Greenbelt Festival 2016

Greenbelt festival is an annual music festival of the Christians held in England since 1974. It began with a modest audience of 1500 Christians and has increased to over 20,000 as on today. The festival attracts many established musicians playing music from folk to rock and pop. The festival is also a place for teaching and discussion on Christian faith. Thus Greenbelt can be described as a festival that celebrates arts, faith and justice.


The annual festival of Greenbelt is held every summer in Prestbury, Cheltenham. This year it is being held between 26th August 2016 to 29th August 2016. These dates coincide with the bank holiday weekend.  The festival is an all-age inclusive event that offers music and performing arts, talks, workshops, provides opportunity to explore contemporary issues, social justice, faith, politics and more. The theme for this year is Saving Paradise.


The line-up of musicians for this year includes Nitin Sawhney, The Proclaimers, Seth Lakeman, The Imagined village, Bruce Cockburn and more.


The festival brings in a host of talks from prominent speakers and this year’s list includes the likes of Professor Mary Grey, Peter Tatchell and Tony Campolo to name a few. With 17 weeks to go, there are many more to be announced.


Ace standup artists James Acaster and Robin Ince will be performing this year with some other artists still to be announced.


This year OperaUpClose will be there with their production La Boheme while Kevin Tomlinson returns with his Kepow Theatre. Tay Aluko will be performing with an orchestra.

Programmes and Workshops:

Greenbelt also has a range of performing and visual arts programmes during the festival. The daily children’s festival is coupled with literature and film festivals. There are also workshops that explore a wide range of alternative worship styles and incorporate them into youth programmes.


The festival opens ticket purchases very early on so that early bookings can get a good discount. They have other ticket categories such as Adult, family, under 18s and concessions. Day ticket options are also available. Infants and toddlers are allowed to attend for free. Weekend tickets include free camping. So participants can just bring their camping gear along and contact the Cheltenham Accommodation center on arrival for campsite details.

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