The Village Green is a diverse but integrated community of craftworkers, activists, artists, musicians, foodies, farmers, green technologists and slam poets, to keep down the carbon emissions and strengthen community most of them are from Cork our Rebel County.
This dynamic green edge of the festival showcases musical acts, offers some of the most healthy food and drink on site and hosts discussions on important subjects for a community-led future that works.
Craftcamp offers an interactive craft experience for children and adults in many of the craft disciplines, what you make you take so come and create!
Most workshops are between 1/2 an hour to 2 hours, a small charge will apply. We have Master Crafts men and women offering Blacksmithing , Basketry, Leatherwork, Felting, Wood and Stone Carving, Candle Making, Spinning, Green Wood Working, Jewellery and Ceramics.
Eathmatters will showcase and promote groups,individuals and new ideas, that could help tackle environmental and social issues.
It aims to present these in a vibrant and lighthearted,but informative way. Set in an inspiring, restful garden containing healing plants and floral displays Earthmatters will be both a place to be inspired and a place to relax and chill out. In the garden you’ll be able to learn about edible Sea Weeds, People 4 Soil and their petition, GIY, Medicinal Herbs, Biochar, Soil, the protest movement against Mechanical Kelp Harvesting, Mushrooms and much more.
Carnival Steampunk themed Mental Health Garden, with edible vegetables, flowers and herbs a seated area consisting of elegant wooden blackboards surrounded by golden painted manikin body parts, dripping trellises of rich green ivy, Steampunk styled picture framed blackboards. Chalk boards to allow festival goers to express themselves, covered over in a wooden shaped dome surrounded by the garden.
The Village Hall
The Village Hall At the heart of the Village Green.
the Village Hall will be home to a cabaret of musical acts and comedy, the popular Scene of the Rhyme poets are back lead by Cormac Lally, we’ll have short inspiring TED Style talks and interactive panel discussions on subjects that effect you like How do we make our festivals sustainable? Learn about Real World Renewable Energy what’s happening locally and globally and what works for Ireland. How deep can your local food roots grow? In Conversation with Oliver Moore. You’ll be able to shake off that fuzzy head and get your festival day underway with morning Acro Yoga and Dance sessions and then hang out for the TED talks with the best coffee and juices on site. Visit the Village Green throughout the day for the music, ideas, food and atmosphere, and at night find out why the Village Hall was the favourite venue of many last year…
We’re delighted to host comedy from Lords of Strut, Ringo Music Bingo and Silent Disco’s with Ronan Leonard. Live music from the mellow to Gypsy Jazz to HipHopFunk and DJ’s TWOC & Ollie Moore.
Our collaborators this year include Cork Environmental Forum, Transition Town Kinsale, Cork Nature Network, Future Orchards, The Baby Market, Cultivate, The Village, GIY, People for Soil, Down to Earth and many more.
The Village Green is curated & hosted by Matt Mills, Matt was one of the first UK Mountain Bike Champions who was later heavily involved in the Bristol dance music scene as a promoter and designer having worked with Massive Attack, Tricky, DJ Nick Warren and others. Cycling bought Matt to Ireland where he settled in 1999 becoming involved with the promotion and education around sustainable communities working and collaborating with Transition Ireland, Cultivate and Sustain West Cork. His work led him to Festivals running sustainability programmes for Body & Soul and collaborating with Davie Phillip at Global Green/Electric Picnic. Matt represents the Environmental Pillar on the board of West Cork Development Partnership and is currently developing an Eco Tourism business, Goleen Harbour, on a coastal organic farm in West Cork.
Davie Philip Co host of the Village Hall is a former professional skateboarder who in 1988 won a UK young entrepreneur award for his surf and skateboard clothing business, giving it all up a year later to travel, eventually settling in Ireland. Davie has been active promoting sustainable community in Ireland since 1996. In 1998 he was a founding member of FEASTA: the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability and in 1999 a co-founder of Sustainable Projects Ireland Ltd. the company behind the ecovillage project in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary where he is now based. He presently hosts events and facilitates groups working on collaborative approaches to help their localities flourish through the Community Resilience Programme at Cultivate Living and Learning, With Cultivate Davie curates the Global Green area of the Electric Picnic and organisies the annual Convergence Sustainable Living festival.
Dr. Oliver Moore is Communications Director with ARC2020, an independent NGO based here in Paris. ARC2020 focuses on agri-food and rural policy and practice, in particular regarding CAP and agroecology. ARC2020 was, during the previous CAP reform process, a platform for 150+ NGOs and farmer organisations. ARC2020 now acts to facilitate debate, networking and engagement in agri-food and rural policy issues at EU and Member State level. As well as being Communications Director, Oliver Moore is also a journalist and academic. He writes a weekly column on organic farming for the Irish Examiner newspaper, while lecturing in University College Cork’s Centre for Co-operative Studies. He is also part of the Communications team in GROW, a citizen science initiative to help improve soil and environmental monitoring across the EU. Oliver also lives in Cloughjordan ecovillage, where he is involved in the community owned farm and in other aspects of the rich and varied food ecosystem that location generates.