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13 hours at Greenbelt Festival

On Saturday, I went to Greenbelt Festival for the day and managed to cram a lot into the 13 hours. We arrived there at 10am equipped with waterproofs and umbrellas to sit outside in intermittent rain to hear American writer, speaker and pastor Rob Bell. It was the third time I’d seen him speak and his message was very simply, “be yourself”. After that we tucked into warm fresh doughnuts and browsed the charity/organisations stalls. I discovered the Amos Trust, an organisation that promotes human rights and nurtures local responses to situations of injustice. ‘Power in the People’ was the next inspiring and motivational talk we listened to, by director of Christian Aid, Loretta Minghella, then ‘Living Local’ was a seminar of discussion about what community means to us. After a delicious Pie Minister lunch, I went along to a talk by co-founder of the School of Everything, Paul Miller, about the effect of the internet and how small businesses can solve social and environmental issues. This encouraged me to see other likeminded people there and to pursue my aim in providing design to make a positive difference. The afternoon and evening consisted of catching the talented Soweto Kinch on Mainstage, queing for but unfortunately missing comedienne Jo Enright, Lemongrass & Ginger tea at the Tiny Tea Tent, then finishing a long day with headliners ‘Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’ and a chocolate chai at the Chai Chapel. Greenbelt Festival is a complete one-of-a-kind festival where there is so much on offer to learn, to do and to listen to. Real food for the soul stuff.

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