We have ticket discounts for single parents, for students, for church leaders, the unemployed and disabled, but it’s frustrating for us knowing that there are plenty of people who would get a huge amount out of Greenbelt who simply can’t afford to come.
We scratched our heads at Greenbelt HQ wondering what we could do, and someone had an outrageous plan: why not make tickets FREE?
OK, much as we’d love to, we can’t do that for everyone. But in 2010, we created our Open Festival scheme, which seeks to give away 200 completely free tickets to those who need them most.
Getting hold of them is really easy: write a letter on one side of A4, outlining who you’d like to come and why.
Perhaps you are a group of asylum seekers or young people, or maybe you help out at a group with learning difficulties…
Send your application to the following address by 31st May. It may be that we get more applications than there are free tickets, in which case we’ll do a random ballot. Either way, you’ll be contacted by the end of June and told if you’ve been successful. If you are, you’ll be on your way to Greenbelt for the first time, for nothing.
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Quotes from previous recipients
“A BIG THANK YOU for the tickets and a wonderful weekend. All of them enjoyed the weekend and experience greatly and are still raving and talking about it four weeks later. One of the outcomes of taking them to Greenbelt is that 3 young people decided they would like to volunteer at our youth project. Another feedback was that it gave them a different cultural experience and allowed them to have a moment break from their troubles, issues & struggles.” – YMCA Central Herts group leader (Open Festival 2012)
“[The weekend] was fun, exciting and a getaway. I also got to know the leaders and peeps a lot more. If we do it next year we can’t wait to come.” – YMCA Central Herts group member (Open Festival 2012)
“We wanted to write to you to say a big thank you for allocating us complimentary tickets… It was a fantastic festival, and we feel very privileged to have been part of it. We would like to thank you again because if it weren’t for your support it wouldn’t have been possible for us all to come to Greenbelt, as many of us do not have the financial support to be able to afford to take part in such an event. For one, I know that the memories of this weekend will live with me for a very long time.” – Youth group leader (Open Festival 2012)
“I found Greenbelt to be a positive experience. The festival was very entertaining and social with a variety of music, seminars and activities.” – member of the Life Skills scheme from the Genesis Trust (Open Festival 2010)
“We are still reaping the benefits of going away as a group to Greenbelt… [the Life Skills members] really enjoyed being part of a group and feeling that they belonged.” – Carey Skelton, group leader with the Genesis Trust
Page last updated 27 Apr 2013