I spoke with one of the Earthdance Vancouver organizers, Sobey, about what makes this year’s Earthdance different than in previous years. This year to from morning to night with three different events. During the day, Earthdance will be taking place at Prospect Point in Stanley Park, then people will be riding bikes for Earthdance around the city, then culminating with events at W2 Storyeum in Gastown. The evening will include a dinner, conference and discussion time, and ending with DJ’s and Musicians from around the world playing until the late hours.
I interviewed Sobey about Earthdance Vancouver and his involvement with the Festival over the past 7 years. It’s clear from our conversation that Earthdance requires a lot of organization and passion to make everything come together on the day of the event.
The web plays a big part in making Earthdance connected together through online communities and streaming videos of Earthdance events around the world.
Listen to Earthdance organizer Sobey’s interview:
What are you going to do for Earthdance today? Going to Stanley Park, or going to the Dinner Dance at W2Storyeum, or watch global Earthdance events online? Please share your Earthdance experience or photos!, and maybe I’ll share them with our readers! Write to: jonathan @ thevancouveroberserver (dot) com
Photos from Earthdance celebrations in Stanley Park by Luke Szczepanski.
Photos from Earthdance Night at W2Storyeum
Tune in online to Earthdance TV all day Saturday for various live feeds from around the world. Vancouver goes on from 8pm-10:30pm for our Conference then on till late at http://earthdance.ca/earthdancetv
More information on the global event that takes place Saturday Sept 18th.
Perception, Tribal Harmonix and Stereoshift combine forces to bring you Earthdance!
The Earthdance is a Global Dance Festival for Peace, which has grown to become the world’s largest simultaneous music and dance event.
Earthdance events have occurred since 1996 in over 360 cities in over 60 countries, with locations ranging from the club-lands of New York to the rainforests of Brazil.
The aim of the event is to bring together global communities to create a synchronized global festival and a dance event to help fund humanitarian causes and develop an environment of peace and communion throughout the global aware communities.
The highlight of the Earthdance is a simultaneous link up, when every event across the world plays the 4 minute Prayer for Peace track. Synchronized at the same time, morning in the Australian rainforest, midnight in London and sunrise over the Himalayas, the Prayer for Peace is a profound and powerful moment that unifies our intentions for world peace and the healing of the our planet.
2010’s focus is Embracing All Traditions – recognizing and honoring the diversity of faiths and cultures that make up our human family.
This years chosen charities are Pivot Foundation and W2
Check these web-links for more info on these two great organizations both working to benefit marginalized people.
More information on the events throughout Saturday, Sept 18th, 2010.
DAY EVENT at Prospect Point Picnic Area, ( Map here –http://tinyurl.com/2wgpa5w ) ALL AGES
BY DONATION-Partial Proceeds to Pivot Foundation
10:30AM UNITY YOGA MEDITATION FOR PEACE WITH SUSAN HORNING
11:50AM OPENING CEREMONY with MICHAEL MARS RIEL JEANETTE KOTOWICH doing Metis DanceNoon-1PM BRIDEN
2PM-3PM TIMOTHY WISDOM
3PM YASMINA DANCE COMPANY
3:05PM-4PM LADY RA
4PM PRAYER FOR PEACE/SPIRAL DANCE
5:30PM PIVOT FOUNDATION SPEAKER/ PHIL LANE JR
6:40PM CEREMONIAL FAN DANCE WITH BABETTE SANTOS MUTYA MACATUMPAG, CHOREOGRAPHY by PATRICIA KIM
6:45PM DAYTIME CLOSING CEREMONY
6:50PM MOBILE SOUNDSYSTEM BIKE PARADE TO W2 STORYEUM!!!
ALSO DAYTIME WORKSHOPS:
1PM Vedic Teachings with Raghunatha das
Learn about the ancient Vedic scriptures and the spiritual culture that surrounds them. From Yoga, Ayuvedic medicine and the laws of Karma, to elaborate information about the structure of the universe and descriptions of the inhabitants of other planetary systems. These texts have guided sages and seekers of the truth for thousands of years. Learn how the Vedic “varnashram” system is a practical and workable guideline for global peace and unified spiritual practice. Share in the experience of chanting ancient Vedic mantra’s (including Om) and understand their meaning and purpose. Why does the word “Yoga” mean “linking” or “union”?. Learn how to make your food karma-free. Plus more!
2PM Mayan Calendar Synergy Astrology with AlejandraUnifying ancient traditions with contemporary visions
Alejandra will guide participants through the Mayan Calendar, aiding them in understanding both the Calendar with its archetypes, and their own Mayan sign. Individuals learn to understand the wisdom of the Mayan Calendar and its correlation with the wisdom contained with various ancient myths and religions of the world. In addition to this, students create their own Mayan Synergy chart and are then guided through its interpretation. The intent of this workshop is to provide a broader perspective for understanding the role of the Mayan Calendar as an invaluable tool for self development in today’s world.
3PM HULA HOOPING WITH LAURA GORDON
Join Laura for a fun afternoon of hula hooping. This workshop is designed for hoopers (and hoopers to be) of all levels. Participants will learn groovy hoop dance moves ranging from beginner to intermediate. Expand your hoop repertoire and learn to hoop all over the body including basic waist, chest/shoulders, hands, knees, and maybe even feet! Tosses, turns, tricks and partner work included. Principles of contact points, momentum, flow and dance will also be covered. Bring your favorite hoop, or borrow one from us!
No experience necessary. Hoops provided. All ages welcome!
Also check out the “World Hoop Day” Information booth!
5:30PM EMBRACING ALL TRADITIONS COUNCIL with Chief Phil Lane Jr
A council to share ways to bring about the intention of embracing all traditions locally and globally.
KID ZONE ACTIVITIES!
ALSO A MULTI-CULTURAL POTLUCK! Biodegradeable disposable plates,cutlery and cups provided by Eco-Server.
Water fountain available. BRING WATER BOTTLE.
NIGHT EVENT @ W2 Storyeum 151 West Cordova 19+
( Map here – http://tinyurl.com/2946rzk )
Common Area Doors @ 7:30 PM
8PM Earthdance Conference Dinner
Vancouver BC Live Webcast on Earthdance TV:
8PM Dance Music Culture
The growth of post-rave dance culture is a maturation happening on a global scale. With it are growing pains and areas that demand intention coupled with attention. Join us for an hour of investigation into the highs and lows that are experienced in this social experiment found in cities and festivals around the world.
9PM Earthdance Theme 2010: Embracing All Traditions
Vancouver, is a rich cultural landscape that contains traditions from around the world.Joining together presenters representing a range of cultures and traditions we will examine how the world can move from division to embracing diversity drawing from the wisdom of each. Special guest Phil Lane Jr of Four Worlds International more.
10PM Evolver Spore September Theme: Spirit in Action
In a world beset by destructive corporatism, political tyranny, and meaningless war, spiritual activism strives to alchemize and transform oppression into compassion while making
positive change on our planet. Special guest Velcrow Ripper,director of Fierce Light.
10:30 – 11:30 – Sambata
Stage 1 Doors open @ 11pm
Sweet Anomaly accompanied by dance from Isis
Stage 2 Doors open @ 11pm
Art live painting
YASMINA DANCE COMPANY
– Aloo Gobi – Cauliflower Potatoes in an Indian curry sauce
– Butter Chicken – Tender boneless chicken stewed in a creamy tomato sauce
– Garden Salad – Fresh greens with tomatoes, onions, strawberries with a lemon and herb dressing
– Couscous Salad- Fresh couscous and finely chopped parsley and peppers with a lemon dressing
– Vegetable Biryani – Indian spiced basmati rice with fresh cut eggplant and peppers
– Raita – Indian creamy yoghurt with roasted eggplants and a sweet tamarind sauce
– Hummous – Pita bread topped with fresh hummous, with paprika and spiced roasted garlic
– Dessert – strawberries topped with a vanilla bean syrup
*Veggie Main Course is Aloo Gobi, Meat Main Course is Butter Chicken
Bio-degradable disposables provided by Eco-Server.
NIGHT EVENT IS $25 advanced. More at the door.
Dinner is $7.
High Life – 1317 Commercial Drive
Puff Main – 3255 Main Street
Puff Downtown – 712 Robson St
Puff Kits – 1838 W 4th Ave
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