This month’s blog sees another quick promo for my ‘Voices of Albion’ film which is due to be shown at this year’s Kingston Green Fair; which is due to take place at Kingston’s Canbury Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May. I’m not sure where, exactly, at present, but I think it has something to do with the Healing Area, where, I am told there is a video projector that runs off a twelve volt rechargable battery. Any queries, contact Des Kay at the ‘Save the World Club’ on 020 8547 0335 and he should be able to help.
As those of you who have seen it will know, the full title of the film is ‘Voices of Albion: Levellers, Luddites, Diggers and Dongas in Traditional and Contemporary Folklore’. This is perhaps of particular relevance indeed to many of those who are and have been directly involved with the Green Fair over the years.
The particular point of relevance to which I here refer revolves around the original starting point for Gerard Winstanley’s Seventeenth Century Digger Movement; which has been a source of major influence and inspiration for many green activists and commentators both in our own century; as well as those that have preceded it. Strange as it may seem, Winstanley’s original Digger Community first established themselves at nearby St. George’s Hill on the Kingston Zodiac’s Gemini Effigy.
Thus, the origial community which has since gone on to inspire a whole variety of groups, from the Haight Ashbury Diggers of the same name, to the near contemporay Dongas and Luton based Exodus Collective (who feature here in the embeded excerpt): not to mention veteran Techno Terrorists ‘Spiral Tribe’, could be said to have its present incarnation in many of those whose activities are due to be showcased at this year’s ongoing event at Kingston’s Canbury Gardens.
For more about Mary Caine’s Kingston Zodiac check out some previous installments of this blog.