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A Greenbelt to make you dream of home

24 August 2011

by Ed Beavan

THOUSANDS of revellers will des­cend on Cheltenham racecourse today for the Greenbelt festival.

This year’s festival will feature the usual eclectic mix of music, talks, comedy, theatre, and various forms of worship. The theme this year is “Dreams of Home”.

The line-up includes the gospel singer Mavis Staples, the political song­writer Billy Bragg, and the comedian and activist Mark Thomas, who recently walked along the Israeli separation barrier (Feature, 15 July).

The American mega-church pastor Rob Bell, author of Love Wins (Feature, 5 August), is one of the main speakers, along with Brian McLaren, John Bell, Dr Paula Gooder, and Adrian Plass.

The head of communications for Greenbelt, Phil Smith, said that about 20,000 people were expected to attend the festival over the course of the bank-holiday weekend.

A wide range of charities will have stalls and displays at the festival, including Habitat for Humanity, who are urging festivalgoers to help “build” a home during the weekend.

The charity will encourage 1235 people to put their name on a brick for a mock house. This will prompt an anonymous donor to contribute to the charity, which works to eliminate homelessness and poor housing in developing countries.

The Church Times is Greenbelt’s official media partner. See next week’s Church Times for compre­hensive Greenbelt coverage.

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