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Laughter and permaculture: Big Green Gathering 2009
What started as an offshoot of Glastonbury Festival has evolved into one of the biggest green festivals. So what's planned for 2009?
As a county, Somerset has more than its fair share of festivals. The biggest is of course Glastonbury, but there are many smaller ones which feature a strong green element.
The Big Green Gathering is held near Cheddar Gorge in the Mendips. The five day event will take place between 29 July to 2 August.
The festival came from the original Green Gatherings of the 1980s which were held in the Green Fields of Glastonbury Festival. Groups used to meet there and wish for a stand alone green festival, so the Big Green Gathering was born.
As the name suggests, its green credentials are plentiful. All stages will be powered by renewable energy and there will be many talks and workshops discussing things such as permaculture.
There will also be laughter workshops with Joe Hoare and ecstatic dance with Jewls Wingfield, while Jonathan Kay, head honcho of the National Academy of Fools will be teaching all about the art of nonsense.
But the festival isn't just all about all things green - music also plays a huge part.
Ex-Hawkwind's The Nik Turner Band, Three Daft Monkeys, dub-electro act Dubblehead and Australian seven-piece Rapskallion are all set to play.
So if you're attending the event, don't forget to send us your photos and we'll publish the best ones here.
last updated: 27/04/2009 at 17:15