‘Think global, act local’ at One World Festival

Last year's One World Festival. Photo contributed.
Last year's One World Festival. Photo contributed.

This Saturday High Lea Park in New Mills becomes the stomping ground of the One World Festival.

Around 2,000 people are expected to attend the annual event, which promotes peace, diversity, world development and the environment.

Local music acts performing include 13Luger, Fosbrook, Samba Band and Hayfield favourites The Beechcombers - their sounds ranging from electronic to pop.

Over 20 community groups/campaigns will also be attending, including Transition Buxton, New Mills Women’s Group and East Midlands CND. The festival’s main feature, however, is an impressive selection of guest speakers, who will be addressing the festival theme, Earth Matters, targeting ongoing environmental change.

Tackling this will include Derbyshire Green Party, Sustainable Hayfield and environmental activists Greenpeace, with talks on fracking, Arctic change and local environmental action.

“It seemed quite topical to do something on Earth Matters”, said festival organiser Patty Doran.

“We were thinking of who we knew locally… and we actually have one of the people from Greenpeace in the New Mills community who volunteers at a nation level.

“We thought we could get them speaking (Greenpeace)… then we could tie that back down to local stuff. And we’ve got someone from Sustainable Hayfield talking about what they’re doing (locally).

“We like to say think global, but act local,” she added.

If that isn’t enough, festivalgoers can catch a folk train from Manchester Piccadilly, departing at 12:49, to New Mills Central. Stockport Ukulele Group will be playing between the stops, warming up for their festival debut.

The One World Festival takes place at High Lea Park, St Mary’s Road, New Mills, on July 5, between noon and 6pm. Free entry.