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Sunday 23rd May 2010

Nottingham Green Festival

23rd May 2010


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Nottingham Green Festival LogoThis is Veggies diary listing for the 2010 Nottm Green Festival at Arboretum Park, Waverley Street / Addison Street, with Food by Veggies and lots of Sumac related stalls - all hands on deck!

Nottingham’s only green event now running annually for over 2 decades Is the event that brings everything that is wholesome and healthy for you and the planet to the people of Nottingham and beyond! Representing to many health and happiness and lots of family fun and the start of the summer season.

With our environment and changing weather on everyone’s lips, our own green festival is the place for the whole family to learn, explore and try the latest in everything environmentally friendly and ethical whilst also having lots of fun in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park.

This years event is bigger and better than ever having over 100 product, information and food stalls, kids rides, workshops, alternative therapies and technologies, live performers, entertainments throughout the park, live music bands performing from the bandstand and Veggies Catering nearby.

There is also an After-Party with Moonbuggy (Live) and Sweetpotato Soundsystem at Sumac from 7pm.

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Bands and Entertainment


Kambasemba is welcomed back to the Arboretum bandstand following their debut at the Green Festival in 2006 Kambasemba is a collaboration of professional musicians, fronted by Angolan singer and percussionist Ney Corte Real, performing a mixture of traditional roots Angolan music and popular, contemporary Angolan tunes. Kambasemba Roots performs with a number of traditional Angolan instruments, including the ‘hungo’ (a one stringed afro-Brazilian bow), the dikanza (a type of rattle), bass & solo percussion and voices. Two female dancers traditionally join the ensemble. The contemporary Angolan tunes are exciting and high energy, with influences of Cuban Rhythms and Brazillian beats. Guitars, trumpet & saxophone, congas and keyboards make up a melodic, Angolan sound.


Rising Nottingham based band that are full of brass when it comes to getting your dancing shoes on ready for their funk jazz explosion!


Breadchasers are a 6 piece Ska, Reggae, Dub, Punk band consisting of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, sax and keys, formed in 2009, Breadchasers have already played most of Nottingham's underground venues and had audiences skanking and rooms shaking on a regular basis at venues such as The Maze, Speakeasy, The Old Angel and further a field.

Though still in an early period and still evolving and learning as a band, Breadchasers have shared stages with some great bands such as The Skints, Jaya the Cat, Chris Murray, Resolution 242, Jimmy the Squirrel, Les Skalopes, Girlfixer, Apoligises I Have None, Captain Black No Stars, Faintest Idea, Tony Rebellation, A is For Ape, Jonny One Lung, Liam O'Kane, Gecko and Squab. See you on the skank floor!!


"Shows are explosive exciting, intriguing and intense. The melodic soundscapes, profound waves of guitars and vocals transfix audiences, holding them with a raw, breathless mind-melt of pure adrenaline and an over whelming sense of conviction to their cause . They create a massive wall of densely packed power with subtle influences of …. the Cure, the Verve and Spaceman 3 , twinned with the same sinister yet uplifting undertones of bands such as the Velvet Underground and Joy Division….. To watch them, The Black Light Parade are intense, intelligent and inspiring they bring optimism and leave you with intrigue, a skill most bands spend their careers failing to achieve."

Quote from NME
"The renegades of the nottingham music scene are fast becoming the toast of london. The achingly beautiful sound of sonic warfare" NME


Nottingham based band playing a mixture of Hip-Hop, Trip Hop, D&B & Dubstep, LIVE with musicians and MC's. All inspired from our influences in and from Funk, to Blues, Soul, Reggae and Rock & Roll.


The Undercats are a five piece Gypsy Jazz band from Nottingham mixing together influences from Bebop, funk, gypsy and blues over a strong beat. Two guitarists/bass & vocals, violinist, saxophonist and percussionist bring you a taste of good old fashioned, the retro groovy and the fused contemporay to give a changing flavour guaranteed to entertain.
We perform our renditions of classics in the true nature of proggressive yet traditional music as well as offering our own material with of course the often impromptu jam. Timeless music only ages through complacancy. Give it what it deserves. ...

"French gypsy jazz overflowing with artistic energy and unbridled talent"-

Other activities and performances in the park include-

Capoeira - Cordao de Ouro
Returning to The Green festival the experts in this Brazilian Martial Art will perform this energetic coordinated routine almost akin to break dancing and invite the public to have a go or just clap along to the traditional Brazilian musicians that accompany Capoeira.

African Drumming Workshop
Learn to play African ‘Jembeh’ or Congas or just ‘jam’ along with tuition from master musician Neh situated under the boughs of the largest tree in the Arboretum.

Juggling Workshop
Led by Steve Master Juggler and Unicyclist he will teach you how to juggle and many more ‘Circus Skills’ the easy way!

Bhangra & Bollywood Dance Workshop
Nishy is a professional dance teacher and workshop leader specialising in Indian traditional dance she will teach some of her beautiful moves to the beat of a dhol drummer.

We hope to provide:Other associated groups pitched nearby include
We therefore need LOTS of help.

Please sign up with your name & phone no here . Include a note of any thing extra you can provide, eg transport, structures, entertainment and any particular area of interest.

We've got to get organised!

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Just to let you know that its going to be the biggest and best ever! So come along it will be great to see you there! Its all free!

The Green Festival aims to provide a family event aimed at our whole community. Immersing them in a wholly natural atmosphere of live music and dance, re-cycled arts and nature themed workshops, Organic & natural food and local allotment and plant stalls. Also natural cosmetics and fair trade and wildlife stalls, alternative energy and natural health. A multitude of stalls with expertise and information sharing, to raise awareness and encourage ethical living and friendliness and a greater understanding towards our threatened environment.

Live music and entertainment at the Bandstand has been organised by Sweetpotato Promotions.

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Whenever possible Veggies feature the publications of the Movement for Compassionate Living, which we print and distribute to promote simple living and vegan self-reliance as a remedy to the exploitation of humans, animals and the Earth.

We also support our nominated charity, Vegfam, ‘Feeding the hungry without exploiting animals’. If you can help us with either of these projects at this event, whilst we are busy with Veggies catering, please email

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