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Greenbelt confident despite forecast

24 August 2012

THOUSANDS will descend on Cheltenham Racecourse today for the 39th annual Greenbelt Festival, which takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The theme of this year's festival is "Saving Paradise". It offers a mix of music, talks, comedy, theatre, and multiple forms of worship.

The line-up includes the Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn (Features), the British Indian musician Nitin Sawhney, and the comedian Frank Skinner ( Features, 19 August 2011), who will be appearing in conversation in the Greenbelt Big Top.

The speakers include high-profile Anglican clerics such as the former Bishop of Durham,Dr Tom Wright; the Church Times and Guardian columnist Canon Giles Fraser; and the Vicar of St Luke's, Holloway, the Revd Dave Tomlinson (pictured) (Features). Other speakers include the Revd Tony Campolo, a US Evangelical preacher and author; Shane Claiborne, an activist and writer; and the poet Thomas Lynch ( Features, 10 August).

The head of festival, Karen Stafford, said last month that the festival was less vulnerable to bad weather than other festivals because the Cheltenham site combines buildings with green fields and several roadways ( News, 13 July). Furthermore, "great steps" have been taken in the past two years to improve infrastructure.

The festival programme is available to download as an app from the Apple App Store. An app for Android phones is available to download from the Google Play Store.

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

Soul Survivor. The organisers of Soul Survivor said this week that more than 25,000 young people had attended its three events in Stafford and Somerset over the summer. A statement said that "in the main meetings alone, 1801 gave their lives to Jesus".




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