Historic Green Festival faces cancellation

Newcastle Community Green Festival is going through a rough time and may not run this year without people’s donations.

The festival, set up twenty years ago by Newcastle University’s Green Society, always aimed to organise a free and green festival, accessible to everyone with a lot of good performers, food stalls which was enabled usually by grant funding and even the council.

However due to economic situation this is not longer the case.

Andrew Fletcher, the Director of the festival, said:

“The funding environment has become increasingly competitive. As such, appealing to the public is our last resort.

We know there’s a demand for this event and that it’s a staple of Newcastle’s cultural calendar.”

Fletcher also explained that most money donated will likely be going towards infrastructure.

“It’s easier to apply for grant funding for specific and exciting things, such as the kids’ area, circus or permaculture workshops.

But of course there are large costs attached to things like insurance, security and toilets. These are less glamorous, but absolutely vital.

“So if anyone wishes to sponsor a toilet or a length of fencing, they are more than welcome. You’ll get your name in our programme.”

“There are large  costs attached to things like insurance, security and toilets”

The festival is set for 4th and 5th of June this year, and according to Fletcher, apart from the funding gap, all preparations are going very well – a great line up of bands, workshops, food stalls and other entertainment are all ready to appear in Leazes Park.

Andrew also noted that they always welcome volunteers if anyone is interested in contributing their time.

More information could be found on their website.

Last Thursday, the community festival Facebook page held the message: ‘Hi Everyone!

It’s not looking good, we’re nearly a quarter of the way there and we’ve only got until midnight to make up the rest.’

The funding page set up for the festival had raised just over a quarter of the money needed, which was set at £10,000.

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