Sunrise Celebration Festival
29 Feb 2008
Sunrise and Solar Aid team up for a brighter future with a festival from May 29 – June 1 near Yeovil in Somerset.
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May 29th — June 1st
With attractions like a solar cinema, old-fashioned swingboats,enchanted gardens, healing fields and a bustling market, the 2008Sunrise Celebration promises to delight visitors. Amazing technologieswill be on show across the site and in the new Green Innovations area.
As well as a wide range of music, arts, theatre and 24 hour entertainment, this vibrant, family-friendly festival offers workshops in everything from permaculture to capoeira. The colourful site is made up of 13 arenas, beautifully laid out in the form of a mandala. People are accommodated in tents, camper vans and horse-drawn caravans and hot solar showers and saunas make camping comfortable.
Billed as a Festival of our Times, Sunrise is renowned for setting new standards in environmental policy and was the first major music festival in the UK to be powered by 100% renewable energy. This year, the charity Solar Aid, one of the most exciting new energy projects around, has come on board.
Nick Sireau, Director of Solar Aid said: “We are really pleased to be working in partnership with Sunrise Celebration this year. We are both focused on promoting renewable energy to fight climate change and global poverty so there are some excellent synergies to build on.’
Daniel Hurring of Festivalife Ltd. added: ‘Presently we use biodiesel alongside solar, cycle and wind power at Sunrise. We are thrilled to be teaming up with Solar Aid whose ethics are very much in line with our own.
‘Solar power is a low cost solution to many of the global power issues and certainly is a solution at Sunrise, which is like setting up a small town in a fortnight. The Firefly Solar Stage will be the largest venue of its kind in the country. The festival is a great example of how we can all occupy the land with minimal impact and waste.”
Every effort is made to ensure that Sunrise is as green and eco-friendly as possible. Only organic food is on sale across the site and all plates and glasses from cafes and food outlets are biodegradable. Compost toilets, which are cleaner and more pleasant to use than the usual plastic boxes, make one of the trials of festival life much easier to bear! A team of friendly eco-rangers roam the site advising people on recycling and checking that green protocol is kept. The Big Red Shuttle Bus ferries people to and from the bus and train stations.
The award-winning Sunrise Celebration will take place from May 29 — June 1 near Yeovil in Somerset. Sunrise gives everyone a chance to share ideas on how ‘we can be the change we wish to see in the world.’ (Mahatma Gandhi).
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