5,000 turn out for green festival

Green Gathering Festival - The Seelie Court Faeries performers at Green Gathering in Chepstow. (8871062)

Green Gathering Festival - The Seelie Court Faeries performers at Green Gathering in Chepstow. (8871065)

Green Gathering Festival - Lee McCory and Eddie Denny performing at the Green Gathering Festival in Chepstow. (8871067)

Green Gathering Festival - A colourful cyclist makes his way. (8871070)

Green Gathering Festival - Emma Gatsby performing on the Dandelion Stage. (8871078)

Green Gathering Festival in Chepstow. (8871080)

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AROUND 5,000 people turned out for the four-day Green Gathering festival in Chepstow this weekend, which saw music from more than 100 bands across four stages.

Organisers of the festival, which ran from Thursday, July 31 to Sunday, August 3, said they were pleased with the turnout to this year’s gathering in Piercefield Park, Chepstow.

The festival, which has been running at the site in Chepstow since 2011, welcomed Green Party politician Molly Scott Cato along with other green activists to speak.

Alero Agindotan, one of the event organisers, said: “We call it a festival beyond hedonism. You can go out, you party, and then when you come home you think about what good you can do for the world.”

The site included a healing field, craft area, speakers forum, art studio and a choice of bars, as well as performances from DJs, poets, comedians, magicians and mystics.

Ms Agindotan, who runs the speakers forum which hosts both talks and poetry performances, said the focus of this year’s festival is to be family orientated.

She said: “I bought my two nephews who have never been camping before and we’ve made baskets and done other crafts.

“It’s all quite a compact festival but it’s beautiful down here.”

There is also a campaigns area which features a range of stalls aiming to spread the various messages of the festival and to encourage sustainable living.

Ms Agindotan said: “Green living is not hard. It’s just about making particular choices in particular areas of your life.

“For many people, it’s about learning about what it entails. People don’t know the details and they think it’s a difficult thing to get into. But every little does help.”

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10:28am Mon 4 Aug 14

anigel says...

I bet thousands of people burnt lots of fossil fuel to go to this "green" festival and showed just how green they were.
I bet thousands of people burnt lots of fossil fuel to go to this "green" festival and showed just how green they were. anigel
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Strigulensia says...

Yet more noise pollution from the racecourse. This it is becoming a big issue for some of us locals. Don’t want to put a dampener on such events if they would respect the fact we have to go to work. But I really don’t think the racecourse is an appropriate venue. They must be raking it in though.
Yet more noise pollution from the racecourse. This it is becoming a big issue for some of us locals. Don’t want to put a dampener on such events if they would respect the fact we have to go to work. But I really don’t think the racecourse is an appropriate venue. They must be raking it in though. Strigulensia
  • Score: 5

10:05am Sat 9 Aug 14

alerolove says...

The festival was a lovely family-friendly event, lots of crafts and workshops and interesting things to do for adults and children alike. Nice music and great food stalls. The previous commenters are just so miserable and negative and probably went nowhere near the festival - just moaning about people having a lovely time from their armchairs. Everybody burns fossil fuels for goodness sake! - the point is to gradually reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and encourage use of renewable sustainable energy - it's so easy to criticise and disparage the efforts of others. The festival noise level is constantly monitored so it is not a nuisance so those complaining about noise pollution are making things up. I doubt anybody misses or is late for work because the green gathering is on for four days - in fact popping over to Piercefield Park for the day on Sat or Sun makes a nice day out and puts a smile on your face before starting another week of work. The festival is non-profit making and loses money each year but still continues to try and cheer up the people of chepstow and provide a good service. Long may it continue!
The festival was a lovely family-friendly event, lots of crafts and workshops and interesting things to do for adults and children alike. Nice music and great food stalls. The previous commenters are just so miserable and negative and probably went nowhere near the festival - just moaning about people having a lovely time from their armchairs. Everybody burns fossil fuels for goodness sake! - the point is to gradually reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and encourage use of renewable sustainable energy - it's so easy to criticise and disparage the efforts of others. The festival noise level is constantly monitored so it is not a nuisance so those complaining about noise pollution are making things up. I doubt anybody misses or is late for work because the green gathering is on for four days - in fact popping over to Piercefield Park for the day on Sat or Sun makes a nice day out and puts a smile on your face before starting another week of work. The festival is non-profit making and loses money each year but still continues to try and cheer up the people of chepstow and provide a good service. Long may it continue! alerolove
  • Score: -4

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