@2019 Festival of Friends Wild Spirit

Welcome to the 5th edition Festival of Friends!

Thank you to every being who attended last year's gathering!

It was the best yet! Stay tuned...

 

It's an annual Wild Spirit tradition to combine sweet beats with lovely peeps to create

conscious, collaborative, creative play 

to welcome in the New Year.

These yearly events evolved into this festival,

designed for those of us who desire a wholesome, alternative experience of a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Due to popular demand, this camping festival

will be a FIVE-day event this year.

To preserve intimacy, safety and all-round atmosphere, we limit numbers to no more than a total of 600 people on the farm on New Year's Eve.

This includes the many wonderful performance and visual artists 

who make their way here from all over South Africa (and other parts of the world) 

to perform and share their gifts in this space.

 

Tickets are therefore naturally limited, and sell out fast.

To avoid disappointment, and before you fully commit to joining us, please read

this entire website which contains everything you want and need to know.

Thereafter, please submit your application form via the Application Process tab as soon as possible to secure your spot.

If anything is unclear, you are welcome to email wsfestivaloffriends@gmail.com for clarity.

For a little tasty teaser preview of what this event is all about,  here's a clip produced by Self - Aweh Productions from Festival of Friends circa 2015/2016

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The Lineup

SOUL sessions for the WILD and SPIRITED

Festivities will kick off with live music and dj’s at sunset on Saturday the 28th December 2019 and will continue all the way through to

late evening on the 1st January 2020, which is the official decompression party - a magical night of superb musical melodies, 

storytelling with Jenny, and spontaneous freestyle-jam sessions to restore and recharge as we settle into the New Year.

LINE UP:
Live music Line-Up to be announced in December!

HEALTH & WELLNESS & OTHER ACTIVITIES:

  • Secret Sunrise boogie

  • Pop UP Theatre

  • Land art/wattle weaving workshops

  • Talks/discussion groups on pertinent environmental issues

  • Daily morning Yoga, meditation and freestyle dance classes

  • Fire dancing

  • Massage & other holistic healing therapies

  • Soil Soul Sessions - working and planting the land

  • Reflections Theme Camp

  • Local food, handcraft and body art stalls

  • Forest walks and lagoon swims in Natures Valley

  • Open-mic slots for everyone and anyone to sign up

  • An abundance of smiling faces, carefree play and happy dancing feet

  • Roughly 500 new friends 

About the Festival

OUR VIBE

Philosophy

Eco-Conscious Play

As always, it is our hope to experimentally co-create with all of you a space to facilitate and expand on Eco-Conscious Play practices

and Interacting with Awareness – of our selves, our tribe, our natural environment, and our constantly evolving world at large.

We are working to engage with and promote the ethics and principles of being 'high on life' -

 which we understand to be the practice of enjoying our personal selves through sharing our skills, talents and  passions to promote

life, health, and a happy green Earth for all to enjoy. 

This is a conscious child-friendly event which caters to all ages, colours, shapes and forms.

It is therefore important to note we do not accept raucous, intoxicated and high-maintenance behaviour at any point during the celebrations.

We aim to provide a space within which to party creatively, with loving respect for other people, our animals, and the land itself.

If you are unsure of the motivations of the people joining you, please take responsibility for relaying this message clearly.

Of course we will play, with much enthusiasm, but we expect everyone who attends to align with our ethos.

Theme

AfrikaGrow

The longstanding drought in this area together with recurring wildfires has made urgent the need to fast track the rehabilitation of indigenous species, both fauna and flora, by removing alien vegetation and re-cultivating the land with appropriate plants and purpose.

To bring attention and awareness to this important environmental issue, and to harness the potential of purposeful-people-power,

we will have 3 sessions where we invite you to learn, share and get your lovely hands dirty.

 These SOUL SOIL SESSIONS will be focused around our mission of re-greening the campsite with

indigenous buffer zones and planting food for our bees. 

The 3 sessions will be run daily from 11:00-13:00 and will be shaped as follows: 

  • 29th - Alien clearing and land preparation 

  • 30th - Digging holes, lots of them 

  • 31st - Planting

In this way we can all creatively celebrate and honour our beloved Earth as we bring in the New Year with wholesome intention.

Following the ethos of the fabulous folk from Greenpop: We plant, and then we play, mos!

 

We encourage participation in these missions which represent the fusion of heart, head and hands.

Anticipate funky beats, treats and magical humming in the forest… 

Bring shoes, hats, gloves, spades and gees!

We are VERY excited for this one!

Important to Note:

While we do all we can to minimise the threat of wild fires on the farm, the Garden Route is still a

high fire-risk area, especially in the hot, dry summer months.

Cigarette butts, open fires and irresponsibility are the main culprits.

We request everyone to actively and conscientiously work with us on this one.

Please and thank you in advance. 

Artist Applications

If you have something special in your toolbox to contribute to this event and you feel inclined to get involved, please email Ola at wsfestivaloffriends@gmail.com.

For any other info or queries please contact the lovely Gene at the same address.

+27 72 505 8271/ +27 82 456 3628

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Links / Contact / Directions

Can be found on the EVENT PAGE ON FACEBOOK- Wild Spirit Festival of Friends

Here is the link - get involved for lift shares, car-pooling and last minute info. We will be posting the line-up in December.

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