The Earthdance festival began as a vision to unify the world in support of peace. The idea revolves around a synchronized dance party that spans the globe, covering over 100 cities and 45 countries. In Northern California, The event will take place on 150 acres of sacred ground on the Ya-Ka-Ama Native American Reservation located 90 minutes North of San Francisco in Santa Rosa on the weekend of October 12th, 13th, and 14th. All proceeds from the event will be donated to affiliated charities such as the Tadra Project Children’s Village in Tibet, and the Global Exchange Human Rights Organization to name a couple.

Founder Chris Deckker got the idea for the global dance project while in the King’s Chamber of the Giza pyramid in Egypt. He took this idea back to England where his roots were well established in the electronic trance community of London. Deckker’s goal has always been to link spirituality with dance music, but now he has begun to make the logical progression into other areas of sound. Perhaps Deckker put it best when he said, “Dancing is an ancient expression-it doesn’t matter whether it’s done to computers or drums.” This idea takes form in the variety of musicians found this year ranging from Mickey Hart leading the largest drum circle for peace ever, to an eclectic bunch of disc jockeys, to the spiritual beats of Sound Tribe Sector 9.

The climax of the weekend will occur on Saturday at 4pm (PST) when every Earthdance DJ across the world will link up and spin the exact same track, "The Prayer For Peace" at the exact same time. So whether you’re in England, Australia, San Francisco, or Asia we will all be united in a simultaneous shake down for peace.

This years Global Dance Party will be equipped with several different stages featuring the following artists:

The Global Fusion Stage:
Sound Tribe Sector 9
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Lost At Last
Medicine Drum
Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra
The Venusians
Netwerk: Electric
The Ali Khan Band
Suzanne Sterling
Joanne Rand
And many more. . .
The Temple of Electronica:
Featuring the following deck wizards:
John Kelly (Moontribe LA)
Garth (Wicked TBC)
Brian (Moontribe LA)
Lorin (Bass Nectar)
Dutch (Thump Radio)
Captain Neo (Braindrops)
And others. . .
Live Sets By:
Mobius with Bob Brailove (the Grateful Dead)
ABA Structure
The Acoustic Sanctuary
Shelley Doty X-Tet
Freedom Tribe
Melissa Crabtree
Windsong And Kat DelRio
Lumin featuring Dy’ara
Axix Mundi
Guest DJ’s Ron Tuffenelli, Cory Mason (One World Radio)
And many more. . .
Earthdance Urban Funky Breakbeat Sessions with:
Adam Ohana (EyePhunk)
Anon (EyePhunk)
Chika (Ignite)
Miss E (Eclectic SF)
Dov (Ignite)
Special Friday Night Treat:
The Ambient Groove Temple featuring the Yoga Tai Chi Collective
Dragonfly (The Groove Garden/Cosmic Casbah)
Rhythmystic (Dance Jam)
Moondoggy (Yoga Tai Chi)
CB (Yoga Tai Chi)
Alex (Medicine Drum)
Special Sunday Human Rights Concert:
In conjunction with Global Exchange and in support of Leonard Peltier.
Featuring very special guests from around the world:
Maria Mulduar and Friends
Arley Washington and Family
Xipe Totec
Rita Coolidge
Davis Carradine
Native American speakers from various tribes

There will also be a Circus Stage, a Healing Arts Village, Vendors, and an Earthdance Radio show as well. If you'd like to learn more about Earthdance, find out about local parties or how to contribute, please visit their website at

Ticket Prices:
3 day pass including free camping and parking:

  • Presale: $55 until September 15th.
  • $65 from September 15 to October 11th.
  • $75 at the gate
    Sunday only one day ticket: $35
    Children under 12 free

    Tickets on sale now at the following outlets:

  • Distractions - (SF) 415.252.8751
  • Braindrops – (SF) 415.922.7246
  • Curiosas – (Santa Cruz) 831.423.3208
  • Culture Shock – (Fairfax Marin) 415.482.8444
  • Chaos Existence – (Portland) 503.234.7267
  • Skills – (Berkeley) 510.704.9876
    Or online at

    Come share your groove in our planet's time of need. GIVE PEACE A DANCE!

  • [Published on: 9/27/01]

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