|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
from The Vegan Winter 1989:
1/4 page advert - The Vegan Summer 1990:
THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL VEGAN FESTIVAL
Discussion, music, sport, lectures, good food, peaceful surroundings.
Organizers: The Dutch Vegan Society, PO Box 1087, 6801 BB Arnhem, The Netherlands
Details: The Vegan Society, 7 Battle Road, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN3 7AA. Tel. 0424 427393
from Vegan Views:
Attended by over 90 people from 10 different European countries, Australia,
Canada and the US.
The Festival was very efficiently organized by the Dutch Vegan Society - Cor Nouws, Marjo Disseldorp and Peter van der Eynden.
The official language was English. Much was crammed into the week's programme. - Activities ran in parallel. As well as lectures, workshops, and videos, there was music and dancing, day trips, cycle tours and non-competitive games.
Workshops covered topics such as, animals in religion, vegan kitchens, infant nutrition, breast feeding and fasting. The videos included "Food for a Future", "The Man of the Trees" (Richard St.Barbe Baker), and one with Jay Dinshah of the American Vegan Society speaking with great passion and uplifting energy on Ghandhi's Truth Force.
from The Vegan, Autumn 1990:
5th INTERNATIONAL VEGAN FESTIVAL
Arthur Ling and Sandra Battram represented the Society at the Festival. Arthur reports . . .
The scene of the Festival was at Hengelo which is approximately a 2 1/2 hours train journey into Holland - a country where the population per square kilometre is even higher than that of the UK.
We were delighted to find on arrival that there were 12 other vegans from the UK (most of whom we knew) together with Stefano from Italy, Francisco from Spain (who had attended the Plamil Half Marathon) and Kirsten Jungsberg from Denmark who I had met previously in England. There were also vegans from Canada, USA, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Australia, Italy, Sweden and Denmark - as well as the larger contingent from Holland. Attendance mus have been around 100 and it was a marvelous experience to share the time with so many vegans from around the globe.
Throughout the duration of the Festival there were lectures and workshops with delegates being free to attend or just socialize as they wished. I had been asked to speak about Plamil's 25 year history and Plamil being the world's first vegan company. I was able to link this in with the early days of the Vegan Society here in the UK when it was far more difficult to be vegan. However, it emerged that vegans in many countries still find it difficult to practise their beliefs - there is no vegan society in France, and a young lady from Belgium was very concerned that she could not get vegan footwear in her country.
Sandra took some Vegan Society merchandise and publications - t-shirts, a number of copies of the Cruelty-Free Shopper and The Caring Cook, plus current issues of The Vegan (all the magazines were snapped up). As a result it is anticipated that the Society can expect more members from overseas.
Congratulations should be extended to Cor Nouws, the energetic secretary of the Dutch Vegan Society (formed 11 years ago) who had worked solidly and meticulously since last November to organize the Festival. This was the 5th International Festival with earlier ones being hosted by Denmark (twice) Sweden and Germany. Of these the Swedish Vegan Society seems the most energetic with some 1600 members and an estimated 6,000 vegans in the country.
When is the next Festival to be held? On Friday morning the delegates discussion took place about the most suitable venue. The concensus of opinion seemed to favour either Italy, Scotland or England. In the event it was agreed to ask this Society to consder organizing a Festival - preferably in 1992 - subject to it being able to take on the bulk of the work. Any volunteers?
I probably have the privilege with my long association with the Vegan Society and my work at Plamil to have come into contact with more vegans than most (and how they differ!) but it was a rejuvenating experience to share in the International Festival and to meet so many vegans from different countries at one gathering. It is an experience I am sure you would regard as one of the highlights of your life; so be sure to attend the next Festival!