Join the Fun – Help Plan Chorlton’s 2010 Big Green Festival

August 28, 2009 by  
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Chorlton's first Big Green Festival featured a traditional Ceildh Dance. Photo courtesy: Chorlton's Big Green Festival

Chorlton's first Big Green Festival featured a traditional Ceildh Dance. Photo courtesy: Chorlton's Big Green Festival

Though it’s still August, it’s not too early to start thinking about events that will take place next spring. Odette O’Reilly wrote to tell us that plans are already in progress for the second annual Big Green Festival in Chorlton, South Manchester, England. From all that we hear — and the delightful photo gallery posted on the website — this year’s Festival was a great success. But it takes a lot of dedicated people to make it all come together as seamlessly as the first one did. If being in the thick of the action appeals to you, now is the time to step forward and volunteer. Read on to learn more. — Julia Wasson, Publisher

The wheels are in motion once again for the second Chorlton’s Big Green Festival, which will take place on Sat 27 March 2010.

Residents decorated their wheelie bins in environmental themes. Photo courtesy: Chorlton's Big Green Festival

Residents decorated their wheelie bins in environmental themes. Photo courtesy: Chorlton's Big Green Festival

Nobody could have predicted the success of April’s festival, which brought in more than 1,500 festival goers, and saw the likes of a bicycle parade around Chorlton, wheelie bin displays, a solar/wind powered sound system, swap shops and a foot stomping ceilidh, as well as guest speakers, eco workshops and live entertainment.

The phenomenal turn out really brought it home that there is a huge desire within the community to tackle green living issues head on and explore what choices we have, in making small changes to our lives.

Once again, the festival will aim to draw in local businesses, musicians, residents and organisations to make the day as fun packed and informative as possible, and to showcase all that is green in Manchester. We also aim to expand 2010’s festival by introducing an evening of guest speakers and holding an open forum on Thursday 25 March, which will be followed by the main event, held on Saturday 27 March.

The first planning meeting for the festival is to be held at 7.30pm on Thursday 10 Sept at St Clement’s Church, Chorlton. We’re looking for as many enthusiastic volunteers as possible to get involved this year so we can generate new ideas and get some fresh perspectives. Let’s make the next festival bigger and better and accessible to all!

For more information contact – Odette O’ Reilly:

Chorlton’s Big Green Festival

T: 07912795921

Blue Planet Green Living (Home Page)

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San Ramon Eco-Festival – “Good, Green Fun for Everyone”

Update 8/23/09: Festival organizer, Robert Jacobs, reports that the San Ramon Eco-Festival has been postponed, with the intention of rescheduling. If you would like more details, please contact Robert at — Publisher

Want to learn how to live an eco-friendly life and have a great time doing it? You can do both by attending the first annual San Ramon, California, Eco-Festival. This family friendly event will be held at Bishop Ranch Civic Center on August 29 and 30, 2009.

The event will be open Saturday, August 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, August 30, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eco-Festivals, sponsor of the event, aims to help people “live simple and cost-effective green lifestyles.”

“Today, average citizens are eager to minimize their impact on our planet,” said Robert Jacobs, Executive Director, Eco-Festivals, Inc. “The San Ramon Eco-Festival will provide a simple blueprint for sustainable living that demonstrates going green can be easy and fun.”

The free program will feature celebrities known for their environmental advocacy. Watch for Living with Ed stars Ed Begley Jr., and his wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley; Red, Hot & Green host, Nicole Facciuto; Outer Spaces host, Susie Coelho; and other HGTV notables.

Ed Begley and Rachelle Carson-Begley. Photo Courtesy:

Ed Begley and Rachelle Carson-Begley. Photo Courtesy: Eco-Festivals, Inc.

Robert Craymer — the designer behind the elite, backstage, eco-greenrooms at the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the Young Hollywood Awards, the Sundance Film Festival, the Bravo A-List Awards, and Al Gore’s LiveEarth concerts — will be instrumental in designing the festival.

“The City of San Ramon is excited to welcome this groundbreaking event to help our local and Bay Area residents and business community experience the positive impact of a green lifestyle,” said H. Abram Wilson, Mayor, San Ramon, California. “The San Ramon Eco-Festival will offer attendees the tools to become more environmentally conscious in a fun and inspiring atmosphere.”

The presence of several different zones at the Eco-Festival offer will provide visitors a wide variety of entertainment options related to eco-living. Highlights include the following, according to a press release by Eco-Festival:

  • Main Stage: Listen to the sounds of well-known environmentalist rock band U2 through cover band Zoo Station, and additional performances by Bay Area talent.

    Zoo-Station will cover U2 songs at the EcoFestival. Photo Courtesy:

    Zoo-Station will cover U2 songs at the Eco-Festival. Photo Courtesy: Eco-Festivals, Inc.

  • Meet the Experts: Learn about different green industries as experts share their knowledge in sessions designed to raise environmental awareness and provide take-home tips.
  • Kids Zone: Play sustainable carnival games, ride solar/bio-fuel-powered rides and enjoy performances by the country’s most famous children’s acts, such as nationally acclaimed PBS children’s performer SteveSongs, as well as the Happy Birds (featured on “The Tonight Show”).
  • Food Court: Experience the future of organic dining while testing the latest tools for eco-friendly cooking, cleaning, and disposal.
  • Vendor Village: Browse the latest sustainable goods and services for the home, garden and office.
  • Fashion Show: View chic, stylish fashions showcasing clothing, jewelry and beauty products made from organic materials.
  • Auto Zone: Discover the latest innovations in electric cars, hybrids and sustainable car care that don’t sacrifice quality or style.
  • Career Zone: Learn how to make sustainability a full-time career at the on-site job fair.

Vendors and other providers who would like to participate in the event or partner with Eco-Festivals, Inc., should contact or For more information please visit

Eco-Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit organization seeking 501(c)(3) status that aims to educate everyday people on how to incorporate environmentally-friendly practices into everyday life and live a green lifestyle. Eco-Festival events are designed to engage consumers of all ages through interactive entertainment and exhibitions that make learning how to minimize harm to our environment fun.

Julia Wasson

Blue Planet Green Living