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Chorlton and Big Green Festival this weekend

Clare Conlon gets enthusiastic as she previews frugal fun at Chorlton’s Big Green Festival

Published on April 2nd 2009.

Chorlton and Big Green Festival this weekend

Get on your bike and head over to south Manchester this Saturday to a festival with a difference: Chorlton’s Big Green Festival (CBGF).

With tents, teepees, stages and stalls, CBGF is like a proper festival – but it’s free, so you don’t even need to shimmy over the fence. Taking place at St Clement’s on Edge Lane, the big green day starts just before midday and goes on until just before midnight. See www.greenchorlton.org.uk for full details and line-up.

There are bands and singers a go-go (from Dan Melrose’s folky romance to teddy bear-doting ukulele funsters Thingumabob & the Thingumajigs), a full film programme (including the 60s gem Blues and Gospel Train, which shows R’n’B legend Muddy Waters and electric guitar-toting nun Sister Rosetta Tharpe rocking Chorltonville) and a dancefloor to throw some shapes on. There’s even a foot-stomping ceilidh to round the entertainment off.

The Big Green Bike Parade will see the festival hit the road at noon, and kids can vie for the prize of best-dressed bike. Little’uns can also join in the morning and afternoon Forest School workshops or give hulahooping a whirl, while displays include a second-hand fashion show, a bike polo match and the fabulous Chorlton & the Wheelie Bins recycling project, with more trophies up for grabs.

There will be traders outside and in selling reclaimed arts and crafts, ethical jewellery and vintage clothes, but if you really are cash-strapped, then bring something for the swapshops – plants, books and clothes can find new homes on the day. And when it all gets a bit too much, there are taster treatments to try out in the wellbeing area plus a chillout zone with acoustic artists, projections and comedy. This is Chorlton after all.

There will also be loads of locally-sourced food and Fairtrade drink to keep you going and, as eco issues are of course an important part of the day, plenty of guest speakers, workshops and demos to watch as you have a sit and a sup. And if you want to leave with a really rich idea, why not check out the downturn-busting talk Saving Money, Saving Energy And Surviving The Recession....

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notfromchorltonApril 2nd 2009.

I went to the festival with friends and it was a truly enlightening experience. it was a lovely day with food and good music. the bike round the streets was such a good laugh. Hats off to the unicycle guy and the dude with the bike with no pedals. the bike doctors were very firendly and the crafts on show were very good. i signed up to a load of groups to keep- the boredom away this summer. Thanks to the organisers, truly friendly people. the cider was a bit dry but the beer nice. Credit also to the mule free paper people-a cracking read about manchester. we had such a great time we will be making my way back there next time.

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