The 45th Greenbelt Festival - 'Acts of the Imagination' - which takes place in the grounds of Boughton House, near Kettering in Northamptonshire, from Friday 24th to Monday 27th August 2018, has announced a diverse array of thinkers, poets, musicians, activists and theologians, visual and performance artists. They’ll cover themes like climate change, migration, UK poverty, Palestine-Israel, LGBT, interfaith, imagined futures, food, women, economics, borders, dissent, reflection and direct action.
As a UK festival exclusive Greenbelt has Russian art-activist collective Pussy Riot in residence. More than just a band, as their centrepiece show there'll be a musical, theatrical interpretation of Maria Alyokhina's book, Riot Days (written about Pussy Riot's genesis, trial and incarceration).
For more standard musical offerings there's be We Are Scientists (pictured above), Ozomatli, Ibibio Sound Machine, I'm With Her, Duke Special, Lowkey, Lewis Watson, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, CC Smugglers, Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, Pierce Brothers, L.A. Salami, Grace Petrie, Martyn Joseph, Zach Said, Lots Holloway, Xylaroo, The Welcome Wagon, Garth Hewitt, Jon McGregor, and Matthew Morris, There's also comedy from Flo & Joan, Harry and Chris, and Tony Law.
As a festival of ideas, there's also Jack Monroe on food, poverty, and in residence all weekend; Michael Eavis on starting a little festival called Glastonbury; Kate Raworth on redistribution, 'Doughnut Economics'-style; Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on poetry and life; Jon McGregor on his acclaimed novel, Reservoir 13 (with backing band, Haiku Salut); Harry Baker the slam poetry champion returns, curating his Woken Spurred show; Simon Mayo with his brand new novel, Mad Blood Stirring; and much more.
Greenbelt Festival is an all-age inclusive friendly arts festival with its roots in the Christian faith which offers a host of world music, international and home-grown acts from big names to new artists. Greenbelt is a place to learn, to experience, to be. As well as music the festival hosts a selection of varied talks, workshop and debates; exploring contemporary issues, faith, social justice, politics and more.
Tickets are on sale, currently priced at £155 for adults, £109 for concessions, £85 for 18-25s, £50 for youths (15-17), £50 for children (5-14). Infants and carers can attend free but require a ticket. Instalment options are available.
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