The challenge we're facing - how the coronavirus pandemic has affected The Green Gathering
2020 was shaping up to be the best-ever year. It was to be our 10th anniversary at Piercefield Park, we had an amazing diverse line-up curated by our fab new Entertainments Co-ordinator Ellie, our tickets were selling in record time, we received Greenest Festival accolade at the UK Festival Awards, and won the International Greener Festival Award for Power for the second year running.
When the Covid-19 crisis hit, we held on for as long as we could because we know being in our fields is a tonic for the soul. It devastated us to postpone to 2021.
Our community has been super supportive through these peculiar, uncertain and scary times. People have donated tickets, dropped tips in our hats, rolled tickets and trader pitch fees over to 2021. All of that is massively appreciated; and all your tickets and pitch fees are safe.
Still, the reality is, our festival costs a LOT to run even though it’s all done on a not-for-profit basis. And some of that spend goes out in the early part of the year. We spent around £20,000 on the 2020 festival-that-wasn't. We don't want to be so poor that it's a struggle to put on a great show for you - we all deserve the most fantastic, fulfilling festival yet in 2021 and we fully intend to provide that!
This crowdfunder is a way for our whole community to pull together and help make 2021 the best. We’re not asking for the earth, we’ve set a realistic target knowing that many of our supporters will also be struggling at this time. We hope to exceed £5000 - let’s see what we can do!!
What’s on offer
Official Green Gathering merch - cups, bottles, t-shirts
Original paintings of festival scenes
Products from regular GG traders
Cafe meals and bar drinks at GG 2021
Pre-pitched Camplight tent at GG 2021
The chance to win tickets to the next 5 Green Gatherings
A fantastic honeymoon package for one lucky couple!
More about The Green Gathering
The need for outdoor networking spaces – and places to let our hair down and relax – has never been greater.
When the Green Gatherings began, nearly four decades ago, we hoped that by now common sense would’ve prevailed and we’d have strategies in place for conserving the commons – land, fresh water, the oceans, biodiversity and energy – and would be managing our resources sustainably and equitably. Unfortunately humans continue to destroy nature, escalate inequality and steal from the future.
We aim to provide an experience of alternatives. The Green Gathering is a place to have fun, make friends and listen to music – but it’s also so much more than that.
It’s a community and an education. It’s about providing food, energy, health and shelter without degrading the planet. It’s about future families and fair shares for all.
It’s a festival beyond hedonism, where you can party your heart out; then wake up and work out how to make the world a better place, with your new mates from the night before. A festival with an impact that lasts far longer than a weekend.
We invite you to be part of the community making it happen.
The festival is commissioned by, and raises funds for, The Green Gathering charity (no. 1156593), which promotes sustainability via hands-on education and the arts.
A huge thank you to Drea Blackbird, Cuttlefish Creations, Blissfull Belltents, Camplight, Lalita's Kitchen, Ice Green, Wigmores and everyone who has contributed to the crowdfunder.
Thank you to Kiyah Cross, Stefan Handy, Keef Gibson and James Ratchford for the images used here, and E.N.D Productions and Scott Gouldsbrough for the videos.
Prize draw T&Cs
- The winner will be announced on September 1st by pulling a name out of a hat. The draw will be filmed for our social media channels.
- The winner will be notified by email.
- The winner will have 10 working days to respond.
- The prize is a ticket to the next five Green Gatherings.
- The prize cannot be transferred to another person.
- The organisers reserve the right to terminate the prize in the event of breach of festival policies, terms & conditions.
- In the event that a Green Gathering festival is not held in any particular year, that year will not count towards the total.
- If for some currently unforeseeable reason there are not five more Green Gatherings, the directors of Optimistic Trout Productions CIC reserve the right to substitute tickets to another, similar, event.