People have been camping since Wednesday morning and today is the day all the music finally kicks off down at Glastonbury Festival.

Glasto is the largest greenfield festival in the world. This year it’s headlined by Florence and the Machine, Kanye West and The Who.

There’s plenty of Manchester acts down there this weekend too, including Courteeners, The Chemical Brothers, Ben Pearce, Everything Everything, Buzzcocks and not forgetting Baggy Mondays! The band that brings together ‘Madchester’ classics and indie disco favourites – they’re not to be missed.

Our Poet in Residence, Tony Walsh has summed the weekend up perfectly in a poem entitled ‘Why Glastonbury’, which he was commissioned to do by the festival in 2011. See the video below:

Festivals, carnivals and fetes are a great way to bring people together. Glasto it renowned for its community feel. It brings together people who wouldn’t usually brush shoulders, people from all walks of life, young and old with one common love – music!

Forever Manchester funds and supports a wide variety of community groups and projects. When the summer months arrive, we often fund a lot of carnivals and park events that bring the surrounding communities together.

Like Glastonbury, these events bring together people with one thing in common, which is their community. Community summer events bring together people of all ages from local communities to celebrate where they’re from (and keep the kids entertained).

There’s a few of these coming up in the coming weeks, including:

Costa del Walkden 12th July 1-4pm

Costa del Walkden is all about raising community pride and spirit. The event, held at Parrforld Park, Walkden Road will include a brass band, free arts and crafts, a sandpit, a puppet show, donkeys and more. The project is bringing the beach to you in the Walkden area of Salford.

All proceeds from this event will go back into the Walkden Community Fund, which will hopefully help the community to become more self-sustaining, allowing them to put more events on in their area more frequently.

To keep up to date, follow the day on Twitter.

Benchill Community Centre’s Open Day 18th July 11am-3pm

Benchill Community Centre is inviting local residents to their fun-filled open day on 18th July. The day will include a BBQ, bouncy castles, free rides, entertainment and more to keep the kids occupied. It’s a completely free day and is hoping to bring people in the surrounding areas of the centre together to show them what activities are on offer.

The centre is on Benchill Road in Wythenshawe. For more information, follow the day on Facebook.

Peel Park Pink Picnic – 26th July 12-7pm

The LGBT community will once again be painting the park pink on the 26th July for this year’s Peel Park Pink Picnic. The Peel Park Pink Picnic is Salford’s largest LGBT community event open to all and is now back for it’s fifth year. Among many of the highlights of this year’s extravaganza will be live performances on the main stage from Gifford, No Idea and the fabulous Hazell Dean. The event will also feature music by Gaydio and Mint DJ Mark Jones, festival stalls and activities for kids.

This year’s event will take place on the 26th July 12-7pm in Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford, behind the Maxwell building of the University of Salford. For further details about the event, please visit their website.

If you’re planning a community event like this and require some funding. Head to our funding page to see if you’re eligible for any of our funds.