Earthdance For Heritage Day
The South African heritage is a complex and fascinating one, and we celebrate it on Monday, 24 September; Heritage Day. From 21 to 23 September, the world’s largest synchronised dance and music festival held for global peace takes place in Johannesburg, Durban (only on 22 and 23 September) and Cape Town. Since such a large proportion of our heritage is about the struggle for peace and equality, this is the perfect way to celebrate this special day.
Earthdance is a global collaboration that began in 1997. Since then, it has been held in 80 countries and a total of more than 500 venues. All events are characterised by the simultaneous joining together of its attendees in an official Prayer for Peace.
Each event donates half of its proceeds to charities that are in the following categories:
- Peace-promoting organisations
- Children and urban youth
- International relief
- Indigenous peoples / cultures
- International development
- Environmental sustainability and protection
2012 is the year of the Woman, so Earthdance initiatives will focus their charity drives and the funds raised on organisations that promote gender equality (in homes, schools, families and places of employment) and empower women all over the world, regardless of religion or culture.
The entire event and, importantly, the Prayer for Peace is available on live web streaming to ensure that individuals, groups and other events can be a part of this influential event, no matter where in the world they happen to be.
Earthdance Johannesburg will take place at the Arendsnes Caravan Park in Brits. Ticket prices are R200 per person. The line-up includes Kalahari Kris, Digital Dreams (Zulu Tunes), Michael Lezar (Lets Swing It), Chris Palmer (Layered/Teknotribe), Drift, Sonic Druid (Red Eye), Audio Villains (Elements of the Deep), Rob Sloan (Joint Nation / Toy Toy), Tashy B (House Nation), Glitch (Infrasonic), Benson (Science Frikshun), Twelv And Thesis, Thalia (Teknotribe) and Controver C. Arendsnes Caravan Park includes stunning camping facilities as well as chalets, two swimming pools and a jacuzzi.
This Earthdance event will be held at the Richmond Country Club in Pietermaritzburg and an entry fee of R140 applies, although discounts for under-16s do apply. The music line-up includes deep house, psytrance, liquid drum ‘n bass, electro swing and glitch hop.
The venue for the Cape Town Earthdance is Nekkies in Worcester and the entrance is R335 per person. The line-up is guaranteed to satisfy and includes Big Space, DJ Tempo, Fog Show, Honey B, Lady M, Narch, Pure Solid, Red Bull Outro, Riot Squad, Veranda Panda and White Nite, amongst many others.
Photos Courtesy of Nik Basting and Glenmist Photography
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