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Global Green at the Electric Picnic 2013

global-green-logo-transOut on the edge of the Picnic, an area shared with Green Crafts, you will discover the Global Green. This enchanting space is hosted by a community of cultural creatives pulled together by Cultivate, the sustainability collective now based at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.

gg-ep-2013This year we will let you experience a little of what it's like to live with and around us. Come away to Totally Tipperary, for food from Tipperary and a sustainable, locally sourced experience. Why not come over for a brilliant, morning brekky? Get the (bacon dry) cure bap and great gourmet coffee.

This year shows the return of live music to Global Green with our line up stronger than ever. As well as our usual daytime folk and electronica, we will throw some legendary night time parties. Synérgy will let loose Sunday night accompanied by DJ Rosko and the boys from the Pressure Drop sound system, bringing an infectious good vibe dance groove to the Picnic.

Global Green is a rustic space with an industrial edge that blends local and hand made with 3D printed. This is an invigorating mix of the urban and rural. It's a space to share, where you will find activists, local foodies, artists, hackers, makers, tree folk, musicians, and eco-entrepreneurs exploring collaborative ways to respond locally to the global challenges we face. 

So drop by and find out about grass roots experiments in community supported and urban farming and give cycling, up-cycling and composting a go, all while having your collective ear canals massaged by our reassuringly disheveled, motley crew of musicians and DJs... now that takes the edge off nicely, doesn’t it?


What is happening at Global Green?

  • Morning yoga and hangover cures
  • Totally Tipperary, a sustainable, locally sourced food experience
  • Cookery Crèche, a ‘story-time’ kids event that includes cooking, sowing and eating
  • The Irish Bicycle Community’s Cyclists Social Space
  • Connect 4 Resilience game with Cloughjordan Ecovillage
  • Social media and festival essential upcycling with Green Me
  • Mobile upcycling workshops with Redress
  • Getting dirty with the Master Composters
  • Going Solar with Glas Learning
  • Mark Boyle, Eamon Ryan and others discuss resilience in Cultivate’s Rethink Tank
  • Discovering hands-on traditional and ecological skills with CELT
  • Greening the edge with the Irish Hedge Layers
  • Coppicing the community with Muintir na Coille
  • Sharing with SMILE Resource Exchange
  • Celebrating life’s special occasions with Anu Ceremonies
  • Feeding ourselves with Cloughjordan Community Farm and Dublin’s Urban Farm
  • Regenerating the rural, examples from communities supported by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership
  • FabLabs and co-working for the eco-entrepreneur with WeCreate
  • Celebrating the return of the handmade with The Makery
  • Going local with GET Local
  • Collaborative drumming with the Community Drum
  • Birding with Bird Watch
  • Solidarity with the south with Self Help Africa
  • And the sharing of ideas for the future we want at the Peoples' Picnic

For more details and the full schedule of events visit

Global Green is curated by Cultivate


The Cultivate Tent

Yoga mornings with Lou and Grainne, screenings from Offline Film and performances from …

The Savage Jim Breen, The Would Be's, DJ Rosko, Eoin Glackin, Knoxville Morning,Conor Walsh,Arman Giorgio DJ, Black Bank Folk, Broken Disco DJ, BIg Beat Discotheque, the Pressure Drop Sound System and Synergie.

7pm - 8pm Offline Films
8pm - 10.30pm Ollie Moore's Wedding Party W/DJ Will Softly
10.30pm - 12am DJ Rosko
12.30am - 2am DJ Kevin Clarke
12pm - 1pm Yoga
1.30pm - 2.10pm Anna Jordan
2.30pm - 3.30pm Rethinking Livilihoods Talk
4pm - 4.40pm Eoin Glackin
5pm - 5.45pm Voices From the Field Presentation
6.10pm - 6.45pm Hozier
7.15pm - 7.50pm Lethal Dialect
8.20pm - 9pm The Would Be's
9.30pm - 10.30pm Thunders & Blazed
11.15pm - 12am BIg Beat Discotheque Presents: The Electro Bank (live)
12.15am - 1.15am DJ Mo Kelly
1.30am - 3am Arman Giorgio DJ
12pm - 1pm Yoga
1.30pm - 2.10pm Conor Walsh
2.30pm - 3.30pm Rethinking Community
4pm - 4.40pm Black Bank Folk
5pm - 5.45pm Voices From the Field
6.15pm - 7pm The Savage Jim Breen
7.30pm - 8.15pm Knoxville Morning
8.30pm - 9.30pm Offline Films
10.30pm - 11.45am Boudiour Sessions DJs
12.15am - 1.15am Synergy
1.30am - close Hip Hop Hooray Party

The Cultivate Tent also hosts the Rethink Tank and Voices from the Field sessions.

The Rethink Tank

Discussing the future of community

Saturday 1st September 2013

14.30 - Rethinking Livilihoods

With the economy in turmoil and jobs being lost at an unprecedented rate, could we work cooperatively to provide goods and services locally while at the same time strengthening the resilience of our communities?

The Panel:

Eliza Ward – Local food entrepreneur

Matt Mills - Sheep's Head Producers & Transition Towns

Eamon Ryan - Leader of Ireland’s Green Party

Ruairí McKiernan - Community campaigner on and Presidential appointee to Ireland’s Council of State

Sean Gibbons - The Peoples Supermarket, London

Gearoid Fitzgibbon - North Tipperary LEADER Partnership

Facilitated by Davie Philip - Cultivate & Cloughjordan Community Farm

Sunday 2nd September 2013

14.30 – Rethinking Community

Stepping up and getting involved in community life could be healthier for us, and is also the basis for a much needed economic localisation. But how do we go about playing our part in improving our world, one neighbourhood at a time?

The Panel:

Trish Kinsella – Resident of Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Mark Boyle - Author of The Moneyless Manifesto and founder of the Freeconomy Community

Davie Philip – Community resilience activist

Facilitated by Matt Mills - Sheep's Head Producers & IEN

Voices From the Field

A short TED-talk style presentations from activists, social entrepreneurs and community catalysts on their initiatives and their impact on the community. Come and hear what is happening in the field of community resilience.

Saturday 1st September 2013

17.00 – Voices From the Field

Featuring projects supported by North Tipperary LEADER Partnership

WeCreate - Ireland’s first community FabLab and co-working space

Loughmore Community Tea Rooms – Ireland's cooperatively owned cafe

Cloughjordan Ecovillage – The country’s leading eco-neighbourhood

Cabragh Wetlands – A vision of conservation, education and recreation

Mother Mountain Craft Group - Locally made original Irish produce

Ireland XO – Reverse genealogy - helping you reconnect with long lost family

Upper Church Walking Festival - Experience Irish rural life at its best

Cloughjordan Community Farm – Feeding ourselves with community supported agriculture

Stella FM – Social reporting with community radio

Sunday 2nd September 2013

17.00 – Voices From the Field

Featuring the community catalysts from Global Green giving five-minutes on what they are doing

Dublin’s Urban Farm – Growing food on our rooftops

The Cycling Community – Getting out of our cars and onto our bikes

Green Me – Starting out on a greener life

The Master Composters – Making soil from our food waste

CELT – Delivering traditional and ecological skills training

Muintir na Coille – Rustic skills with coppice community

Irish Hedge Layers - Craftsmanship in hedge laying

Self Help Africa – In solidarity with the South

ReDress – Facilitating better practice in fashion

Get Local – Kick starting the local economy

Totally Tipperary Food Experience

This year Eliza Ward of Country Choice on Tour is bringing a collective of Tipperary food producers together under the flag of ' Totally Tipperary'. Larkins of Garrykenndy, the Apple farm of Cahir, Ladybird Organic Farm, Cloughjordan Community Farm and Cloughjordan Wood Fired Bakery will be offering food and learning that is 'Totally Tipperary' and a sustainable, locally sourced food experience at this year’s Global Green.

With a marriage of minds and a shared ethos, this collective are on a mission to showcase the produce Tipperary has to offer through ethical farming methods. Along with other Tipperary farms, the world famous Cloughjordan Community Farm will be one of the many sources supplying a treasure chest of produce for Totally Tipperary. Seasonal fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, sour dough breads, yogurts, oats and free to roam local meats will be incorporated onto the menu at Global Green.

Totally Tipperary Talks Tent

Space for conviviality, food stories, conversations and demonstrations

Saturday 2nd September 2013

12.30 & 15.30 The Cookery Crèche – Fun, flavour and frolics with Opa & Grandma, Richard and Stella of Ladybird Organic Farm. What has Sunday got to do with spaghetti and sausages? This ‘story-time’ kids event includes cooking, sowing and eating.

16.30 The Next Generation – Well-known artisan food promoter Peter Ward hosts conversations with young up and coming Tipperary food entrepreneurs.

18.00 The Bread Club – The story of Cloughjordan Wood-fired Bakery, a unique micro bakery in Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Sunday 2nd September 2013

12.30 & 15.30 The Cookery Crèche – The story of food with Opa & Grandma, Stella and Richard of Ladybird Organic Farm

16.30 Feeding Ourselves – Stories from Dublin’s Urban Farm and Tipperary’s Community Farm in Cloughjordan

17.30 The BiaBox – The story of bringing delicious fresh produce to your door by Get Local

18.00 The Peoples Picnic - Share food and conversations on the future we want

Plus pop up discussions over the weekend on issues such as GM and local food solutions

The Cloughjordan Tent

Examples of projects and community enterprises from Cloughjordan, winner of the National Green Community Award 2012 & 2013, runner up in an ‘Irish Times’ contest looking for the ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland’ and a 2013 nominee for an Irish Pride of Place award and a UN award for liveable communities.

Play ‘Connect 4 Resilience’ and find out all about Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Collaborate with WeCreate, the co-work space and FabLab for Eco-Entrepreneurs.

Make a promise of time to your communityatthe Gifting Tree

Participate in celebrating community with ANU Ceremonies, facilitated by Celebrant Trish Kinsella

Create your own fabric bow with seamstress Eileen Flannigan

Discover community-supported agriculture with Cloughjordan Community Farm

Celebrate the hand made with the Makery

Rediscover the local with Get Local

Savour the delights of Cloughjordan Wood Fired Bakery

And Encounter the Tipperary Green Business Network, NTLP, Upperchurch Walking Festival, Ireland XO, Cabragh Wetlands Trust, Nenagh Silent Film Festival and Stella FM

Cyclists Social Space

Join Ireland’s cycling advocates for tall bikes, cargo bikes, bike films, a smoothie bike and bicycle sculpture as well as information on the current state of cycling in Ireland. If you are into bikes drop in.

The GreenMe Tent

This year sees the return of GreenMe’s hugely popular up-cycling station. Upcycle your sunhats, your wellies, your sandals or what-ever you wish. Face painting, information on how to live a greener life and a multimedia information and broadcast point will also be running in the tent. The roving reporter will be touring the Global Green area recording all the activities and the team will be hosting an open mike evening on Saturday with their in-house band, where poets, singers and musicians alike are welcome to join in or simply sit and enjoy.

Mobile Upcycling Workshops

Re-Dress Better Fashion Initiative is taking the phrase ‘upcycling’ to a whole new level with workshops on the Global Green this year. Learn how to make on-trend necklaces out of t-shirts and LED lights. All materials will be provided from the Re-Dress yellow craft bike, which will travel around the Global Green over the course of the weekend.

Fuinneamh – The Giant Communal Drum

Come and play the 14ft diameter drum made from 90% recycled materials. No experience is necessary as Team Fuinneamh’s community drummers are on hand to help with some basic rhythms. This is all about having fun together and not just learning some drumming.

The Solar Trailer

Glas Learning will be exploring ‘going solar’ at the ‘Solar Trailer’ all weekend. Learn how you can save money and the planet by powering up from the sun.

Dublin’s Urban Farm

Dublin’s Urban Farm will be introducing aquaponic food systems and highlighting sustainable growing methods. The crew will be demonstrating organic fish farming with edible salad green growing, combining smart technologies & open source design. Drop by to see the AQUAlab showcase.

BirdWatch Ireland

Activities include birding, the ever popular EP bird list, all your wildlife questions answered, short films and surprising talks

Hedge Laying Association of Ireland

HLAI will be on site to To encourage and facilitate the conservation, protection and appropriate management of hedgerows, and promoting the craft and profession of hedge laying.

Muintir na Coille

The forest people will be active around the Global Green this year coppicing the community and creating rustic seating and edges.

Self Help Africa

'Think Africa’ is the title of Self Help Africa’s Global Green project this year. It will invite festival-goers to write in a single or handful of words what comes to mind when they think of Africa...  Then, presented with a series of facts that will challenge their preconceptions about Africa, they will be asked to repeat the process. This will be filmed and a video produced/edited in the style of Bob Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues video which will be promoted across social media platforms.

Master Composters

Visit the Stop Food Waste & Master Composter Information stall for Compost Clinics, interactive compost demonstration site with a range of working compost systems, and practical hands-on demonstrations.


Highlighting training courses in Agroforestry and Forest Garden skills and promoting Native Tree Nursery, Biodiversity surveys and nature trail development. They are also campaigning against fracking and GMOs so drop in and have a chat with them.


Global Green is curated by Cultivate


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