On Sunday 11th May at The South Downs Green Fair we have a range of fantastic perfomances ranging from the poetry of Helen Moore, puppetry from The Hand to Mouth Theatre Company, primitive painting from Steve Niner and more poetry from Dave Allen, poet in residence at the Sustainability Centre, and Chris Paradox.
This annual celebration of all things green has a real festival feel about it and is a wonderful day out for the whole family. All the music, activities, talks and performances are free so once through the gate there's nothing to pay for – except the beer and ice cream!
We are delighted to welcome Helen Moore an award-winning eco-poet. Currently poet-in-residence with the Bristol Pound, Helen has shared platforms with modern visionaries such as Joanna Macy, Vandana Shiva, Patrick Holden and Satish Kumar, and has made appearances at festivals, including the Hay Festival, the Bristol Schumacher Lectures and the Big Green Gathering.
"Helen Moore's poetry is the stuff of Deep Time. She speaks the words of our ancestors, whilst dissecting contemporary culture, and has the capacity to hear the voices of the ones yet to come. She is both sage, political commentator and prophet," says Maddy Harland, Editor and Co-Founder of Permaculture magazine.
New this year is Dave Allen. Dave is the current Archimedes Screw Champion and 'Poet in Residence' at The Sustainability Centre. His poetry is an honest, personal mix of the serious and the silly. He's going to save the world, one double entendre at a time.
Returning from last year, Chris Paradox certainly lives up to his provocative and enigmatic stage name! He entertains, informs and inspires audiences large and small, from all walks of life, like his life depended on it, which of course it does!
Another new addition is The Hand to Mouth Theatre Company, bringing a puppet show with a difference – Piggery Jockery. They combine acting, music and puppets to create shows for family audiences and will be performing throughout the day.
Steve Niner will join the medley of children's activities provided by The Sustainability Centre education team to bring primitive painting to the free activities on offer throughout the day. Using this Forest Schools technique, natural colours and materials you can use primitive paints to create your own masterpiece. Event co-ordinator Christine Seaward says "This year we are excited to welcome more visual and performance arts to the South Downs Green Fair. Each year this well-loved event grows a little more. We have some great treats in store this year with a new outdoor performance area and more stalls than ever before!"
Here at the centre: a firepit made from a truck wheel
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