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  festival anyone??!?
A free festival is also perhaps the unique meeting point between scholarly political philosophy and transcendental spirituality, textbook "anarchists" get to actually experience feelings of anarchy that go beyond words into the realm of the metaphysical.
Free festivals are a threat to mainstream capitalist society in amerika.
Free parties/festivals were targeted by the UK authorities back in 1992 with the Criminal Justice Bill and more recently, France has passed a similar law banning unsanctioned free parties and gatherings which- if convicted- carries steep fines and confiscation of equipment.
www.spaz.org /~clang/teknode/festival.html   (3986 words)

 Stonehenge Free Festival - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Stonehenge Free Festival was a British festival from 1972 to 1984 held at Stonehenge in England during the month of June, and culminating on the summer solstice on June 21st.
The festival was a celebration of various alternative cultures, in particular neo-paganism.
Stonehenge's meaning has been historically contested, and that trend was dramatically continued in 1985 when English courts banned the Free Festival from being held at Stonehenge.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Stonehenge_free_festival   (371 words)

 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Revisiting Britain's biggest free festival
And in 1982, 135 vehicles had left Stonehenge Free Festival and driven to join the Women's Peace Camp outside the airbase at Greenham Common, where US cruise missiles were housed.
This was the final nail in the coffin of the British free festival movement - effectively stopping the "new-age travellers" and festival-goers in their tracks.
And by driving the free festival scene underground, the Public Order Act inadvertently paved the way for the numerous illegal rave parties that sprung up in increasingly remote locations during the late 1980s.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/music/3662921.stm   (1128 words)

 scfestiv.htm: Festivals at Stonehenge
The Free City of Camden, which became the base for early Stonehenge festivals was a loose, street-by-street network of squatters, revolutionaries and artists who subscribed to the philosophy of giving and practiced concensus politics rather than "representative democracy", establishing an anarchic lifestyle and a sense of community feeling.
The five or so initial festivals produced, in later years, a complacent elite which lacked the love necessary to ensure the well-being of the festival as a whole, and could not cope with the problems that arose.
In a way, the festival can be though of in two ways: an as an actual physical event, the gathering of people in one place at one time; and also as a spiritual event, in other words as a state of mind.
www.phreak.co.uk /stonehenge/psb/scfestiv.htm   (1787 words)

 Stonehenge free festival 1981-Police
It is generally thought that the Stonehenge free festival will survive long after the others have disappeared.
Officers involved estimate that around 2,000 or so attending the festival are in their words, 'hippies' and 'dropouts' and certainly the drug culture is a large motivator.
Other officers have to police the festival and the cost of that is down to the rate payers.
festival-zone.0catch.com /henge-police.html   (1496 words)

 where's wally?
In 1974, a small Free Festival was also organised alongside Stonehenge, where an obscure electronic noise band named Zorch gave a performance through a dodgy PA system.
Rimbaud's story was that while working towards a second Stonehenge festival, Russell was arrested for possession of a small quantity of LSD for which he was placed on remand, where he refused to wear a prison uniform.
The Stonehenge Free Festival became a regular event around the time of the Summer Solstice and attracted many more people until 1985, when as part of a general offensive against working class self-organisation police roadblocks were set up prevent the festival happening anywhere near Stonehenge.
freespace.virgin.net /nigel.ayers/wally.html   (2839 words)

 Positive Evolution | the best way to predict your future is to create it
An alternative free fringe event was established outside the security fence which was eventually removed ant the whole event declared a free festival.
Thousands of people turned up every year for the festivities, wood fires smoked amongst the tents, children ran naked on the grass, adults fullfilled their chores of wood and water collecting and there was singing and dancing, a real celebration of life.
There were clashes between organisers of festivals and the members of the audience who wanted to create a free festival movement that can't be stopped.
www.freewebs.com /samsimillia/travellers.htm   (2417 words)

 Stonehenge free festivals 1972-85
In 1985 violent confrontations took place between police and the festival audience and the festival was closed down by the loathsome Thatcher goverment.
Although it is more honest to describe the numinous dynamics of Stonehenge Free Festival in poetic, esoteric language, it won't convey the magic appropriately.
Amongst the manifest equality and the sensuality there was a sense both of ownership and belonging, that gave vision to those of us who were young, and hope and just and juicy reward for those who were pioneers of the festival, and other festivals, and any freedom-oriented movement for and by the people.
www.ukrockfestivals.com /henge-menu.html   (597 words)

 Festival Portal @ ShowsAndFestivals.com (Shows and Festivals)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
A feast and a festival are historically interchangeable.
When used as in the meaning of a festival, most often refers to a religious festival rather than a film or art festival.
In past times, festivals were times when the elderly shared stories and transferred certain knowledge to the next generation.
www.showsandfestivals.com   (975 words)

 CJ Stone - Author of The Trials of Arthur, Housing Benefit Hill, Last of the Hippies and Fierce Dancing
She embroidered him a shirt that became his trademark: a riot of spectacular colour with the eye of Horus in the middle banked by a rainbow, across which was emblazoned the word "Hope".
Some of these early free festivals were less pop-concerts, and more exercises in communal living, an attempt to create a blueprint for a better world.
Hope and his friends were announcing the festival was on and the authorities were saying it was off.
www.cjstone.co.uk /pgs/fd05ch6.htm   (6360 words)

 WiccanWeb.ca   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
The history of the celebrants and counter-cultural leaders is interwoven with the viewpoints of the land-owners, custodians and archaeologists who have generally attempted to impose order on the shifting patterns of these modern-day mythologies.
The story of the Stonehenge summer solstice celebrations begins with the Druid revival of the 18th century and the earliest public gatherings of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the social upheavals of the 1960s and early 70s, these trailblazers were superseded by the Stonehenge Free Festival.
www.wiccanweb.ca /print-4201.html   (142 words)

 Ozric Tentacles -Freakbeat 1990
Throughout the late '70s the festival steadily began to grow, even during the punk era, and by the early '80s crowds of 25,000 plus were gathering at the 'stones' for a month of good music, good vibes, good friends and good gear.
By 1984, however, the festival had unfortunately attracted an undesirable element and the attention of a government that frowned upon the Bohemian attitudes of the festival 'brigands' who were, in their opinion, ruining the countryside.
The festival may, for the moment, be dead but the spirit of the people and the bands who went there lives on, in new and ever changing forms.
www.geocities.com /ozrictentacles_web/ozric_te.html   (4220 words)

 SPP: Stonehenge Peace Process   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Stonehenge is an ancient ditch and large stone structure some 4,000 years old, and that is just a later stage of the development of the site that goes back some 8,000 years.
In the years after 1985 Stonehenge was a focus for visits by pagans and druids interested in its ritual significance as well as protests by those who wished for a festival.
The festival with its upside of joy, music and youthful experiment was banned, religious rights overruled, fundamental freedoms to travel in one's own country, to peaceful assembly, to protest and to enjoy life were being snuffed out.
www.greenleaf.demon.co.uk /stones.htm   (761 words)

 www.mikebouckley.net/travellers/sh1.htm Stonehenge     (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
It seems that Stonehenge was re-engineered to fit a shift from Taurus to Aries circa 3500 BC and again around 1550 BC.
So at Stonehenge, the significance of the midsummer sunrise maybe, that the Sun rises, then passes the Heel Stone, casting a penetrating shadow into the Circle, and onto the unique reflective Godess Stone which stood there, in the middle, the shadow up to waist height.
They are demanding full restoration of their traditional rights of free access to Stonehenge and provision of land for camping while attending the Midsummer Solstice Celebration from the 21st to 23rd June 2003.
www.mikebouckley.net /travellers/sh1.htm   (1759 words)

 Cyn City: Stonehenge Summer Solstice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
Stonehenge Free Festival was never licensed and in 1985 - after being banned by English Heritage - it became so unsafe that no-one actually reached the ancient stone circle.
We'd considered going to Stonehenge to see it, but so had a gaggle(or whatever the correct collective noun is) of druids and hundreds of thousands of others.
I was at one of the last stonehenge festivals that did not incurr any hassel i think it was around 1979 or 1980 i can only remember seeing Hawkwind play (rather late) and my friend ended up dancing in the early hours with the druids.
cyncity.typepad.com /cyn_city/2004/06/story_from_bbc_.html   (1400 words)

 Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2005 - pictures - sunrise - Battle of Beanfield
Whether Stonehenge was a temple, a burial ground, an astronomy marker, it doesn't matter - it comes alive when filled with people, and so many feel compelled to gather and celebrate together as our ancestors surely did.
The convoy were determined to set up the Stonehenge Free Festival, despite court injunctions raised by the National Trust and other landowners, including an English Heritage ban on midsummer festivals at the stones.
When stopped within 7 miles of Stonehenge by police blockages of gravel and council vehicles, 200 of the convoy retreated into a nearby field and there followed a 4 hour confrontation.
www.new-age.co.uk /stonehenge-solstice-pics-2005.htm   (1151 words)

 Stonehenge Documentary, BBC4/BBC2 - Festival Forums   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
My first ever festival was the huge, chaotic and genuinely anarchic (ie not all good, but pretty exciting!) Stonehenge Peoples Free Festival (all of June, 1984, but I was only there for two days round that year's Solstice).
EH did not budge from the "10 hours only" position from which they started (although they did open the car park and the stones a little early on the night, under pressure from the police, because the build-ups were getting dangerous).
He wasn't around the old Stonehenge Free Festivals as far as I'm aware, nor connected with the travellers.
www.efestivals.co.uk /forums/index.php?showtopic=18882   (3909 words)

 Free Events
The Green Festival, now in its 9th year, originally started in opposition to building plans for Leazes Park, is now a community festival offering positive solutions to environmental problems.
There are plenty of FREE hands on arts, heritage and children’s activities to take part in including graffiti and spray paint workshops, green woodworking, Northumberland crafts, drumming, juggling and circus skills workshops.
The Green Festival is open from 12noon until 6pm on Saturday and from 12noon until 10.30pm on Sunday during the last Bank Holiday weekend in May.
www.hardcorecarvers.co.uk /festival/freefest.html   (653 words)

 Just a Coder - nickfitz.co.uk » Stonehenge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
The People’s Free Festival of Albion had been held at Stonehenge every year since 1974 (or 1972 according to some sources).
Whatever the truth, the Stonehenge Free Festival was the major counter-cultural event of the year, marking the start of the festival season.
From the end of June it was possible to travel to a different free festival every weekend for the entire summer.
www.nickfitz.co.uk /categories/stonehenge   (947 words)

 Culture Shop - Outsiders: The Peace Convoy (Film/Video) by Martin Parry
This is the story of the struggles for Stonehenge Free Festival during 1985 and 1986.
In an early example of 'embedded journalism' before the term was in vogue, the filmmaker travels with and uncovers the values and motivations of a group of travellers which originated in the 'Peace camps' of the 1980's, including Molesworth and Greenham Common.
The film includes sequences shot from inside convoy 'runs', police roadblocks, and the infamous 'Battle of the Beanfield', as well as statements from the police and National Trust, residents in the Stonehenge area and key figures in the free festival movement.
www.cultureshop.org /details.php?code=OUT   (209 words)

 Solstice at Stonehenge 1984 - 20th Anniversary DVD Review
After that, the closing shots of the festival site are the same as were on the VHS video, with more of “In The Morning” as a soundtrack.
The authorities launched a massive operation, moving in with force to prevent the festival from happening, resulting in the fencing off of Britain's most famous ancient monument and an end to the free festival.
Released for the first time on DVD exactly 20 years to the day of the festival, 'Solstice at Stonehenge' is by far the most historically significant of Hawkwind's audio / visual output and should be cherished by fans, collectors and the curious alike.
www.starfarer.net /hengedvd.html   (2122 words)

 Stonehenge study tells pagans and historians it's good to talk
More understanding among all sides in the great Stonehenge debate might be made if the world was shown images of how the site is experienced by visitors today rather than only its imagined past, suggests new research sponsored by the ESRC.
The project examined what have come to be known as sacred sites, and the climate of mistrust between heritage management and archaeologists on one side, and pagans and alternative interest groups on the other.
Dr Blain said: "Stonehenge is the centre of an on-going struggle between travellers, pagans, 'Druids', members of the 'alternative' community, English Heritage, landowners and the police.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2004-06/esr-sst061804.php   (625 words)

 Stonehenge free festival   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-03)
The Stonehenge free festival was a festival from 1972 to 1984 held at Stonehenge in England during the month of June, and culminating on the summer solstice on June 21st.
The ruling came so late that many Free Festivallers did not know about it, and several hundred attempted to show up anyway.
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
stonehenge-free-festival.iqnaut.net   (319 words)

 UK Indymedia - Stonehenge Acoustic Free Festival
Free access to the stones (subject to security searches) Stones open from from 2.00am to noon Saturday 21st June 2003.
Unfortunately the solstice dawn occurs on the 22nd and festival campaigners intend to protest at the decision to deny access with music fun and agit prop Morris dancing...
The campaigners are demanding full restoration of their traditional rights of free access to Stonehenge and provision of land for camping while attending the summer solstice celebration from the 21st to 23rd June 2003.
www.indymedia.org.uk /en/2003/05/68630.html   (361 words)

 beyondtv - Brief History of UK Rave Traveller Scene from a spiral perspective.
Actively resisting the rightwing regime built upon violence, private ownership of land and profiteering, the Spirals aligned their artistic and musical spirit with a relentless campaign of events that for breif (yet intense) moments took back the land into the realms of common shared experience.
1982: The meandering convoy of free festival types is named "The Peace Convoy" after travelling from the Stonehenge Free Festival to join the peace camp at Greeenham Common.
The festival was cool - untold systems all putting on a great show, ravers, travellers, tourists, TV crews, a shed load of liberated battery hens, skinny dippers, daredevil divers, and even a few police (but they were too busy enjoying the sunshine and playing rounders to bother anyone).
www.beyondtv.org /beyondtv/page.php/376/soma   (2149 words)

 Animal Rites: Beast of Bodmin
The Stonehenge Free Festival became a regular event around the time of the Summer Solstice and attracted many more people until 1985, when as part of a general offensive against working class self-organisation police roadblocks were set up prevent the festival happening anywhere near Stonehenge(11).
To this day there is a general ban on gatherings taking place anywhere near Stonehenge around the Summer Solstice, and police roadblocks are set up throughout Wiltshire every June.
So we have seen how the meaning of the name Wally has changed since 1969, as different factions have attempted to use the name and the death of at least one person who used it, to their own ideological ends.
www.earthlydelights.co.uk /netnews/wally4.html   (621 words)

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