Innovative organisers of Belper Goes Green are using solar energy to power a stage set up at this year’s festival, as part of a raft of new eco-friendly attractions.
The “Soular Shack” will be providing a PA and lighting for a new second stage, welcoming musicians and performers from Belper and the wider area.
Other inventive proposals include bringing Groovy Movie’s Solar Cinema to the festival to show a whole range of relevant local art, history and eco-themed films. However it is dependant on funding.
Around 3,500 people flocked to Belper Rugby Club for the town’s first-ever eco-festival last June. Visitors browsed stalls and roadshows, while sampling local foods and beers, and taking part in consultations on Belper’s future.
Organiser David George, of Transition Belper, is hoping the new attractions will boost numbers at this year’s event on May 31 and June 1.
He said: “We are looking at all sorts of wonderful things this year. We thought the Soular Shack would fit right in. The idea is to inspire people to go greener in a fun way. I’m hoping it will be at least as big and hopefully better than last year.
“We are also hoping people will make scarecrows in gardens and shop windows which they then bring along on the day.”
Primary school children will also be working with Fleet Arts to make musical instruments from scrap at festival.
Now is the time for Belper Goes green planning to get into full swing, get stalls booked and progress various projects. This year (31 May and 1 June) we’ll have a second stage as the Soular Shack bring their solar powered stage, PA and lighting to the event. They’ll also be selling farmhouse cider from the shack! A number of other projects depend on getting some funding in place to complete them - or attracting enough stalls to help with the funding. Stalls are £30 for one day or £50 for the weekend but we do have a £5/day discount for payment in advance. If you know of any suitable enterprise who may be interested in having a stall please point them to the Belper Goes Green page on the Transition Belper website. The page has a link to an online booking form. Stalls are free for charities or those running non-profit workshops or demonstrations.
If you’d like to get involved in organising the event please come along to our next meeting at the Queen’s Head, Chesterfield Road, Belper on Tuesday 21st January at 7.30.
bringing Groovy Movie’s Solar Cinema to the festival to show a whole range of relevant local art, history and eco themed films
getting primary school children working with Fleet Arts to make musical instruments from scrap,