The 50th Greenbelt Festival, set to take place this August, has announced a star-studded line-up featuring Christian comedian Milton Jones and fair trade advocate and actor Adjoa Andoh, among others.
The festival will be held over the August 24-27 Bank Holiday weekend in Kettering.
Headliner Milton Jones, a renowned comedian who has previously performed at Greenbelt, is known for his clever one-liners and unique style of humor. His presence at the festival illustrates Greenbelt's commitment to blending artistry and belief through diverse forms of expression, the festival says.
As a devoted Christian, Jones often incorporates his faith into his comedy, providing light-hearted yet thought-provoking entertainment for audiences.
Adjoa Andoh is likely best known for her role as Lady Danbury in Bridgerton. In 2009, she became a licensed lay preacher in the Church of England.
However, some Christians have hit out at the line-up, saying it lacks theological professionals and is too "progressive".
The multi-faith aspect of the festival fosters dialogue and collaboration between different religious groups. By inviting speakers, artists, and activists from various faith traditions, Greenbelt encourages a spirit of unity and understanding in addressing critical issues such as social inequality, climate emergency, and the refugee crisis.
Creative Director Paul Northup expressed excitement about this year's milestone celebration: “We’re 50 this year and we think that’s worth celebrating. Not just to get nostalgic but to stand in solidarity and look ahead. To find the courage, creativity, and inspiration needed to face the next fifty years.”
The festival's commitment to social justice has remained constant throughout its history. Partnering with organizations such as Christian Aid and Trussell Trust, Greenbelt continues to support global poverty eradication efforts and local food banks in the UK.
This year's line-up includes musicians Laura Mvula, The Indigo Girls, Ezra Furman, Balaklava Blues, Bruce Cockburn; speakers Carrie and David Grant, Dr. John Sentamu, Cole Arthur Riley, Ann Pettifor; activists Jack Monroe; and end-of-life care expert Kathryn Mannix.
With a strong emphasis on inclusivity, acceptance, and interfaith dialogue, Greenbelt Festival attracts a multi-generational audience. The festival operates on a "pay what you can afford" model.
To learn more about this year's festival and ticket options, visit www.greenbelt.org.uk.