In the breath-taking natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons, where mystical ley lines converge amid Welsh ancient oak trees, something magical is stirring: it is Green Man Festival time once again.
Green Man Press Officer (Cowshed Campaigns Manager) Stacey Oliver said: “The weather certainly has not dampened spirits at this years Green Man. There is a great mixture of live music, comedy, arts and science to keep all of the family entertained so the stage is set for it to be a brilliant festival.”
Rollo Maughfling is the Archdruid of Stonehenge and Britain. He is a long-time campaigner for the restoration of traditional rights of access to druidic sites, and respect for ancient druidic rituals. Pictured (Left to Right): Rollo Maughfling, Ellie Maughfling and Samuel Scobie performed the Green Man opening ceremony. Rollo said: “We called upon the spirit of the Sun and the Earth to bless the Green Man ceremony by means of communal chanting of the IAO, the ancient druid meditation of the West.”
Helping everyone stay in touch in an environmentally friendly way by charging their phone batteries by means of pedal power is Richard Warner from London.
Andy Currums from Blompy The Banjo Busking Stage calling out to everyone: Come and have a go if you think you are good enough. Anyone with a skill or talent is welcome to climb on stage and show off their abilities. Andy said: “This is our third Green Man and we all love this festival. The people, the setting and all of the great music – we love it all. We take our stage all over the country and we are always thrilled to come back to the Brecon Beacons.”
Three former students from The University of Cardiff photographed at their Guerrilla Archaeology stand. Guerrilla Archaeology is a team of undergraduate, post graduate students and lectures and volunteers that are all passionate about bringing archaeology to the people, through the medium of arts and crafts and even face painting.
There are lots of community and educational establishments and organizations that raise awareness of many different issues at the Green Man including environmental and health concerns. There is a designated area for community education where attendees can be enhanced in Einstein’s Garden.
Carry On Cartoon Camping is created and designed by Carol Hanson. It highlights issues related to a Dementia and Imagination Research Project. Carol has worked on the design and promotion of national marketing campaigns and provided creative design and illustration solutions for both large and small companies. Carol often combines animation, collage and humour in the celebration of regional characters. She has recently undertaken public arts commissions for Chester Performs, Green Close and The Art House, Wakefield, creating and installing a pop-up cartoon launderette, tearoom and cinema – all spun from recycled paper.
Alison John (Yello Brick), Gorden Beattie (University of Cardiff PhD student), Shane Nickles (Yello Brick) at a science demonstration. Mr Beattle said: “We are expanding the investigation into human enhancement and how it is progressed.”
The Green Man is a large bonfire figure that is symbolically burnt at midnight on the last day of the festival this being Sunday.