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It's only rock and roll but the environmentally-friendly like it when it's performed at the Green Festival in Newcastle. Each year the day out offers visitors the chance to hear some great music and indulge in other forms of creativity, all of which have been powered ethically.

On June 6th and 7th Leazes Park hosts the event, during which musical acts power their amps with bikes and a cinema uses solar power to light up the silver screen.

There are also a variety of insightful workshops for attendees to get involved in, making it a perfect family day out for mums and dads wanting to engage their offspring in the issue of climate change in an imaginative and fun way.

Event organisers promise potential attendees: "We will bring you a full range of entertainment, activities, workshops and information to spread a message of environmental protection and social justice and all running on green power sources."

The event has been running for over 15 years and is organised and coordinated entirely by volunteers with a passion for a fun weekend and environmental sustainability. Organisers aim for the weekend to have a "relaxed and family friendly feel", particularly on the Saturday, when a number of child-orientated events will take place.

On the Sunday - the final day of the festival - there is normally a bar and things are cranked up a bit for the adults.

In the past, the event has been divided into different areas, with the Green World Stage providing world music, blues and local bands for visitors to enjoy. This stage has already featured break dancers, comedy and poetry readings.
Meanwhile, the Lakeside Stage has been home to reggae performances, covers and acoustic sessions. There is also a Circus Area where visitors can have a go at learning various skills, such as poi spinning, unicycling and plate spinning, to name but a few activities.

There is also the chance to watch professionals perform their own tricks.

One of the event's main attractions is the Solar Cinema, which shows a wide variety of films for all tastes, but with a focus on children's cinema. There is also a kids area, where children can play and learn in a creative way - this space also serves as a creche, giving parent attendees a bit of time to themselves, if they need it.

And if all of that fun gives visitors an appetite then they will be pleased to find the Market Place, which sells a huge range of ethical goods, as does the Food Market, which focuses on produce from all over the world.

There is also a Biodiversity and Green Garden Area, which aims to educate parents and children about the ecology of the north of England, while the healing area is the ideal place to indulge in some yoga and meditation.


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