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More headliners announced for Greenbelt Festival 2017

Second set of lineup announcements for 2017

Boughton House, Northamptonshire, 25-28 August



Back at Boughton House for a fourth year with its 44th consecutive edition, Greenbelt Festival is looking forward to celebrating The Common Good.

Adding to the names already released on February 28th



IDEAS: Food poverty campaigner and writer JACK MONROE, global organisational theorist and business elder CHARLES HANDY. Filmmaker, writer and activist JENDELLA BENSON. Catholic political theologian ANNA ROWLANDS. And quirky States-based theologian GREG GARRETT.
More on all these thinkers, writers, speakers and activists here.

Featuring the global fusion sounds of LA CHIVA GANTIVA. From Jordan and Palestine, Shamstep festival band 47SOUL. With his community choir project, RICHARD NAVARRO and LET THE PEOPLE SING. Rising star and soul chanteuse MAHALIA, Liverpudlian melodic pop from CLEAN CUT KID.
More on all these music names – and more – here.

Devon-based poet ANTHONY WILSON curates a bill of Poets for The Common Good, featuring four great British female poets: JOSEPHINE CORCORAN, SASHA DUGDALE, REBECCA GOSS and NANCY CAMPBELL.
More on these literature names here.

Irish comedic and physical theatre from the LORDS OF STRUT. Immersive circus cabaret from MARY BIJOU CABARET & SOCIAL CLUB. Whimsical walkabout theatre with RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS presented by THEM TWO DANCE. And poignant and frenetic physical theatre with HAPPY HOUR presented by TMESIS THEATRE COMPANY.
More on all this theatre here.

Featuring the NINE BEATS Global Collective in residence all weekend. And the SOUL SANCTUARY GOSPEL CHOIR (with Rev. Lucy Winkett) from London.
More on all this here.

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Citizens UK's Safe Passage wins Social Justice Campaigner Award

 Safe Passage, a project powered by Citizens UK, has been awarded the Social Justice Campaigner prize at the Shelia McKechnie Awards.

The awards celebrate the best campaigns and campaigners – whether working locally or nationally, and from individuals and community groups to people working in large organisations. Their interest is in finding those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously.


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Camden welcomes refugees to North London

Leader of Camden Council, Cllr Sarah Hayward (pictured third from left), has said the council is committed to housing more refugees in the borough despite having already met their target of settling 20 refugee families by 2020, except for one family who had to pull out due to ill health.


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Supporting Cardiff employers to pay the real Living Wage





The City Council is encouraging employers to sign up to pay the Living Wage to help Cardiff gain recognition as a Living Wage city.
As a Living Wage employer itself, the authority believes that paying the Living Wage is a key indicator of an employer’s commitment to fair work practices and aims to support local businesses and organisations to commit to pay their own employees the Living Wage. 

The Council has launched a scheme offering financial support to organisations who become accredited Living Wage employers over the next 12 months and pay their employees the real Living Wage, over and above the mandatory National Living Wage set by the UK Government. 

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TELCO Celebrates 20 Years of Driving Local Change


 East London Community Campaign Group TELCO Celebrates 20 Years of Driving Local Change Including Securing a Living Wage Olympics and the first CLT Affordable Homes in London

TELCO (The East London Citizens Organisation) today celebrates 20 years of community organising and social justice campaigns to improve living standards through higher wages, increased employment opportunities, and pioneering affordable housing schemes. TELCO is the founder of the now national movement, Citizens UK.



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Leeds Citizens launch new cycle of action

Leeds Citizens Delegates Assembly

On Tuesday 28th February, Leeds Citizens held a Delegates Assembly at Oxford Place Centre to launch a new phase of action to tackle some of the city's big injustices. Over 75 people turned out from a range of faith, education and community organisations to share to stories from listening campaigns and commit to action on Mental Health, Living Wage and Opportunities for Young People.

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Dropping Anchor at Greenbelt Festival During Turbulent Times



Glastonbury shaped by the Gospel.” Nick Wyke, The Times.

Citizens UK has teamed up with Greenbelt Festivals as an associate partner, and will join them at the Common Good Festival this year to celebrate four days of music, arts, activism, ideas, faith and spirituality. The annual event takes place at the idylic Broughton House, near Kettering, Northamptonshire, on Bank Holiday Weekend, 25-28th August.

The Greenbelt Festival is in its fourth year at this venue and organisers welcome all to the event, saying: “We’re sailing in a strange boat. Here we are in 2017. A year that feels more uncertain than any we can remember. As we enter unchartered waters, we need a safe haven to head for. Somewhere to drop anchor. To get our bearings. To plot a new course. So, we are inviting you aboard the good ship Greenbelt this summer. We think that she might just be our best way forward. Together. For The Common Good.”

Citizens UK executive director, Neil Jameson, says: “We are so looking forward to celebrating The Common Good at the Greenbelt Festival on this August Bank Holiday weekend. It will be a chance for us all to socialise, re-fuel and reflect on the year ahead, in the company of friends and fellow campaigners. Some of us are still reeling from the changes of the past year and it will be great to get together, have fun and prepare for the challenges ahead.”


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Strengthening Democracy by Strengthening Civil Society event

 Anglican and Higher Education leaders discuss opportunity of Citizens UK's Growth strategy

Citizens UK announced their Growth strategy at an event, "Strengthening Democracy by Strengthening Civil Society", on Friday 17th February, alongside the Rt Rev'd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham; Prof. Saul Becker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Birmingham and other leaders from the Church of England and Higher Education sector. The event discussed opportunities following a successful Big Lottery bid to expand Community Organising to ten Growth areas where Citizens UK has been invited to build or expand alliances.

The proposed Growth areas include: Brighton, Colchester, Kirklees, Lancashire, London, Portsmouth, Southampton, Sunderland, Taunton and West Midlands.

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Building a city of sanctuary

A series of measures to help refugees and asylum seekers feel safe and supported in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have been backed by key decision-makers in the city and county.

Representatives of the city and county councils and the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire gave commitments to work with each other and Nottingham Citizens to enhance the welcome and re-settlement support received by people seeking sanctuary here.

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Redbridge Citizens letter supports bar on supermarket homes plan

Support for Redbridge Council’s decision to refuse Sainsbury’s planning permission in Ilford due to a lack of affordable housing

We, the undersigned, would like our support to be noted for Redbridge Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to Sainsbury’s Supermarket Ltd’s proposed housing development at 55 Roden Street, Ilford, IF1 2AA on the basis that only 4% of the 683 homes included in the 33 story development were classified as ‘affordable’ (17 for social rent and 10 ‘intermediate’ homes). This is despite the well acknowledged fact that there is an urgent need for affordable housing for local people in Redbridge.


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