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UK: The Big Chill and Amnesty International UK announce partnership for this year’s festival

The Big Chill are delighted to announce that they will be supporting Amnesty International at this year’s festival at Eastnor Deer Park, Malvern Hills, Herefordshire (August 4-6, 2006).

The partnership will see Amnesty International host the Castle Stage for one day at the festival, providing a mix of comedy, entertainment and music.

In addition, the 2006 festival programme will be free this year, with all production costs paid for by The Big Chill. A voluntary donation of £2 to Amnesty will be suggested at the programme collection points, and for that Amnesty will be offering a Protect The Human badge. The badges will also be available for £2 when Big Chillers buy their festival ticket online or at the Amnesty stall at the festival that will also offer Chillers information on ways of joining the organisation and supporting its campaigns.

Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK Director said: “Our message is simple – whoever you are, and wherever you are, it has never been more important to stand up for humanity and human rights. Thanks to The Big Chill, people will now be able to support Amnesty even at a festival.”

Festival founders Katrina Larkin and Pete Lawrence said: “The Big Chill has reached the point where we can realise our dream of making a difference by supporting organisations we believe in, helping to spread their message and achieving their objectives. Amnesty International do fantastic, important work and we are proud to be associated with them.”

The Big Chill festival is a music, multimedia and arts event now in its 11th year (the Big Chill itself started 12 years ago as a Sunday social at Islington’s Union Chapel).

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