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Chorlton's Big Green Festival

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Published on March 25th 2010.

Chorlton's Big Green Festival

It's easy to knock attempts like this to be green and good in a bad, bad world. Particularly when they're being held in a place that's already synonymous with left-leaning, right-on behaviour. An event to celebrate living sustainably and locally in a place like Chorlton could be seen as preaching to the converted, or even patting oneself on the back.

Other cool stuff includes a vintage fashion show courtesy of Chorlton's many charity shops, and three swapshops for clothes, books and plants.

But maybe that's too harsh. After all, anything that keeps green issues in the forefront of people's minds is surely a positive thing. And it looks like the organisers are going to provide a proper festival here – in the traditional 'fiesta' meaning of the word – rather than in the modern meaning of a load of information stalls in a park.

There's an impressive live music line-up with two stages and an indoor dance area. Highlights look to be the French-influenced jazz pop of SR Gents and the singalong foot-tapping music of Thingumabob & the Thingumajigs. Dance workshops during the day will culminate in a ceilidh with music provided by the Midge Bite Band who got the crowds dancing at last year's festival.

Other cool stuff includes a vintage fashion show courtesy of Chorlton's many charity shops, and three swapshops for clothes, books and plants. Foodwise, local favourites Unicorn, Cafe Ark, and Frosts will have stalls, alongside other producers of local, organic, Fairtrade, vegan, home-made, foraged fare.

Those who want to learn something rather than just dance, eat and shop could watch one of the environmental films being screened, or take part in an activity such as the wild food foraging workshop on Chorlton Ees. There's also family-friendly fun, including a scarecrow-decorating competition, and a mass bike ride around the Beech Road area.

The theme for this year’s event is 'growing locally' so if you want to find out about organic vegetable gardening, local food sources, ethical consuming, carbon footprints and the like, this is the place to be on Saturday. Don't forget your tote bag for carrying home all those leaflets.

The festival will be held at St Clement’s Church and St Clement’s School on St Clement's Road on Saturday 27 March from 11am – 11pm. It's free. Click here for more information.

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