Chorlton’s Big Green Festival set to shine in celebration of sustainable living

By Claire Holden

Chorlton’s Big Green Festival kicks off today for what promises to be a massively successful third year.

The festival, held at St Clement’s Church, Edge Lane will celebrate sustainable living in Manchester.

It offers a vibrant mix of live music and performances, hands-on practical workshops, food and drink stalls and arts.

Festival organisers said: “We’re not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination. But by staging events like Chorlton’s Big Green Festival without damaging the environment, the Green Chorlton team wants to prove that living sustainably isn’t all that difficult. And hopefully that it can be lots of fun too!”

The theme for this year’s festival will be ‘The World in Chorlton’, celebrating all things local and cultural, including performances by Mundi Punjabi DI, traditional Bhangra dancers from India and The Northern Belly Company, a belly dancing troupe.

There will be two main stages; the Solar Stage and The Big Green Stage.

The Big Green Stage is powered entirely by BioFuel, which has been made with used vegetable oil, sourced from caterers in Manchester.

Across these two stages will be various performances and music acts. Acts include Manchester bands Extra Love and James Kelly, who Tweeted: “playing at @biggreenfest in Chorlton on Saturday at 3.20pm… should be a great day”

Chorlton Big Green Festival favorites Thingamabob and Thingamajig, playing ukulele-funk, will be returning to the stage before Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six provide the grand finale.

Excited Rebecca Broadbent Tweeted:Hope the sunshine stays for @biggreenfest on Saturday. Although a bit of rain isn’t going to spoil the fun!”

Throughout the day lots of workshops will be taking place from the likes of community group Rubbish Revamped, who will teach festival-goers how to make ornaments out of recycled items, Cracking Good Food who will provide delicious cooking demonstrations, and a pop-up farm.

Many stalls, all in one concentrated area, will be ready to sell their wares and chat about local issues and the global topic of climate change. Stalls include Manchester and District Beekeepers, World Development Movement and Mamu’s Greenwood Crafts.

Professional practitioners will be providing an opportunity to relax and re-energise at the Wellbeing Area, offering complimentary taster sessions for a wide range of therapies such as Pilates, homeopathy, and meditation.

Chorlton Big Green Festival launched in 2009 with over 4,000 visitors and is run by Green Chorlton, a not-for-profit community group that aims to promote environmental issues.

The festival promises to be a great opportunity to learn about sustaining and taking care of the world we live in, with many fun activities for all the family.

The main festival is from 11am–5.30pm (stalls) and 12pm–6.30pm (music) and the evening Ceilidh is from 7.30pm–11pm, plus an After Party at Dulcimer from 7pm.

Entrance is free.

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