Big Green Festival to Promote Sustainable Living (and Fun!)
Lest anyone labor under the false impression that going green has to be deadly serious business, we wanted to pass along the following announcement about what promises to be a fantastically fun eco-event. Should you happen to be in the the South Manchester area the first weekend in April, you won’t want to miss this delightful day of festivities. By the way, if you do attend, be sure to send us photos to post! — Julia Wasson
Chorlton’s Big Green Festival, a brand-new date in South Manchester’s calendar, is inviting local residents to get on their bikes and join in Chorlton’s first-ever Big Green Bike Parade.
To promote the green message and day’s events, Chorlton’s Big Green Festival-goers will be taking to the streets with the Big Green Bike Parade. Anyone with two wheels is urged to join the ride around the Chorlton Green, Chorltonville and Beech Road area at noon on Saturday 4 April.
Attention-seekers are welcome, with participants being encouraged to decorate their bikes and wear fancy dress (the theme is green!) for maximum impact. Families are invited to take part and local schoolchildren will be involved in Festival preparations in the run-up to the day. There will be a competition for best-dressed bike and best fancy-dress outfit, with some fabulous prizes up for grabs thanks to local businesses — so kids are advised to get creative over the half-term holiday!
The bike ride is suitable for all ages, young or old. Community PC Eric Smith will ensure police officers and/or CSOs are available at strategic points along the route, and members of St John Ambulance will also be on hand. The Festival organisers will also have stewards present and are recruiting volunteers to help out on the day (please email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
There will be lots of other bicycle-focused activities on the car-free Festival site itself. A selection of unusual bikes will be available for Festival-goers to try out in the not-the-carpark area, and free repair workshops are taking place — so if a flat tyre or broken chain is your excuse for not cycling, bring your bike along and get it back on the road.
There will also be a bicycle polo match to watch and get involved in, plus an exciting performance by innovative bike dance troupe The Spokes.
The issue of climate change and resource depletion is getting too big to ignore, and Chorlton’s Big Green Festival aims to help the community explore new and interesting ways to incorporate sustainability into everyday living — with Chorlton’s Big Green Festival promising to be an action packed, fun-filled event showcasing all that’s green and great in Manchester.
As well as the bike-related events, there will be live entertainment, food and drink stalls, raffles, swap shops, therapy sessions, art exhibitions, craft workshops, guest speakers and an exciting foot-stomping ceilidh. With outdoor stages and indoor zones, think Glastonbury, but even more fabulous and friendly! Be sure to look for performances from Thingumabob and the Thingumajigs and Dr. Butler’s Medicine Hatstand Band.
Chorlton’s Big Green Festival will take place on Saturday 4 April 2009 at the St Clement’s venue (located where Edge Lane and High Lane meet at the junction with Manchester Road and St Clement’s Road). Further details are available on Chorlton’s Big Green Festival website.
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