The sun is finally upon us here in the UK, and that can only mean on thing; the New Internationalist Campaigners are on the move! I'm going to use this blog to tell you about our movements over the coming months: we've got a pretty busy summer of festivals and events, and we'd love to meet as many of you as possible. So if you see an event which you think you might be heading along to, come and say hello to us on our stall. We're also running workshops at some of the festivals so if you're going along, or you know someone else who is, tell them to come and join us!
We kick off our 'summer tour' this coming weekend (29-30 May) at the Bristol EcoVeggie Fayre, a great event that we've been involved with for a few years now. For tickets and info visit the webiste.
We then head on to our first big weekend of festivals and we start off with a real bang. On 3 - 5 June we will be at both Sunrise Festival, which takes place in the wonderful Somerset countryside just outside of Frome, and our longstanding favourite, Wychwood, which goes off on Cheltenham racecourse on the same dates. We have workshops confirmed at both festivals and if the weather stays like this, both will be ace!
We will then be swinging by Nottingham University Student's Union's very own Sounds on the Downs, a one day music affair with a sustainability and environmental twist being held on 9 June from 1-9pm.
Our next port of call will be Lynton and Lynmouth music festival, also known as Llama Fest, on the weekend of 11 - 13 June. This lovely little free festival promises to be great so if you're near by, then pop on over.
We then move onto the West London Greenfest, which is being organized by the Hammersmith and Fulham group of the London Cycling Campaign. It's another free one and it's taking place in Fernival Gardens in Hammersmith, from 1-5pm on 20 June.
Next up is the Sheffield Green Fair, taking place on 26 June from 11-5 pm, at St.Mary's Community Centre on Bramall Lane. Being organized by the local Green Party, it will be showcasing all things green: campaigns, products, veggie and vegan food, the whole caboodle!
After a short break we'll be descending upon Canterbury for Lounge on the Farm from the 9 - 11 July.
We then head straight on to our biggest gig of the year (in terms of festie size): Latitude. Probably the biggest green/alternative festival in the UK, Latitude takes place in idyllic surroundings at Henham Park near the Suffolk coast from 15 - 18 July.
Following directly on from that we have our biggest weekend of the summer with three festivals on the same dates! We'll be at the long running, world -famous WOMAD at Charlton Park in Wiltshire, at Rhythms of the World - a large World Music extravaganza which takes place at Hitchin Priory in Hertfordshire - and at TRUCK fest which is happening in South Oxfordshire.
We're then taking the whole of August off to recover before returning for the Urban Green Fair which is happening in Brockwell Park, South London, on 5 September and which is free of charge. We have some workshops confirmed at this event.
Then, with a tear in our eye, we round off the summer with the Spitalfields Show and Green Fair. Run by Alternative Arts, the fair is a showcase for all things green. It takes place at the Spitalfields farm on 12 September.
And that's our lot! It looks like it's going to be a great summer and that we're going to get the word about the New Internationalist spread far and wide. So if you're at any of these events then come and say hello. We'd love to meet you!