Wigan Diggers Festival
8th September 2012
12.00 - 8.00 p.m.
Town centre procession, symbolic digging re-enactment and tree planting ceremony from 11.00am until 12.00 noon. Assembly point to be confirmed.The FREE Open Air Festival will celebrate, via the medium of poetry, songs, film and a range of other activities, the life and ideas of Wigan born and bred Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the 17th Century ‘Diggers’ movement he was the inspirational leader of.
Also known as the ‘True Levellers’, the Diggers were one of the first truly egalitarian political movements of the poor and propertyless anywhere in the World, and the first to argue for full equality of men and women. Winstanley and they famously asserted: “The World was made a common treasury for all!”
Festival organisers intend to pack the day with an array of activities, including audio visual presentations, an exhibition, stalls and live entertainment featuring a range of bands, acoustic artists, and radical
Map of location at: http://wigandiggersfestival.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/diggersfestsite1.jpg
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