Although none of my generation have attended the famous events of the past such as Woodstock, it is easy to observe the rise in support of the music festival culture in recent history. It is also noticeable that many aspects of the sub-counter-cultures of musical underground have been slowly surfacing as a mainstream topic and commodity. The belief has arisen that music festivals becoming as popular as they have been, is foreshadowing the future of human culture as a whole, and may even be the most necessary facet of current sociological evolution for civilization.
There are other sub-cultures of creative entertainment affiliated with trials of practical sustainability, such as events that are sanctioned by Burning Man, along with Rainbow gatherings, and other collective efforts by those who seek alternative lifestyles. However, these mentioned and similar versions, although beautiful and unique, lack the mainstream allure that even smaller festivals bring; because of the entertainment and crowd pulled by the marketability, which is created intentionally for that purpose.
Festivals provide a creative outlet for everyone attending while appealing to the widest demographic possible. Unlike many other types of gatherings, people can still use money, which they might procure through any form of employment or trade. People can relate with musical acts and artists who they have identified with during childhood, or who might be creating something fresh that speaks to the core of their individual in the moment. People can also find ways of expressing themselves, after feeling inspired by each other’s creativity and all of the collective experiences that come along with attending. At festivals, people are learning and practicing endless methods of universal compassion, self-love and healing, along with learning to solve problems through cooperative behavior. These ideas have demonstrated to be imperative to the human experience time and again.
It’s becoming apparent as more of these events are popping up around the world, there is a need for creative expression of all mediums to be showcased and also interacted with. People seem to have a thriving desire to learn from and be awed by the beauty of life, and it seems there are few better ways to fulfill this need than by celebrating and rejoicing in the face of it, sharing love with fellow human family. It is common to see people plan all their work in a year based on what festivals they will be attending. More and more people have been making their primary goal to work at festivals for the rest of their life, and it seems they will reach that goal; because their dedication and creative passion for their craft is inspiring and worth investing in.
It’s hard to deny that more festivals, showcasing more up and coming artists of all sorts, will be appearing and lighting up the dark in people’s lives around the world. Perhaps the lessons learned giving love in the moment surrounded by art and music will carry over for people in their daily lives, until everyone may be affected on a grander scale. Furthermore, the logistics of sustainability for humanity in relation to the environment are a major subject of conversation and workshops at festivals. One might suppose the more like-minded individuals come together to create solutions rather than perpetuate all the destructive mechanisms at work, the closer we’ll be to a sustainable planet of creative bliss.
Editorial by, Mario Khoury