Lake of Stars festival in Africa walks a tightrope between cultural sensitivity and positive social change

It’s hard to measure the impact of using music and the arts as a tool for international development, but it’s undeniable that the ability of this festival to inspire the young people who attend is pretty special. Lake of Stars put on a banging party while managing to reconcile cultural sensitivity with development—and it did so by keeping creativity at the festival’s core.

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Written by : Alice McCool

The Pursuit of Pleasure in the holy land

Midburn takes place in the Holy Land, an area with deep religious roots. Pursuit of pleasure is what streams of Judaism, Islamism and Christianity all teach to repress. Generations of people in Israel have been taught that the “right” way to live is to restrain oneself and control one’s urges.

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Written by : Chandra Zas

Green Building at Envision, Costa Rica

“Even the stages were works of natural art: made from wood and other tree products, the Lapa stage was a teepee-esque structure that hosted a great rotation of DJs under the bamboo structure. The Village stage was covered in natural foliage from top to bottom; I had a funny conversation with one of the builders who said it’s the only stage he’s needed water twice a day. But next year the stage will be fully grown-in: they will keep the stage structure and let nature take over for next year.” – Envision Co-Founder Matt Siegel

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Written by : Andrea Bertoli

Do festivals exclude poor people?

AfrikaBurn brings money into the local communities, it creates jobs, it supports charities and it gives and amazing experience to those fortunate enough to attend. To the best of the organisers’ ability, all this is done with minimal impact to the environment. We don’t live in a perfect world, AfrikaBurn strives for perfection but it’s not perfect. It seems to me that the more something strives to be good, the more criticism it gets. There are hundreds of festivals in SA that are far more detrimental to both the environment and society!

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Article by : Kwassi

Love at Burning Man Changes lives

We met up with my friends, watched the Temple burn, walked around the open playa, climbed art, made out like teenagers, rode bikes, took a short nap and danced at dawn. – Chandra Zas

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Written by : Chandra Zas

Bass Coast founders want to leave you inspired

It’s a founding principle of Bass Coast that you become inspired by what you see, feel, and experience at Bass Coast and then take that into your life and your community and carry it on throughout the year. For me, it’s just so fulfilling to hear those stories. – Liz Thomson

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Written by : Hollie McGowan

Kosmicare and Drug harm reduction at Boom Festival

As a frequent festival-goer in the past few years, I wanted to see for myself how one of the countries that’s come the closest in the world to ending the drug war handles substances at these events. So I reached out to Dr. Maria Carmo Carvalho at the Catholic University of Portugal, head of Kosmicare, an organization that helps concert-goers dealing with a bad trip—or worse. At the Boom Festival, a biennial gathering held near the Spanish border around the full moon last month, about 100 Kosmicare volunteers committed to round-the-clock care for the more than 30,000 attendees throughout the weeklong event. I was one of them.

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Written by : Kevin Franciotti

Earth Frequency Festival and its connection with local cultural heritage

“But while at Earth Frequency, through well-attended workshops on everything from ecstatic dance to shamanic sound healing, to numerous acts of kindness (a special hat tip to the random fellow who gifted us fresh mango) and a reckless amount of hugging, I witnessed a genuine celebration of art and creativity and the willingness to transcend the cultural crutches of the past.” – Ian MacKenzie

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Written by : Ian MacKenzie

Music Festival vs. Transformational Festival

For the sake of this article, a music festival is defined as an organized series of concerts, presented with a common theme, such as musical genre. Some well known examples are CoachellaGlastonbury, and Tomorrowland. A transformational festival has been defined as a “counterculture festival that espouses a community-building ethic, and a value system that celebrates life, personal growth, social responsibility, healthy living, and creative expression.” Some well known examples include Burning ManBoom, and Lightning in a Bottle.

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Article by : Jessica Devnani

Transformational Drug use at Festivals

“Transformational festival” is a phrase that’s often used to describe festivals that intend to help you evolve and better yourself and the world around you. California-based Lightning in a Bottle(LiB) certainly fits this description, but they take it another step further: the way they have chosen to manage potential drug use at their event has the power to transform the way all festivals address drug use and safety issues.

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Written by : Stefanie Jones