THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES REVIVALS HAVE STARTED THROUGH YOUNG ADULTS
Sixty One is a brand new festival for 18-30’s, kicking off this summer, 4-7th August, at the East of England Showground in Peterborough.
In a time such as this, it is incredibly important for the student and young adult generation to wake up, gather and claim the scriptures of Isaiah 61 as their mandate, to see a nation rebuilt, renewed and restored by the power of Christ. As we are transformed by His presence, we become agents of transformation scattered across our churches, workplaces and university campuses.
Raise expectations and believe God is up to something extraordinary. Book onto Sixty One 2022 today and play a pivotal role in shaping this festival for years to come
Where there are dreams and much anticipation, there are also unknowns and questions. This blog hopes to provide insight, ideas and practical support for groups attending Sixty One to maximise your festival experience.
1. It’s Sixty One’s first year - What can I expect?
Each morning and evening we’ll gather together in our main arena to hear extraordinary interviews, transformative teaching and testimonies of real significance, brought by you! At Sixty One we welcome all expressions of worship and eagerly anticipate a new wave of sound, voices and anthems rising out of a hungry, passionate and awoken generation. Facilitating moments for ministry is a priority. Our hope is for every individual to feel open and receptive to the Spirit, echoing the prayer Jesus spoke to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, ‘Not my will, but yours’.
Elsewhere we have SIX different spaces where teaching, theology and practice are explored. Generate is a space to uncover why your work matters and how to thrive as a young professional - expect opportunities to ask burning questions, network and learn from top Christian professionals. Campus is a space where faith is raised, calling is commissioned and gifts are discovered to impact university - expect stories that will empower, game-changing sessions and a night out to remember! Word is a space to deepen relationship with God through growing a love for His scriptures - expect insightful coaching and life-formative application. Dwell is a space to deep dive into a naturally supernatural lifestyle - expect morning devotionals led by 24/7 Prayer and times of encounter with the Spirit. Life is a communal space, a space of relationship, human flourishing and living well - expect live music, quality coffee... Oh and maybe cheeky 5k run?! Finally, Engage is a space to explore how God’s justice impacts everything we do - expect to cover pressing and relevant issues throughout the day and into the night, both in and outside the venue!
P.S. There will be plenty of chances to hang out, grab a drink and take part in a range of entertainment in the venues and across the site well into the evening. Don’t forget to check out The Experience in the Main Arena. This is where some of the best organisations, influencers and creatives will be showcasing elements of the mission they undertake all year round, both in the UK and Worldwide. We hope our creative and immersive experience will encourage, challenge and catapult you into a life of mission beyond the festival!
2. Do I have to go to sessions?
Some festival-goers will attack the majority of the programme, whilst others may decide to chill in the Village, grab a CLO Coffee from the Cafe or wander around The Experience with a mate. It doesn’t matter whether you visit Dwell and Campus on Day 3 having been in Life on Day 2, you can easily move between spaces to see all that is on offer. Most importantly, we want everyone to have an opportunity to prioritise the presence of God, wherever they feel led to do so.
3. What time shall I arrive?
Sixty One starts on Thursday 4th August 2022. Attendees can access the site from 2pm to register, collect wristbands and drop off vehicles at the car park. Expect ridiculous games, smells of delicious food and the sounds of music and laughter rippling through the Villages. Make sure to arrive early and be a part of the festival build-up as we count down the hours to our Evening Celebration, starting at 7pm.
4. Where do I sleep and can I shower?
There are a few options when it comes to basing yourself at Sixty One.
Offsite: The East of England Showground has a list of recommended accommodation partners that give exclusive 10% discounts for festival-goers wishing to stay off-site. Equally, why not think about hiring an AirBnB pad for you and a few mates?
Onsite: With very little chance of gathering over the previous two years, why not dedicate the four days by booking on with your church community to hang out with friends of old and develop new friendships. Bringing your own tent is totally FREE and will be the best way to soak up the atmosphere at Sixty One.
For those staying onsite, with other plans, you will be allocated to ‘General Camping’. Although there are no guarantees who will pitch nearby, being on a first come first serve basis, you will certainly be guaranteed a dose of mystery! The Camping Store will be open to purchase equipment, but note, tents won’t be available, so bring cover! Toilets and showers are available throughout the site. Queues for showers aren’t uncommon in the morning before venue spaces open, so make sure you leave plenty of time to avoid the rush!
Wherever you choose to stay, at Sixty One, we are one, united church. What would it look like for every individual to be welcomed onto site everyday with a smile or for a group, living in the same camping village, to be invited into another's festival plans? We cannot wait to hear of the memories, friendships and dreams that formed out of such a simple posture!
6. Can I organise food to be delivered to the Campsite?
If you’re running low on supplies but don’t want to leave the action, you can do your online shopping and arrange for a collection. You’ll need to make sure you’ve provided the supermarket with a mobile number and the postcode of the Dublane Gate (PE2 6SH). Stewards can’t accept delivery on your behalf so make sure you’re on time and bring some muscle to get food back to camp!
P.S. There is a Farm Shop onsite if you’re looking for greener, more locally sourced ingredients!
7. Can I light a fire on the Campsite?
Safe camping stoves and BBQs are permitted to only be used outside. In your Villages, why not organise ‘Tastes from around the world’ feasts as you begin to prepare the food menu for lunch and dinner. Think Fajitas, Curry, Paella and Pasta dishes. Why not even throw a Caribbean-themed carnival?!
8. Can I B.Y.O.B?
We support responsible drinking. Over 18's are welcome to bring alcohol for their own consumption in their camping villages. Why not think about setting up a mini-cocktail bar for those camping with you? There will also be licensed premises across the site that will serve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Look out for YADA Collective, from Derby, who will be re-creating their famous alcohol-free bar in the Campus venue.
9. Are there charging stations?
Yes! There will be multiple charging points in venues and cafes. WI-FI will be available with no password required.
10. I’ve never been to a festival before, what should I pack?
Here's a recommended packing list. Download, print and tick off as you go along.