Thursday, May 17, 2007

 
posted by Sarah Krasley @ 12:50 AM

OK. You get it. There is a growing relationship between music and the environment. While it's often reported as a new environmental movement within a industry, actually, it has been a relationship that has been going on for some time. For example, this year marks the ninth year that the Taos Solar Music Festival will take place. Since its inception, the festival has worked to build awareness for solar power as a viable form of energy generation and bring together a community of music fans who embrace environmental ideals and like to have a good time.

True to form, the festival main stage is powered by photovoltaic cells. Adjacent to the stage is the Solar Village, an area where festival goers can get information about solar power and other important sustainable energy solutions. Festival producer Dawn Richardson explains, “We are really proud of the Solar Village – and hope that it helps to inspire and nurture sustainable communities in the region and throughout the nation. We think the Solar Village is what makes this festival stand out from so many others around the country.”

Sounds good to me. In my experience, the things I learned while having fun always stick in my memory the best. Here's a great opportunity to test that theory out:
9th Annual Taos Solar Music Festival

June 29, 30 and July 1

Kit Carson Park in Downtown Taos

Tickets are on sale now. For information visit www.solarmusicfest.com

Kids 10 and under free

Visit www.solarfestmusic.com for tickets, lodging recommendations, and more.

Confirmed line-up includes: Michael Franti & Spearhead, John Butler Trio, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and many others.

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Comments:
This is cool. GreenBase should compile a directory of Green festivals. Though most are not powered by solar, many are making strides in the right direction. I know that http://www.renewablechoice.com/ is helping festivals on that front.

On a non-music related front, http://greenfestivals.org/ is producing large events for green minded consumers across the country.
 
These are primarily sustainability festivals:

End of Dec/Jan
Queensland, Australia
http://www.woodfordfolkfestival.com/

End of Dec
Erskine Falls Road, Lorne, VIC Australia
http://www.fallsfestival.com.au/

End of Feb/March
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Australia
http://www.lanewayfestival.com.au/


Early March
Meredith, VIC, Australia
http://www.goldenplains.com.au

Late April
London, England
http://www.lmhrcarnival.com/

Memorial Day Weekend - May
Albuquerque, NM
http://www.cabq.gov/albuquerquegreen/events/qjam

Early June
Lawrence, KS
http://www.wakarusa.com/

Early June
Dores, England
http://www.rockness.co.uk/

Mid June
Polzeath, Cornwall, England
http://www.beachbreaklive.com/

Late June
Philadelphia
http://www.poppedphiladelphia.org/index.php?page=green

Late June/Early July
Two different locations in the UK
http://www.wakestock.co.uk/

Early July
Guilford, England
http://www.guilfest.co.uk/2008/

Early July
Victoria, BC
http://www.organicislands.ca/

Early July
London England
http://www.o2wirelessfestival.co.uk/home/

Mid July
Chicago
http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com/

Mid July
Scotland
http://www.tinthepark.com/

Mid July
Paonia, CO
http://www.dreamthefuture.org/

Late July
London
http://www.lovebox.net/

Early Aug
London
http://www.bigchill.net/

Early Aug
London
http://www.innocentvillagefete.com/ourlondonfete.php

Mid Aug
Wales
http://www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk/

Late Aug
Bellevue, Colorado
http://www.firemountainfestival.com/

Late Aug
Durham, NC
http://www.durhamfoodcoop.org/CSF

Late Aug
Reading, UK
http://www.readingfestival.com/home/

Late Aug
Leeds, UK
http://leedsfestival.co.uk/home/

End of Aug
Newburg Priory, UK
http://www.themagicloungeabout.net/

Early/mid Oct
Lancaster, UK
http://oneplanetfestival.com/exposition.htm
 
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