Greenbelt is a festival of arts, faith and justice. Greenbelt saw its first edition way back in 1974 and has hosted its annual festival every single year since.
But thinking of Greenbelt as just another ‘festival’ doesn’t do it justice. It is also an idea, a way of seeing, a gathering of the clans – part movement, part moment. Its genius is that it defies easy description. You have to be there.
Celebrating artistry and nurturing activism, Greenbelt Festival is an act of the imagination – inspirational, provocative and fun. Energised by a progressive Christian worldview, Greenbelt creates a multi-arts intergenerational festival that is inclusive, open-minded, participatory and generous in spirit.
Greenbelt is one of only six festivals in the UK to be given an AGF award. Our award recognises that we are a well managed event, continuously working to become more sustainable.
So, how did we (that's the royal "we", or, in other words, our audience) do it?
- – The 3,000 re-usable Great Greenbelt Cups in the beer tent. These saved several more thousand plastic glasses being thrown away.
- – A 30% increase in the number of people using the shuttle bus (and other public transport) to get to the festival.
- – Reducing the amount of waste we produced by more than four tonnes and increasing the percentage that was recycled.
- – Reducing our energy usage by 11% through careful monitoring of how the site was powered.
- – The Vibing Team upcycling decor from previous years as they make the site even more beautiful.
- – Printing the Festival Guide on recycled paper with sustainable printers.
- – The "Leave No Trace" campsite policy, meaning a beautifully clear field at the end of the festival – a special well done to all of you on this one.
- – The brilliant food bank donations we made to the local Kettering Foodbank at the end of the festival.
- – Using local suppliers for everything from milk to gin and vodka to cake.