Alex Sparrow – UK Hempcrete
Alex Sparrow is the director of UK Hempcrete: a company which specialises in low impact building and the repair and upgrading of traditional and historic buildings using natural, sustainable materials. Alex is recognised as one of the UK’s leading advisors in the use of hempcrete, regularly speaking at conferences and events and writing articles. Alex co-wrote The Hempcrete Book: Designing and building with hemp-lime, published in October 2014 by Green Books, which has been widely acknowledged as the definitive guide to the use of cast-on-site hempcrete in construction.
Ursula Mock is the founder of “Hanfliebe” a clothing label with ecology and sustainability at the forefront of their work. “Hanfliebe” is pioneering a new kind of business termed “ecosocial”- the complimentary combination of ecological and social ideas. They create beautiful garments and have a range of clothing for men women and children.
Sarah is an award-winning story-teller and ritual artist. She will be weaving her magic and holding us spellbound with her stories. She will also be holding a space for us to close the festival and take the seeds we have gained back out into the world…
FREE LOVE CANNABIS
Poet, activist and owner/manager at Hemp in Avalon, Glastonbury for 20 years- Free has made it his life’s mission to Free Cannabis. Free will be sharing his extensive knowledge and research on the History of Prohibition: how and why a plant became illegal.
Jules Levy is a cannabis accomplice. He gained a geography masters from Exeter University with a dissertation on human-cannabis relationships across scale from the molecular to the human. Jules continues to speak on behalf of cannabis advocating a holistic approach to our relationship with her. Jules maintains the Green Party drug policy FB and Twitter profiles.
Nick (from English Hemp) lives off grid in a hemp-insulated and clad shepherds hut in a hemp field. He uses almost no fossil fuels, instead relying on sustainable solar power & wood. He wears hemp, enjoys hemp food and medicine. “I truly believe hemp can save the world & love to share the multitude of uses.”
Rebekah’s mission is to inspire conscious change by educating on the importance of Plant ‘Consciousness’ for our future survival, and assist those in the urban jungles to live more shamanically, reconnecting back to Nature, and the natural cycles and rhythms of life.
Dean is the architect of “Sacred,” a movement for the people. Dean is passionate in uncovering the truth about dis-ease within the body, predominantly cancer, and has immersed himself in scientific study. He continues to question medical indoctrination and is committed to passing on the correct information so that you can live a more empowered life.
Mobius Loop create gypsy folk stories, fusing world music and conscious rap with eruptions of free-form dance charged with an intimately powerful and energetic live performance. Mobius Loop are on a mission to raise positive vibrations, in the name of Hemp Redemption and the infinite unknown.
High-Energy Pan-African Music, greatly influenced by a variety of African rooted styles, from the joyous sounds of Soukous and Township, the hypnotic grooves of Afro-Beat and Juju to the tribal polyrhythms from West Africa. Mankala’s joyous roots dance music adds a distinctive style and a positive message to this rich blend of genres.
World music trio featuring Voice,Violin,Piano,Guitar and Percussion.
Bringing your heartbeat to the dance!
Seize The Day
Permaculture Magazine describe Seize The Day thus: Lyrics and music so penetrating, haunting, witty and clever, that after one listening they simply take up residence in your brain and make you feel as if they’ve always been there. Exciting, inspiring and empowering…We recommend that you go and see this band at any opportunity. They are brilliant live and have huge energy and presence on stage.
Sunny and Ed Davidson
Sunny & Ed Davidson are multi instrumentalist duo with a passion for creating conscious roots music which ranges from classic style roots reggae with biting social commentary to soaring spirit songs. They are co founders of Celtic/dub fusion project Celtech and between them they’ve toured in Europe and the Middle East with such diverse acts as Michael Franti, Daragonsfly and Avalon Roots amongst others.
More Exciting Acts to be AnnouncedCome back and see the spaces fill with more reggae, roots, dub, dance and djs as we lead up to the event- so much more fun to come!
Sally Valley and Joseph HillSally and Joseph bring their heart and soul to their music. Listen to “Jai Ganja” and other beautiful songs on Soundcloud.
Children of all ages will be entertained at Hemp Fest. We have a full kid’s programme with circus, crafts, theatre, forest fun, an awesome play area, facepaints, bio-glitter… The Hemp Fairy will be making an appearance with the author/illustrator Chloe Forfitt. Kid’s workshops will be running throughout Saturday to coincide with our guest speakers so parents can relax and learn stuff- or just relax.
OTHER FUN STUFF
Incredible edibles will be available for your delectation: from kombucha, chocolates and cakes to pizzas and home-grown salads. All your munching needs catered for.
Throughout the site there will be a roaming team of helpful Hempstars. These are people with direct knowledge about and experience of cannabis/hemp. They will be able to direct you to what you might need and also to give information on our favourite plant.
Stalls selling hemp clothes, supplements and crafts will be joining us to party on the farm.
There will be hemp-inspired artwork throughout the site, including the beautiful photography of Ezra Soiferman- artist in residence at Tweed, Canada.
With areas to relax, places to learn, gardens to enjoy, and great tunes to get you dancing, this will be a beautiful day.
Sunday will be a day of hands-on playshops in Glastonbury town led by experts, in hempcrete building, food and medicine.
Full line-up to come!
We have so much more to tell you! We will continue to add here as we co-create over the coming weeks.
We look forward to meeting you in a beautiful field in Avalon.
Contact Chloe on 07940 893920