Friday, August 19, 2016

Greenbelt Festival. The best days in my life.

Greenbelt's e-news Dispatches: 19th August

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Just one week to go ...

Things are really hotting up. Our site contractors and site vibers are already at Boughton, doing the groundwork to make sure everything is ready for your arrival. The printed Festival Guides have just arrived (they look and smell great). The App is ready (see below). Great Britain is second in the Olympic medal table. And Greenbelt 2016 is almost here.


App & Daily Diary 

The GB16 App for iOS and Android is out now (thanks to Paul Bennett). You can also buy a non-printable PDF Daily Diary download.


Get your tickets online

Save yourself time, hassle and queues when you arrive by getting your tickets now. There are still great weekend, dayand group ticket deals to be had. Book your showers now too. You can still book fully-equipped tents with Tangerine Fields. And don't forget your carparking or caravan passes.


Got everything?

Really? Everything? Please check out the essential information online and read any emails titled 'All Ticket-Buyers' carefully to make sure you know how to get to Greenbelt and what to do when you arrive. Don't forget any extras you might need – like carparking passes, showers etc.


First time? On your own?

A festival can be daunting when you've never been before. Or if you come on your own. That's why we're reintroducing a 'Welcome to Greenbelt' session with the help of Christian Connection. And ahead of time, here are some tips on our blog for how to make the most of your Greenbelt virgin experience. You'll leave feeling part of a community.


Showcasing young talent

We’re really excited to be able to showcase some great young talent at this year’s festival – with our own set of Ted-style youth short talks, Tell It Like It Is, and the return of the XLP Music Showcase. Read more about the wonderfully talented young musicians and thinkers who will wow us on our blog here.


Last chances to volunteer

We're looking for two more volunteers on our artist drivers teamEmail Katherine. We need one social media volunteer – fluent in Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Email Rachelwith references by midnight on Sunday 21st August. And our Site Vibing teamneeds five volunteers to help with take-down on Tuesday 30th AugustEmail Mary, with 'Site Vibing' in the title.


Be a part of it ...


Herstory uses feminist art to engage young people with women’s history. And this festival young people will get the chance to work with its founder Alice Wroe in a series of workshops across the weekend. Read more on the blog here.

The Tenx9 team from Belfast are back with two storytelling events at the festival. Nine people get to tell 10-minute stories and we want to hear yours! Sign up here to be part of this most treasured of festival experiences.

Bring your left-over Lego

We want children to give in their own way at this year's communion. So, as well as grown-up cash and cheques, we’ll collect Lego gifts for the children of Ilamula House in Soweto. Please bring a few pieces (used or new) to offer. We'll do the rest.


In other news ...

The Boy Who Lived

Our associate partners Embrace will be asking you to get involved in bringing change for the people of Gaza. Join them in the G-Source village and find out how you can play your part and read more on their blog here.

Scriptural Reasoning

The enormously popular Scriptural Reasoning sessions, hosted by the Cambridge Interfaith Programme, will be back at the festival this year – in our brand new interfaith venue, The CanvasMore here.

Our new associate partners YMCA are looking forward to being back at Greenbelt working with young people. "We love coming to the festival and love what it does and stands for." Read more on their blog here.


And finally...

Check out Greenbelt compere Jim Harris' blog about the great art that is everywhere at Boughton House – inside and out.