AT THE 25th year of Greenbelt Festival, celebrated at Deene Park on 28-31 August, more details were announced of its plans for 1999. Greenbelt will continue as an event though one that is less youth culture, less music-orientated. It will be held at Cheltenham Racecourse on July 29-August 1 while a new event, Freestate, organised jointly by Greenbelt and Spring Harvest, will be held on August 27-30. Freestate, to be held at a venue soon to be announced, will be, in their own words, "a groove-drenched, adrenaline-burning, life-giving music weekender." Greenbelt Festival's manager Andy Thornton told Cross Rhythms, "We've found that as Greenbelt goers get older there's a desire to experience a broader range of arts. The new look Greenbelt will explore all the arts, theatre, fine arts, and worship while Freestate will be much more targeted at youth culture. Greenbelt will be an arts festival while Freestate will be much more a music festival." CR

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