It’s that time of year again. Time to choose between wellies and sandals, the safe route or living on the edge. Time to dig out those beads. Time to get down to Ponderosa Park. Well, not right this second – sit back down and read on, tiger. Peace in the Park is back for 2011 […]

It’s that time of year again. Time to choose between wellies and sandals, the safe route or living on the edge. Time to dig out those beads. Time to get down to Ponderosa Park.

Well, not right this second – sit back down and read on, tiger.

Peace in the Park is back for 2011 – bigger, better, stronger, faster and more goshdarned peaceful than ever before. So get down to Ponderosa Park on 4th June from noon till 8pm.

The festival is free to attend for all and packed to the gills with stuff – a total of five stages, as well as a soundsystem tent, a tea tent featuring the No Limits Pop Up Cinema, circus performers, a cabaret bar, art and craft stalls, dance activities, workshops, live art and more. All this, topped off with catering ranging from scrummy cakes to hearty burritos, and drinks including everything from a lovely cuppa to a fully stocked real ale bar. Can you believe this is free?

This is the eighth Peace in the Park festival and somehow the event goes from strength to strength every year. It is run by a not-for-profit collective that anyone can join. Every year it raises money for one local charity and one international charity – this year it’s Sheffield Mind and Self-Help Africa.

Sheffield Mind is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and during that time has worked tirelessly to support local people with mental health difficulties and their carers. The services they offer include volunteer work experience, supplying information, signposting, art therapy and counselling.

Self-Help Africa works directly with communities in rural Africa to help them achieve economic independence. They do this by consulting local people and facilitating the formation of cooperatives and farmers associations, as well as by supporting microfinance programmes and encouraging sustainable development.

We at Now Then are proud to be involved with Peace in the Park and this year are not only running our usual stage, but also organising the stall bookings as well. Get in touch if you want a pitch. There’s still time! Contact stalls@peaceinthepark.org.uk.

We’re also still on the lookout for anyone who can volunteer some time to act as a steward on the day. If you’re interested, please contact stewards@peaceinthepark.org.uk.

Want to help out in any capacity or get more info? Email contact@peaceinthepark.org.uk or visit peaceinthepark.org.uk.

See you there.

LINE-UPS.

Much, much more to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

Main Stage
Curated by King Mojo and Jumping Wizard
East Park Reggae Collective
Slamboree
Balkan Bandits
Jungle Lion
Zacc Rogers
The Chosen Family
The Mother Folkers

Opus Stage.
Mean Poppa Lean
Louis Romegoux
Renegade Brass Band
Kill The Captains
Bell Hagg Orkestar
King Capisce
James Tait
Mantra Rhythms

Community Stage.
The Peace in the Park All-Star Big Band (w/ special guests)
Ceilidh Party
African drumming and dancing
Samba band
Choirs
Poetry Slam
Balkan and Electroswing DJs

Sara Hill.