery that began in 1974 on a Suffolk farm.
Angels get a newsletter – Wing and a Prayer, plus an exclusive Angels area on the Greenbelt website. There are occasional one-off special offers and get togethers available to Angels, and all Angels get a free warm and fuzzy feeling inside for all the amazing support they are giving! If you’d like to help sustain, develop and dream dreams of future festivals for future generations, fly round to the Angel venue in the Pulse and join the heavenly throng. Alternatively download the Angel response form from the Angel section of the Greenbelt website or contact the office on email@example.com
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Angels have their own meeting place at the Festival and can be found hanging out in the Pulse next to Pru’s Café and the chocolate fountain – they know a good place when they see one! It’s a place to meet other Angels and is run by a dedicated team of Angel volunteers. This is the place to sign up to be an Angel, sort out any queries, spread your Angel wings and relax – the Quiet Garden will be available again this year for a moment’s peace. Collect an Angel discount card which enables Angels to snap up some offers around the Festival specifically for them. Make a daily date to drop in for ‘Afternoon tea with the Angels’ 16.00 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and listen to an Angel talking about their own ‘Journey of the Soul’. Other happenings with the Angels include a Samba session (watch the Angel notice board for timings) and a coffee break for those on their own at the Festival who might like somewhere to meet up with others. Last year over 125 Festivalgoers signed up in the Angel venue to join the mighty band and amongst other things helped to secure a new main stage, a better Festival for our children and an increasingly diverse talks programme.
Plus... Iona Greenbelters recently spent a week on Iona. A week there can be a transforming experience, and here are details of next year’s programme which may be of interest to you: Dreams, Visions and Reluctant Prophets This week will involve sharing both experience and ideas of how the emerging Church should respond to the emerging world. Led by Jenny Baker of Greenbelt and John Bell of the Iona Community. 14–20 April
Beyond Discrimination Exploring the connections between sexuality and spirituality. 16–22 June
Finding the Oasis A chance to get away, relax, meet old friends and make new ones in an inspiring and challenging programme linking faith and action. A week for 1830 year olds. 21–27 July
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The beat goes on. Last year at Greenbelt we invited you to join us in a simple ritual: to take yellow bricks and construct a ‘road’. A road that required hearts, brains and courage. We stepped out and put our feet down, and determined that we would not rest until we had seen poverty made history. One year on, we can see more than ever that hearts, brains and courage need to be matched with stamina. The road is long. It winds and twists and spins. When we think we can see clearly, political fogs roll in to confuse the issue. When it seems we are making progress, governments introduce contraflows and switchbacks and delays. So what should our response be? One of the wonderful things about songs is their ability to raise our spirits, restore our hope and fire the heart with renewed courage and energy. How do chain gangs go on? How do soldiers march on? They sing. The beat goes on, and the beat helps us to go on. Last year saw a huge stirring of this great song of freedom. Governments did make positive noises and some debts were cancelled. But there was little action on trade – which often cancelled out the positive effects of debt relief. So this year at Greenbelt we share with Christian Aid in reprising the song. Picking up the beat again, and hammering it out stronger and louder. How? Use your voice.
Use your hands.
Use your hips.
So use your head.
Firstly, make sure your name goes on our rhythm petition. Look out for it around the site with our team of Psalm Drummers, and add your voice to the call on the UK government to fulfil the great promises they made last year.
As you approach Christian Aid’s Performance Café you won’t miss our towering sculpture – bin drums acting as an awesome symbol of the noise we need to make! And we’re inviting you to make your own origami drum to add to the sculpture too so that by the end of the Festival it forms the perfect backdrop to our ‘beat goes on’ photoshoot – giving us a powerful series of images to accompany Christian Aid’s September delegation to Gordon Brown. (If you want to join in with this delegation, it’s on 14th September and full details will be available from the Christian Aid Performance Café.)
This year Greenbelt’s Performance Café will be hosted by Christian Aid, who will be bringing a brand new gig for Saturday night – the Beat Goes On cabaret. Jam packed with talent, bristling with wit and headlined by Coco Mbassi, it’ll be a night to remember!
Don’t leave the Festival without signing our rhythm petition Add an origami drum to our giant sculpture Come to the beat goes on cabaret on Saturday night
What do you think of when you hear redemption? Cashing in your coupons at the Kwik-e-Mart? The day England finally win on penalties? Or something a little more profound? Either way, here is a line-up
of artists to set your spirit soaring and emancipate you from aural slavery. And, for the first time since â€™99, you can let all that happen in front of an outdoor stage. Chill out, meet friends, make an evening of it.
Mood.â€‰Melody. Redemption songs. music.
She’s written with Steve Earle; the Dixie Chicks and Feargal Sharkey have covered her songs; she’s on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack; and she’s got a voice that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Can you think of any reason not to want to welcome Maria McKee to Greenbelt?
Stars don’t come much more stellar than this. His debut album spawned five Top 10 hits, including three UK Number Ones. To date the album has sold 1.7 million in the UK and 2.9 million worldwide. And he’s still only 26, the whippersnapper. Greenbelt welcomes Daniel Bedingfield.
In 1995 Kenny Anderson, then lead singer/songwriter for the Scottish bands Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra and Khartoum Heroes, launched his own label Fence with his own solo project King Creosote. His aim? To make home recorded music in as stress-free an environment as possible.
St Paul may have had something to say about the sentiment behind her 1993 album, You Gotta Sin To Get Saved, but even he would have found it hard not to tap his toes. She first created a stir with her band Lone Justice: they signed to Geffen in 1983; Bob Dylan and Tom Petty contributed songs to the first album; they supported U2. She told The Face in 1989 ‘we thought we’d be the first to change the face of country music, really shake it up…get it back to the rawness and punk energy it had in the beginning.’ And whether in a band, solo, or collaborating with other great artistes she continues to make that energy felt. She’s just made her sixth solo album – Peddlin’ Dreams – but already she’s thinking about the next step. As she herself says: ‘Who knows how the next record will sound? I certainly don’t. I just know that I’m staying in the moment now.’ Come and enjoy that moment.
By age six he was writing songs, by age nine rapping along to a boombox at school, and by age sixteen was composing on his first keyboard. But it was a song he wrote at the advanced age of eighteen – Gotta Get Thru This – that finally catapulted him to fame. Daniel’s astonishingly diverse debut album mixed frenetic drum’n’bass, classic balladry, funk, soul, ragga and pop. This heady mixture brought him adulation on both sides of the Atlantic, and he was riding the crest of a wave. ‘Whatever happens, I’m ready for it’, he said. Then, on January 2nd 2004, Daniel was cut from the wreckage of his jeep near Auckland, New Zealand, his neck broken. Lesser mortals might have thrown in the towel at this point, but Daniel is made of sterner stuff. His second album oozes a new confidence and self-belief – and to survive a near-fatal car crash and then choose to sing Dianne Warren’s song Nothing Hurts Like Love shows us the man has a highly developed sense of irony. ‘Now I’m just really enjoying life’, he tells us. Enjoy.
Reem Kelani was born in the UK, but raised in Kuwait by Palestinian parents, and has become an unofficial cultural ambassador for the art and poetry of Palestine. Time Out calls her voice an ‘awesome instrument...[Her songs] swerve between delicate, joyous, trancey, austere, boisterous and beautiful’.
21.45 Friday Mainstage
22.00 Saturday Mainstage
Kelani’s debut album Sprinting Gazelle taps into generations of material: some ancient, some from the refugee camps of Lebanon and some from across the Diaspora. One song dates from 19th century Ottoman rule in Palestine; others evoke the Bedouin tradition, but with all of them she wowed the crowds at Womad, leaving one reviewer gushing that ‘the sheer emotional power of it hits you right in the solar plexus’. Prepare to be overwhelmed. 16.45 Sunday Mainstage
Releasing a few CDRs through local shops, and with his brothers forming the beginning of a Fence Collective, they soon had their own shop and were packing out local venues. The CDRs started turning up in Rough Trade, Avalanche and Monorail by the time King Creosote’s debut proper was released. It was placed at No.5 in Rough Trades 100 top albums of the year. With the latest album ‘KC Rules OK’, Kenny has refined his folktinged pop sound, which oozes like delicious dark treacle from the speakers, full of calm confidence and imprinted with that stress-free vibe that he sought all those years ago. A delight to savour. 20.15 Sunday Mainstage
My Morning Jacket.
What happens when you get legendary British producer John Leckie, who moved the likes of the Stone Roses and Radiohead into new musical territory, to hook up with a band from Louisville, Kentucky, an ‘odd metro-suburban mix of stark industry and fine thoroughbreds and rock and roll fevers’? A fourth album that, raved Mojo, ‘is a religious experience. On every level it’s the stuff of revelation’ that’s what.
Every day, when she wakes up, she thanks the Lord she’s Welsh. Then belts out a hymn and a Bob Dylan classic before breakfast. The Observer calls the result ‘bewitching… strangely beautiful’.
To read singer Terri Walker’s CV you’d think she’d clocked up at least twice as many as her 26 years. She’s collaborated with Mos Def, Ben Watt and Jools Holland to name but a few, but has a sound that’s all her own: funky, soulful and melodic.
My Morning Jacket’s latest offering – ‘Z’ – has been collecting gushing reviews like that the world over. It is a record that the band are seriously proud of too. ‘We wanted to keep an aspect of what we’d always done,’ lead singer James says, ‘but also make something you could dance to or listen to while driving home. Hip-hop and soul music are unifying people right now. I wanted to incorporate that into our music; to make this really sad, mysterious kind of dance music, something that really got into your butt, but also really got into your head and made you think.’ They have succeeded beautifully in this unique sonic quest. Prepare yourself for an audio feast with flavours of The Flaming Lips and Neil Young, marinated in delicious reverb and a seasoning of reggae and country. Uncut summarized it beautifully: ‘If you felt there was something missing at the end of X&Y then you’ll find it in Z.’ A band to get your butt moving and head thinking? Sounds like Greenbelt to me. Excited enough yet? 21.45 Sunday Mainstage
Classically-trained Lleuwen Steffan grew up on a diet of hymnology and Billie Holiday. Since performing on Song For Wales she’s shared a stage with Bryn Terfel, and her latest album fuses jazz and Welsh Revivalist hymns in collaboration with pianist Huw Warren and saxophonist Mark Lockheart. Spine-tingling stuff and not just for those who know their Cwm Rhondda from their Hyfrydol. 14.00 Monday Centaur
Brought up on an eclectic diet of Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan and Millie Jackson, it was hearing Whitney Houston that finally made Terri want to sing for her supper. After training at the Italia Conti she worked as a backing singer with acts such as Shanks And Bigfoot, Young Disciples and Brand New Heavies. Unsure of her next move she decamped to Los Angeles. She planned to stay a week but ended up hanging with music industry contacts and returned with some demos under her belt. Soon enough the record labels were beating a path to her door, and she signed with Def Jam UK/Mercury. Her 2003 debut won her four MOBO nominations and a shortlisting for a Mercury Prize. Her next offering – L.O.V.E. – cemented her reputation but left her characteristically unwilling to remain in the same furrow. ‘It was then I decided that I had to make an album exactly the way I wanted it to be made,’ she tells us. ‘It was great fun.’ The result is her latest long player, I Am, recorded in London and mixed by the legendary Gerry Brown in LA. Now she’s itching to take the show on the road. ‘I want people to see me live, and I want to sing live,’ she says, and we say bring it on. 18.55 Monday Mainstage
Michael Franti & Spearhead. If the words ‘protest singer’ conjure up worthy-but-dull diatribes listened to in reverential silence by men in chunky sweaters, take a look at Michael Franti and Spearhead and think again. Franti’s music faces the demons of racism, militarism and globalization head on, whilst a Spearhead gig offers ‘part booty-shaking funk jam session, part soul deliverance, part cosmic transformation, and part social activism assembly, all rolled into one sweaty, sexy, raucous good time’. Franti hit the big time with the hugely influential and fabulously-named Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy in the 90s, taking inspiration both musically and lyrically from Public Enemy with hardhitting cuts like Socio-Genetic Experiment and Music and Politics. DHH supported U2 on the Achtung Baby tour and recorded with legendary beat poet William Burroughs. With Spearhead he continues to brew up an eclectic meltingpot of rock, reggae, dancehall, bossa nova, Afrobeat, and funk. Onstage and off he is active in movements against the death penalty, the prison-industrial complex and corporate globalization, and lyrics from his post-September 11 song Bomb The World have found their way onto many a peace activist’s t-shirt. Yet Franti’s music is shot through with life-affirming optimism. ‘My role is as a storyteller and a songwriter. I’m somebody who is trying to keep the spirits of other people up, despite all the chaos and fear around us’, he tells us. And a lifted Spirit is exactly what you’re promised at what could be a legendary Greenbelt night. 21.45 Monday Mainstage
music. Mainstage You’ll certainly want to make an evening of it with our compere for the weekend: Joe Fisher. Fast becoming one of the nation’s finest familyfriendly comedians, Joe has recently hosted some of the UK’s biggest events – the BBC Olympic Parade, Children in Need and Sport Relief. He’s spontaneous, loud and witty… And is looking forward to ‘the best gig of the year’ – right here!
Martyn Joseph. What would Greenbelt be without him? A lot quieter, for starters; noticeably less radical; and considerably less Welsh. Tom Robinson calls him ‘one of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today’, and Q magazine praises his ‘depth, resonance and emotional punch’. Greenbelt welcomes back Martyn Joseph. 20.15 Friday
Cara Dillon. Q Magazine calls her vocals ‘expressive beyond her years’ and folk music mag fRoots reckons she’s ‘amongst the very finest to be heard today’. And in her latest release, After The Morning, Cara Dillon believes ‘we’ve created an album with wide appeal without compromising what we do or where we come from.’ Modern folk doesn’t come much finer.
Blindside. Not only do Blindside rock, they know their way round a good tune: imagine Rage Against the Machine playing Franz Ferdinand covers. Noisy music connoisseurs Kerrang were at a recent London show and called them ‘wild and wonderful’. Formed in a Stockholm suburb – under the influence of American metal and grunge as well as the burgeoning Swedish alt-rock scene – they cheerfully admit that they started off with more enthusiasm than talent. 10 years, a relocation to the USA, and relentless touring later and the talent has more than caught up. Meet you in the mosh pit. 20.15 Saturday
All Star United. Over a span of eight years, 20 countries and 1000 live shows, GRAMMY-nominated party rock super group All Star United have become something of an international underground legend – even while achieving rampant radio success across a number of genres – with their tongue-in-cheek musings and instantly accessible hooks. They slammed onto the music scene in 1997 with an eponymous LP which earned a GRAMMY nomination for best Rock/Gospel album, breathing life into the collective consciousness and proving once again – in case anyone had forgotten – that rock ‘n’ roll is best when it’s fun.
Love & Joy Gospel Choir.
First came the Beatles, then Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Las… and now the Love & Joy Gospel Choir. This vibrant, multi-racial choir, based at Liverpool’s Temple of Praise, is the latest incarnation of the Merseysound. 17.55 Friday
He’s sold over 8 million records worldwide, won four Grammy Awards, had a US Top 40 hit with Just Between You and Me; and the Morrissey-esque swagger of his second solo album The Imposter proves that Kevin Max is much more than one-third of dcTalk. ‘I want to bridge the gap between Christian and
mainstream audiences,’ says Max. ‘I believe the only way I can have an impact on both is to take off the mask – no hiding my weakness and no apologies for my faith.’ No apology needed. 18.00 Saturday
yfriday. What with a new album ‘Universal’, touring the UK and Ireland in November, and fitting in Greenbelt somewhere in between, yfriday are keeping themselves busy, and the nation’s youth entertained, with their infectious brand of rocking worship. Cross Rhythms gave the ‘organic, stripped down rock sound’ of their last album 10 out of 10, calling it ‘simply excellent’. You’ll soon realise Y. 17.00 Saturday
Nizlopi. What do you do when Jamie Cullum calls you ‘the biggest duo in the world today’? Simple – release JCB Song and go straight in at Number 1. Luke and John met on the school bus when they were 13 and an infectious youthful enthusiasm continues to shine through in their music. They’ve played everywhere from living rooms to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire – and all with the same spirit of massive amounts of fun and audience participation. Go on – you’ll love it! 19.05 Sunday
Weapons Of Sound. In January 1993 the Weapons of Sound junk funk extravaganza began its frenzied journey through the uncharted realms of all things bashable. Kitchen sinks, gas pipes, shopping trolleys, plastic barrels, scaffolding . . . nothing escaped in the initial clamour to build bold and beatable instruments. Since 1993 the band have performed over 2000 gigs and led countless workshops, entertaining thousands of
people with their unique brand of funk-fuelled junk percussion. Weapons of Sound have performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, played by Royal Appointment at the Party in the Palace, launched the XBOX in Cannes and played Glastonbury and Reading Festivals. Now a professional crew of experienced workshop leaders and polished junkpercussionists, Weapons of Sound bring their entertaining and motivating show to Greenbelt – so bring something to smash! 18.00 Sunday
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The Ukulele Orchestra is a group of all-singing, allstrumming Ukulele players, who use instruments bought with loose change, and who believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele. The Ukulele Orchestra started as ‘a bit of fun’ in 1985 but after two gigs they’d been on national radio, and since then they’ve appeared everywhere from Ronnie Scott’s to Richard and Judy. You may be unsurprised to learn they cover George Formby; you may be more surprised to learn they cover The Buzzcocks. ‘Musical intelligence and levity are not incompatible’, they tell us. Toetappingly glorious. 15.15 Sunday
Candi Staton. The ‘Sweetheart of Soul’, Candi Staton is a veteran of both the gospel and the disco scene, her career riding roughshod over the notion of a sacred/secular divide. She’s just recorded a non-gospel album and tells us ‘There will be some religious folk that will come against me. They’ll be disappointed maybe that I’m singing love songs.
But I call them life songs. Just because you go to church you’re not alienated from life.’ We say amen to that.
Using the wonderful ambience of Centaur to the max, this year we’ve decided to present a couple of very special gigs each afternoon for you to savour, plus a one-off multimedia feast on Friday night.
Titus. Rock. Rock! Rock!! Titus promise to ‘rock your face off’. Now, I rather like my face. And yours is quite nice too. But let us put aside such churlish considerations, bite down hard on the Rock Sandwich, and Let The Rock Happen!
Fuse Factory. Fuse Factory, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, are an audio-visual band delivering a symphony in 3 dimensions. Multi-layered saturated video images, powerful and atmospheric electro beats and a feminine melodic voice are the components of the universe that invite total immersion, melting the boundaries between sounds, images, and vocals.
Fischy Music. Fischy Music will be bringing their wonderful sounds to the Children’s Festival with a set of songs chosen for the 4–11s. There will also be a performance for the older children, as well as a chance to take part in singing workshops – which will lead to those who want to be involved in the Fischy concert on Monday afternoon.
Martyn Joseph. Cara Dillon. yfriday. Candi Staton.
No one better embodies the dramatic transformation in the British Jazz scene over the past 20 years than Courtney Pine. The saxophonist has headed a new generation of exciting and innovative musicians who have chosen to turn their talents to the demanding requirements of jazz music, in all its shapes and forms. A Gold Badge Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, an hour-long South Bank show and a score of best selling albums: all this would make a Courtney gig at Greenbelt a fine enough event in itself. But this is a performer with many more dimensions. Educational worskshops, compositions for the definitive BBC documentary on Mandela and the Windrush Gala: Courtney Pine is a man with a keen eye on the past, and a vision of a more just future. This is jazz as redemption song: a simple head, with endless, complex, wildly various improvisations. Welcome back Courtney Pine. We know it’s going to be a pleasure. 15.30 Saturday
Brian Houston. Championed by Radio 2’s veteran DJ Bob Harris, a solo artist spanning 10 years and producing six albums, Brian has supported the gurus of music: Van Morrison and Elvis Costello and rightly relishes the stage. Influenced by Bob Dylan, and even taking inspiration from Elvis Presley, Brian will keep you transfixed to the end with his passionate delivery of well-crafted songs and searing lyrics – songs that have been recorded by producers who have worked with such diverse artists as Mike and the Mechanics and Tanita Tikarum. Brian is just about to release Sugar Queen – his debut release in the UK market – on September 4th 2006. Mojo has given it a 4-star review and Uncut called him ‘a writer of considerable warmth and wit’. 14.00 Saturday
Randy Stonehill. With over 30 years in the business you’d think he might deserve some time off for good behaviour, but elder statesman of the US Christian music scene Randy Stonehill just keeps going – he’s recently brought out his 18th album, Edge of the World. One of the original Jesus Movement songwriters, considered too noisy for the church and too Christian for the mainstream, Stonehill’s 1976 debut Welcome to Paradise was a rootsy folk-rock affair. Enjoying a few career twists and turns he continues to keep audiences across the world entertained with his ‘honest lyrics of faith, struggle and hope’. Right on, brother. 15.00 Sunday
A firm fixture on the list of Greenbelt favourites, Cathy Burton has a voice of emotional resonance and tender fragility that recalls pop goddess Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays. Not content with one string to her bow, Cathy’s a songwriter, performer, music scholar and teacher who has played all over Europe in venues such as Brixton Academy, Shepherds Bush Empire and Manchester Apollo. For her most recent album – Silvertown – she enlisted the support of Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue), Mark Kerr (Simple Minds) and Kevin Hunter (Simple Minds/Sheryl Crow) to produce material encompassing ‘falling in love, dealing with loss and seeing prodigals come home.’
Co-ordinated by Martyn Joseph, The Rising is Greenbelt’s songwriting circle. It is attaining something of legendary status for its mystical richness, sound professionalism and superb artistes. One of the finest opportunities you will have with some of the finest people in the business, so don’t miss it.
Performance Café This year Christian Aid has teamed up with Greenbelt in the Performance Café. Along with the usual stunning mix of acts, including several muchloved Greenbelt favourites, we’ll be bringing you top notch nosh courtesy of Nuts café, and fun filled mornings hosted by the Christian Aid team.
With: Dave Sharp, Rachel Taylor Beales and special guests 12.30 Saturday and Ben Okafor, Iain Archer and special guests 12.30 Monday
The Beat Goes On cabaret. A brand new gig for Saturday night – ‘The Beat Goes On’ cabaret. Focussing on the ongoing campaign for Trade Justice and jam packed with tunes and tales it’ll be a night to remember. With headliner Coco Mbassi, songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones, and a whole plethora of surprises.
Because We Can. Stewart Henderson, Martyn Joseph No frills or grand claims but just a stripped down album (and now performance) of songs and poems from Martyn and Stewart. Recorded earlier this year and then toured in the UK to great acclaim, Because we Can was immediately played by Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2 on its release and has quickly become a cult classic. The work is a culmination of 15 years writing together with the grizzled duo having received almost legendary plaudits from the likes of Q, Mojo, The Independent and many more. And because it’s Joseph and Henderson, this special, one-off performance at Greenbelt featuring material from the album will see these supreme performers bringing their trademark humour, irreverence, passion and ‘wandery thoughts’ before us.... Get there early. 15.00 Monday
Coco Mbassi. She played Live 8 at the Eden Project; she cites Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Handel’s Messiah as inspiration; she’s done backing vocals for numerous artists including Salif Keita and Manu Dibango; and her first solo album got her nominated for the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards in 2002. A multi-award winning singer burnished with soul, gospel, jazz and latin, Coco brings music from her native Cameroon and beyond.
Coco Mbassi. Shawn McDonald. Beth Rowley. Randy Stonehill.
Whilst many singersongwriters are content to pen easy ditties about their relationship disasters, Gareth takes the road less travelled and deals with issues of global importance, as the title of 2005 EP – Faith, Folk And Fair Trade – spelled out. And if you think this sounds worthy-but-dull, your fears will be dispelled as soon as you hear him.
Steve Stockman’s Redemption Songs . Each day in the Christian Aid Performance Café, Steve Stockman, with the help of guests, will be taking a deeper look at this year’s theme, Redemption Songs. Performers drawn from across the weekend’s programme will perform and talk about their own ‘redemption songs’. Add into the mix a healthy dose of banter, some poetry, special guests and contributions from a few wise men and women, and explore what it means to sing a redemption song.
15.30 Saturday, Sunday & Monday
Across the weekend Dave Sharp. Dave was lead guitarist and co-founder of The Alarm, and his first solo album, Hard Travellin’, was produced by Bob Johson, the man behind some of Bob Dylan’s finest moments. The Dylan influence continues to shine through in a style that has been described as soulful roots-rock and country-tinged acoustic folk. Sharp promises not to leave you feeling flat. 22.00 Friday
Quench. With an ever-developing sound and spiritual passion, Quench exploded onto the UK scene in 2001 with their unique brand of uplifting, exhilarating and energising alt pop/rock. With a combination of loud guitars, infectious grooves and harmony-laden hook-lines, Quench have firmly established themselves as Festival faves. 21.00 Friday
Shawn McDonald. US artist Shawn McDonald offers poetic pop, soulful howling and vulnerability with a nod in the direction of Damien Rice, Cat Stevens and Ben Harper. Gorgeous americana. 20.15 Friday
Singer-songwriter Yvonne Lyon is among the best and brightest emerging talent currently from Scotland. Her songs combine poignant lyrics and strong melodies with a voice that is both fragile and intense.
An intimate set before his full band gig on the Mainstage.
Beth Rowley. Got the blues? We know someone who’s going to soothe your worried soul. Oh yeah momma. With an exquisite vocal style and a gift for discovering the heart of a song, she breathes new life into the blues and has a voice to give Mahalia Jackson a run for her hard-earned. 19.30 Saturday
Bridgette Amofah. Bridgett Amofah cites Joni Mitchell, Tracey Chapman and even Queen as her muses… but, she says, she just loves all aspects of performing and recording, something she does regularly in all sorts of venues across London. 18.45 Saturday
Phil Campbell. Phil Campbell has a guitar, a harmonica and ‘songs that will stick in your head’, according to Radio 2’s Colin Paterson. Darned fine songs in the Ryan Adams/Bob Dylan mould. 18.00 Saturday
Garth Hewitt. Songwriter and author Garth Hewitt will release his latest album ‘Stealing Jesus Back’ (ICC) at Greenbelt. Produced by Paul Wilkinson (The Amazing Pilots) it reflects Garth’s raw country roots. Director of the Amos Trust, an organisation committed to issues of justice, peace, and human rights, Garth has been writing and recording ‘redemption songs’ for over 30 years. Greenbelt’s very own Cash. 16.45 Saturday
Uncle Stonehill’s Hat. With feather-donned top hat, Uncle Stonehill presents a oneman show with many voices, all of which are guaranteed to delight children of all ages. Underneath the hat is Christian Music legend Randy Stonehill, performing engaging and fun songs and characters from his ‘Uncle Stonehill’s Hat’ album that show how wonderful life can be! 14.00 Saturday
world with a whole host of fine musicians. He is currently working with Thea Gilmore and producer Nigel Stonier, and presents some of his wonderful material. 21.00 Sunday
Bodixa. Bodixa are a female fronted five piece from Leeds who produce a blend of emotive and beautiful music. Strong harmonies and a big helping of good song writing talent lie at the heart of their distinctive sound which won Michael Eavis’ vote to play the acoustic tent at Glastonbury in 2004, and won over audiences at last year’s Greenbelt. 20.15 Sunday
Having been a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral during his childhood, followed by studies in ceramics and art at college, David Clifton began his full time career as a musician, writer and artist when he signed to Virgin Records with the Indie Rock band The Sensible Jerseys. He continues to be a sought after session musician by the likes of Paul Heaton and delirious?.
Ben Okafor is no stranger to Greenbelt or the world music scene. He has long been a musical pioneer, fusing his beloved reggae with African folk-rock and jazz influences. His songs relate stories of injustice and cruelty at the same time as celebrating God’s indiscriminate love for humanity and making a subtle but compelling call to action. Listening to Ben’s music has your brain engaged, your heart torn and your spirit and your feet dancing. 22.00 Sunday
Jim Kirkpatrick. Jim is a talented multiinstrumentalist who has played his music all over the
Almost 10 years together now, Bell Jar are probably the most reclusive band to play at Greenbelt, preferring just to rehearse and keep themselves to themselves most of the time. But when they do come out to play... ooooooh! A bundle of melodic contradictions, somehow melded into a sound that is infectious yet deep, come and bathe in the Bell Jar oasis. Unassumingly beautiful.
Levi Weaver. Heart-rending harmonicas, guitar fingers strumming your pain, and a voice to soothe that pain: Levi Weaver puts you in mind of an alt-country Neil Finn. Born in Colorado and raised in Texas, and formerly of ultrahip band Stories Of London he will be performing material from his debut EP Civil War Between My Heart and Mind. 18.45 Sunday
Fair Witness. Edinburgh’s Fair Witness blend open-tuned melodious folk with the energy of acoustic rock, coupling pure yet high-powered vocals and fiddle with rhythmic, inventive guitar and bass. 18.00 Sunday
The Mohabir Sisters.
Erin returns to Greenbelt this year for her second Festival appearance after such a warm welcome last year. Having recorded her latest album ‘Songs from the end of my bed’ she will be showcasing these ‘honest and pure’ songs, accompanied by her chilled and intricate acoustic guitar playing.
Proving that contemporary gospel doesn’t have to be second-rate R&B, the Mohabir sisters – all six of them – successfully fuse vocal harmonies and spiritual vibes with beats and calypso flavours. Singing together all over the world, and dedicating their music to their late father, this promises to be a true highlight of the Festival.
Brought up on a diet of Joni Mitchell, Suzanne Vega, and the Beach Boys, Rachel TaylorBeales soon found her own voice, and a soulful, resonant voice it is too. She’s signed to Martyn Joseph’s record label and this year sees her on the road round the UK supporting the man himself.
A second chance to catch this Festival fave this weekend.
Paul Field. Ivor Novello winning composer, writer and singer Paul Field has written for Cliff Richard, Tammy Wynette and Michael English. Currently working on ‘Cargo’ – a major project dealing with the bicentennial of the slave trade, his work over the past 30 years has consistently shown his talent for tunes with teeth. 14.45 Sunday
Brian Houston. With a day to recover from his Centaur gig, catch Brian in refreshed lazy Sunday afternoon mode. 14.00 Sunday
Keith Ayling (Kato). It’s been 10 years since Keith Ayling announced the birth of his new band KATO at Spring Harvest. So it’s with real excitement that he is taking his first ever break/sabbatical in 2006. Greenbelt will be his only performance in the UK this year. 22.00 Monday
Nick Harper. Nick is a highly accomplished, truly virtuoso guitarist with a delicate and soulful voice and wonderful original songs. His third album ‘Harperspace’ secured his place at the forefront of a new generation of British acoustic performers and, as such, this promises to be an enthralling performance. 21.00 Monday
Formerly a solo effort with various bits of electronic trickery to multiply the racket, Atlum Schema is now a threepiece, with beats, samples and guitar. The sound is inspired by ‘that mish-mash of noise you get at bowling alleys’, with a haunting and industrious energy underpinning the beautiful melodies and soundscapes. 19.30 Monday
Dan Wheeler. Expect a set of well honed acoustic gems from songsmith Dan Wheeler. The 2004 release ‘Long Road Round’ marked Dan out as a fresh talent, and he looks set to build on that reputation with the follow-up ‘Seven Kinds of Grace,’ due out this September 14.00 Monday
Note for a Child.
Described by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris as ‘perfect’, Note For A Child blend percussive rhythms, subverted dance beats and hooky grooves, and float haunting melodies on top.
Elliot Jack make heartwarming electronica using a mish-mash of guitars, pedals, loops, samples, eighties keyboards, a melodica (whatever one of those is) percussion and occasional vocals. The end result is music lovely enough to warm the heart of a cadaver.
Jon Gomm. ‘One of the world’s most successful, gifted and inspirational guitar players’, according to Acoustic Magazine, Gomm uses one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, bass lines and sparkling melodies all at the same time. With material that draws inspiration from sources as diverse as Robert Johnson, Radiohead, Roni Size and Prince, this is your chance to catch the man people have called the new Hendrix. 18.00 Monday
Shaico. Shaico is the new collective formed by Shay, formerly of Greenbelt favourites Why? Shay’s been known to play the bazouki and the didgeridoo. Think Jack Johnson and Jose Gonzalez and look forward to summery acoustic jazz-folk. 12.00 Monday
Note for a Child. Jon Gomm. Cathy Burton. Verra Cruz.
Stage 2 Packed to the rafters with sweaty punters (that’s you), the best in new and upcoming rock ‘n’ roll bands, a dash of hard rock and our fantastic headliners, Stage 2 is the place to be for those in the know.
ICC Showcase. Long-time Greenbelt associates, ICC Records are a flourishing Christian record label based in Eastbourne on the South Coast, specialising in elevating rock and ethereal Celtic sounds. Showcasing their latest talents, these will be the acts to look out for.
Finchley. Definitely one to check out, Ian Finch has moved on from guitar and writing duties for Supervision to bring you a set of beautifully mature and crafted songs that will surprise and inspire alike. 14.50 Sunday
The Harbour Lights. The Harbour Lights began life in early 2005 acting as house band for regular Derby event Soul Café. Their genre-defying blend of sounds has been described as Urban Folk, but we suggest you come along and find out for yourself. 15.20 Sunday
Electralyte. Electralyte call themselves ‘a crowning glory in intelligent rock’. They’re cagey about their influences, so may we invoke Robbie Williams covering The Divine Comedy? Hummable tunes a-plenty. 16.10 Sunday
Meltdown Hard Rock sessions. The Meltdown Hard Rock sessions have a very simple brief: to bring you the very best in hard rock music. Over two afternoons you can expect the loudest, hardest, finest rock and roll music in a venue that simply cries out for hard dancing to match, with a PA cranked and tuned to the max.
Radiate. Radiate are a three piece rock band with a fresh vibrant sound. The band has a rich mixture of abrasive vocals and grinding guitars against a backdrop of punishing rhythm and gut wrenching bass, yet all with the most soulful of melodies. 15.00 Saturday
Zealous. Zealous’ energetic, tight and powerful shows make them a live act to be reckoned with. Once described by Sandman Magazine as ‘Tibetan Grunge’, Zealous draw musical influence from whoever they deem fit, from Pearl Jam to Neil Young, creating a sound that envelopes the listener. 15.40 Saturday
For the Day of Redemption. For the Day of Redemption are an exciting act within the Belgian hardcore scene and have gigged solidly for the past two years, putting in appearances at a number of festivals in Europe. This gig marks the start of their first ever UK tour. 16.20 Saturday
Through Solace. This hard-working band hail from South Wales and are set to become one of Europe’s premier heavy artists. They are a live force to be reckoned with fast and furious gigs leaving audiences begging for more. 17.00 Saturday
Releasing their debut album ‘Love stories and Lies’ in March, 2006 saw My Spoon touring relentlessly around the UK and now here they are at Greenbelt for your listening pleasure!
The Steels. The Steels are an exciting, edgy 3-piece rock band hailing from Northumberland. Their guitardriven live sets jam packed with intensely catchy melodies have astounded music lovers all over the country and more recently Europe. 15.40 Monday
Mammuth. Swedish Hardcore rock band Mammuth wowed Greenbelt in 2004 with their aggressive, spiritual and desperate rock. They are currently exploring the culture of Swedish hardcore but without compromising with the beautiful melodies and intense emotions that have been integral to the band’s success. 16.20 Monday
Firefly. Firefly are a firm favourite within the UK hard music scene. Producing progressive hard music, this is one of the countries finest Christian bands. Taking their faith and their music very seriously, this is a band not to be missed. 17.00 Monday
Incorporating funk, jazz and indie into their all-out rock base, Numinous have always resisted jumping on bandwagons, doing their own thing even when it would be easier to fall in line with the latest short-lived trend. It’s a mix that has attracted a sizable following in Ireland, so this is a great chance to find out what’s been stirring. 20.15 Friday
Verra Cruz. Verra Cruz rock, and hard. They’re busy touring and building up a loyal fan base on both sides of the pond. Their debut album Emancipation Day comes out this year. Catch them at Greenbelt before they go supernova. 21.30 Friday
Supervision. If you like your rock big, bold and tuneful, Supervision are your men. With chugging guitars and anthemic choruses, they’ve taken inspiration from Audioslave and Foo Fighters and made a sound all of their own. 22.45 Friday
Gamine. Film noir, showgirls, torch songs, French words, pretty dresses: these are some of the things Gamine like. They also like to soothe and unsettle all at once, to provoke and reassure and entertain, to make the unfamiliar familiar, and the familiar unforgettable. Gorgeously moody melancholia tinged with jazz, country, tango and romance. 20.30 Saturday
Butterfly Polite will be showcasing their new album ‘The Mess We Made’, full of Sarah’s honeyed vocals and painted with a full pallet of glockenspiel, violins, flute, harmonica, guitars and percussion sounds. Tales of green-eyed envy, blue nights and red letter days are presented in full techni-colour glory.
Replenish are a three-piece guitar-based rock band from the south coast of England who mix fat riffs, gutsy lyrics and hooky melodies. Jam Magazine says ‘you may have heard this type of music before, you just may have never heard it sound so good’, and who are we to argue?
Their myspace tag is ‘silent screams of suburbia’, but Stop! Thief! are anything but silent. There’s more than a little of the energy and stylings of early U2 going on here. Expect chiming guitars and driving rhythms.
One Life Left Offer glimpses of the transcendent in the grit of the everyday. Revelation Combine electronic music, trance and house beats, dancing and creative worship. NLighteN Promise honest, truthful indie in the mould of Coldplay, Athlete and Delirious. Jessi Markee At the grand old age of 20 she’s been compared to Sheryl Crow and KT Tunstall. Luma The sweep of U2 and the melodies of Teenage Fanclub. Lovers Electric Engaging indie-pop affair, biting but never vicious, sweet but never saccharine. Hey Gravity! Two-girl/three-boy rock and roll song machine with attitude.
Jersey’s own Bowie, with a bit of Buckley thrown in for good measure, Kit Ashton’s music is a blend of alternative rock and pop. Even Sir Paul McCartney is a fan. Before graduating from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Kit had the honour of a jam session with the legend who pronounced his music as, ‘Brilliant. Great stuff – really beautiful songs.’ 23.00 Saturday
Linchpin. They met three years ago at a South London skate park. They have lovely hair. And 30,000 people downloaded their first music video. Linchpin have a tight, rocking, Foo-Fightersmeets-Fall-Out-Boy sound that belies their tender years. 20.35 Sunday
LZ7. LZ7 is the latest offering from the Manchester-based outfit that brought you the World Wide Message Tribe. An energetic and explosive combination of rock, hip hop and tough street beats, LZ7 bring their noisy gospel to schools, prisons and events across the UK and Europe. 21.45 Sunday
One Nation. Get down! One Nation bring a global sound to Greenbelt, blending latin, jazz and drum & bass, funk and world rhythms. They are ‘one of the most exciting crossover funk acts in Britain today’ according to The Godiva Awards, and if your toes aren’t tapping and your hips aren’t swaying even just thinking about them then you probably ain’t got no soul. 19.15 Monday
Crew Party. Bring your own dance routines, and enjoy 20 minutes with legend Griff Pilchard while the Crew present a selection of music from at least 20 years ago! 20.30 Monday
Also featuring see daily diary for set times
Friday Black Box Diaries New school pop-punk group or ‘Busted with a hangover’. Clarky Cat Self-styled ‘Nottingham-based anti-ponce punk band’.
Sunday The Cedars South-west London outfit with a passion for worship. Death is not Welcome Here Post-hardcore band who are ‘a full-on declaration’.
Monday Crave High-energy melodic rock, Northern Irish boys with amps on 11. The Reign Singing ‘a brand new song.’ The Cadets Oodles of get-up-and-go and a kitbag full of epic indie tunes and youthful exuberance. Salvage Massive songs and melodies that get under your skin. Malago Beautiful, aggressive melancholic pop; the fresh sound of Bristol.
LZ7. Jessi Markee. Death Is Not Welcome Here. Lies Damned Lies.
Foxhunter cabaret Three enthralling performances, plus a chance to hear some fresh sounds with our demo critique session.
Sweeney Astray Celtic Nature Poetry & Music Sweeney Astray is a collection of early Celtic nature poetry that powerfully speaks to our need for a Christian ‘deep ecology’. Alastair McIntosh reads and explores this to Martin Donnelly’s enchanting songs. 16.00 Saturday
Lies Damned Lies. Lies Damned Lies are Steve Butler, Charlie Irvine and Dot Reid, and are a veritable legend. They have been making music together since 1989, initially with Virgin and Stewart Levine, but latterly producing their own moodier, tersely controlled fragile sounds. Join them for the latest installment of their wonderful journey of thought and sound, commitment and discovery. It’s a gift, strong in their chemistry, generously offered. 22.00 Sunday
Demo Critique Session. Come and hear a panel of music industry insiders, consisting of experts from across the business, including A&R and radio, offer honest feedback and constructive criticism of demos submitted by bands, songwriters and musical performers from all genres. Maybe a chance to spot a star in the making. 17.00 Monday
Recycle Collective: Improvisation. Since its inaugural performance at Greenbelt 05, Steve Lawson’s monthly ambient improv night, The Recycle Collective has played host to some of the
finest improvisors in the UK and beyond. Steve brings the project back to Greenbelt with a set that will include tracks from Steve’s brand new solo album, Behind Every Word, his duo with jazz singer Julie McKee, and a host of special guests for a collective finale that promises to be one of the musical highlights of this years Festival. 19.00 Monday
Winged Ox bar The Winged Ox has fast become one of Greenbelt’s most eclectic venues, where you can get a drink, chill out and catch some fabulous tunes from some our finest musicians and artists. (Please be aware that the Winged Ox is licensed to sell alcohol, so under 18s will only be admitted if accompanied by a supervising adult (eg parent, guardian or group leader etc).
Rock/Alt./Folk Greenbelt Folk Club. Come and join us at the Greenbelt Folk Club to sing a song, play a tune, tell a story or just listen. Our definition of folk is broad and encompasses everything from unaccompanied traditional songs to the song you wrote last week. Beards and sandals welcome, but not compulsory. 14.00 Saturday and Sunday
Ollie Heath Brighton based, Ollie writes positive and spiritually inspired music and lyrics to the early hours in a stream of consciousness. He doesn’t plan it, he just creates with no constraints, attempting to be as hollow a reed as possible. Come and hear the results. 17.00 Saturday
Steve Lawson & Julie Mckee. A musical match made in heaven, divine jazz-influenced vocalist McKee and acclaimed solo bassist Lawson give a fresh spin to the pop canon, from Sondheim to Soundgarden. Unmissable. It’s be a little bit jazzy, a little bit soulful, and there’ll definitely be a whole load of songs you’ve heard performed in a way you almost certainly haven’t! 20.30 Saturday
Andy Thornton. Andy Thornton has been writing songs since the day he first picked up a guitar at age 14. His instinct for telling a story is only equalled by his passion to get beneath the surface of everyday life and unveil the secrets of the human heart, whether it be anger, frustration, tenderness, wild love or the hope of justice. 17.00 Sunday
in camera. Dave Perry and Leah Marshall cite Leonard Cohen, Billy Bragg and Joni Mitchell amongst their influences; and their intelligent lyrics and dreamy vocals serve as glowing testaments to excellent musical upbringings. 16.00 Monday
dfg. dfg are perhaps the first truly post-modern wind quintet. Abandoning traditional wind instruments for poetry and guitars, and slimming down to just three members, they have taken this classical form to a new level. Dolphins, arise and eek. True love may wait. The queue for the door on this one won’t. 17.00 Monday
Hip Hop/Club/Pods Some serious vinyl slamming and mike control in what is fast becoming one of the UK Christian Hip Hop scene’s essential meets. Plus the essential sounds of Musicology bringing you dance classics from throughout the decades.
Cypher. Cypher is an annual gathering of Christian rappers, producers, djs, graffiti artists and break dancers from all over the UK, attended by about 200 hip-hop practitioners. This year, in addition to the usual gathering, Cypher are bringing the party to Greenbelt, for everyone to enjoy – this show will be amazing; a real one-off – featuring a whole bevvy of UK Christian hip-hop performers, including HLI, Custodians, Shambles, 29th Chapter, members of Zion Noiz and many others! 20.30 Friday
The Austin Francis Connection. The AFC bring their unique brand of chilled out, laid back, tongue in cheek, acoustic hip-hop to Greenbelt. The three gents in question are Edi (Vocals), Mark (Guitar) and Hobbit (Beatbox) and they create hip-hop unlike anything you have heard before – they describe it as ‘acoustic hiphop for you... and your mum!’ – a soundtrack to summer barbecues, cricket matches and beach parties. Not to be missed! 16.00 Saturday
Baila and Para. Baila and Para are the two turntablist Grand Masters from GB favourites No More Horses. Deft digital dexterity on the 1210s, live percussion and freestyle rapping bring it all together for a very special performance. 21.30 Saturday
Humanbeatbox.com. The best human beatbox showcase you’re ever likely to clap ears on. 20.30 Sunday
Rita Ray (The Shrine) . Rita Ray is a renowned global club and radio DJ who revitalised the world music scene in 1990s London with the Mambo Inn club nights. She is the co-founder of the Afrobeat riot that is Shrine and tours with the Shrine Synchro System where rappers, musicians and dancers are invited to jam over her beats all over Europe and Africa. Bring your noise! 21.30 Sunday
Isms and Schisms. Looking back, looking forward: Goldie, IKON, Russ Jones, DJ Rap, Future World Funk, Abundant, Rudeboy Rupert, 148, Gilles Peterson, DJ Vadim, Spoony, Dreemteem…looking back, looking forward, recreating all these flavas, representing the clubbing traditions of the last three decades of Greenbelt and creating new trads for today. Some cheese and plenty of edgier dancefloor fillas. Be prepared for just about anything you can dance to! Friday 70s | Saturday 80s | Sunday 90s | Monday noughties 22.30 Each night
Play and Tell. Play and Tell, Greenbelt’s very own iPod show, returns for a third year – and this time it’s bigger and better than ever! Sign up on the door on the day, bring your iPod (or similar) play your favourite tunes and explain why they are important to you. In Monday’s show, host Pip Wilson will be interviewing special guests about their playlists too! Sunday 16.00 and Monday 20.30
Classical In true Greenbelt fashion, our classical music programme has concerts for the well versed, and events to show everyone else that classical does not by any means equal stuffy!
Concerts to listen to… Robin Stevens. Robin Steven’s pieces combine ardent lyricism with rhythmic drive and a rich harmonic palette. The Manchester-based composer introduces and performs his own compositions for cello and piano, together with the First Cello Suite by J.S. Bach. 20.00 Friday Foxhunter Cabaret
Emerald Strings. Comprising guitarists Robin Burgess and David Merrin and violinist Jonathan Acton, Emerald Strings is a brand new collaboration drawing on Robin and David’s passion for Spanish guitar music coupled with Jonathan’s chamber music background . 12.00 Saturday Christian Aid Performance Café and 18.00 Saturday Foxhunter Cabaret
Open Chamber. The audience is invited to watch as a group of Greenbelt musicians come together to rehearse and perform a classic piece of chamber music. 14.00 Saturday Foxhunter Cabaret
[rout]. Visceral, experimental music that often tends to the periphery, be it maximal, minimal, subliminal, deafening, barely audible. Music by Alvin Lucier, John Cage, La Monte Young and James Tenney. Essential listening from one of the UK‚s finest experimental groups. 16.00 Sunday Foxhunter Cabaret
A&M is a group of classicallytrained musicians from a central London church who fuse contemporary compositions, improvisation and classical repertoire in worship and concert performances. This recital will comprise a variety of works for combinations of piano, violin, oboe and guitar, including pieces by Arvo Part and James Dorman, the group’s guitarist.
David Beaman returns to the Festival to rehearse and conduct the gathered voices of the Scratch Choir for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, accompanied by the Greenbelt Festival Orchestra. Due to limited stage space, those who attend all rehearsals will be given preference for Monday’s performance with the orchestra on Mainstage. Rehearals
Greenbelt Festival Orchestra.
20.00 Sunday Foxhunter Cabaret
2006 is Mozart’s anniversary year, so we are concentrating on preparing the score to his Requiem for a performance on Monday with the Scratch Choir. 16.30 Monday Mainstage
Music to take part in… Singing Workshop. with Kate Thomas Kate teaches from a conviction that all of us have a singing voice and can learn to use it. Come along and have a go at singing some great songs from around the world. 19.15 Friday Istabraq Bar
Kids Choir. Anthony Wilson returns again to fill these rehearsals with fun and great music, all preparing for the Main Stage performance on Monday! Parents are welcome to stay during the rehearals. Rehearsals 09.00 Saturday & Sunday Istabraq Bar & 10.00 Monday Mainstage
11.30 Monday Mainstage
17.45 Saturday & 17.45 Sunday Istabraq Bar
‘Harmonic Temple’ singing workshops. Harmonic Temple workshops are participatory and uplifting. Learn beautiful spiritual chants together and work with the Othona Community to create devotional harmonies. 19.30 Saturday & 19.00 Monday Watts
You’re in the press, the politicians keep talking about you, shopping centres don’t seem to like the way you dress. But who cares – we love you! Greenbelt’s Humanic and Mix programmes are once again so humanely manic it might need an ASBO
to keep it all under control: 24-hour café, music, sport, chat, debates, workshops, graffiti, justice, skateboarding and a whole host of other sane madness spread across the festival. This is one weekender you’re not going to forget for a long time!
Young, gifted and unwashed. Yes you. youth.
humanic. 14–18s YMCA 24-hour Café Humanic’s Grand Central, this is where to find out what’s going on, when and with who. All in a dedicated area. Hang out. Call it home. As if their 24-hour Café hasn’t been enough over the past few years, YMCA also bring a climbing wall and a volleyball court too. All in the outdoor Piazza where you can chill, chat and a chew the fat. Open for the full 345,600 seconds of the festival! Throughout the weekend YMCA will be hosting a range of talks, performances, debates and worship experiences:
Win an iPod! Check into Humanic on Friday night and you could win an iPod! (Winner announced 16.00 Monday during Humanic feedback session.) If you are 14–18, come down to Humanic on Friday night, meet the team and sign up for The Academy workshops before it all kicks off with a grand opening karaoke and disco. 17.00 Friday
Late Night Kitsch Radio Show. It’s chat, it’s live bands, it’s guests, it’s games, it’s carnage, it’s spiritual enlightenment. It’s on every night. Join your hosts Phil and Richard and their special guests each night as they take a wry look at Greenbelt through the eyes of some of its contributors. Kitsch because they haven’t heard of Ikea yet, and radio…well, we’re not quite up to podcasting yet. 23.15 Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Talks and debates.
Prepare to meet your maker and tell him what and where you’re at. It might be quiet. It might be loud. It might involve tea-lights, space hoppers, video, bits of string, iPods, MCs, wotsits and guitars. It might be church. But not as you know it.
iThink Nano. The 10-minute talk 10 minutes to change your life. 10 minutes to make you think. 10 minutes to make you mad. Each day, someone from the main talks programme will hold forth on life, love, music, God, footy, hate, cussing, kissing, justice, parents, pressure. It’ll all be here. Small but perfectly formed.
Eden A youth service based in West Sussex, bring their winning blend of multi-media, relaxation, participation, reflection and exploration to Humanic for an alternative service where all journeyers are invited. 21.00 Friday
Sounds of Salvation Skanking! A hyperactive act of worship, this Ska Mass will feature lots of skanking (ska dancing) to original material as well as some old classics. 19.00 Friday, 15.00 Sunday & 21.00 Monday
Eden and Dwell Eden team up with Dwell to bring you worship with a rockedged. Dwell have just released their debut EP ‘It’s Been Too Long’ and gig regularly in the South. Put your hands in the air!
12.00 Saturday & Monday
Humanic debates Yeah, but no, but yeah but no. Everyone has their opinions, and we want to hear yours! A daily debate going straight to the heart of the issues that matter. Doing it my way. Sex and singleness Sex before marriage, singleness, masturbation, guilt, joy. This debate, featuring, among others, Jude Simpson and Rachel Gardner (Romance Academy), promises to go all the way. 16.00 Saturday
Journey into Wholeness Chris and Tina Adams work for Kenilworth YFC, and are launching us onto a journey into wholeness. It won’t be instant. It will be the ride of your life.
Making charity history? So does giving money to charities really help? Or is the money we give going down the drain until trade gets fairer and governments less corrupt? Come and join Phil Smith (Traidcraft), Dean Pusey (Southwark Diocese) and Adam Tyndall (No Presents = No Poverty) to thrash out the issues.
Plus… Breathe worship installation A chance for you to catch your breath – an oasis of calm in the swirl of a busy Festival. Breathe gives you space to think about yourself; about other people; about this planet that we share; and about God. Play with Mr Potato Head, touch the Spirit, ask where God is and more in this interactive art installation that will give you plenty to think about.
Am I what I have? Nick Buxton was a participant in BBC2’s ‘The Monastery’ and Joanna Jepson is about to become the first ever chaplain to the London College of Fashion. Nick and Joanna challenge us to hack away at the overgrown path back to the Desert tradition of our Christian forefathers and mothers. Can we get there without stripping away all the stuff we love to possess?
Everyday Breathe installation tent
Humanic feedback Your chance to give your views on what you would like to happen at Humanic. Was it hit, or miss? A panel of young people share their ideas for future Humanics and you can hear how you can get more involved in shaping it all. Find out if you’ve won an iPod. 16.00 Monday
Beyond Ned Flanders According to Homer he’s holier than Jesus but maybe Ned diddly Flanders isn’t the best role model out there for young Christians after all. Phil Smith is an ethical-living enthusiast, blogger, DJ and theology graduate and wants to make us think about what it means to be an ethical young Christian today – from fair trade to not funding war. 14.00 Monday
Performances. Ritmo Unido Escola de Samba Direct from the Copa de Barnsley, this vibrant community band perform a wide range of Samba styles, which are guaranteed to set everyone moving. Keith J. Ramskill (Musical Director) has formed and nurtured this band into one of the finest UK samba bands over the past decade, with appearances at numerous events. 20.00 Friday
Godspell This radically retooled version of the smash hit musical Godspell does away with the tie-dyed t-shirts and dares to wonder how Jesus would have put his message across today. The Prodigal Son directed by Tarantino? Faith, hope & gaffertape theatre company presents this unmissable show – conceived, rehearsed and performed in less than a week by a group of talented 13–25 year olds. 14.00 Saturday & 17.30 Monday
Globalistic A month ago this talented team of young Christian Aid supporters was challenged to write, produce and perform a brand new Trade Justice road show in just a week! Here’s your chance to see what they created – expect a montage of real life stories, original songs and driving African drums. Preceded by a concert by songwriter and campaigner Martin John Nicholls at 13.00. 14.00 Sunday
Sing out against slavery Dignity is what we all deserve. And ‘Dignity’ is a presentation of traditional and new songs, words and dance focusing on women and their fight for freedom. West African rhythms, gospel and folk from the UK and Eastern Europe combine to raise awareness about people trafficking and sexual exploitation. Don’t miss Ali Bullivent’s incredible musical fusion. 17.00 Sunday
Ceilidh It’s always oversubscribed. It’s always a laugh. It’s like a dance mat – only in real life, and it’s a great way to make new friends! A partner-swinging extravaganza of Scottish and country music. So retro, it’s cool. With Hetty Pegler’s Tump. 19.00 Sunday
One Nation One Nation are ‘one of the most exciting crossover funk acts in Britain today’ and bring a global sound to Greenbelt, blending latin, jazz, drum & bass, funk and world rhythms. 21.30 Sunday
Street songs from Kenya. A London youth group have been visiting street children in Kenya, and taking them on a camping holiday. Come and hear them perform songs from their CD which have been inspired by their visits and also hear about their experiences. 13.00 Monday
Central African Dance Remember the excellent Rwandan youth group who did worship for us last year? They’re back to perform some of their other material – traditional dance, singing and drumming, as well as talking about what their lives were like in Rwanda, the genocide and what their lives are like as young refugees living in Britain. 15.00 Monday
Greenbelt FM Direct from the YMCA café, a live broadcast Humanic show featuring music, chat and special guests. Come and be a part of it – make some noise.
22.00 Friday, Saturday & Monday
The Academy A venue dedicated to trying it out, having a go, doing something new, improving something old – all led by experts, by the people who know, the professional artists and performers. This could be the start of something amazing. Come along and sign up for your chance to win an iPod! And if you leave us your mobile number you’ll even get a reminder when your workshop will be taking place. Sign up Friday 17.00–20.00 or Saturday 09.00–11.00 to book your chance to do:
Saturday am Drumming with Hootdrum
Monday am Origami mobiles Mime and movement Monday pm Drumming Laminated Bookmarks Puppets Pray with Clay All Day Monday Ugandan Xylophone One of the amazing giant wooden xylophones in the world is coming to Greenbelt! More than fifteen feet long, these things have a rich and powerfully hypnotic sound. Get a group together to play! Plus in the Club As well as our Academy workshops, pop up to the club if you wanna have a go at DJing, mime, dance, light juggling, salsa and tango, MCing and Beatboxing. Various times, check daily diary for details
National Hunt & Festival Suite Thinking and dancing. Get your head round some issues, and then your headspins on the dance floor. And, if you’re a youth leader this is your place of retreat, reflection and recharging (except when the club’s in full swing, of course)! The evening club events are aimed at all those aged 14 and up.
Saturday pm African Dance African Drumming Balloon Modelling Circus Skills Drama
Sunday pm Cartoon Drawing Card Making Creative writing Musical Workshop with Weapons of Sound Samba drumming T-Shirt Art
iPod event Bring your ‘pod, share your choons, impress each other with your amazing music taste.
Before the club kicks off, a series of special gigs brought to you by the One Step Beyond team.
29th Chapter Kicking righteous hip-hop! 21.00 Friday
HeadLighter Islanders Who can speak into the rifts that isolate us? Maybe it’s Sensay and The What Supreme who together comprise HeadLighter Islanders, a Muslim/Christian hip-hop team for a time such as this. 21.00 Saturday
The Austin Francis Connection The AFC bring their unique brand of laid back, tongue in cheek, acoustic hip-hop. 21.00 Sunday
Club nights. Worship in the club style 22.00 every day
Gospel House praise Friday
Urban Spirit with Lee Jackon Saturday
Divine Beats from Aorta Sunday
Transcendent Communion Monday
All moving seamlessly into the late night club session to keep you pumping. DJ Soul Solution and Transfiguration Friday
Youth leaders As well as providing a packed programme for teenagers, we’ve also put together a series of workshops, talks and discussions aimed at youth leaders. For more information on these innovative sessions, pop into the Youth Resources stand in the Pulse, and make sure you get to the youth leader breakfasts. Saturday
50 Ice Breakers per hour with Paul Niemiec All age worship in rural areas with Sally and Sean Robertshaw Am I bovvered, should I be bovvered, are you bovvered? Current trends in issues effecting young people and youth work – a panel with Pam Richards, Bishop Roger Sainsbury and Paul Niemiec Sunday
Multi-media resources for Youth Workers with Steve Martin and Mark Montgomery
Hip Hop and R&B Lee Jackson, DJ Proclaima, Sammy G and MC Aaron Reilly
Binge drinking on the Living Water A draft of the good drop with Fuzz Kitto.
House, Breaks and Beats Aorta
Creative Arts in Youth Work with Deborah Foreman
‘There are some right little …’ How to deal with difficult young people. With Steve Martin and Tim Evans.
Trance / Progressive House closing party with Paul Cooper and Transfiguration.
Plus... Special sessions helping you ask the big questions such as Who am I? with Judy Reith and Sarah Rose 12.00 Saturday
Where is God? A creative exploration for all ages with Lat Blaylock 14.00 Sunday
Where is God Calling Me? with Brother Paulo of Taize 14.00 Monday
Youth Leader breakfasts. Join Mark Montgomery and John Baxter-Brown to learn how to make things absolutely fabulous for you back home. And, on Monday, make sure they go down the road, across the town, around the world to see how crossing boundaries can transform you, your youth work and your young people. 10.00 Saturday and Monday YMCA 24-hour Café
Across the site Skate Park. Including: two fly-offs, two launch ramps, an adjustable grind rail, an angle grind box, a manual box, a two-foot quarter pipe, a fly-off platform, and a two-foot flat bank. Don’t forget your board!
Graffitti Installation. Redemption Songs as you’ve never seen them before. Witness – and be part of – the construction of a live Graffiti installation. Plus: Graffiti workshops
Saturday & Sunday afternoons Tote Hall
Sign up at the Skate Park.
Battle of the bands. Fender Guitars are putting up the prizes and the bands are now all chosen! Come to hear Point Blank, The Decadents, AOTC, SomethingABOUTnothing and Take Off Your Shirts do battle in front of our judging panel of A&R guys, radio reps and the Fender man himself! 17.25 Sunday Stage 2
The youth work team. A new innovation for Greenbelt this year. You won’t miss their distinctive jackets and t-shirts, and they’ll be up for footie, to give a helping hand and generally make sure everyone has a great time any time from 11.00 to 02.00. Catch one in the Humanic area during the day, or round the grandstand and youth camping area at night. With thanks to Oasis Trust.
the mix. 11–14s
The Mix is top – Big Top! We have our very own fully equipped venue kitted out in a very funky 70s stylee, all with a tip top programme jam packed with speakers, bands, interviews, games, workshops and theatre from early until late every day. And no, mum, you don’t need to come – it’s all supervised!
Shows. Stepping Out! Fun, games and special guests in our opening show. Find out what’s happening in The Mix over the whole weekend. Meet the team, and enjoy those all important safety announcements! Friday 17.30
Stars in their Eyes Are you a Budding Britney or a Wannabe Will Young? Then Saturday night is your chance to shine. Warm up your vocal chords and keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet! Friday 19.00
Feel the Noise Fun, messy games, prizes, lots of silliness and – of course – the Mix dance! Saturday and Monday 10.00
The Last Dance Your last chance to dance, play, swap numbers and say goodbye to all the new friends you’ve made over the Festival. With a few surprises thrown in too! Monday 19.30
Late Night. Cathy Burton Cathy has played everywhere from the Brixton Academy to the Manchester Apollo and now she’s coming to the Mix! An amazing voice and an amazing song-writer, Cathy well deserves her place as one of Greenbelt’s favourites. And now you can have her all to yourself. Friday 21.15
Praise Party ‘Okey Dokey, Hokey Cokey, I will praise you karaoke!’ Everyone wants children at Greenbelt to have a safe and enjoyable Festival, and we’re sure you understand that this is a shared task. So while we take full responsibility for them in the Children’s Festival and the Mix, we’d ask that you do so at other times and in other areas.
Reflective Worship With Graeme and Deb Goodman. How in tune with God are you? Maybe you’re a clanging cymbal, a gentle flute, a thrashing guitar, a booming drum or even a stand-alone triangle! Whichever, come and explore the rhythm of life – it’s a wonderful thing. Sunday 21.00
Workshops. The Mix is the place to get stuck into new stuff. It’s not about sitting back and falling asleep, but getting up and getting involved – workshop style! Drumming Hootdrum is an urban drum and percussion workshop company bringing drums, bins and general rubbish together with one goal: to make some serious noise! Their theory is that ‘everyone is a drummer’, and their aim is to have some fun, and inspire everyone to keep the beats going throughout the rest of the day. Saturday 17.00
Circus Skills Steve Washington returns to the Mix with instruction on the diabolo, plate spinning, the devil stick, juggling on a string, ball juggling, fun wheels and stilt walking. Beginners welcome! Sunday 17.00
Dance with tbc Your chance to learn a fantastic dance routine ‘pop style’. You’ll be taught how to warm up and warm down properly, and learn a routine that you will perform to each other as well as all together. Sunday 17.00
DJing Learn how to mix it with the best of them!
Saturday and Monday 17.00 The Club: National Hunt and Festival Suite
Panpipes Get the cool South American vibe going with panpipes. Experts Caliche will be getting everyone making beautiful noises in no time at all. Trust us – this is one workshop that won’t blow! Monday 17.00
Creative Writing Fancy yourself as the next Rowling or Pullman? Or just want to make your MySpace read like a dream? Whatever you want to write, come and get some expert advice from writer MI McAllister. Monday 17.00
Bands. Mowglee Their win of a Gospel Entertainment Music Award and their recent signing to Brokenrule Records has only confirmed what is already widely known, that Mowglee are fab! Not only that, but they are a band on a mission: to save the UK, the world, the universe and anywhere else from bland, uninspiring and ordinary music. Friday 20.00
tbc As sister band to thebandwithnoname, tbc’s explosive pop music coupled with amazing choreographed dance routines has already seen them playing stages across Europe and all over the UK where they have so far had a phenomenal response. Sunday 19.30
I’m a Survivor! Gavin Robinson speaks to over 23,000 young people in over 80 schools each year, and we’re really excited about him coming to offer wisdom on how to live life! He co-ordinates YFC’s programmes – Rock Solid, as well as rs2, mettle and Youth Alpha, and we think this makes him just the right person to do three sessions on:
Mountain Biking Viney Hill will again be providing mountain biking and team games over the weekend. And look out for tournaments happening each day. This year sees a whole host of new team games and tournaments, as well as a great mountain biking course.
Surviving Family Saturday 12.00 Surviving School Sunday 12.30 Surviving Church Monday 12.00
Is Poverty History? Christian Aid will be bringing us right up to date on what has happened in the Make Poverty History campaign, and what you can still do to force governments to help the poor. Last year was an historic year for campaigning, and this year the very wonderful Christian Aid Youth Team will be telling us how we can still join the rhythm for change over three sessions: Beating at the Door
What Make Poverty History achieved. Saturday 14.00
Beaten but not Defeated
What there is still to do. Sunday 14.00
The Beat Goes On
How we can continue to make a difference. Monday 14.00
Saturday, Sunday & Monday 16.00
Greenbelt has become renowned for being one of the best family festivals on the planet, and, as part of our fantastic all-age programme there are loads of great festival things especially for children between 0 and 11
throughout the weekend. This year we are beginning to make the Childrenâ€™s Festival more of a reflection of the main Festival and have included more artists and performers that can be seen elsewhere around the site.
Make a song and dance. Do it together. all-age greenbelt.
all-age greenbelt. Children’s Festival. with support from Ecclesiastical
Run by very dedicated workers aiming to give every child a great time, come and join in the fun and make puppets, do junk sculptures, watch films, sing songs, go to the Farm and do some dancing – not necessarily all at the same time! Remade! Arts session including clay, junk sculptures, Fischy Music and puppets. 09.45 – 12.15 Saturday
Retuned! Fischy Music workshops, Hootdrum concert, making music with recycled stuff and puppets. 13.45 – 16.15 Saturday
Restored! Performance-based session including dance workshops, Weapons of Sound, storytelling and puppets. 13.45 – 16.15 Sunday
Refined! Circus-based session including Roly Bain the clown, circus skills, panpipes, performances and workshops, cinema, facepainting and puppets. 09.45 – 12.15 Monday
The Children’s Festival is growing and adapting to provide top-quality care as well as a stimulating programme for our 0–10 year-old Greenbelters. Entertaining, inspiring and caring for children of all ages, the Children’s Festival is divided into age-specific venues: Crèche. 0–18mths Full baby sleeping and changing facilities, push-chair services (for crying children), bottle and food warming, and bathing every night 19.00–21.00 (Monday 19.00–20.00). (Any food/drink provided for crèche children must be made up and in clearly labelled containers).
Toddlers. 19mths–2yrs, 11mths These have two venues, each broken down into smaller units so that they are not too overwhelming, and all actionpacked with sticky finger craft, music and movement sessions, puppets, toys, games and fun. Pre-School. 3yrs–starting school in Sept ’06 These now have four venues and all their own Greenbelt toys, trikes and games, with face-painting, fun and lots of laughter. Please note: Snacks for children under three are provided (cheese biscuit, raisins, and water) so please do not provide a snack unless the child has an allergy. For children over three there probably won’t be time for snacks, but please provide them with a drink! Sunhats are also advisable, and please pre-apply suncream when necessary. Infants. Post-reception/Yr1/ Yr2 The infants will have their time jam-packed with circus skills, puppets and parachute games and visits to the Farm. We will be musical with Fischy and Hootdrum and creative with artists who will be sharing their skills in making junk sculpture and clay houses. A biblical theme will be illustrated in a practical way throughout the sessions. Juniors. Just completed Yr3/Yr4/Yr5 The juniors will have visits to the Farm, workshops of every description from clowning to drumming and sculpture to dance. Our very own outside stage will include performances from Fischy and Weapons of Sound, and have a biblical theme.
Registration All children who are going to enjoy coming along to the Children’s Festival need to be registered before their first session. Registration begins at 18.00 and goes on until 21.00 on Friday evening when children and parents are welcomed into the area to have a peep and to fill in the registration forms. Registration will take place within the appropriate age group venue. Once the Festival has started it is still possible to register at the start of a session, however it is better to come along to the Friday session if possible. Entry to the Children’s sessions Although the Children’s Festival can cater for nearly 700 children in a session, some age groups do get oversubscribed early and so we operate an entry system. One hour before each session is due to begin we give out entry passes for the session. This is done from a desk outside the main entrance to the area. We will have available there enough passes to match the team that we have on duty for that session. Please come along to the front desk and collect your pass and then feel free to circulate around the area or join one of the queues at any of our three entrances. We will advise you which is the best entrance for you to wait by. When you get to your age group venue please hand in your entry pass. This year we will have four pre-school venues and two toddler venues and these will be colour coded. If you want to go back to the same venue for each session you attend then simply ask for the appropriate coloured token. If we still have space in that venue then we will be happy to let you have a pass for it.
Special Needs If your child has a special need please let us know at the gate as sessions begin. Permission will be needed in writing (on the registration form) and arrangements made with the SEN team to administer antidotes, e.g. adrenalin pen, to severe allergies. Asthma inhalers should be clearly labelled.
Messy Space (Cottage Rake). Like a huge version of your living room over the summer holidays, the Messy Space is the place for the whole family to hang out and do stuff. There will be games for kids all weekend, special events like Godly Play, bedtime stories from Bob Hartman and John Taylor, and talks from Rachel Waddilove and Sue Mayfield. And just next door to this happy riot of a fun lounge? A fab café where everyone can grab a coffee, refuel or just chill out. So grab a kid, let them make havoc, and enjoy the messy goodness of the whole thing all without having to clear it up! Hurrah! NB Godly Play is for very limited numbers only, and the venue will be closed during these sessions. Please sign up in the venue to experience this unique and fun way of telling and entering into the great biblical stories. See daily diary for timings
Miller’s Ark Animals. We are so excited about having Miller’s Ark at the Festival this year. Their ‘mobile farm’ concept is simple: bring animals and children into close contact to inspire respect and interest in the environment, in a really exciting and safe way. The Ark includes lambs, calves, African pygmy goats, piglets, donkeys, huge Brahma chickens, ducks and geese in a pond, giant rabbits, Maori
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Kune Kune pigs, guinea pigs and a farm dog! The emphasis is on touching and feeding the animals to build confidence and awareness, and there will be very popular demonstrations throughout the day including grooming and handling. All the animals are very friendly, have been home-reared and are very well looked after. Come on down, ee-ei-ee-ei-oh!
Activities checklist. Here’s a quick guide to loads of great activities suitable for children and parents all round the site. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult to all these sessions.
Across the site. The Festival site is designed to be family friendly, with plenty to look at and interact with around the place. Families in particular will enjoy the Clay City and hands-on art tent. Look out for the sheds and worship shrines dotted about the site, and head for the Labyrinth (in the Betting Hall) and the Breathe installation for fully interactive worship experiences. Watch out for The Beat Goes on installation outside the Christian Aid Performance Café and run, walk, skip or crawl the Grass Maze behind the Arena. Make a beeline for the new outdoor Mainstage – perfect for making an evening of it and, of course, don’t miss the Big Screen, back by popular demand and featuring a large dollop of family entertainment all weekend!
All weekend. A quick rundown of those events that are running each day, or require a bit more participation… Joe Fisher’s Family Fun fest 10.00 Saturday & Monday and 14.00 Sunday Arena
Children’s Choir Rehearsals
09.00 Saturday & Sunday Istabraq Bar 10.00 Monday Mainstage
Day by day checklist.
By no means exhaustive, but a guide to some highlights for the family to go to together.
Wild Goose Big Sing
19.00 YMCA 24-hour café 19.00 Wesley
Taizé Service of Light
Welcome to Greenbelt Opening Ceremony
(for ages 8 and up)
11.30 Monday Mainstage 17.00 Saturday, Sunday & Monday Children’s Festival tent
St Mike’s family worship
09.15 Saturday Stage 2 20.00 Saturday Children’s Festival 09.00 Monday Foxhunter Cabaret
Cartoon and stop frame animation workshops
18.00 and 20.00 Saturday, 16.00 and 18.00 Sunday and 10.00 and 12.00 Monday The Tank
Big Intent theatre company Children’s Theatre rehearsals 14.00 Saturday, 12.00 Sunday, 11.00 Monday CMS
14.00 Monday CMS
The Arty drop-in bit
17.00 Friday, 10.00, 16.00 & 18.30 Saturday, 15.30 & 18.30 Sunday & 12.00 & 16.00 Monday Traidcraft
DFID The Race Against Poverty Up to eight teams compete in this giant board game to see who can be first to achieve one of the Millennium Development Goals and strike a blow against poverty. Choose from a DFID donkey, an Oxfam ox or a UN llama, and answer questions or perform challenges (can you dance like a Maasai?). There’s even a fighting-poverty prize for the winner! The $1-a-day menu Come and see some examples of the dishes available to the billion people in the world who live on less than $1 a day – that’s less than 55p. As well as seeing the food, you can find out how it’s made. There’s also an ‘a la carte’ menu, so you can find out what extra dishes become available to people as they rise out of poverty.
Saturday. Psalm Drummers workshop
10.00 Christian Aid Performance Café
Judy Reith and Sarah Rose Who am I?
12.00 Club (National Hunt and Festival Suite)
Cardboard Citizens Samba workshop 12.30 Angels 14.30 Traidcraft
Jan Dean Children’s poet
12.30 Children’s Festival tent
Camille Cowe Toddlers dance workshop 12.45 Istabraq Bar
Paul Cookson and Stewart Henderson Tickling in Public 13.45 Watts
Uncle Stonehill’s Hat
14.00 Christian Aid Performance Café
Faith, hope & gaffertape Godspell 14.00 YMCA 24-hour café
Muyiwa and Riversongz worship 20.00 CMS
Monday. Muyiwa & Riversongz worship 09.00 CMS
Playing with poverty workshop 10.00 Christian Aid Performance Café
11.00 Christian Aid Performance Café
Val Bloom Children’s poet
12.30 Children’s Festival tent
Wallace and Gromit –The curse of the were-rabbit Screening followed by Q&A with Nick Park 12.30 Big Screen/Arena
MI McAllister Reading followed by Q&A with children’s author 14.00 Children’s Festival tent
African body percussion workshop 10.30 Traidcraft
Fischy Music family concert 15.30 Mainstage
Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus
L’arche Standing on holy ground
17.30 Monday Centaur
Coral Rumble Children’s poet
Monday 17.30 YMCA 24-hour café
Lacey Theatre Company Looking for the Liberator
12.30 Foxhunter Cabaret
12.30 Children’s Festival tent
14.30 Foxhunter Cabaret
Sanctuary Family alt.worship
15.00 New Forms Café (Gold Cup)
(for ages 8 and up)
Faith, hope & gaffertape Godspell Muyiwa and Riversongz worship
Everyone wants children at Greenbelt to have a safe and enjoyable Festival, and we’re sure you understand that this is a shared task. So while we take full responsibility for them in the Children’s Festival and the Mix, we’d ask that you do so at other times and in other areas.
When talk is cheap, it’s just all talk. But when it yearns, reaches, probes and refreshes it becomes more than just words. Then talk becomes a song that is as redemptive as one that is sung; that sparks conversations about life, the
universe and everything. And we’ve assembled a cacophony of conversationstarters in a talks programme that is as deep as it is wide. So come on, let’s talk it up, out, round and over. Let our words become like redemption songs.
These words will change your life* talks.
talks. Fran Abrams.
Fran has worked as the education and Westminster correspondent for major daily papers. In 2002 she published ‘Below The Bread Line’ – her account of her time, commissioned by The Guardian, working as a night cleaner in The Savoy hotel. Her latest book ‘Seven Kings’ is a vivid insight into the daily life of seven average teenagers over the course of a school year.
Kristin is senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Derby, and has also taught at the University of Westminster and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. She has spent almost a decade researching and publishing on gender in contemporary evangelical Christianity in the UK.
Urban teenagers – ASBO kids or new apostles? As Fran worked on ‘Seven Kings’ she was struck by how deeply religious most of the teenagers in her book were, and how this contradicted so much of the downbeat talk about religion and youth. So will the next generation be more religious than this one? 15.15 Saturday Watts
James Alison. James is a Catholic theologian, priest and author. He has studied and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the USA as well as his native England. He earned his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Dealing with the clobber texts Does the Bible have anything at all to say about homosexuality? Reading texts through the eyes of the Attorney for the Defence (and what else is a ‘Paraclete?’) will give us the outline of reasonable doubt. 10.00 Saturday Crosby
Who sacrifices whom to whom? – Undergoing atonement This will be a two hour session, of a meditative and prayerful nature. It will be divided into three parts – Liturgical, ethical and personal – so as to give participants a sense of Atonement as something undergone: an ancient liturgy and an entirely modern sense of being reached and re-created. 17.45 Sunday Watts
Single women and the church By 2010 single women will outnumber married women in the UK. This session explores the lives of single women in society and church and asks how we might orient ourselves to this important and diverse group. 15.15 Monday Hall of Fame
Dave Andrews. Dave has lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalised groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal for more than thirty years. Dave’s passions are radical spirituality, incarnational community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation. Practising hope in despair Global realities give us grounds for despair. Nevertheless, we must not be so depressed we become dysfunctional. This talk will explore how to cultivate seeds of hope in the grounds for despair. 12.30 Saturday Watts
Being the change we want to see We can’t change anybody but ourselves. This talk will explore how we can practise the be-attitudes and be the change we want to see in the world. 12.30 Sunday Centaur
Nick Baines. Nick is the Bishop of Croydon and used to be a professional linguist. He has written four books, broadcasts regularly on national radio and TV and does interfaith dialogue in Central Asia.
God on our side? How do we know when the Church is being either prophetic or just blindly resistant to the Spirit? How do we judge whether ‘conservatism’ or ‘liberalism’ is more ‘orthodox’ or ‘biblical’? A look at culture, language and association in relation to collective worldviews.
Contemporary church – Are we ready to meet the social justice challenge? 11.4 million people still live in poverty in this country, the fifth most affluent nation in the world. What differences can the church make? Do we need to think again about being salt and light in our communities?
David is active as a journalist, university professor, social activist and business entrepreneur. He is the Executive Editor of Sojourners magazine, has received two national journalist awards and been named the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at the University of San Francisco for his work in technology and ethics.
John is an itinerant member of the Iona Community who has written a few songs, authored a few books, visited a few countries, met a few people and seen a few things. Among his spiritual ancestors, he is pleased to recognise Ehud the Benjamite, Mary Queen of Scots and Ned Ludd.
12.30 Saturday Hall of Fame
What should I do with my life? Unpacking vocation; David offers clues for finding jobs and projects that fit your calling. 11.15 Saturday Wesley
The seven keys to living justly Practical steps for applying social justice to our work, family, and community. 12.30 Sunday Wesley
Elizabeth Bayliss. Elizabeth is director of Social Action for Health and has worked among Soho’s homeless women and set up a housing association for single people. Creating a living community We all live in communities of one sort or another. But how can communities be created, and why are they good? 15.15 Saturday Hall of Fame
Fran Beckett. Fran began her career in social work, and is now Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund, which she joined having had the same role at the Shaftsbury Society. Originally from Somerset, she is now a committed inner-city dweller.
12.30 Saturday Wesley
An emasculated Jesus in a defeminised church An attempt to liberate Jesus from being a passive imp and the church from being masons in mufti. 15.15 Saturday Wesley
Whatever happened to heaven? Since Yuri Gagarin circled the earth and failed to see God on a cloud, the venue and significance of heaven has taken a nosedive. Here it is relocated. 16.30 Sunday Wesley
God bless Adam and Steve? The registering of civil partnerships creates a dilemma when both parties are Christians and ask for a blessing. The issue and the scriptures are here revisited. 16.30 Monday Wesley
Christopher Booker. Christopher has established a reputation as one of Britain’s most original writers and journalists. The founding editor of Private Eye, his books have ranged from The Neophiliacs to The Great Deception (2003) and the hugely successful Seven Basic Plots – Why We Tell Stories (2004) both published by Continuum.
The seven basic plots of storytelling A whistle-stop tour of the entire canon of literature, revealing the seven basic plots behind all stories. 12.30 Saturday Crosby
Why do we tell stories? How the seven basic plots present us with a unique mirror in which to see how human beings work, and the true nature of good and evil. 16.30 Saturday Crosby
Naima Bouteldja. Naima is a Muslim activist and freelance journalist. Representations of Muslims and Islam in the media Covering the treatment of contemporary issues related to Islam, this talk will look at (mis)representation, and the dangers this could present to society by reinforcing national identity on the one hand, and radicalisation on the other.
Campaigning with emulsion paint and handcuffs Meet Christian Aid’s new head of campaigns: Paul Brannen will share inspiring stories from a career campaigning for justice and creative ideas for more effective campaigning. 15.15 Monday Watts
Kester Brewin. Kester was a founder member of Vaux, a collective of artists and city-lovers exploring the divine in the urban. In 2004 he wrote The Complex Christ – exploring the issue of the emerging church – which has subsequently been published in the US and Germany. Dirty Theology Jesus is held up as purely divine, but enraged his contemporaries with his radical attitudes to dirt. What can we learn from this dirty theology he practised, and where are the Tricksters practising it now?
17.45 Monday Crosby
14.00 Sunday Hall of Fame
Jean-Claude Bragard & Anna Cox .
Jean-Claude and Anna are the producer/directors of Miracles of Jesus, the landmark BBC 1 series. Miracles of Jesus • This ground-breaking series focused not on whether the miracles happened, but what they meant to the people who witnessed them. Jean-Claude and Anna talk about the the making of the series, the problems they encountered and how they overcame them. 15.15 Sunday Sovereign Lounge
Paul Brannen. Paul was Christian Aid’s first campaigns team leader (92–97), a role he has now returned to after work with the leadership development organisation Common Purpose and an ‘illuminating’ ten month global role within the research department at HSBC.
Michelle is currently Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the University of London and a Lay Canon and member of Chapter at St Paul’s Cathedral. Her publications include The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe and How Christianity Came to Britain and Ireland. You’re history – How people make the difference How have people secured sustainable social change? And what effect does the Christian outlook have on our view of history?
10.00 Saturday Sovereign Lounge
Alistair Carmichael. Alistair is MP for Shetland and Orkney. Representing these 31 islands means a lot of travelling and talking to small groups of people. He is an active member of Amnesty International.
‘I was imprisoned and you visited me...’ Kenny has been on death row in Ohio for 19 years. Amnesty International describe this as one of the most compelling cases of apparent innocence they have encountered. Alistair Carmichael has campaigned to support Kenny Richey’s case. He speaks about his experience of visiting him on death row in 2003 and about the death penalty. 11.15 Saturday Crosby
Shane Claiborne. Shane is a 30-year old ‘extremist for love’ with homemade clothes and dread-locked hair whose diverse ministry has seen him working with Mother Theresa and Willow Creek. With tears and laughter, he unveils the tragic truth of our world and the incredible hope of ‘another way of life’. Big beasts and little prophets On the margins of empires and markets, small Jesus communities have long practised radical interdependence and hospitality. New and ancient stories of folks becoming the church they dream of. 10.00 Saturday Wesley
Holy mischief Prophetic stunts and theological pranks – imagining ways of interrupting the destructive patterns of our world with ways that pro-testify something better. Circus performers welcome! 17.45 Sunday Wesley
Loving the hell out of people The gates of hell cannot prevail. Shane will share about the triumph of love and scandalous grace amid war zones and ghettoes. 17.45 Monday Wesley
John Davies. John is a Church of England vicar serving two vast housing estates on the edge of Liverpool. He leads workshops exploring an urban theology of place, is a member of the Iona Community and a published poet. Reading the everyday We spend most of our lives with the mundane and the ordinary, but scratch the surface and everyday life is endlessly fascinating. Explore how we may learn to appreciate it. 16.30 Sunday Hall of Fame
Jenny Dawkins & Adrian Platt. Adrian and Jenny work in the campaigns team at Christian Aid, challenging the structures that keep people poor, shouting about justice and kicking each other under the table. Jenny goes jogging at lunchtime and Adrian makes flapjack. The beat goes on Come along to hear the latest on the Trade Justice Campaign, why the government should cut funding to the IMF and World Bank and how to change the world with a drum. 17.45 Sunday Hall of Fame
Maggi Dawn. Maggi is a former songwriter and is now an Anglican priest. Having read theology at Cambridge she stayed there and is now Chaplain and Fellow of Robinson College. Rhythm of the saints Exploring the traditional cycle of the Church year, from Advent to Lent, Easter to Ordinary Time, Maggi asks what contemporary relevance it has for emerging spirituality.
16.30 Saturday Sovereign Lounge
Bill first caused public outrage with his 1987 ‘Justified Ancients of Mu Mu’ project by including snippets of Thatcher’s speeches, an Abba single and various BBC broadcasts. In 1992 his band the KLF exited the music business by machine-gunning the Brits audience with blanks. He later ‘burned a million quid’, cut up his favourite painting, and quite enjoyed himself here last year.
Kathy is the Leader of the Iona Community, and lives in Glasgow. She is a practical theologian, campaigner, writer and story-teller and the major focus of her work has been with social justice, especially women and people living in poverty.
Jonathan is a senior policy officer at Christian Aid where he focuses on debt and other financing issues. He studied theology, but now writes economic papers trying to challenge some of the insane ideas that are sometimes passed off as ‘just the way the world is’.
Freedom is coming
G8 one year on – who won, who lost and who cares? There are many different takes on what has been achieved since the heady days of Edinburgh and Gleneagles. We have done brilliantly, but there is a long way to go.
Ibrahim is the Head of an independent Muslim primary school in Leicester and the chairman of Interpal, the Palestinian Relief and Development Fund. From 2004-6, he was an Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain. Born into a nominally Christian family in Tynemouth, Ibrahim embraced Islam in 1981.
The 17 • All known music has run its course. It has all been consumed, traded, downloaded, understood, heard before, sampled, learned, revived, judged and found wanting. Dispense with all previous forms of music and music making and start again. Year Zero now. The 17 is a choir. Their music has no history, follows no traditions, recognises no contemporaries. The 17 has many voices. They use no libretto, lyrics or words; no time signatures, rhythm or beats; and have no knowledge of melody, counterpoint or harmony. The 17 struggle with the dark and respond to the light. For two nights only 34 people will be able to experience first hand being The 17. These sessions are closed sessions, only the first 34 people will be allowed into the session, and participants will need to attend for the whole two hours. 21.30 Friday & Saturday Sovereign Lounge
Monday interview Bill Drummond will explain the thought processes and experiences of The 17 and why he thinks music needs to start again. With John Davies. 16.30 Monday Watts
14.00 Saturday Wesley
Bambalela: Never Give Up 17.45 Sunday Crosby
Doug Gay. Doug is a lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Glasgow and a Presbyterian minister. He was a founder member of the Late, Late Service in Glasgow. Do Presbyterians make better Prime Ministers? A Church of Scotland minister reflects on the Blair-Brown moment in British politics and on some of the typical adjectives which get attached to Gordon Brown. 10.00 Monday Watts
John Gladwin. John has been Bishop of Chelmsford since 2004. He has had close links with Christian Aid and been a leading advocate of social responsibility and justice in the Anglican church. He enjoys travel and beekeeping. Division or difference Can the Church in the developed and developing world share the same faith? 14.00 Saturday Crosby
14.00 Monday Hall of Fame
Judith Gunn. Judth has worked extensively for all the major BBC radio networks and has also published books on subjects ranging from Dostoyevsky to the voyage of the Mayflower. TVs teens and perfect parents A look at the representation of teenagers and their parents, as they bring each other up in the OC, Smallville and in other parts of TV land. Come or get grounded! 19.00 Sunday Sovereign Lounge
Manuel Hassassian. Manuel is the Ambassador for the Palestinian people based in London. He was born in Jerusalem, where his family lived in the Old City, but in recent years he has been based in Bethlehem as the Executive Vice President of Bethlehem University. Palestine – Where to? Prospects for a workable state of Palestine have continued to diminish, and humanitarian disaster looms, seemingly because of an exercise of democracy. A perspective that reflects both Palestinian leadership and grassroots experience. 10.00 Monday Hall of Fame
From mission hall to Mosque: a journey of faith In 1977, Ibrahim Hewitt played to the Queen in her Silver Jubilee. In 2002, he was a guest at her Golden Jubilee in acknowledgement of his work as a leading British Muslim. So how did a trombone-playing Geordie lad with nominal faith end up making the pilgrimage to Makkah? Join him to find out. 14.00 Sunday Sovereign Lounge
Tom Hewitt & Sikhumbuzo Makhubela. Tom is Amos Trust’s international street children Director and has worked extensively among street kids in South Africa. Sikhumbuzo is a former street child from Durban and now works alongside Tom. After being stabbed by his mother, he lived much of his childhood on the streets of downtown Durban, where he was faced with terrible poverty, violence and abuse. Voices from the street Tom and Sikhumbuzo share stories from the streets and tell how, inspired by Steve Biko’s black consciousness movement, South African street children are creating a new future for themselves and those living on the streets of Durban. 17.45 Saturday Wesley
Steve works as a researcher for the Church Army, exploring how the church can communicate more effectively with those with no knowledge of it. He is author of the recent Grove booklet ‘Coded Messages: Evangelism and The Da Vinci Code’.
Si used to be a Baptist minister and was involved in church planting. Now in business, he has recently set up the Protest4 network, campaigning against human trafficking.
Suzanne works in Bath making sculpture and domestic ware and ‘seeks to destroy the barriers between craft and painting’ by ‘drawing in clay’.
Close Encounters With people traffic as the human rights crisis of the 21st Century, this talk explores its magnitude and some responses in the ‘protest 4’ a more just world.
The Da Vinci Code Why has this book so appealed to so many, and how might Christians engage with it creatively?
14.00 Saturday Hall of Fame
14.00 Monday Crosby
Sarah was ordained Deacon in the Church of England in July 2004. In January 2005 she hit the headlines when she was outed to a national newspaper as having made a gender change many years previously.
Keiko works for Agape, a reconciliation ministry described as ‘unique’ by Sir David Wright, the British Ambassador to Japan. Awarded an honorary OBE by the Queen in 1998, Keiko has been working tirelessly to help heal the wounds of the war with the Japanese.
Changing gender, God and discipleship Sarah talks about gender, gender changes and her experiences on the sharp end of tabloid intrusion.
Healing and reconciliation for Far East pows? How healing and reconciliation can end 50 years of hurt and bitterness, and how forgiveness frees leading to physical healing.
17.45 Saturday Hall of Fame
Norman Kember. Norman is a British peace activist who was working with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraq until he was taken as a hostage. He is a retired professor of medical physics and a longstanding member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He went to Iraq to demonstrate his opposition to the invasion of the country, to show solidarity with the Iraqi people, and to help Iraqis file grievance suits against the coalition.
16.30 Saturday Watts
Harold Hoyle. Dr. Harold is a Lecturer in the graduate School of Counselling Psychology, Education, and Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University. He is a sought after speaker and research expert in the areas of character education, faith-based education, and correctional and alternative schools. Religious education painful? Not anymore. Can all ages in your church read and enjoy God’s word together? Using the ‘build, plant, grow’ method it might just be possible.
15.15 Saturday Sovereign Lounge
Sara Maitland. Nick Thorpe. Jackie Pullinger. Sikhumbuzo Makhubela.
Setting the captives free? Canon Lucy Winkett interviews Norman about his experiences with CPT, his time as a hostage, and his perspective on the Middle Eastern situation. 10.00 Monday Centaur
Purpose and calling • What is the purpose that God has for your life? How can you follow your calling as an artist, and what does ‘success’ mean? 19.15 Friday Hall of Fame
Discipline and confidence • When is art ‘significant’? Is being an artist an excuse to be a flabby Christian? What does it mean to pursue excellence? 19.00 Sunday Hall of Fame
Making it a business • Is making art pay just selling out? In this practical session Suzanne will look at business structures and strategies and reflect on training and support programmes. 19.00 Monday Hall of Fame
Rudo Kwaramba. Rudo is Director of Advocacy, Communications and Education with the international relief and development agency – World Vision UK. She is a passionate campaigner, spokesperson and advocate for the rights of excluded groups. Mind the gap 1 – Eyes forward Last year’s makepovertyhistory campaign delivered – at least in part. But poverty is most definitely not history for millions today. Why not, and who got lost between the gaps? 16.30 Saturday Wesley
Mind the gap 2 – Living in the margins Some people living in poor communities are particularly marginalised. Who are they? Why do they get ignored? And what can be done to close the gaps? 14.00 Monday Wesley
Janey Lee Grace. Janey began her career as a backing singer for George Michael, Kim Wilde and Boy George. She toured the world as a member of Wham! for 3 years before scoring her own top ten hit with Cola Boy in 1992. She now presents widely in TV and radio. Imperfectly natural woman Janey shares the best eco-tips from her No 1 bestseller, and will explain how to be healthy and green, without beating yourself up.
11.15 Saturday Sovereign Lounge
Sara Maitland. Sara had a very noisy family upbringing and, when her children flew the nest she realised she wanted silence. A prolific writer and academic, her work has more recently explored her Catholicism and she now lives on a high moor with no television or radio and only the wind and clouds for company. Eco-Silence – can you be a modern hermit? Sara has been building her own hermitage and shares her explorations into the solitary life in the contemporary world. 16.30 Saturday Hall of Fame
Interview and readings, in conversation with Jo Wroe Sara talks about her long and varied literary career, from the Feminist frontline in the 70s to the power of silence in the noughties, and reads extracts from her influential oeuvre. 16.30 Sunday Crosby
Claudia May. Claudia is currently a Research Fellow in Implicit Religion and Contemporary Spiritualities at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Theology at the University of Birmingham.
What Christians can learn from the blues What have African-American women contributed to the blues? And what could Christians gain from engaging in this most evocative and passionate of music forms?
14.00 Saturday Sovereign Lounge
MI McAllister. Margi aka MI McAllister writes the Mistmantle Chronicles, an animal fantasy series which is fast becoming a classic. Miramax has bought the film rights, thousands of young readers are snapping up her newest book, Urchin of the Riding Stars, and she very much looks forward to meeting any young readers at Greenbelt! Mistmantle Chronicles and the animals that live there • Hear MI McAllister talk about her work, the world of the Mismantle Chronicles, the animals that live there, and get a sneak preview of her newest book. 14.00 Monday Children’s Festival tent
Jon McGregor. Jon found his place as the youngest contender and the only first novelist on the 2002 Booker Prize long-list for his novel ‘If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things’. His highly-anticipated second book ‘So Many Ways to Begin’ is published by Bloomsbury this summer. So many ways to begin – reading from his new work Jon will be giving an insight into the inspiration and process of writing his latest novel, and reading excerpts. 15.15 Monday Sovereign Lounge
Alastair McIntosh. Alastair grew up on the Isle of Lewis and is now a fellow of Scotland’s Centre for Human Ecology. He is author of ‘Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power’, described by Bishop James Jones as ‘lifechanging,’ by George Monbiot as ‘world-changing,’ and by Thom Yorke of Radiohead as ‘truly mental.’ Spiritual activism – transforming world and self How can we avoid burnout and sellout in the struggle for social and ecological change? How can spiritual grounding and discernment constantly renew our energy in that which gives life? 18.00 Friday Crosby
Love and revolution – a poetry reading • In ‘Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power’, Alastair explored social and environmental activism in prose. Now, with the launch of this new book, he shares the inner poetic fire. 12.30 Sunday Crosby
Ian Mobsby. Ian is an Anglican priest and leads Moot, an emerging church in central London. He is also an Associate Missioner of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Fresh Expression team. IT’s a mystery Information Technology is driving a new form of mysticism that is open to spirituality and but not traditional Christianity. It brings a belief in the impossible, a paradoxical combination of pluralism and fundamentalism. How should Christians respond? 17.45 Monday Hall of Fame
Cole Moreton. Cole is a prolific broadcaster, author and journalist. He is executive editor of the Independent on Sunday.
The song of heart’s desire 1 Some songs express our deepest longings – but can they change the world? Cole uses footage from the acclaimed documentary Freedom Highway to show how songs and singing can save lives, change minds and topple governments. 16.30 Sunday Sovereign Lounge
The song of heart’s desire 2 Is there a song that expresses the deepest, hidden longing in you? Come prepared to say what it is, as Cole plays and talks about the astonishing Jeff Buckley performance of the song Hallelujah to explore the truth and beauty lying all around, waiting to surprise us.
14.00 Monday Sovereign Lounge
Christine Morgan & Trevor Barnes. Christine is the executive producer responsible for all the religious output on Radio 2, 3 and 4. She has worked as Editor of series such as Radio 4’s Sunday and The Choice and Heart of the Matter on BBC1. She is also currently Editor of Thought for the Day. Trevor is an award winning journalist and reporter for the BBC’s Religion and Ethics Department. He reports for Radio 4’s ‘Sunday’ programme and BBC World Service’s ‘Reporting Religion’. He also writes regularly for all the big national papers and has authored nine books. Religion on Radio • Religion has moved right up the agenda – 9/11, race riots, new age spirituality, the happiness question, multiculturalism and how religion helps shape the cultural mix. Christine and Trevor have been at the forefront of the BBC’s religious output as the agenda has changed, and will be sharing their perspectives and experiences. 10.00 Monday Sovereign Lounge
Andrew was appointed as Poet Laureate in May 1999 and has received a host of awards, including the Whitbread Prize in 1994. A prolific writer, he is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
David was born in Nigeria and raised in Britain. He worked in social services in London for ten years before moving to Brighton, becoming a senior social worker and writing ‘Fitzgerald’s Wood’, which is ‘graced with whimsical humour, magic and a deceptive lightness of touch’. He is currently working on a second book.
Michael is Bishop of Gloucester and has devoted most of his adult life to trying to bring Anglican worship to life. He has written about it, talked about it and done it, and is convinced it must ‘engage with heaven’.
An evening with the Poet Laureate • For the first time ever, Greenbelt is graced by the Poet Laureate, kicking the Festival off with a literary flourish. A unique opportunity to hear Andrew discuss his life and work, and talk about his new book of childhood memoirs. 18.00 Friday Watts
David Mowat. Monks, minstrels, wolves and war – a Jerusalem pilgrimage David walked 1,000 miles between Bristol and Jerusalem over the winter of 2004-5 (hitching in-between) on a spiritual quest. Come and hear his adventures and the music he found. Accompanied by Knud Stuwe on guitar. 18.00 Sunday Foxhunter Cabaret
Michael Northcott. Michael is an Anglican priest and Reader in Christian Ethics at the University of Edinburgh whose recent book An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire stirred up controversy on both sides of the Atlantic. Climate change ethics – the Joseph option If industrial civilisation carries on its energy hungry path the planet will overheat by at least 6°C by 2100. Will we be like Noah’s neighbours, or take the Joseph option? 12.30 Sunday Hall of Fame
It’s fair to say I really came to know my father on the day I finished a novel. • Third Way editor Simon Jones talks to novelist David Nwokedi about how he came to know his absent father – and became more like him – the day he finished his debut novel Fitzgerald’s Wood. 12.30 Monday Crosby
Brother Paolo. Brother Paolo has been a member of the Taizé Community in France for almost 30 years. Now working in their pottery, he is also part of the team giving daily Bible reflections at Taizé. Prayer – moving through solitude to belonging Within us there is a place of loneliness which instinctively we shy away from. Yet when we approach it in prayer it can become a fertile ground and a doorway towards other people. 19.15 Friday Crosby
Seeking God’s will • We have a desire to belong and a desire for freedom – are they in contradiction? God’s call can open a way forward and help us to become ‘who we’re meant to be’. Biblical reflection and practical creative activity. 14.00 Monday The Club (National Hunt and Festival Suite)
In step with the rhythm? The ‘secular’ world and the greeting cards industry keep their own liturgical calendar. From Fathers’ Day to Halloween, should the church’s year keep pace? Fusing the ancient and the new in emerging Christian ritual. 15.15 Sunday Hall of Fame
Jackie Pullinger. Jackie is known all over the world as the author of the bestseller ‘Chasing the Dragon’, which tells the story of how she arrived in Hong Kong in 1966 as a missionary and was immediately drawn to the den of hopelessness and despair that is Kowloon’s Walled City. If you love someone, set them free ‘Too young and not qualified’ was how Jackie’s request to be a missionary was refused, before she became a world authority on addiction. Hear how her love for ‘the other’ forced her to overcome so many barriers. 19.15 Friday Watts
Timothy Radcliffe. Timothy was until recently Master of The Dominican Order. From a privileged childhood and education at Ampleforth he was called to a life of poverty and religious observance. He has since ministered throughout the world, and written many books. What is the point of being a Christian? What might belief mean for us today, and how can the lives of Christians be marked by a happiness and freedom, courage and truthfulness? 15.15 Sunday Watts
Step out into freedom. Freedom is one of the core values for our world today, but what does it mean to be free? Timothy uses the story of the raising of Lazarus to explore the nature of Christian freedom. 12.30 Monday Wesley
Jo Rathbone. Jo believes passionately that worshipping the Creator means caring for God’s creation and runs the Eco-congregation programme in England and Wales. Recycle your church – green guidance for converting congregations Worship in wellies? Prayers for the planet? Composting churchyard clippings? Come and consider how to be environmental and ethical in worship, work and witness. Taking home the ‘green’ in Greenbelt. 11.15 Monday Hall of Fame
Judy Reith. Judy runs Parenting People, which offers courses and workshops aimed at improving family dynamics. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio and TV and writes on parenting issues. Too old for a Star Chart? Worried about your appearance? Feeling confident? What does the future hold for you? A workshop for parents and their teenage kids to raise awareness about each others’ needs and to boost confidence. With Youth and Family worker Sarah Rose 14.00 Sunday Crosby
Pete Rollins. Pete has journeyed from full-time charismatic to founding member of Ikon – a community which describes itself as ‘iconic, apocalyptic, heretical, emerging and failing.’ His recent book ‘How (Not) To Speak of God’ has been hailed as the most important work to date on the emerging church. He is a freelance lecturer in philosophy and lives in Belfast. The fidelity of betrayal – what would Judas do What if one of the core elements of Christianity lay in a demand that we betray it, while the ultimate act of affirming God required the forsaking of God? Employing the insights of apophatic theology this talk will explore whether the question we ought to ask is ‘What Would Judas Do?’ 11.15 Monday Sovereign Lounge
Maeve Sherlock. Maeve is Chief Executive of the Refugee Council. Before joining them in 2003, she was a special adviser to Gordon Brown where her brief spanned child poverty, welfare reform and the voluntary sector. Entertaining angels? Asylum myths and realities Do asylum seekers deserve dignity or destitution? How can we separate myth from reality? Some signposts on how we should respond to a contentious issue.
16.30 Monday Sovereign Lounge
Rudo Kwaramba. Si Johnston. Sue Mayfield. Clive Stafford-Smith.
Like a Virgin? Mary in the 21st century Who is Mary? Ancient archetype or contemporary role-model? Did she have body odour? Ever shout at the baby Jesus at 4am? A sequence of poems exploring some of the meanings Mary might have for today. 11.15 Saturday Hall of Fame
Clive Stafford-Smith & Nick Yarris. Clive, Reprieve’s Legal Director, has worked on behalf of defendants facing the death penalty in the southern United States for the last 25 years. He is currently focussing his work on achieving due process for the detainees being held in Guantanamo Bay. Nick spent 8,057 days on Pennsylvania’s death row before being exonerated and released in 2004. He now lives in the UK and supports Reprieve’s work by giving talks about his experiences. Moral obligations in the war on terror Clive talks on how western governments should practise what they preach, especially when it comes to detention without trial. 16.30 Sunday Watts
One innocent man goes free while hundreds remain in prison – innocence and the death penalty in the USA Clive and death row exoneree Nick in conversation. 11.15 Monday Centaur
Nicola is a poet and theologian based at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, and teaches in the fields of spirituality and feminist theology. She regularly runs workshops on women’s poetry and on creative writing.
Steve has heard himself described as best-selling author, BBC broadcaster, songwriter, poet and social activist. He is a chaplain at Queen’s University Belfast and author of ‘Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2’.
Blend and blur Why at Greenbelt is it more likely that you’ll be more encouraged to rip up trade laws than to be taught how to put together an Alpha Group? Is Social Justice more important than evangelism? Is social justice evangelism? Steve chats to Shane Claiborne and Kathy Galloway about these questions and asks if Jesus ever asked them or did he model an entirely different blend and blur. 17.45 Saturday Sovereign Lounge
The word made flesh – the Bible survives a few thousand years to stay very much alive Greenbelt has never questioned the vitality of God’s Word but it has always provoked questions of how and where it comes alive. Is it a book to get our thoughts straight about God and salvation or is it some thing that becomes flesh to live among us. Steve asks Greenbelt’s headline speakers how an ancient text can be relevant for the postmodern issues of the 3rd millennium. Indeed, he will suggest that for it to survive in a post modern age it will need to be more in actions than in words. 10.00 Monday Crosby
Michael Symmons Roberts. Michael was born in 1963 in Preston and teaches writing in Manchester. His fourth book of poetry – ‘Corpus’ – was the winner of the 2004 Whitbread Poetry Award. His poems are ‘intense and sensual explorations of the moment when the soul quickens to some ice-cracking life’ according to The Observer. Bodies, loved and wounded, dead and risen – poems from ‘Corpus’ • Michael reads from his Whitbread Prize winning collection ‘Corpus’ and brand new poems from his next book. 12.30 Sunday Sovereign Lounge
Andrew is a lecturer in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He has published articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics including nineteenth-century religion, Victorian visual culture and the fiction of Douglas Coupland.
Bev has worked for the last 20 years in the UK and internationally as a trainer/ speaker on social justice and race issues. She has been a project development officer for Churches’ Commission for Racial Justice and is now the chair of the Christian Socialist Movement, which supports a Christian witness within the Labour Party.
Re-enchanted fictions – Christianity and the contemporary novel Drawing on the works of more than a dozen Anglo-American novelists, Andrew explores how contemporary fiction engages with the claims and ideas of Christian theology. 19.00 Saturday Hall of Fame
Waiting for a Miracle – Douglas Coupland and Religious Belief Andrew follows up some of the big ideas in his first talk: why are Coupland’s narratives so hung up on God, miracles and the meaning of redemption? 16.30 Monday Hall of Fame
Bob Marley – Soul rebel? Prophet or Rebel? A brief look at the life and work of this amazing man who still continues to influence generations 25 years after his death. 10.00 Saturday Watts
Who is a part of the Kingdom? How inclusive are we? Using Revelation 7, this session examines issues of ‘race’ and how we can build communities where we can celebrate our diversity. 11.15 Monday Crosby
Vic was born in Canada and, after a long ministry in mediation, moved to Britain to become Director of the London Mennonite Centre in 2002. A published novelist, he is also a self-confessed film buff and an avid reader.
Nick is a highly acclaimed journalist and author. His first book, ‘Eight Men and A Duck’, detailed an amazing voyage to Easter Island in a reed boat, and his latest – ‘Adrift in Caledonia’ – tells of his boathitching adventures around the Scottish Isles.
I love the smell of napalm in the morning • The archetype of redemptive violence is pervasive in Hollywood films. Using clips, Vic will look at films that exemplify this as well as films that expose and challenge the myth. 12.30 Monday Sovereign Lounge
Adrift in Caledonia • One clear morning in May, Nick Thorpe left his Edinburgh flat, ducked off the commuter route and hitched a ride aboard a little white canal boat, heading west towards the sea… Insights and readings from Nick’s latest book. 11.15 Sunday Crosby
Dave Tomlinson. Dave has variously been a house church leader, dissenter, author and vicar, and is now some delightful cocktail of them all.
Gut level religion Beyond church, Christianity and God in the darkness and doubt; peace in a dangerous, unpredictable world; unconditional love at the heart of the universe: the healing wisdom of the twenty-third psalm.
And Baby makes three – How to enjoy the first 5 years. • She’s helped MPs, Hollywood stars and aristocrats – now you too can benefit from Rachel Waddilove’s advice, tips and stories. And there will be lots of time for Q&A!
15.15 Monday Wesley
Steve began his journalistic career as Features Editor of the British rock monthly Beat Instrumental where, during a two year period, he interviewed the likes of David Bowie, Elton John, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, and Lou Reed. The gospel according to the Beatles Forty years after the final concert of the Fab Four (August 29 1966) Steve examines their cultural impact and spiritual legacy. Based on the justreleased book. 17.45 Sunday Sovereign Lounge
The man called Cash A look at the inner turmoil and outer conflicts that turned Johnny Cash from a backwoods gospel wannabe into an American legend. 15.15 Monday Watts
Nigel Varndell. Nigel is the Inter-faith Manager at Christian Aid. He spends his time pointing out that Christians do not have a monopoly on justice and that working with people of other faiths might just help in the struggle against global poverty. No one likes us, we don’t care A recent survey showed Christian Aid to be the nation’s most hated charity. Are we bothered? Does the church have to be popular to be effective? 10.00 Saturday Hall of Fame
Rachel has over 30 years’ maternity nurse experience, and when Gwyneth Paltrow says her advice was ‘invaluable’ and The Observer comments that she may have written ‘the most sensible book ever on how to bring up a baby’, you have to sit up and take notice.
14.00 Saturday and Sunday Messy Space (Cottage Rake)
(talk repeated, please only come to one or the other)
Michael Wakelin & Mark Dowd. Michael is currently Head of Development for the BBC’s Religion and Ethics Department. He has worked for the BBC for over 20 years in TV and Radio. Mark is an award winning documentary presenter, whose programme ‘Tsunami – Where Was God?’ recently won the Radio Times readers favourite Religious Programme Award. Selling God and Religion • Michael and Mark will talk about the programmes they have sold to the BBC and independent television, the problems they encounter with the commissioning process and the general health of religious programming across the networks. 17.45 Monday Sovereign Lounge
Jim is an author, activist and international commentator on ethics and public life. He was a founder of Sojourners, the Christian campaigning organisation for peace and justice, and continues to edit its magazine. His most recent book God’s Politics was said by Gordon Brown to be ‘Powerful reading for anyone interested in social change’.
Walter is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Interpretation at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. Previously, he was a parish minister and taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author of many books of which ‘Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way’ is the most recent.
Surayo is a 28 year old Tajik currently living in the UK. Currently completing an MA in Social Development, she will return to Tajikistan in September to begin her new role with the Ecumenical Consortium.
You say tomato – God’s politics and the special relationship Jim is joined by British cabinet minister and regular Greenbelt speaker Stephen Timms MP to discuss how faith and politics mix each side – and across – the Atlantic. (This session is kindly supported by the Christian Socialist movement.) 11.15 Saturday Centaur
God’s politics – why the right gets it wrong and the left doesn’t get it Religious fundamentalists scare us with their interpretation of faith and politics, while secular ones are scared of faith having any impact. One doesn’t speak for us, while the other wants us to be quiet… But there is an exciting alternative. 15.15 Sunday Wesley
A moral response to terrorism – an alternative to George Bush’s crusade So do you think terrorism is a real threat, but don’t like George Bush’s moral crusade? Is there an alternative and better way? Yes! 10.00 Monday Wesley
Anthony Wilson. Anthony’s work is shaped by wit and compassion. A poet and writing tutor, he is editor of the ‘inspirational’ Poetry Book for Primary Schools and works as a teaching and learning fellow at Exeter University. At full stretch – readings from his poetry • 12.30 Monday Hall of Fame
The myth of redemptive violence We will expose the real religion of the modern world (which turns out to be the oldest) and how we can most effectively oppose it. 10.00 Saturday Centaur
Nonviolence for the violent From Jesus and Gandhi and King, we who are violent learn how to check our own violent tendencies and blaze the trail to a new, more humane society. 14.00 Sunday Wesley
The human face of God If God is true humanness, then divinity inverts: divinity is fully realised humanity. Only God is, as it were, human. The goal of life is thus to become what we truly are…human. 11.15 Monday Wesley
Lucy Winkett. Lucy is Canon Precentor of St Paul’s Cathedral – the first woman priest to be on the staff there – and is thus responsible for the overall view of worship at the Cathedral. She also sings professionally and before ordination studied History at Cambridge, and singing at the Royal College of Music. Cultivating wisdom – women and authority in a post feminist society After the death of Superwoman and the demise of the ladette, comes the ‘Female Chauvenist Pig’. Do Christian women have anything to contribute to a debate that has made men and women equal by legislation, but not won the hearts and minds? 16.30 Monday Crosby
The Power of Church Agencies in Central Asia The Ecumenical Consortium for Central Asia has been working in Tajikistan and the surrounding area since 1998. Come get the low-down of what is really going in Central Asia, be introduced to Tajik culture, and find out what else can be done. 15.15 Saturday Crosby
Panels Sex, violence and blasphemy – the gospel in literature • Simon Jones of Third Way chairs an explosive debate with Simon Morden, John Wilks and David Nwokedi. 10.00 Saturday Foxhunter Cabaret
Jesus slaves For every slave freed 200 years ago, five more are captive today. That’s not including slaves to poverty or drugs. Or shopping. What does 21st century slavery look like? Panel discussion with Jackie Pullinger, Russian ex-addict Eduard Deremov and social activist Dr Tani Omideyi. 11.15 Saturday Watts
Why bother with Aid?
The first of two panels brought to you in association with DFID.
Does aid to poor countries make any difference? Doesn’t it just line the pockets of corrupt officials? What’s the government spending our money on? Doesn’t aid make developing countries dependent? Is there such a thing as ‘good’ aid and ‘bad’ aid? Panellists include: Ed Newell (Chair) – Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and Director of the St Paul’s Institute, and co-author of ‘What Can One Person Do?’ Paul Vallely – Associate Editor of the Independent and coauthor of the Commission for Africa Report. Surayo Yuldasheva – works in her home country of Tajikstan with the Ecumenical Consortium in Central Asia. Natasha Hughes or Sheena Sumaria – Founding President of U8 – an inter-university international development forum, linking together students from around the globe. 12.30 Saturday Big Screen / Arena
TV Tantrums • Big Brother, celebrity or otherwise, is supposed to be ‘reality’ TV but is it real and, more poignantly, is it right? A panel discussion on the ins and outs of reality TV. Judith Gunn chairs with a panel of reality TV survivors, producers and commentators.
12.30 Saturday Sovereign Lounge
The Manchester Passion The Manchester Passion was transmitted live on BBC3 on Good Friday 2006. Performed on the streets of the city it fused music from Manchester bands with the words of the Gospels to retell the story of Jesus’ final hours, and created huge media interest. So what was it all about? Sue Judd is an Executive Producer for BBC Classical Music Television. She has produced and directed many large-scale live events – from General Elections to opera relays from the Royal Opera House. Andy King-Dabbs is a Senior Producer for BBC Classical Music Television. He has produced and directed many award-winning documentaries and came up with the original idea of setting the Passion in Manchester using the music of Manchester. Philip Sheppard arranged the music for Manchester Passion for a 16-piece string orchestra and a trio of busking disciples. Philip is a composer & Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music and has worked with Oasis and David Bowie. 15.15 Saturday Arena
Faith in the city – grassroots community action and social justice A panel of social activists and politicians discuss what works and what doesn’t at the local level and how your church can make a lasting contribution in the community. For people seeking inspiration for their lives in the city. Chaired by Paul Hackwood.
Hosted by the Church Urban Fund. 17.45 Saturday Crosby
KAPOW! It’s the Greenbelt comics panel! • Can Captain America survive the Iraq war? Why was South Park so different? Has Superman returned? Cartoons are highcontrast mirrors, reflecting our often painful world and asking big questions. What should our response to them be? Join host Mike Maddox (Writer, Doctor Who audio adventures) with Jon Oliver (Editor, 2000AD Abaddon line) Jeff Anderson (Artist, Transformers, Judge Dredd, the Graphic Bible) and Oliver Jelf (Artist, Punch, Zombie Revenge Squad) to draw out the issues. 20.15 Saturday Hall of Fame
Will we ever make poverty history?
The second of two panels brought to you in association with DFID.
2005 saw the Commission for Africa Report, Make Poverty History, Live 8 and the G8 at Gleneagles – so what did it achieve? Whose job is it to make poverty history anyway and what can one person do to make a difference? Panelists include:
Simon Mayo (Chair) – Radio Five live afternoon show host. Matthew Bishop – A business writer and editor with The Economist, based in New York. Rudo Kwaramba – human rights lawyer and a Director for World Vision UK. Peter Grant – International Director of Tearfund. 16.30 Sunday Arena
Generous next? Two years ago at Greenbelt 100 people met in a tent and agreed to take part in an intentional online community designed to see if we could help each other live more environmentally consciously. Today nearly 700 households are taking part and there is interest worldwide. Have you been involved in Generous? Interested but want to know more? Where could Generous go next? Maybe we can find some wisdom in a crowd. 19.00 Sunday Crosby
Visions of hope – theologies of the forgotten Hosted by Chris Rose with Tom Hewitt, Sikhumbuzo Makhubela, Jasmine Devadason, Roberto Martinez, Garth Hewitt, with Jeff Halper on video. Street children in South Africa, Dalits in Southern India, Palestinians in the West Bank, Nicaragua’s dispossessed. Hear how Amos Trust’s partners from these communities enact God’s liberation and how their understanding can transform our world view.
What Greenbelters need to know about Northern Ireland Northern Ireland is just across the water, but often seems a world away. After nearly 4000 deaths, the Northern Irish peace process continues, but as yet no conclusive agreement has been reached. This important session will be an extraordinary opportunity to listen to and ask questions of both unionist and republican politicians, with Jeffrey Donaldson MP, a Christian politician and senior figure in Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party and Paul McGuigan from Sinn Fein, as well as Alan McBride, a community worker who lost his wife in a 1993 IRA bombing. The event will be chaired by Dr Gareth Higgins, Greenbelt regular and director of the post-sectarian peacebuilding initiative zero28.
15.00 Monday Foxhunter
Youth fiction – Just what should our children be reading? • Panel includes Sue Mayfield and Margi McAllister, who share their wisdom and some actual young people have their say too.
Missed that vital session? Get down to the G-Store in the Gatehouse – and get your CDs or MP3* downloads. And if you want to avoid the queues, you can even pre-order.
12.30 Monday Watts
12.30 Monday Foxhunter Cabaret
Fair Trade – just a marketing bandwagon? As Fair Trade Products enter the Mainstream Market will the big companies really be true to the idea and play fair with the producers? Or is it just a marketing bandwagon which will spoil the brand and undo years of good work? The questions are debated by a panel of experts including Traidcraft’s CEO Paul Chandler amongst others. 15.15 Monday Crosby
The Mind of God An open discussion on the overlapping worlds of spirituality and psychology. Featuring theologians, vicars, thinkers, doubters, speakers, psychotherapists and mind readers. 19.00 Monday Crosby
CDs £4.50 (Set of 3 CDs by the same speaker £12) MP3s £3.00 *Please note MP3s will take 24 hours to be produced, so Monday’s talks won’t be available on site. All talks will be available as MP3 downloads from greenbelt.org.uk/shop/talks after.
• Talks marked with this symbol will not be recorded.
New Forms café On top of a packed programme of installations, services and performances the New Forms team present a series of talks, discussions and workshops that delve deeper into the big spiritual issues of the day. Please bear in mind that none of these talks will be recorded.
Steven Croft. Fresh expressions and the emerging church – some observations and questions A perspective on what is happening across the country with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion.
Cheryl Lawrie. Wild spaces Curating sacred spaces that offer transformation and redemption for those on the edges of society. 16.00 Sunday
Ana Draper. A process driven community Using systems theory to explore the concept of process rather than content in the way we coordinate and interact with each other. 17.00 Sunday
The Atomic Church Looking at leadership in the church using social constructionist and theological ideas.
Stars in the yeast Small things make a big difference, like the yeast in dough or small people in a big city. Barbara Glasson talks about a new community in Liverpool based around a kitchen table, and breadmaking.
Mission and Emerging Spiritualities A panel exploring mission at Mind Body Spirit fairs and contemporary spirituality. With Jonny Baker (Chair), Steve Hollinghurst, Gareth Powell, Ben Edson and Ana Draper. 13.00 Saturday
Spirited Exchanges UK Network. Faith without church… Two sessions with the people leading the UK arm of Spirited Exchanges. 14.00 Saturday & 14.00 Monday
Ian Mobsby. Why does Rublev’s icon of the Trinity get everywhere? Identifying with the periochoresis of God (the Trinitarian dance of the divine) as a way of being church in a post modern culture. 14.00 Sunday
The Advent calendar Steve’s new book, the Advent Calendar is a new story for children and adults. The book explores the themes of Advent and tries to recover the meanings of Christmas in a changing world. The session will include readings from the book and opportunity for discussion and questions. 11.00 Monday
Jonny Baker. Throwing a hand grenade in the fruit bowl What happens if you slay the sacred cow of preaching? Creatively deconstructing and remixing the sermon, and its place and role in worship. 13.00 Monday
Workshops CAFOD. Justice spirituality – a preferential option for the poor. An interactive prayer workshop based on Catholic Social Teaching which will look at how we can overcome the dichotomy between prayer and action and explore not only how we can integrate them but how they are essentially entwined. 18.00 Friday Istabraq Bar
Alastair McIntosh & Vérène Nicolas. Vérène is a Fellow of the Centre for Human Ecology in Edinburgh. She has recently been working with deprived communities in Scotland and Ireland, providing support to community activists, especially women and ethnic minorities. She is married to Alastair. Sacred marriage – love, spirituality and renewal A participative workshop to explore love as a spiritual relationship, conflict as a source of growth, and ‘marriage’ as a three-way deepening into self, one’s partner and the divine. 10.45 Saturday Istabraq Bar
Dave Andrews. Three workshops looking at compassionate community work. The Trinity as a matrix for radical social transformation How we can embody heaven on earth in our own community? 15.30 Saturday Istabraq Bar
The way of Jesus as a way of engaging in real change How we can work with the disadvantaged like Christ did? 15.15 Sunday Istabraq Bar
A model for practice in compassionate community work How we can flesh out the love of God with the world’s poor? 15.30 Monday Istabraq Bar
Escape to Safety.
Workshops in the Tank.
Navigating safety If you had to flee – what would you do, how would you feel? Try it with us and see for yourself in this interactive workshop exploring the issue of refugees.
Stop frame animation Calling all budding directors and animators. Here’s your chance to start making the next Wallace and Gromit. See the results in our Premiere Showing on Monday night.
12.45 Sunday Istabraq Bar
June Keener Wink .
18.00 Saturday, 16.00 & 18.00 Sunday & 10.00 & 12.00 Monday
June has a background in body movement and art and offers a unique approach to the integration of body, mind and spirit. She leads groups in movement and art activities and is an internationally known potter.
Cartoons Want to try your hand at drawing your own cartoon? This workshop gives you the chance to make your own cartoon or a cool screensaver. See the results in our Premiere showing on Monday night.
Movement workshop In this workshop June will help you explore the link between spirituality and movement. 12.45 Monday Istabraq Bar
Sue Mayfield. Since first being published in 1988, Sue has written nine novels for young adults. ‘Blue’ and ‘Voices’ were both nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Since 2004 she has been a volunteer at a Gloucestershire hospice, facilitating writing as a part of creative arts therapy. Lamentations – words and rituals for grief and loss In this workshop – for anyone over 10 years – Sue explores the ways in which words and symbolic acts can help people deal with bereavement and loss. 14.00 Monday Messy Space (Cottage Rake)
18.00 Saturday, 16.00 & 18.00 Sunday & 10.00 & 12.00 Monday
Electronic music Maybe you’ve never made music before, or maybe you’re a German cycling fanatic that fancies something different. Let us show you how you could make music with your computer. Blip Beep! 16.00 Saturday & 16.00 Monday
Believe the Skype? Could you be chatting for free? A detailed look at the battle for the new telecoms market, based on the internet. Find out how you and your organisation could take advantage of these services, and what pitfalls to watch out for. 12.00 Saturday
Groupware for churches Surely not – churches using business technology to organise themselves! Why bother, how much will it cost and where to start? A look at the technologies that could help your organisation become more efficient. And with Open source software it may not cost as much as you think. 16.00 Saturday & 14.00 Sunday
Return to the (Open) Source Open Source software is available to anyone. It’s free, good quality and produced by people who really care – it’s almost divine! See for yourself how the creators have taken on the corporations with a sense of shared ownership, responsibility and respect. Sound like a sermon from St Paul? Hear the good news about open source software and even download your own! 12.00 Saturday, 12.00 Sunday & 16.00 Monday
Building and hosting websites This workshop is aimed at people who want to put together a decent website for their church, youth group or Christian organisation. Following on from, but not dependent on, the open source seminar, we will be using open source software to develop a website. We’ll cover technical issues, discuss suitable content, how to keep things fresh, and who the most heavenly hosts are. 10.00 Saturday, 12.00 Sunday & 14.00 Monday
Death by Powerpoint Wipe Out! In the wrong hands this presentation software can be a horror show of checker fades and clip art. Come and learn how to avoid getting lost in transition, or getting mown down by bullet points. 18.00 Friday & 14.00 Saturday
Podcasting for beginners What is podcasting and is it any use? A vital look at podcasting from the user and the podcaster’s point of view. Get hands on experience of downloading and producing podcasts of your own. 20.00 Friday, 10.00 & 14.00 Saturday & 14.00 Sunday
Digital Photography An introduction to help you get the best out of your camera. Learn to frame shots, edit and share them. All resolutions welcome. 14.00 Monday
Mmmm! It’s the motherboard, the mainframe, and the most downright delicious place to relax, have a drink and a slice of cake. With Fair trade coffee, hot chocolate and smoothies made in heaven, the tank café will be bristling. But while the food and drink are real, everything else is going to virtual: software talks and play/workshops to get you connected and making the most of your organisation’s technologies.
Get Juice. Bring all your devices and chargers and get some power back in your batteries!
Get Mail. Check your inbox, cast your pods, post your thoughts, pick up a thread. Jump on our WiFi and get connected in and around the Tank.
Get Creative. Workshops, Learnshops, Playshops – you can make music, digital cartoons and stop-frame animations. Get to grips with building and hosting websites, powerpoint and podcasts.
Get Snapping. Enter the Greenbelt 2006 photography competition! Come to the Tank and submit a digital image, taken over the weekend, that best reflects the theme: ‘Singing’ or ‘Songs’. One entry per person; entries must be submitted to the tank by 14.00 on Monday. The winner will be chosen by a mildly famous person!
Get to the Tank. All weekend in Golden Miller.
Broadband lines onto site provided by surefish.co.uk, Christian Aid’s ISP.
If, like your peas, you prefer your words unprocessed, then we’ve got a very wonderful literature programme for you to savour. You’ll find arresting authors and poets reading their work and revealing the thoughts behind it. There’ll be opportunities to debate what’s going on between the covers and between the readers, as
well as chances for you to find out if your stuff is good, how to get started and know what makes a story work. So if you want to discuss your own work with professionals, try your tongue at tale-telling or just chill on the sofa with other word-addicts and feast on the delights, then make yourself at home.
Prose. Pleas. Poetry please.
Talks. There’s a rich crop of authors and poets to be found in the main talks venues this year, some beautiful surprises scattered around indoors, plus a host of interactive wordplay in the Bookshop Lounge. Check out the main talks pages for details of interviews, readings and talks by luminaries such as Sara Maitland, Andrew Motion, Nick Thorpe, Jon McGregor, Michael Symmons Roberts, Dr Andrew Tate, Steve Hollinghurst, Dr Claudia May, Anthony Wilson, David Nwokedi and Margi McAllister.
Across the Festival Paul Cookson & Stewart Henderson. Tickling in Public The big family poetry show returns after an unprecedented fourth appearance at the prestigious Edinburgh Book Festival. Paul and Stewart are Greenbelt’s very own favourite poetical punsters with new material, rhymes that sizzle, fizzle, snap, crackle and pop and old material in a different order just to confuse you! 13.45 Saturday Watts
More Ordinary Words Paul and Stewart present a wide selection of poems – some more adult than others – about faith and football, family and friendship, love and loss, slug traps and vasectomies. Stewart continues to be ever present and popular in his Radio 4 work as presenter of Questions Questions, a regular turn on Pick Of The Week and contributor to some of the network’s crown jewels such as From Our Own Correspondent and PM. Paul is the Poet in Residence at the National Football Museum and has over forty collections to his name. Recently his work has appeared on Match Of The Day and at the National Slade Fan Club Convention. 13.45 Sunday Watts
Performance Poetry Extravaganza. Some of the finest performance poets in the land tickle your aural cavities with their scintillating wordplay. Featuring the ever popular Jude Simpson, BBC3’s Slam Poetry Champion Kat Francois, Radio 4 regular Matt Harvey and the hot new London talent of Wayne Smith. You won’t believe your ears! 20.00 Saturday Foxhunter Cabaret
Children’s Poets . Every lunchtime, a magical hour for children and parents with some of Britain’s finest poets for children.
Jan Dean. Jan was brought up in a Manchester corner shop, is author of Funny Poems and Wallpapering the Cat and describes her writing as ‘like acting – I pretend all over paper.’ It’s a concept she brings to her excellent performances too – engaging children in a huge play with words, and getting them to ‘act onto paper’. She loves painting and singing too, activities which she says are like her poetry – loud and messy! 12.30 Saturday Children’s Festival tent
Coral Rumble. Coral has worked as a poet and performer for many years, and specializes in writing and performing for children. Her work can be found in over 100 anthologies for children, and her three published collections have found her featured in Hodder Children’s Books ‘Favourite Poets’ and Junior Education Magazine’s ‘Best Books’ supplements. A poet with ‘a dash and delight about her work’, she is sure to be a hit among poets of all ages. 12.30 Sunday Children’s Festival tent
Valerie was born in Jamaica and has worked in the UK as a teacher arts officer and librarian. Her work draws on these dual roots, some being written in English, and some in Patwa. Her first novel, ‘Surprising Joy’, tells the story of a girl who swaps her life in Jamaica for a life in England, and she also has a new poetry collection ‘A Twist in the Tale’. Her poems are written for performance, and during the show children will join in with chanting singing and acting. They also get a crash course in Patwa, before using what they’ve learnt in the poems!
Once again Greenbelt will be working with St. Andrews Bookshop to bring together the literary works of this year’s speakers and panels, plus a whole host of other inspiring books and products. The Greenbelt Bookshop is situated in the Centre Racecourse alongside the Pulse and is also home to the following literature sessions.
12.30 Monday Children’s Festival tent
Night time storytelling. for families in the Messy Space
Bob Hartman . Once referred to as the David Beckham of story-telling (no one can bend a tale like him), Bob is a performance storyteller extraordinaire. His programme combines favourite Bible stories retold in his own inimitable style – often including an imaginative twist – with his own inventive stories. Exciting, engaging and above all, interactive, Bob’s storytelling sessions are unforgettable! 19.00 Friday & Saturday
John Taylor. John is a hairy man with a bald patch. He gets away with being paid to tell stories to people with learning disabilities. John is also a dad, an Anglican minister, and a novelist in search of a publishing miracle. Tales told before you get cold – original stories for all ages Come and share in some original tales. Tales you can join in... or just sit back and enjoy. 19.00 Sunday & Monday
How to write… Travel writing Nick Thorpe offers an insider’s guide to the crowded market of travel writing. 10.00 Saturday
Getting started as a writer With poet Anthony Wilson. If you want to get started as a writer he will bring you back down to earth… and then give you wings. 15.15 Saturday
So many ways to write a book Jon McGregor takes us on a writer’s tour of his latest book and how it came into being. 16.30 Saturday
What makes a good story? Dr. Simon Morden is a bona fide rocket scientist, having degrees in geology and planetary geophysics. He has also edited the British Science Fiction Association’s writers’ magazine Focus for five years, and has had two of his own works published. A regular Greenbelt speaker, he leads writers and readers through what makes a story worth telling.
Newspapers Telegraph journalist Rosie Murray-West helps you take apart the newspapers from the inside out. 15.15 Sunday
Poetry For everyone who thinks poetry is not for them, acclaimed poet Michael Symmons Roberts offers you a way in. 11.15 Monday
Plus… With great pleasure In a shameless rip-off of Radio 4, each night of the Festival sees one of our star speakers talk about the books and poems that have influenced them, with readings. 20.00 Saturday & Sunday
Poetry nightcap With Wayne Smith, Anthony Wilson and Michael Symmons Roberts. Get a little literary treat before throwing yourself at the mainstage headline act, and spend 20 minutes in the company of a fine guest poet reading from their work.
21.30 Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Book groups Reading groups with some of our star authors – ask them anything! Nick Thorpe, ‘Adrift in Caledonia’ 14.00 Saturday
Sara Maitland, ‘On Becoming a Fairy Godmother’ 14.00 Sunday
Margi McAllister, ‘Urchin of the Riding Stars’ (The Mistmantle Chronicles).
How to read…
David Nwokedi, ‘Fitzgerald’s Wood’
Sci-fi Dr Simon Morden invites you to stop worrying and learn to love science fiction. 11.15 Saturday
Copy clinics Get your stuff in front of the noses of established writers for their take and tips on what stinks and what works. Fiction, poetry, non-fiction (including travel writing). Hand in material 12.30–13.00 Saturday and Sunday
Only Connect Get down to our bookstore sofas to connect with fellow writers and readers all weekend. We’ll also advertise times for novelists, poets, journalists etc, if you want to meet other Greenbelters in, quite literally, the same field. 17.45 Saturday, Sunday & Monday
Sharing a dream – a working storyteller’s reflections Stories are encounter-places where we can find ourselves and express our dreams. With John Taylor. 14.00 Monday
Poetry online. Settle down in the tank to appreciate some of the world’s greatest poets reading their own work, thanks to Andrew Motion’s online Poetry Archive.
Can’t see the wood for the trees in Amazon? Need a guide through the jungle of books out there? According to some of the Greenbelt team, you could do much worse than read some of these – an eclectic mix of literary stuff we have drawn inspiration from recently. Enjoy!
A field guide to getting lost.
Freedom next time.
John Pilger As Pilger writes, ‘This book is about empire, its facades and the enduring struggle of people for their freedom; an antidote to authorised versions of contemporary history.’ Chagossians, Palestinians, Afghans, South Africans and Indians are the voiceless given a voice.
James Alison An invigorating search for fresh answers to a priceless question: what does it mean to know Jesus?
Rebecca Solnit A provocative and beautiful investigation into the nature of loss, losing and being lost, that takes as its starting point the wonderful revelation that what is unknown is probably what you most need to discover.
Happy in my skin.
Daughter of Jerusalem.
Pete Rollins Philosophical deconstruction meets the mystics in a creative, original, thought provoking debut from Ikon’s Pete Rollins. Theology has rarely been so rigorous or beautiful or releasing.
Sara Maitland The Somerset Award winning tale of one woman’s struggle to have a child and an examination of the conflicts and choices that women have faced over the years.
Fitzgerald’s wood. David Nwokedi With the help of a toothless, boiled-sweet eating bag-lady, the spirit of his dead father and a chorus of out of the ordinary neighbours Fitzgerald sets off on a journey to take his father ‘home’. What he finds is both a divine revelation and a resounding affirmation. This highly original, comingof-age story with its gallery of unforgettable characters explores questions of family, identity, ancestral memory and a man’s place in the world.
45. Bill Drummond Heart on his sleeve or tongue in his cheek? Whatever, Drummond’s artistic odyssey is the very human story of an accidental millionaire.
Simon Bell The answer’s in the title. A fabulous, liberating read for teenagers.
How (not) to speak of God.
I am somewhere else – Gospel reflections from an emerging church.
Reading the everyday. Joe Moran Bus stop anthropology from a Liverpool academic: Joe Moran explores the concrete sites and routines of everyday life and how they are represented through political discourse, news media, material culture, photography, reality TV shows, CCTV and much more.
So many ways to begin. Jon McGregor Against the backdrop of post-WW2 Britain, this lyrical, intimate novel explores what happens when our lives fail to take the turns we expect, and the ways we learn to let go of the people we might have been.
Soul and the soil .
Barbara Glasson An unlikely gathering of citycentre dwellers ‘do church’ while making bread, and leaven the meanings of ‘community’ while doing so.
Alastair McIntosh ‘The book of the decade’ according to the Sunday Herald, this is the story of how crofters, on the Hebridean island of Eigg, reclaimed their custodianship of the land from the Laird and thus ended nearly 1000 years of injustice and feudal land tenure. Lyrical. Beautiful. Just.
In praise of shadows.
The complex Christ.
Jun’ichiro Tanizaki The classic essay on aesthetics by one of the greatest Japanese novelists. It explores architecture, jade, food and toilets and forms a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age. Great is the darkness!
Kester Brewin The Gospel meets selforganisation. Technology, poetry and theology meet dirt, gift and urban theory in this highly original meditation on God’s re-emergence.
Tune in, chill out. Jenny Baker & Moya Ratnayake So contemplative prayer is for spiritual gurus, right? Wrong. This wonderful book invites teenagers on a journey of discovery to the centre of… everything.
Living generously. Wisdom from a crowd. Two years ago at Greenbelt, a hundred lonely souls met up on a drizzly evening in the Sticky Music tent. A handful of Festival movers and shakers had passed around some flyers touting the launch of something called ‘The Year of Living Generously’, wondering if other people shared a hunch that the ‘the gap between the rich and poor in our world should not be the way it is, that we only have one planet to share and that maybe there is more to life than how much stuff we can pile up.’
Little did they know it was an evening which was to change their lives… or at least their lightbulbs, washing powders and shopping habits. As the rain pitted and patted on the canvas people asked each other what they already did as a form of modest resistance against the prevailing forces of knee-jerk consumerism and planetary pillaging. Someone shopped locally and avoided supermarkets. Someone had started walking the kids to school. Someone was a composting guru and told us how to do it properly. Someone had switched to an ethical bank. Someone only bought their clothes secondhand (yikes!). Someone had even bought a windmill for the roof of his house and this was long before David Cameron invented the environmental movement. As the ideas kept coming, so too did the communal buzz, a sense that while acting alone we often felt ineffective maybe acting together we could make some kind of difference. And maybe the internet could be some magical force in connecting us on a tentative journey of generosity in favour of the earth and its people. We discovered what we hadn’t realised we already knew – there is wisdom in a crowd that any one one of us alone cannot tap. So we came up with a cunning plan: for a year 100 of us would undertake an online experiment in ‘social networking’ (we didn’t know that is what it would later be called) and each month we would commit to try and undertake two acts of ‘generosity’ – everything from turning off the tap when we clean our teeth; declining plastic bags at the shops; becoming a blood donor; email Tony Blair for trade justice; switching to an ethical bank; trying to shop local etc etc.
Nothing would be compulsory. Compost not guilt would be spread around. We’d see how it all went. Being among friends at the friendly festival before we knew it we had people offering to build and host the website, to research and write up new actions and to let us know what worked and what didn’t. Two years on there are now nearly 700 Generous households, mainly in the UK but some on several other continents. It remains entirely volunteer run and despite the absence of anything resembling a marketing plan or even the odd advert, new people join every week. Wordof-mouth suggests it is an idea for our time. We haven’t looked for wider media-coverage – not having the capacity to respond to it – but there have been several stories about the site and each time the membership takes a little leap. Significantly, while in the first year, all our members were Greenbelt people, today as many as half may not be. But everyone shares a similar hunch that looking after the planet and its people cannot be left to government and business, it has to be taken up every day by each of us – and to do that our consciousness must be raised. ‘Many of us in rich western societies are programmed to think that life is about getting more, using more, spending more, having more,’ explained one member in a story about the community. ‘Generous is about raising consciousness through the wisdom of a group, about helping us think about our consumer choices and their invisible impacts on people and planet. Every time I clean my teeth I think of Generous because something tells me to turn the tap off. Once we think about our choices, we might change them.’
Some actions are more challenging than others – you can become an organ donor online in a minute or two but it takes longer to volunteer to work with someone who is homeless. It’s relatively straightforward to decline plastic bags and relatively complicated to get rid of your car. But there are now eighty plus actions on the site and it is up to members to choose what they can manage in their own circumstances. With regular e-mail reminders about new actions and the support of other members recording their own progress, Generous is helping people discover we can do more than we thought.
think generous at greenbelt
You’ll find Generous in the Pulse venue all weekend.
Ebico Green your energy supply
It’s popularity indicates that it has touched a nerve – that people are looking for a friendly way to reflect on their lifestyle decisions despite the noise and glare and 24/7 demands of a consumerist culture. But growth also poses questions when it stretches the resources of a small team of core volunteers. As numbers rise, so do the demands of members – and we may need to work out a way of funding a core team if it is to continue developing. So where do we take it next? How can we make Generous sustainable? Should we look at voluntary subscription, at advertising, at a co-operative? There are lots of conversations underway – and the latest will be this Sunday evening, when you can create some more wisdom in a crowd as we think about Generous Next.
Christian Ecology Link Use your LOAF – Ethical food shopping
In fact all weekend, you can find a host of workshops at the Generous venue in the Pulse. Sign up for free as a Generous member here: www.generous.org.uk
Your home as a powerstation 15.00
Phil Levermore. 16.00
Tearfund Climate Change – what’s it got to do with me?
Open house/ get-together/ party
Paul Bodenham & Ruth Jarman.
Katie Harrison. Frank Water Being Frank about water 12.00
Janey Lee Grace. Holistic lifestyle guru, singer, Radio 2 presenter and bestselling author! Imperfectly natural woman An interview with Janey Lee Grace
Clean slate Clothing No sweat: Fair Trade school uniforms 18.00
Monday. Paul Chandler. Chief Exec, Traidcraft Active Generosity 11.00
David GreenwoodHaigh. The Day Chocolate Company Does chocolate grow on trees? (kids: bring your parents)! 13.00
A Rocha Turn your journey green – Carbon offset
Simple Minds 104 and 1/3 easy-peasy, everyday ways to be generous 15.00
Jo Rathbone. Eco-congregation Is yours an eco-congregation? 16.00
SevernWye Energy Agency. Warm and Well Energy efficiency in the home 15.00
Forum for the Future Making Greenbelt even more generous
Forum for the Future Greening your workplace 14.00
the generous top 10 Stop taking carrier bags from shops . 248 households committed
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth . 211 households committed
Try to shop local, organic, animal-friendly and fair trade . 188 households committed
Unplug your chargers – reduce your emissions. 180 households committed
Switch to energy saving lightbulbs . 151 households committed
Give your unwanted / unworn clothes to charity. 147 households committed
Compost your leftovers. 144 households committed
Sign up online to become an organ donor. 140 households committed
Have one meat-free day a week in your home. 140 households committed
Put a save-a-flush device in your cistern. 124 households committed
Recycled.â€‰Delicious. All T-shirts and Hoodies are made either in India or the West Bank and Gaza from organic cotton and are fairly or ethically traded. They have been organically printed using a low-impact Soil Association accredited print process.
Ethical.â€‰Recorded. Missed that seminal session? Buy your Talks on CD or MP3 here too. The G-Store is located in the Gatehouse by the main entrance.
Redemption Rescue salvation deliverance release liberation emancipation recovery Redemption
the pulse. Greenbelt’s own action fayre just keeps growing and growing. This year over 60 exhibitors will be ready to share with you how you can get involved practically to make the world a better place. That’s more opportunities than ever before, on a wider range of issues, from political engagement to training courses to mission to ethical trade to the arts to community. Whatever your itch, there will be people in The Pulse ready to help you scratch it. There will be information galore and things to sign up for, opportunities to meet speakers and, most of all, a warm hospitable welcome! Pru’s Café. To keep the blood flowing and energy levels high, the Pulse is once again pleased to have Pru’s Café on board. The homemade brownies and biscuits are now legendary, and this year Pru will also be selling Traidcraft groceries and Zaytoun olive oil – so you can stock up on your provisions with fairly traded goods. And while you’re at it, why not treat yourself to some chocolate from Divine’s chocolate fountain and sit for a while in the Quiet Garden. Organisations. Arts Arts Centre Group Nexus Trust Churches, para-Church, Community Agencies Contemplative Fire Langley House Trust L’Arche London Mennonite Centre Methodist Church R.A.F. Chaplains Branch Urban Expressions Colleges / Courses / Centres Anvil Trust Christian Vocations Pilsdon Community Scargill House
Ethical, Environmental and Ecological A Rocha UK Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals Christian Ecology Link Ebico Eco-congregation Generous South Yorkshire Vegetarian and Vegan Society Miscellaneous AutoSave Ecclesiastical Insurance Group Solomon’s Financial Advice The Quiet Garden Trust Overseas Aid and Mission Act4Africa Amos Trust CAFOD Council for Christians and Jews Eastern European Outreach UK
Edukids Medair Mission Aviation Fellowship Mission Direct Oasis Open Doors Progressio Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor South American Mission Society Tearfund Time for God USPG World Vision Youth for Christ Politics, Human Rights, Campaigning Chaste Christian Socialist Movement Christians Against Poverty Church Action on Poverty Church Urban Fund DFID
Jubilee Action Jubilee Debt Campaign Liberal Democrat Christian Forum Network of Christian Peace Organisations Peace Direct Rediscovering Palestine Reprieve Publishing Coalition for Corporate Accountability (New Internationalist) Darton, Longman and Todd Piquant Publishing Third Way Students International Fellowship of Evangelical Students SPEAK Youth Resources
Glastonbury might be taking a break this year (break?! lightweights!) but festivals are springing up all over the place. Looking through a recent guide to this summer’s UK festivals there were scores of events catering for a huge variety of musical and artistic tastes. But Greenbelt’s a little bit different. Why? Because we have partners. Partners involved in things on the ground. Partners to root our celebrations in the world of reality and practical action. Partners to focus the party and give it some edge.
Our main partner remains Christian Aid, who are ‘inspired by the dream of a new earth where all people can secure a better and more just future’ and have been showing us glimpses of that dream with their excellent work at the Festival for many years. We are also very pleased this year to be joined by the Department for International Development, whose wish to work with us is a real affirmation that the Festival is communicating the right things to the right people. This is the same message of justice, peace and wholeness that the YMCA, CMS, The Church Urban Fund and Traidcraft are working with us to promote in mission, fighting poverty through trade and working for the whole person. The media is one of the ways these messages can be disseminated, and we are pleased to have The Church Times and ICC as partners in these areas. And for when things don’t go to plan, we’re pleased that Ecclesiastical Insurance are working to put things right! All of these partners are absolutely central to the ethos of Greenbelt: a joyful gathering with substance. Our partners enrich us with their expertise, their insights, their new perspectives; broadening our horizons and connecting us with real work on the ground.
They also give us stability. After the Greenbelt Angels, partners are our second biggest source of non-ticket income, providing a secure financial basis for the Festival and ensuring we are not so dependent on the vagaries of the weather or the availability of certain performers. This gives Greenbelt the ability to plan more strategically and think more creatively. So this rash of new festivals may come and go, but Greenbelt will remain firmly on the map as a festival with both style and content. And it’s our partners who give us secure backing, and help us to remain anchored in reality, so a huge thank you needs to go to all of them for assuring this future for us… and for the many Greenbelters to come.
Through the eyes we can see the heart’s song. And with this series of exhibitions we can marvel at the music being made visible. Look closely. And listen as you look. Listen to the songs behind the images, the words and moods and tunes.
But, more importantly, start making yourself. As with everything at Greenbelt, we celebrate high practice and wide participation. So get stuck in, find the artist within. And let your heart start singing pictures.
Get stuck in. Find the artist within. visual arts & film.
visual arts & film. City of Clay. The City is a community art piece. Over the weekend you are invited to reflect on a building that has relevance to you, and then represent it in clay. These models will then become part of the city – that space where human hands have taken divine soil and built. Each model will be hollow, allowing the city to be candle-lit at night, a glowing, sprawling map of our places and dreams. City of Clay tent
we make and how those choices affect the communities these people represent. Geoff has travelled worldwide using photography as a communication tool for a number of NGO’s including Tearfund, Christian Aid and the Leprosy Mission. His images have been used by the Independent, the Times and the Telegraph, as well as BBC Online and the Department for International Development (DFID). Centaur Foyer
Geoff Crawford’s ‘Personal Politics’ draws on a powerful selection of photographic images from over 30 developing countries taken over the last ten years. The images highlight the importance of the choices
A stunning and deeply moving exhibition of work by young people living and dealing with their own very real issues of self-harm. They worked with professional artists to explore self harm issues, and this is the
result of the work. The Luton Churches Education Trust aims to ‘reach out to the out of reach’, and the Hear Me exhibition is just one of the profound ways in which they are achieving this. There will be a guided tour by one of the LCET’s Self Harm Experts at 16.00 on Sunday.
As well as functioning as a place of worship, the venue also serves as a base of operations for many services to the community, particularly among the vulnerable and marginalised, and it is out of this that The Beatitudes emerged.
This commission centres around the popular but oftmisunderstood Beatitudes. The work is designed with two purposes in mind. Firstly to be a relevant expression of faith and a public worship resource, and, secondly, to be a means of healing. Zac’s Place is a street level church community supported and funded by Exousia Trust.
‘What is a visible manifestation of the divine?’ Leah Gordon has posed this question to people of many different faiths or none and photographed their responses. ‘Hierophany’ is thus a stunning photographic investigation into what the visible manifestation of the divine might be, a window into our own heavens.
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DFID. Want to find out what DFID are doing to help make the world a better place? What does it feel like to move out of poverty? What can I do to help? These and many other questions answered as you walk through this outdoor exhibition.
Films are to images what songs are to sounds. Symphonies in celluloid, the reels soaring through the clattering gate to stand momentarily against the light, throwing shadows of emotion and marvel, revealing in grainy light truer worlds we had only heard of. And then we went digital. Even so, the romance of the cinema is truly evoked with our wonderful selection of films. Films to enthral and talks to inspire. Selected highlights are listed below, but our Big Screen will be flickering with life all weekend, and you never know what might get shown.
Around the site
Life drawing for everyone. Come and spend an hour drawing human figures. Paper and pencils supplied. Apply at the City of Clay to book a space (£3.00); numbers are limited and entry will be for ticket holders only. We will advise venue at time of booking.
Hunting my husband’s killers.
introduced by Lesley Bilinda A former Tearfund worker, Lesley, whose life was tragically torn apart when her husband Charles was killed in the Rwandan genocide of 1994, tells of her return to the country 10 years later to try and discover the truth about how he died. A screening of the moving documentary introduced by Lesley, and followed by a Q&A session.
Workshops. Take time to reflect on your practice, or wake the artist within you. This range of practical and inspiring sessions is designed to open your eyes.
Still life & life drawing. with Ian Long Ian Long has worked as a freelance artist and designer in London, is the illustrator of many books, and is currently producing a new range of Blob resources with Pip Wilson. He enjoys reflecting upon the patterns of life in sculpture and illustration inspired by the Creator.
18.00 Friday Sovereign Lounge
Danielson. A Family Movie A happy singing family? Extraordinary documentary about unbridled creativity vs accessibility, Christian faith vs. doubt. Come and watch, and maybe next year we’ll try and get them on mainstage.
Still Life 1 Sketching small objects focussing upon line and tone.
14.00 Saturday City of Clay tent
Still Life 2 Focusing upon achieving a 3D feel to your drawing. 14.00 Sunday City of Clay tent
Still Life 3 Drawing one small object learning how to achieve an accurate drawing.
14.00 Monday City of Clay tent
Geoff Crawford ‘Young boy sleeps in a hammock’ Trawpieng Kes, Cambodia 2004. Hear Me. Zac’s Place. Fritz Gets Rich.
00.00 Saturday Foxhunter Cabaret
Fritz gets rich Dir.: Eddie White and James Calvert
When Fritz’s first tooth falls out he wakes to find a shiny one-dollar coin beside his bed. Fritz’s first encounter with money ignites his entrepreneurial spirit, and from that moment on everything changes. A darkly comic cautionary tale warning of the dangers of consumerism and entrepreneurial greed. Eddie White and James Calvert are co-founders of the People’s Republic of Animation, who have worked on music videos, commercials and in television. Fritz sees them make their directing debuts in this wonderful short. 11.30 Saturday & Monday Big Screen
Movies of the year review. with Gareth Higgins Superman Returns, but is he Jesus? United 93 and Paradise Now were two sides of the same coin; King Kong felt longer than a Greenbelt communion service, and Miami Vice may have been more about the suits than the plot – let Gareth be your spiritual guide to a year at the movies. Gareth Higgins is an academic and an activist, a writer and research consultant. He is co-chair of the zero28 Project, a post-sectarian peacebuilding initiative in his home of Northern Ireland, and is author of the brilliant 'How Movies Helped Save My Soul'. 14.00 Saturday Big Screen
Born again. Dir.: Michael Beattie
Twenty years after walking away from the church and his Christian faith, novelist Glenn Patterson talks to evangelical Christians and examines what it means to be ‘born again’ in Northern Ireland today. Belfast author Glenn Patterson was brought up in the Presbyterian church. His
This year the Arena becomes Greenbelt’s living room. Settle down with a cup of tiny tea and enjoy films, debate, games and entertainment around the Big Screen with Greenbelt TV. With thanks to DFID.
Watch grandfather had been ‘saved’ at a ‘revival’ meeting in Lisburn by the legendary preacher WP Nicholson, and this film examines from an insider’s outside perspective the nature of salvation in the area that claims the highest number of evangelical churches per square mile in the world.
19.00 Saturday Sovereign Lounge
Beyond Narnia. introduced by Director Norman Stone The recent adaptations of Lewis’ classic stories have generated a renewed interest in his work. Stone’s biography, filmed on location in Oxford, goes ‘beyond Narnia’ to explore the extraordinary creative force behind the fantasy series. Norman Stone directed the BBC television drama Shadowlands, which won two BAFTA’s, as well as the highly acclaimed Man Dancin’. 21.30 Sunday Sovereign Lounge
Scared Sacred. Dir.: Velcrow Ripper
In a world teetering on the edge of self-destruction, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a unique pilgrimage. Visiting the ‘Ground Zeros’ of the planet – Cambodia, Afghanistan, New York, Palestine – he asks if it’s possible to find hope in the darkest moments of human history. A truly transformative documentary, beautiful and uplifting. Velcrow is a Canadian Academy Award (Genie) winning filmmaker, writer, web artist, and sound designer. He has directed over thirty films and videos, both fiction and issueoriented documentary, often with an experimental edge, that deals with the central issues of our times. 00.00 Sunday Foxhunter Cabaret
Q&A with Nick Park. Multi-Oscar winning creator of Wallace and Gromit and all round national icon, Nick Park will be taking part in a Q&A about his work, with questioners aged 11 and under from the Children’s Festival. (For a chance to ask Nick a question, please put your question in the box in the Messy Space venue.) Followed by Big Screen showing of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. 12.30 Monday Big Screen
Videoschool with DFID. All weekend a team of sixteen teenagers have been working with experienced filmmakers to create a series of short films. The films, shot around site (you may have seen the cameras, you may even be a star), will focus on the issue of global development. Can we tackle this huge issue without spiralling into despair? Come and see the results, and hear the views of our expert judging panel who will be giving the budding filmmakers their candid views. In association with DFID.
Panel chaired by Malcolm Doney, and features Nick Park amongst others. 16.30 Monday Big Screen
documentaries, films, cartoons all weekend in the comfort of the Arena setting. If it’s been filmed, it’s probably on. See films made by everyone ranging from Nick Park to Greenbelters to DFID.
with all the latest Festival info. If the guide’s too confusing and your head’s hurting, then check in at the screen for the latest bulletins from across the weekend.
by sending us your Festival snaps, texting us your latest thoughts. It’s your TV…so use it.
from the biggest and best panels all weekend. Does development actually work? What was the best film of the last 12 months. And just what is a were-rabbit?
in Communion with 5000 other souls. Relayed from Greenbelt’s back garden (that’s Mainstage) to Greenbelt’s front room, there’ll be plenty of space to join together in comfort on Sunday morning.
Don’t miss a thing, let Greenbelt FM guide you to the best of the Festival, get exclusive interviews with performers and speakers, relax to the best in music and catch highlights of previous festivals with a chance to hear the great talks of recent years. Tune in to 87.7 FM and check the daily diary for schedules Breakfast Show The best way to start your day! Previews, updates, interviews and fun to get you up and into gear for the day ahead. Greenbelt Today Don’t miss a thing, let us highlight the big events and the things you might otherwise miss. Music Hour & Music Mix A selection of music and artists from this year. Take time to sit back and enjoy. Talk Back Did you miss it last year? Catch it again with another chance to hear some of 2005’s classic talks. Live Lunch After a busy morning, you need a break to draw breath and reflect on all you have seen and heard since breakfast. So join Greenbelt FM and guests as we do the same from around the site. Live from Humanic Greenbelt FM comes live from Humanic with music, competitions, lots of special guests and your chance to get on air. Come and join us to join in. With special thanks to the BBC
All this redemption singing can be tiring. So once you’ve emancipated yourself from mental slavery, and yodelled for freedom, you’ll probably need someone to tickle your fancy and put a smile back on your face while you lie back in the grass.
And we’ve got just the people. A dazzling array of (get up) stand up comics, a veritable tabernacle of talented gigglesmiths doing a whole jammy dodger of shows. So if you feel like you’re cracking up, go and have a crack.
Laugh it off. Let it out. Give it up. comedy.
comedy. Girls’ Night In.
Jude Simpson and friends present a night of comedy, entertainment and metaphorical pampering for girls of every age. Bring nail varnish, lippy, chocolate, your favourite joke and a sense of sisterhood.
Talkin’ trash in the homo no mo halfway house Peterson Toscano is one of those unique figures who stands on the boundaries and calls us all to reassess what we’re thinking. A ‘theatrical performance activist’, Toscano uses comedy and theatre to explore matters that matter. Talkin’ Trash sees him explore homophobia and identity. A Christian, Toscano spent over $30,000 in the US, UK and South America trying to go straight, and this show has him flawlessly transforming from character to character as his extraordinary journey unfolds. A journey of discovery that saw him dig deep into the Bible, himself and God, and one that takes audiences through worlds of laughter and tears into a deeper understanding.
20.30 Friday Watts
Jibe Productions. Somewhat more confused We are delighted to welcome the London-based theatre company Jibe Productions back to the festival this year and can’t wait for another dose of their uniquely absurd and surreal sketch comedy – which, often featuring dark undercurrents and rude words, is not suitable for children. In their Greenbelt debut last year they packed the Gold Cup Cabaret venue to capacity, a feat that surely inspired their runners-up spot in London’s foremost cabaret competition, Cheese ‘n’ Crackers, on their return. Their current show Somewhat More Confused took London’s fringe comedy scene by storm and is a mix of pretentious pseudo-intellectualism and absurdist surrealism, treating weighty subjects with utter frivolity. ‘Hilarious’ say The Stage. And they’re not wrong.
22.00 Saturday Foxhunter
The Greenbelt magic showcase with Barry & Stuart and John Archer. Not suitable for children
22.00 Friday Foxhunter
Steve Tomkins. aka Reverend Gerald Ambulance Back by divine decree, Reverend Gerald Ambulance returns to lead worship in ways never thought humanly possible. Laugh out loud and cringe on the inside as Rev G takes you to a place of satire, surrealism and just plain silliness. As the Reverend leads in his own irreverent worship style, watch hands being raised as people get desperate for the loo. 21.00 Saturday Watts
Jibe Productions. Peterson Toscano. Barry and Stuart. John Archer.
Barry and Stuart 2magicians. That’s the easy bit. Beyond that, things could get well, more tricky. Their shows have earned them places in the ‘Top Fifty TV Moments’ as well as OffCom’s twenty most complained about programmes on television. Having won ‘Young Magician of the Year’ competitions they now perform wonder-invoking, laughter-inducing, aweinspiring audience-involving magic that is stylistically dark and sometimes weird. ‘Beneath the gore there are some genuinely remarkable tricks’ said The Sunday Telegraph. ‘Subversive magicians Barry Jones and Stuart MacLeod boldly go where others fear to tread. Watch and marvel.’ raved Scotland on Sunday.
John Archer, on the other hand, has spent the last 19 years entertaining audiences all over the world. In 1998 he was awarded the ‘Ken Dodd Presidents Trophy’ for ‘Best New Magical Comedy Entertainer’ and, as if that wasn’t good enough, was then promoted to the Inner Magic Circle – with gold star – for his outstanding use of comedy and magic. A true Greenbelt favourite, he’s certainly gained access to the comic heart of the festival – with gold stars aplenty. ‘Go and see this man live before television ruins him. Pure class’ raved BBC News. And here’s your chance. 19.30 Sunday Centaur
Jude Simpson. We are delighted to welcome back the walking feel-good factor that is Jude, with her gravity-defying mix of comedy, poetry, rap and song that has seen her compared to both Eminem and Joyce Grenfell. This is performance poetry at its most engaging and energetic and fifteen extra laughter lines are guaranteed with every show. From a poem describing the characteristics of a female football fan to songs about big bones, lost love and found gadgets, this poetry slam champion – who used to be private secretary to David Blunkett – has the ability to leave you with a warm glow and a suspicion that maybe, just maybe, everything’s going to be OK. ‘A genuine original! A joy! words on a string like so many yo-yos and her words sparkle with wit and panache’ gushed The Scotsman. ‘We agree!’ said we. Don’t miss. 20.30 Sunday Watts
The man Ricky Gervais thinks is hilarious performs the first ever stand-up comedy tribute show to Back To The Future. Last year, Paul paid homage to TV show 24 – then went back to his futon, caught Back To The Future one Saturday, and wrote a show about it. He’s bought a hoverboard, he’s borrowed a Delorean and set his timecircuits to 1985. Traveling through time at an astonishing one second per second, Paul will introduce Doc Brown as surprise guest, and try to avoid covering the bit in Back To The Future where he dates his own mum. Paul was awarded the coveted Comedy-Writer-inResidence post at BBC Radio Entertainment, and has written for Dead Ringers, The Now Show, Bearded Ladies, The News Quiz, and countless others.
An intoxicating blend of chat, comedy and music served with a tapas-style taster menu of Greenbelt goodies, with ingredients hand-picked from the festival, all served with a side order of home-made fun, lovingly prepared and served up by Jude and Andy – who promise not to swear if they cut themselves. The show will include headline acts straight off Mainstage doing special late gigs, headline speaker interviews, magic and comedy. Confirmed guests include Cara Dillon, Dave Sharp and Dave Andrews (Friday); Kevin Max, Shane Claiborne, Alastair McIntosh, Brian Houston and bread making (Saturday); Nizlopi, Clive Stafford-Smith, Barry & Stuart and Steve Turner (Sunday) and Jim Wallis, Bev Thomas, Dave Batstone and circus from Bongo Bolero (Monday)
Your rough guide to what’s worth seeing, doing and trying at Greenbelt 06. Every lunchtime Paul Powell – of Greenbelt’s Paper Round and Last Orders fame – hosts a panel of guests to share thoughts on this year’s festival. Paul has brought his comic charms to ‘Dead Ringers’ and ‘The Now Show’, and he’ll be teasing out of his guests what they’ve done and what they’re planning to do, and getting the inside advice on the best speakers, the funkiest bands, the tastiest food stalls, and the weirdest stewards. So pull up a stool, line up a pint and get stuck into the pork scratchings.
Beer & Hymns.
20.30 Monday Watts
Get Up, Stand Up. Every evening at Greenbelt sees ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, the pure stand up comedy show with three established acts each night as well as rising stars of the comedy scene. It’s hosted by ace comic Tony Vino. Acts confirmed: Duncan Logan; Tony Vino; Dick Bonham & Howard Bradley, Andy Kind, Gareth Richards, Paul Kerensa, Dominic Spencer, Frankie Doodle, Greg Sammons, Nina Carter-Brown, Sarah Dean, Tom Elliott, Katie Mulgrew, John Archer and Jude Simpson. 18.30 Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Winged Ox
23.00 Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday Centaur
The Late Night Twist. Back for the umpteenth year and still with the same great format, Paul Cookson – poet, compere and all-round smart alec – returns with the Prof for poetry, songs and spontaneity! Paul has been attending Greenbelt since 1977, and has sold over 300,000 books of his extraordinary rhymes. He is official poet in residence at the National Football Museum, and might even be able to conjure a rhyme to make penalties go on target. But mostly, it’ll be the usual mayhem and – you have been warned – may contain accordion music! 23.00 Friday, Saturday & Sunday Children’s festival tent
12.30 Saturday, Sunday & Monday Winged Ox
Yes we think this sounds strange too. But apparently it’s a lot of fun. 21.00 Saturday Organic Beer Tent
Pub quiz. How many letters are there in the Hawaiian alphabet? How old was the youngest Pope? How long did it take the Millennium Falcon to do the Kessel Run? If you’ve got the answers, then we’ve got the questions – and some prizes too! Rustle up a team of six and come and tackle some of the bigger questions at Greenbelt this year! 13.00 Monday Organic Beer Tent
Family Fun Fest.
Simon Mayo’s quiz.
A frantic and fun-filled ninety minutes for all the family. Come prepared to soak dad, challenge mum, compete against sis’ and beat Grandma (in a race, we do not condone Granny bashing). All in all a fantastic chance to burn off energy and go crazy, with mainstage host and TV warm up man, Joe Fisher and team. Be there or be somewhere else.
I’m sorry I still haven’t a poo It’s a quiz. It’s hosted by Radio 5 Live’s Simon Mayo. And it’s the best way to begin the winding down from a frenetic festival weekend.
10.00 Saturday, 14.00 Sunday & 10.00 Monday Arena
The Family Twist. More family fun and mayhem with Paul Cookson and the Prof. Spontaneous involvement by the audience alongside regular guests make for a fantastic if unpredictable time. Saturday – warning! May contain bad jokes from the under sevens. Sunday – warning! May contain a fat man with a beard. Monday – warning! May contain fun. 17.00 Saturday, Sunday and Monday Children’s Festival tent
12.30 Sunday Watts
The trouble with having ‘song’ in the theme title for a festival is that it suggests we may think less of other art forms. With this performing arts programme, you’ll soon realise that’s not the case.
Here are redemptions, explorations, troubles and celebrations. Movement and speech, dance and improvisation. Sit down and enjoy new worlds, and lie back while your own world is subtly transformed.
Move. Shake. Gape. Gasp. See differently. performing arts.
performing arts. Shows. Andrew Dawson. Absence and presence A deeply intimate and touching production in which dancer and mime artist, Andrew Dawson, explores – not without wry humour – the death of his father, who passed away in 1985, and whose body, tragically, lay undiscovered for 10 days. The trauma inspired Dawson to create this wonderful, unusual, autobiographical work which uses non-vocal dialogue to deal with his sense of loss and guilt, his affection and conflict, and the unique emotions of a son to his father. From the gesture of grief to dancing with Max Bygraves, the work uses sculpture, video, mime and the delicate, sensitive movement Dawson has long established as his artistic signature, creating a memorable production that is both emotionally and visually captivating. Winner of three awards at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival. 18.30 Friday Centaur
Ice and Fire. Asylum monologues An account of the UK’s asylum system, told first hand by the people who have experienced it. With personal testimony at its core, combined with public opinion, political statements and statistical fact, this unique production will dispel the myths and tell the real stories about the real people so often caricatured in the press. Ice and Fire was founded in 2003 by award-winning playwright Sonja Linden, and this collaboration with Actors For Refugees seeks to characterise refugees as ‘ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances’. 12.30 Saturday Foxhunter
Thanks to Church Action on Poverty.
Lacey Theatre Company. Looking for the liberator In this highly anticipated follow-up to his bestselling ‘The Word on the Street’, the late Rob Lacey retells the biographies of Jesus by the gospel writers Matthew, Mark and Luke. Mixing award-winning paraphrase of biblical text with provocative running commentary, satirical suggestions and interviews with the supporting cast, Lacey Theatre create a unique perspective on this classic story. Expect storytelling, allegory, performance poetry, live music and comedy in this gritty and earthy version of one of the most quoted, hotly discussed and much filmed stories in our culture. 14.30 Sunday Foxhunter
Union Dance. Sense of rapport Union Dance have kept themselves at the cutting edge of contemporary dance by the sheer force of the quality of their work, and their commitment to exploring and expressing an identity through dance which reflects the growing cultural fusions of contemporary society. Sense of Rapport is a doublebill of breathtaking movement and sound which celebrates the timeless relationships between individuals, accentuated through expressive sensitivity. The choreographers have created uplifting solos and duets to dancefloor-infused urban grooves, conveying the empathy and trust we look for in our daily lives. Combined with the moves of self-confessed ‘movement junkie’ Rafael Bonachela and his Silence Disrupted piece, in which the worlds of pop and art collide in pure dance form, this promises to be another mustsee event of the weekend. 17.15 Sunday Centaur includes 15-minute interval
Greenbelt Theatre showcase. What’s so amazing about grace? This is a unique opportunity to see a semi-professional or emerging theatre group showcase new theatre pieces, and to provide feedback afterwards. In this pilot year, Top Cat Theatre have been selected to perform What’s So Amazing About Grace? based on Philip Yancey’s extraordinary collection of stories of forgiveness and reconciliation. Top Cat have blended these stories into an inspirational piece of theatre, and afterwards the audience are invited to stay for a Q&A with the company. 11.00 Monday Foxhunter
Next year we want to widen this showcase concept. Do you have a piece, or excerpt, of no longer than 60 minutes that you want some feedback on? It might be a work-in-progress, a work intended for future church/ touring performance, or a show that has been performed within the last year; but it is on the understanding that it will be presented with pared-down production values. If you’re interested in applying, print out and complete the form on the Greenbelt website anytime between now and May 2007.
Big Wooden Horse. Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus This lively show for children three and up is full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement and features original music and lots of audience participation! The friendly bus driver leaves us with one simple instruction: ‘Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!’ However, the Pigeon is very clever and whines, bribes, pleads and even sings a song to get his own way. But will you let him drive? Written by multiEmmy Award winning writer and Sesame Street animator Mo Willems, it’s guaranteed to be a great ride! Big Wooden Horse theatre company was formed to present high quality theatre to younger audiences across the UK, and we are delighted that they are bringing their excellent work to the festival. Grab a kid and go! 17.30 Monday Centaur
Scratch play. Redemption songs An unique opportunity to explore the Redemption Songs theme and devise an original piece of theatre with your fellow Greenbelters! Rosalind Choat, director of the wonderful Diving For Pearls scratch play in 2003, returns to take the group through rehearsals, leading to a performance in Foxhunter on Monday afternoon, open to anyone and everyone. To join the cast, please come to our Friday night opening session. You need to be available to rehearse every morning Saturday, Sunday and Monday! Sign up 18.00 Friday The Club: National Hunt and Festival Suite Rehearsals 9.00 Saturday, Sunday and Monday The Club: National Hunt and Festival Suite Performance 14.00 Monday Foxhunter
For participants aged 15 and above.
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Around The Site. Cardboard Citizens. Cardboard Citizens is the UK’s only homeless people’s professional theatre company. They use performing arts to engage homeless and ex-homeless people in the arts, and thus education, training and employment. Street performance The Cardboard Citizens professional Circus and Street Artist programme is a six month course helping homeless people into selfemployed circus work. See the amazing results!
Various times Saturday around the site
Mayfly. The other way works A stunning late-night performance installation from The Other Way Works, who last visited Greenbelt in 2004. Mayfly is an insect-themed light and sound show. A two-person dome tent springs to life on the site with the sound of hundreds of wings and shadows of tangled antennae. A beautiful and bizarre experience. After 23.00 Saturday & Sunday, see site map for tent location or enjoy the surprise discovery!
The Liberator. Union Dance (page 82).
Bongo Bolero perform extraordinary acrobalance and acrobatics outdoors and in. Their unique circus acts are both exquisitely beautiful and uproariously funny; you could see anything from comedy cabaret to the Chinese Pole! Breathtaking displays of athleticism and nerve make this a real edge of your seat performance. Various times Monday around the site, plus featuring in Last Orders 23.00 Centaur
Stiltwalker Tim is head and shoulders above the rest and struts his stuff all over the country at all sorts of events. Don’t forget to say ‘High!’
African body percussion All ages. Oliver Heath and Victoria Leith return with an innovative, highly popular workshop in this incredible form of African dance that combines dancing and making music in one! Using swift movements of the body, you create percussive sounds and build up intricate rhythms. It’s a fantastic way to express yourself, work in a team, and keep fit!
Various times over the weekend around the site
Workshops Please note most workshops are open to a maximum of 20–25 people, or at the discretion of the leader. In all age workshops, people under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Sessions last up to one hour, unless otherwise stated. Wear comfortable and flexible clothing and footwear. Bring a bottle of water. To participate go to the venue as early as possible all workshops are first come first served.
Cardboard Citizens Samba workshops All ages. Come and learn some samba sounds with Cardboard Citizens and Rhythms of Resistance, and then join the procession around the site! Saturday 12.30 Saturday Angel Space Saturday 14.30 Traidcraft Saturday 15.30 procession starts
Camille Cowe. Dance for toddlers An opportunity for two to five year-olds and their parents to learn dance together, led by choreographer and theatre practitioner, Camille Cowe of Cheltenham Everyman. Please note, each child must be supported by a parent or adult carer. Strictly limited to 20 places. 12.45 Saturday Istabraq Bar approx 30 minutes
Sunday 14.30 Angel Space Monday 10.30 Traidcraft
Tom Jackson. Mime A wonderful wordless medium of theatrical expression. Be part of a group as Tom leads you to devise a brilliant mime piece in two hours flat.
Monday 10.15 Istabraq Bar (Two hour devising session – 15+) Monday 13.00 The Club: National Hunt and Festival Suite (One hour introduction – 11+)
Lincoln Bryden. Giant Ceroc workshop Ceroc is the fastest growing partner dance in the UK. Come and learn some basic moves in this massive outdoor dance session. All you need to do is find a partner and let Lincoln do the rest. Under 16s should be accompanied by an adult. Monday 15.00 Arena
Redemptive Songs: Worship is the natural creative expression of all our faith means to us. Justice. Love. Doubt. Celebration. And in our worship programme this year we have put together a massive range of spaces and rituals to allow you to explore the myriad different
expressions of that faith, new and old, dark and light, sung and spoken, silent and vivid. Hang out in the New Forms Café, pause for reflection in Soul Space – our contemplative venue, catch events, or wander around the installation spaces across the Festival.
Faith. Justice. Love. Doubt. Celebration. worship.
worship. New Forms Café Gold Cup One of Greenbelt’s dedicated worship spaces now comes fully equipped with coffee, WiFi, talks, performances and new forms of worship fused together in one dynamic venue.
Services. Listed in chronological order
Transmission. Transmission’s Isaac Everett grew up in upstate New York hearing the musical traditions of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Isaac has done extensive work in experimental liturgy and spent two years as the musical director of St. Paul’s Chapel, the focal point of all the relief efforts at Ground Zero. He was awarded NYU’s President’s Service Award for his work in the weeks following September 11th. Play – dress up! We’re born naked, but spend our life in fabrics, frocks, uniforms, and fashion. Playing with the idea of dressing up for church and childhood dress-up games, be transformed by vestments, textiles, and the power of imagination. 20.00 Friday
Graceland. Graceland is the spiritual home of a group from Cardiff of the ‘very much doubt it, never thought of it that way before’ school of Christianity. Taxi A meditation on taxi journeys in two parts – an indoor service and outdoor installation. Watch the city slip by to the commentary of neighbourhoods and opinions, slalom between lorries, cyclists and jaywalkers driven by a total stranger taking you to somewhere you don’t know. 00.00 Saturday
The Garden is an experimental project in Brighton, exploring how to live passionately in response to ‘the other’ in ways that embrace the artistic, the intellectual and the practical and which challenges us to take seriously matters of justice, compassion and the planet.
Blank Canvas exists to see creatives connecting with, envisioned and empowered by God in their chosen expression.
True lies An early morning fable for the post-secular, post-everything generation. Join The Garden as they tell you a story mixed together with music, ritual and image. Stories are a way of explaining the universe while leaving it unexplained.
Dream. Dream is a network of five groups based in the Merseyside area that values openness, honesty and freedom in the exploration and pursuit of a spirituality centred on Jesus. Travel notes for a rescued people When your memories get stuck in the past; when faith seems to be getting nowhere it’s time to reconnect with who you are and where you are heading. 12.00 Saturday
Grace. Grace is a Christian alternative worship community/network based in Ealing, London. They have been exploring new ways of worship for over 13 years. Communion by numbers Grace invites you to a round table communion by numbers. If you thought that small tables and numbered cards were the stuff of gambling halls, think again. This will take place during the Global Zoo. 16.00 Saturday
Space to be Using projections and live mix music, this is an opportunity to take time out and look at God, us and the world we live in.
Fuse Factory. Fuse Factory, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, are an audio-visual outfit delivering a symphony in three dimensions. Fuse Factory Video projections and experimental ambient sounds, beats with lyrical improvisation: a chill-out journey into a world of inspiration. 21.00 Saturday
Sanctus 1. Sanctus 1 are based in Manchester. ‘We believe that God is already in the world and working in the world. We recognise God’s indefinable presence in music, film, arts and the culture that surrounds us.’ Shameless From a moment of destruction came ten years of recovery. Sanctus 1 explore the narrative of redemption through the narrative of a city. 23.00 Saturday
Morph. Morph are based in Ipswich, aiming to build community and ‘guard the back door’ of the mainstream church. Shout, Shout, Let it all out! Ever feel like shouting at God, especially while the rest of your church is singing? This service explores the need for authentic lament within worship and how this can be part of our corporate and individual walk with God. 13.00 Sunday
Dream. Fuse Factory. Sanctuary (Bath). mayBe.
Sarah de Nordwall.
Sanctuary are a group seeking to explore and build Christian community. This takes the shape of meeting together regularly for worship, bible study, discussion, art events and food.
Moot is a Church of England ‘Fresh Expressions of Church’ project in Westminster, a developing community of spiritual travellers.
listed in chronological order
Performance from ‘Lipstick is a Spiritual Experience’ to the ‘Routing of the Kingdom of the Bland’ & From the ‘The Universe was Not at Home’ to ‘A black sheep ate my business notes’.
Thanksgiving An all-age service. 15.00 Sunday
Visions. Visions are from York. They are known for their blends of multimedia, creative prayer and mixing the old and the new into a multi-sensory worship experience. 15 – Birthday celebration Come and celebrate with Visions as they get ready to collect the alt worship equivalent of the bus pass – with a service suitable for newcomers and old friends alike. 21.00 Sunday
mayBe. Inspired in part by monastic ways, mayBe is a community in Oxford following in the way of Jesus by prayer and action for a better world now. Magnificat Exploring Mary’s exuberant and gutsy song of blessing and radical change. 23.00 Sunday
Safe Space (Telford). Safe Space, co-ordinated by Mark Berry, is a new spiritual and missional journey in this new town exploring what it means to share life and rest in the hospitality of the community; creating sacred and safe spaces in the heart of network culture for explorers and seekers. Pay[back] Free[dom] Chill out meditation on the ideas of Redemption. 09.00 Monday
Body mass Alternative communion service drawing on the ancient Catholic tradition reframed for the present exploring how God mediates presence through our individual bodies and through us as the body of Christ. 12.00 Monday
Journey Metropolitan Community Church. JMCC aims to create spaces where we are able to explore, discuss, experience, worship and listen. They’re not interested in orthodoxy, they’re interested in authenticity. I need a hero! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a worship service! Build your own superhero and journey with us as we meet classic superheroes and watch them battle it out to determine who is the ultimate hero of all time. 16.00 Monday
Foundation. Foundation is based in Bristol. Its goal is to bring the experience of Christian community into a healthy relationship with contemporary culture. Breath Strong as a tornado or soft as the breeze. Marking time and giving life. Producing speech and the telling of tales. God breathes on us. Breathe in. Hold your breath. 19.00 Monday
God’s iPod & At the sky’s window. Martin Wroe gets the Desert Island playlist from Maggi Dawn and Kester Brewin, whilst in between reading from his latest collection of writings. 21.00 Friday
James Dey. Musically, James has been described as ‘smoky acoustic soul’, ‘lovely yummy music’ and, best of all, ‘putting the rad in Bradford’. 22.30 Friday
Stephen Davies. Stephen has been playing guitar, singing and writing songs for 15 years. Whilst earlier songs are of a folk style, latter work is of a more uptempo folk jazz genre. 17.00 Saturday
Stephen Devine. A born and bred Belfast boy living in Manchester with various band incarnations under his belt, Stephen will be showcasing tracks from his 2006 album ‘Pieces of Me’. 19.00 Saturday
T Mark Hutin & Carrie Noe. Mark met Carrie on a performing arts course, and they formed a song-writing partnership. They present a mix of original and familiar tunes, ‘leading the listener through a kaleidoscope of emotions’. 12.00 Sunday
18.00 Sunday and 17.00 Monday
One man and his DJ. People have tried to describe what Lee Jackson and Andy Flannagan do when they lead worship together, and the nearest anyone has got is ‘a kind of cross-bred thing’ which sounds shocking, but successfully connects the worlds of dance music and guitar-based material. 19.00 Sunday
Trev Williams. Trev’s debut album ‘Guiding Star’ has just been released and he was recently featured on Passion FM. 18.00 Monday
Christian Meditation Centre
Pay[back] Free[dom] & Set Sail Installation open throughout the weekend. Visual and audio meditations on St. Brendan the Navigator.
Our dedicated contemplative worship venue, helping you to engage with and explore the ancient traditions. Slow down. Stop by. Pray in colour. Meditate. Enjoy the view.
Palestine A prayer-installation based on Visions’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land this year.
Is available from the team during the weekend. (19.00 Friday – 18.00 Monday except during the main communion). Come in at any time to make a 30-minute appointment and often there will be Spiritual Directors available to talk to you immediately.
Installations. Safe Space (Telford).
Moot. Fully Human / Fully Spiritual Exploring how we can hold a healthy sense of redemption and life drawing on an exploration of the nature of Christ as fully human and fully spiritual.
Plus... Global Zoo. An invitation for anyone involved in the alt.worship/ emerging church scene to meet at the New Forms Café for stories, strategy and coffee. Fake goatees and iPods available on the door. 15.00 Saturday
There is also a programme of workshops, talks and panels taking place in the New Forms Café over the weekend. Please refer to the talks pages of the guide for listings.
What is spiritual direction? Workshop and Q&A with the spiritual directors. 14.00 Saturday
Prayer Space. Come at any time between 10.00 and 22.00 to try out different types of prayer.
Quiet Space. Come and just ‘be’ and enjoy the view and the atmosphere of the Panoramic Restaurant.
Worship Space. Come and participate in a variety of experiences and explore your own rhythms of contemplation through worship and our series of workshops.
Bishop’s Thought A number of Bishops will come and share with us a brief thought for the day preceding Vespers or Evening Prayer. Each day 17.30
Contemplative Fire & Martin Brown. Holy Space Morning Prayer Brought to you by this intentional and dispersed community of people, mandated by Rowan Williams as a ‘fresh expression of worship’.
09.00 Saturday, Sunday & Monday
12.00 Saturday and Monday
Molten Meditation Finding a time and place to meditate and reflect on God’s word can be a struggle. Through the use of soothing and uplifting music, combined with narrated verses, these meditations aim to facilitate an encounter with God. Thanksgiving for the Word 18.00 Friday
Phillip Roderick, Martin Brown, Contemplative Fire Rhythm and Chant Workshop An Anglican priest, educator and percussionist, Philip is the initiator and leader of Contemplative Fire. 21.00 Friday
nChant. nChant is a young women’s choir exploring spirituality and music, singing medieval and contemporary music for ritual and meditation. ‘Psalms & Songs’ – Night Prayer Quiet late night service 23.00 Friday
‘Luminescence’ – Night Prayer An alternative contemplative service focusing on light in the darkness. With Divine Space. 23.00 Saturday
Life Coaching from Bruce Stanley. Naked Wishing What is it you really, really want? The biggest most fulfilling wishes are usually hiding. 15.00 Saturday
Deep Calls Stilling the mind and listening to what calls us using alpha and theta brainwave meditation techniques. 15.00 Sunday
Mark Stafford. Push down on whichever pedal comes up next Mark Stafford ran away from the circus to join the church. He works with redthread in South London schools and in this engaging worship circus, people will be asked to balance on things – and they will fall off. 16.00 Saturday
Orthodox community of St John of Kronstadt parish. This local community invite you to share with them as they explore Great Vespers 18.00 Saturday
Praying with Icons 21.00 Saturday
Divine Space. Leading you through two interactive alternative liturgies Songs of guilt, fear & freedom 16.00 Sunday
Meditative Eucharist 21.00 Sunday
Taizé. Two low key services from the Taizé community.
23.00 Sunday and 19.00 Monday
Lisa Cornwell. Understanding our dreams A brief introduction into the meaning and purpose of dreams, followed by a method for working with our dreams and practical application. Participants should come prepared with a dream to share, if possible. 15.00 Monday
Othona Community. One World Worship An open Christian celebration: the wonders of creation, the common ground of humanity, the wisdom of many spiritual traditions, and the longing for peace. 16.00 Monday
Across Site As well as our dedicated worship venues, services will be taking place across the weekend in various venues. A to Z of contributors
Blank Canvas. Redemption Song (2) – Celebrating redemption Throughout history amazing work has been done to set slaves free. We listen to the stories and are inspired. But much remains to be done. What can we do to put a ‘redemption song’ on the lips of others? With Noel Moules (Workshop) and Sarah Williams (Anti-Slavery International). 09.00 Monday Crosby
The Burn Band.
Catholic worship with CAFOD. A Catholic Mass with drama. Come early to participate in the pre-service workshop. 17.45 Saturday Watts (service starts at 18.30)
The Deaf Community at Greenbelt.
Fuse Factory are an audiovisual outfit delivering a symphony in three dimensions. (See music pages for more details)
09.00 Sunday Watts
Worship in British Sign Language – with voice over interpretation to provide full access to those with no knowledge of sign language. Hands up
23.00 Friday Crosby
23.00 Sunday Crosby
Dixey et Domine.
Redemption Song (1) – Crying for redemption There are 12 million slaves in the world today. We hear their screams, their anger and their dreams – demanding and longing for redemption. What hope do we have to offer? What does ‘redemption’ really mean? Begin the day with reflections, images, meditation and music. Noel Moules and Sarah Williams will join the band to lead.
fEAST is the evening congregation of Clapton Park URC, East London. They meet every Sunday to share ideas and food, pray, discuss, sing and generally be a community of people caring for and inspiring each other.
23.00 Saturday Crosby
20.00 Sunday Children’s Festival tent
Morning prayer 09.00 Eucharist 12.30 Evening prayer 17.30 Night prayer 21.00.
Early morning Sunday Mass
Are from the Burn Church, an alternative service at the Vineyard Church St.Albans, and are on the forefront of modern UK Vineyard worship, bringing passion, energy and intimacy. Their debut album ‘Beautiful’ has sold over 45,000 copies worldwide.
09.00 Saturday Centaur
Greenbelt via their community camp on site. A warm welcome awaits, plus regular worship:
An hour of Matt Dixey’s songs reflecting an honest heart in the light of faith in the everyday world. 00.15 Monday Stage 2
Heresy Does heresy still have meaning for us? Are any beliefs still beyond the pale? How should we treat heretics? Can we be too tolerant? What are we too intolerant about?
The Franciscans. Easy enough to spot in the Helicopter Field camping area – they’ll be the ones in the brown habits – the Franciscans bring the Convent and the Friary from the inner city to
Soul Food Multi-layered saturated video images, powerful and atmospheric electro beats and a feminine melodic voice invite total immersion. A worship experience not to be missed. 21.00 Friday Centaur
Gloopy Music. An independent music group (Belfast/Manchester) that emerged in 2005 to provide a creative platform for performers and producers to make music that celebrates contrast, repetition, beauty, simplicity and passion. Final Destination An alternative act of meditation and worship led by the loops, beats and music of Stephen Devine. Gloopy Music will weave between drum machines, passionate vocals and spiralling loops to generate an environment of mantras to allow you to meditate, reflect, participate or merely absorb. 00.15 Saturday Stage 2
Goth-worship. Happygoff are a group of Christian Goths who have networked with one another across the country. ‘Ara’ means ‘altar’ or ‘sanctuary’ and is a monthly club-like event that takes place in a 17th century church close to the centre of Manchester. It seeks to provide a safe haven for those who are into all things alternative, with
music covering goth, metal, EBM, eighties and punk. Happygoff and Ara combine to bring you an extended goth-style worship event in Stage 2. The first half will be a reflective, meditative service incorporating the Eucharist (led by Rev Alex Gowing-Cumber), which will then lead into music, visuals and performance to help you groove, move, mosh and pogo.
Early bird liturgy: out of slavery Exploring and sharing John 21 in mime, music and meditation
00.15 Sunday Stage 2
Ikon describe themselves as ‘iconic, apocalyptic, heretical, emerging and failing’, and offer gatherings that mix a rich blend of live music, ritual, art and reflection as experiments in ‘theodrama’. Ikon member Pete Rollins’ book ‘How (Not) To Speak of God’ describes some of these beautiful and fragile encounters, which have stunned, challenged and enthralled Greenbelters for the past few years. Don’t miss this. Fundamentalism Because we we’re right. 21.00 Sunday Centaur
L8r. Godly Play Sign up in the Messy Space venue for a session of Godly Play. Storytelling with a difference for all the family.
10.00 & 15.15 Saturday, 15.15 Sunday & 10.00 & 15.15 Monday Messy Space (Cottage Rake)
Plus for parents who want to know more about Godly Play, come to a discussion with the organisers. 20.00 Sunday Messy Space (Cottage Rake)
L’Arche is a worldwide network of communities in 30 countries founded by Jean Vanier, where people with learning disabilities live together with assistants. The group at Greenbelt are representatives from some of these communities. Their liturgies reflect our daily lives where we treasure mutually transforming relationships, and our times of worship and reflection.
09.00 Saturday Hall of Fame
Standing on holy ground A participatory Washing of the Feet
12.30 Sunday Foxhunter Cabaret
Early bird liturgy: the mirror of Mary of Magdalene Exploring and sharing John 20 in mime, music and meditation 09.00 Monday Hall of Fame
Molten Meditation. Scripture Meditations A series of meditations to feed the soul, calm the mind and relax the body 09.00 Saturday Crosby & 22.00 Sunday Watts
Muyiwa and Riversongz. Premier Radio presenter and international worship leader Muyiwa Olarewaju and his group Riversongz have led worship at major Christian & non-Christian events around the world. Muyiwa has worked with artists such as Mariah Carey, Aerosmith and Bob Dylan. And Riversongz between them have worked with artists such as Ms Dynamite, Madonna and Matt Redman. This will feature an eclectic collection of styles moving from African rhythms and melodies to beautiful worship songs. 19.30 Monday Centaur
Quaker Meeting for Worship. Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends) have worshipped in Cheltenham for over 340 years and they welcome everyone to join them in this silent act of worship
09.00 Sunday Foxhunter Cabaret
St Mike’s. St Mike’s are based in York and are lively community of worshippers using songs, stories, surprises, and stuff to make you think. Missing Persons All-age worship based on the parable of the lost son, with Leonard the learned lizard! 09.15 Saturday Stage 2
Sanctuary is a gathering for British Asians and anyone else who is exploring Christ. A safe place where people can experience God’s grace, acceptance and forgiveness and realise that Christianity is more than just a ‘white man’s faith’. During the last five years they have developed as a grace and faith community for east and west to discover Christ without losing their cultural identity.
Love Actually All age worship based on the Good Samaritan, with prayer for healing and Leonard the learned lizard!
East-West Experience the peace and stillness of Yeshu and discover spiritual space to connect with God. With Pall Singh.
Sounds of Salvation Skanking! A hyperactive act of worship, this Ska Mass will feature lots of skanking (ska dancing) to original material as well as some old classics.
22.00 Friday Watts & 09.00 Monday Centaur
20.00 Saturday Children’s Festival tent
Rock or Roll All age worship based on the parable of the two builders, including clowning from Under The Weather comedy crew!
09.00 Monday Foxhunter Cabaret
09.15 Monday Stage 2
St Luke’s Soul Space.
Soul Space is an alternative worshipping community at St Luke’s, Holloway in North London. Centred on a monthly ambient Mass, the group explores the struggles and aspirations of urban spirituality.
The Taizé community does not organise a movement around itself. Instead, after a stay at Taizé, people are invited to set out on a ‘pilgrimage of trust’ wherever they live, encouraged by an experience of prayer and with greater awareness of their bonds with many others who are involved in a similar search.
Detox for the Soul A service to de-clutter mind and spirit.
Friday 20.00 Children’s Festival tent
Redemption Songs The power of hope in a dark and scary world Saturday 09.00 Foxhunter Cabaret
Evening service An evening of Taizé prayer with Brother Paolo, who will be joined by a group of 25 young adults from across the UK, forming a choir of singers and musicians. 19.30 Saturday Centaur
If you would like to come and learn the four part chants which will be used in the main service, come along to the Taizé song practice. 20.30 Friday Crosby
sunday communion. Wild Goose & Worship Works.
Prayer Stations/ Installations.
Morning Worship Join perennial Greenbelt favourites Alison Adam, John Bell, Christian Aid and friends for thought provoking Iona style worship.
mayBe. Magnificat Mary’s song takes physical shape on site at the Festival as an installation.
Saturday & Monday 09.00 Watts
The Big Sing In a year when the Greenbelt theme is Redemption Songs, what else could the theme of the Big Sing be? Your singing input needed! 19.00 Sunday Wesley
Installations & interactivity As well as all the services and sessions listed above, there’s plenty else around the site for you to walk on, get in and look at.
The Labyrinth. Escape from the noise and bustle of the Festival and walk a replica of the medieval Chartres Labyrinth. Bringing the Labyrinth to Greenbelt this year are Veriditas, which was founded in the USA in 1996 by Lauren Artress. Its work centres around offering the Labyrinth experience as a personal practice for healing and growth, a tool for community building, an agent for global peace and a metaphor for life. Betting Hall
Journey Metropolitan Community Church. Bitter Fruit A tree with fruit that discusses discrimination issues and examines fear-based theology. Graceland. Taxi extended remix Outdoor installation – an extended remix of the themes developed in their service, using arresting visuals and sound. A drive-by experience for the casual observer. Bird-Box Shrines No need for binoculars. Just focus.
Shed Worship. Foundation. Poetry shed An installation where you may read the poetry of others and contribute your own. Sanctuary (Bath). Chapel of Prayer An installation with seven small stations for prayer. L8R. Bomb The Shed An interactive installation that will turn a garden shed into a graffiti space-cum-‘mind map’, exploring and challenging the labels we and others give ourselves. Grace. Shed Obscura An installation where we will turn the shed into a large pinhole camera as a way of considering the upside down kingdom.
One night in Egypt, an apprehensive people gathered to eat a hasty meal of lamb, bitter herbs and unleavened bread. With their coats on and their possessions bundled on their backs, they waited for the cue to sing their redemption songs. This year we follow their journey into freedom as we celebrate the meal that Jesus gave us and we sing redemption to the world around us. Bring your hearts, your minds, your friends and your family. Bring your questions, your worship, your generosity and your true selves. We will supply the bread and wine, and God will be there too. Start to gather from 09.30; learn the songs from 10.10. Service starts at 10.30. Choice of venue! Our new outdoor Mainstage is fab, but there is one small problem – we can’t fit everyone in for the communion service. So this year you have a choice of where to worship: – The Mainstage where you’ll get the feel of the traditional big Greenbelt crowd. – The Arena where you will have a better view on the Big Screen, more space and the delights of the Tiny Tea Tent to keep you refreshed. Plus the loos are nearer and from 09.40 Fischy Music’s Stephen Fischbacher will be on hand with pre-communion entertainment. Whichever you decide, get there early. If you’re heading for the Arena from the campsite, use the crossing of the racecourse nearest the Grandstand. And please follow the directions of the stewards as they will know where there is free space. Bear with us as we try something new – if it doesn’t work we’ll think again for next year!
Sharing communion. We will hand out bread and wine before the service begins. So, as you arrive, join up with others to make a group of about 20 people. Once you have 20 in your group, send one person to collect bread and wine from the stewards.
Want to be a part of it? We need a small choir and percussionists to help lead the music at the communion service. Singers About 20 women and men who are strong singers (not needing soloists) to help lead the congregational singing. Come to Wesley at 19.00 on Saturday where Alison Adam will put you through your paces. Percussionists About 20 sensitive drummers, shakers, and percussers needed. Jane Bentley will knock things into shape at Iona tent at 19.00 on Saturday. Please bring an instrument if you have one, (hand drums, percussion, or Surdos) although there will be extras available. Rehearsing one hour apart and then one hour together
Faith. Creation. Art. Liberation. Justice. Trust.
Greenbelt has experienced the generosity of so many thousands of people over years, and as a festival we know that this generous spirit must be passed on to others.
Look out for events supported by grants in 2005/2006 in the listings. Image above by Nebiyu Assefa ©Joanna Brown. From a book on fair trade funded by Trust Greenbelt.
Trust Greenbelt is our way of giving back into local and global initiatives that find ways of combining, in their broadest sense, faith, justice and the arts. With the tens of thousands of pounds collected each year at the Sunday communion service, we distribute small and medium-sized grants that liberate creativity in the face of exclusion, exploitation and injustice. We know these things are risky. But we’re prepared for that. It’s one way that we can ‘walk our own talk’ by helping people to work out the Greenbelt vision throughout the year.
You’ll get a booklet at the Sunday morning communion service that tells more of the Trust Greenbelt story. You’ll also get an envelope for you to make your gift. If you miss these at communion then pick them up at the Angel venue and at the bigger worship services in the Centaur venue over the weekend. To apply for a grant from Trust Greenbelt, logon to www.greenbelt.org/trust to read about the criteria, what we aim to fund, and what sort of things to include in your bid. We’ve tried to keep the process as simple as possible.
The numbers are staggering, and we are in awe. We knew volunteers did a lot, but when the consultants told us that the work volunteers did is equivalent to Greenbelt nearly quadrupling its full-time workforce from 6 to 22, we just had to sit down for a minute and say ‘Thank you!’ Greenbelt runs on the back of these hundreds of willing volunteers whose part in the delivery of the Festival cannot be understated; it’s they who really deliver the Festival in practice each year. If you’d like to become one of them we’d love to hear from you. Perhaps you’d like to be selling t-shirts, or part of a programming group, or perhaps could manage a venue. Whatever you have to offer, Greenbelt needs you.
Thank you. And you. And you. And you?
So if you love the Festival, are over 16 years old and want to help make 2007 even better, then come to the session on volunteering on Monday afternoon. Greenbelt needs all sorts of ‘peculiar people’; especially those with skills you may not readily associate with an arts festival. One Greenbelter came to this session in 2002 to shelter from a rain shower and ended up as Treasurer. If we can find a role for him, just think how you might you get involved! 15.15 Monday Children’s Festival tent Or if you want to talk through opportunities then just pop into the Angels venue and chat to someone there. Alternatively, email email@example.com or visit www.greenbelt.org.uk/volunteers for further information on various roles. There are things to suit everyone – whether it be all year round work or simply during the Festival – so just ask!
Volunteer Profile. Gayle Findlay
Volunteer Profile. Jo Beecroft
On-Site Control Room Manager
With Jonny Baker I organise all the worship on site as part of the Programme Group. I wanted to get involved because I know that seeing a broad range of worship at the Festival inspired me to go home and change how I worshipped, and I wanted to make that happen for other Greenbelters too.
I first came to Greenbelt aged 16 – the year of Hurricane Charlie! I loved it and really appreciated the hard work the volunteers did, and two years later I was stewarding, working on day security.
The thing I most enjoy is seeing people be inspired by the events we have organised and seeing groups who are putting on services for the first time get so much out of it. The main challenge is the number of hours we put in – but by Bank holiday Monday it is worth it! It is very different from what I do in my day job, which is a race equality manager in an urban regeneration project! But I think that is why I stick with it! I love organising ‘things’ just ask my husband!
I have been volunteering for Greenbelt for 18 years since then – starting on day security. I have done several roles within Festival Operations: working on venues, as a team leader, and then in the control room, where, two years ago, I took over as manager. Looking back, my faith was fairly naïve when I first came. On my 18th birthday I had joined the Police Force and I spent years of juggling the sights and horrors of my job with what I believed as a Christian. Greenbelt is a fabulous staging post – a place to recharge and put my other work back into perspective. It’s where I belong, and I can’t imagine not volunteering!
A huge thanks to all those who have made Greenbelt 06 happen…thank you for your tireless to commitment and time, energy, expertise and resources…especially Patron The Rt Revd Rowan Williams Trustees Chair Karen Napier Vice Chair Andy Turner Treasurer Jonathan Smith Company Secretary Paul Bennett Jenny Baker Jason Barnett Gaynor Bradshaw Chris Bold David Cullen Simon Hall Jude Levermore Kevin McCullough Dot Reid Paul Wilson Pip Wilson Martin Wroe Staff Festival Director Beki Bateson Marketing and Media Manager Paul Northup Programme Manager Oliver Carruthers Programme Coordinator Sarah Dean Trading and Angels Manager Gill Hewitt Box Office Manager Laura Patterson Administrator Catherine Cray Finance Administrator Nive Hall Site Manager Pete Allison CRB & Children’s Administrator Niki Whitfield With thanks to Chris Tarren Alison Dreezer Jem Maynard Watts Andy Bartlett Ben Parker from E&MS Plus a special thanks to all those who have helped out in the office throughout the year. Especially: Dave Constable Phoebe Reith
Management Group All trustees plus Jude Adam Andy Barr Paul Chambers Liz Chapman Nicola Hambridge Iain Harvey-Smith Nicky McGinty Ken Montgomery John Noble Emma Thirlwell Kirsten Winter Programming Group Chair Emma Thirlwell Jonny Baker Adam Baxter Gayle Findlay Darren Goddard Sue Harvey-Smith Harvey Jessop Harry Napier Jonathan Philpott Carole Pugh Stephen and Liz Spicer Colin Udall Joe Walker Jeremy Woodham Plus all those on the subgroups Communion John Bell Jenny Baker and team Festival Operations Management Liz Chapman David Cullen Martin Finey Nicky McGinty Martin Short Richard Amys Ruth Amys Mark Avis Jo Beecroft Boz Rob Cotterill Sarah Dickens Claire Downing Stick Downing Shaun Fillery Simon Fullbrook Nick Henstock Alasdair King Caroline Miles Sally Mills Norman Parr Sally Patterson Zoe Pilborough Ben Pugh Karen Radcliffe Stuart Radcliffe George Ryding Glyn Ross Samuel
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Other teams (and individuals) who have helped throughout the year There’s not enough space to thank everyone, but
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Redemption Songs 25—28 August Cheltenham Racecourse www.greenbelt.org.uk Festival Guide £5
Featuring Ched Myers. NT Wright.
2007 tickets available from the Box Ofﬁce by the main gate Monday 28 August 11am—4pm
working with Christian Aid
24 — 27 August Cheltenham Racecourse heaven in ordinary
The Guide from the 2006 Festival