FAREWELL TO BLACK OAK RANCH
The 14th annual Earthdance Festival will take place September 17-19 at the renowned Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA, a property rich in native history and old growth oak trees. The ranch has been home to Earthdance for the past 8 years, but due to expanding audiences, the festival will be moving to a larger facility for 2011. Often described as a festival that combines the artistic liberation of Burning Man with the socially responsible conscience of the Oregon Country Fair, the festival has gained international recognition as one of the best "boutique" festivals on the West Coast.
| Earthdance '09 by Michael Buchanan|
This year's lineup includes:
Michael Franti and Spearhead
Ivan Neville’s Dumstaphunk
Yard Dogs Road Show
Gift Of Gab
Delhi 2 Dublin
Heavyweight Dub Champion
Lynx and Janover
And many more
For 2010, Earthdance Northern California will unite with over 350 locations in 60 countries across the world. To make this year a "grand farewell" to remember, the festival will present an incredible lineup of conscious musicians, visual artists, DJ's, speakers and activists, who believe in a sustainable future for our planet. Working with the theme of "Unity In Diversity," the festival will host five music stages and will feature high profile conscious artists from many genres of the international music scene. Also included will be an indigenous elders council, made up of indigenous elders from many nations, who will share wisdom and sacred ceremony.
An important part of the festival will be a compelling educational component called the "Activist Alley," where festival patrons can interact with both local and international non-profit groups. These organizations will share information and workshops on relevant global and local issues, inspiring local participants to take a stand for the future of our planet.
A highlight of the festival will be a synchronized global link up, taking place on Saturday the 18th, when at 4 pm (PST), Earthdance California will synchronize with over 350 locations in 60 countries. At this precise moment, a specially created song called the "Prayer for Peace" will be played in every location at the same time. The festival will also feature a wide variety of healthy vendors supplying many types of international foods and eco wares. Shaded camping and hot showers are also available to festival attendees.
Part proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Earthdance non-profit, A California based 501c3 organization.
Check out JamBase's coverage of the 2009 Earthdance here.