09/17/10 ZeGeVege Festival of Sustainable Living
Now for the third year in a row Animal Friends organizes and invites to the ZeGeVege Festival of Sustainable Living
- More than 15,000 people visited ZeGeVege last year. Come and see why, do not miss this year's rich whole-day program!
The aim of this unique festival is to inform people about the possibility of sustainable, ecological and healthier living, which does not harm the environment, lives of other animals and welfare of people while using natural resources for the purpose of meeting human needs.
The ZeGeVege Festival will take place on Ban Jelacic Square on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. This year too the City of Zagreb sponsors the ZeGeVege Festival. As it was the case last year, Milan Bandic, the mayor of Zagreb will open the festival at 10 o'clock with a brief speech, while Mirely Holy, the vice president of the Committee for Environmental Protection in Croatian Parliament, will welcome the visitors.
This year the ZeGeVege Festival will be organized as part of a new campaign Green Monday through which the City of Zagreb joined the increasing number of towns which urge their citizens to choose at least one veggie day in a week in order to improve their own health and the health of the environment. More about this campaign can be found at www.zeleni-ponedjeljak.com.
At the festival 40 exhibitors will participate which with their ethical and ecological criterion try to improve the harmonious coexistence of all living beings. Visitors of ZeGeVege Festival can expect many interesting things like tastings and discount sales, while health food producers, eco-agriculturers, companies that produce cosmetics that are not tested on animals, producers of ecological packaging and alternative energy sources and animal protection associations will present themselves and their offer.
There will be a program on the central stage on Ban Jelacic Square throughout the whole day where the following musicisans and artists will perform: Bojan Jambrosic, etno choir Cipkice, Elma & N.T. Wave, Nina Romic, Bobo Knezevic and Animalne Bestije XY, the bands Pet do dvanaest, Crank Band and dancers of various stiles like belly dancing, Indian dance, capoeira and the popular zumba fitness.
The health food restaurant Vegehop will offer healthy meals at promotional prices which visitors of the festival can eat at set tables. Everyone who buys a meal in the restaurant can enter the competition where the first price is a weekend for two with a vegan breakfast in the Cherry Blossom guest house which has a European V-Label. The special prize is a vegan lunch on a sailing boat along with swimming on the island of Krk, sponsored by Macrocruise. Other prizes are gift packages sponsored by Alpro, Encian, Dvostruka duga, Steviana, Advent, Jutarnji list, and Geo.
For children there will be set a Kid's Corner with a program for the young guests, where children will learn about animal and environment protection through creative games. Vrecko (Baggie), the bag monster, will also visit the Kid's Corner and tell the children a story about plastic bags. The illusionist Jozo Bozo, singer Minea, children choirs Kikici and Genijalci will entertain the youngest from the stage. The Lush info stall will be visited by the gorilla mascot which will take pictures with everyone interested.
The eco-toys stall is of a humanitarian character – part of the profit will go to the SMA.T, an organization of parents with children suffering from spinal muscular atrophy. In an open tent in the morning part of the program Rituals organizes a free make-up with cosmetics which are not tested on animals. Besides the entertainment, the ZeGeVege Festival also offers an educational content and the visitors will be able to watch films about the impact of the food industry on the environment and climate, and sign the current petition for the ban of plastic bags, for the introduction of vegetarian meals in public institutions, etc.
The program, video announcement and more information about ZeGeVege Festival can be found at www.zegevege.com.
The graphic design was sponsored by Zale. Other sponsors are Alpro, Arto, bio&bio, Bistra, Encian, Kerschoffset, Iskon, Libertis, Macrocruise, MBM, Meridian, Philips, Vectordesign, Vegehop, while exhibitors are Advent, Annapurna, Bioherba, Biomedis, Cherry Blossom guest house, Drustvo za osvoboditev zivali in njihove pravice from Slovenia, Dvostruka duga, Eko proizvod, Eko prodis, Eko igracke, Eco-natura, Encian, Geo, Glas zivotinja, Klub mladih tehnicara Dubrava, Lush, Maha nandi, Mala performerska scena, Moj cvijet, OPG Oreskovic Lavanda, OPG Vladimir Sinko, OPG Marijan Radanec, OPG Violeta Lovrec, OPG Vlado Posel, PMB-aedificium, Repro eko, Roda, Sapunoteka, Sedma planeta, Steviana, Skloniste za napustene zivotinje Dumovec, Tomar, Udruga Mace, Vegetarijana Srbija, Volonterski centar Zagreb, Zaklada Gabriela, Zdruzenje za razvoj miroljubnega kmetijstva from Slovenia, Zmajevna, and Zrno. Media sponsors of the festival are Jutarnji list, Geo, Radio Cibona, Z1 television, zdravakrava.hr, net.hr, Kamo.hr, Medikus.hr.
For the photo gallery from the ZeGeVege Festival please click here.
For the photo gallery of performers and exhibitors on the ZeGeVege Festival please click here.