Around the world energetic and capable young people are done with talking and want to do something to support the overall health of this planet. The regeneration festival provides visitors with an alternative to the increasing growth of hands-on festivals, offering learning, active regeneration, music, culture, relaxation, and a chance to nourish the earth, the community, and themselves. For the planet and disadvantaged communities the regeneration festival provides a consistent format and business model to finance and operate nature and community regeneration.
The Regen Festival is an initiative for a self-sustaining mobile festival that connects conscious travelers to local regeneration projects. The goal is to drive active regeneration of natural areas and communities, and provide a lasting, sustainable and truly beneficial form of sustainable tourism.
Side by side visitors execute concrete work to revive nature and social environments for the long-term. Regeneration activities are for example tree planting, invasive species removal, and landscaping. Work is done in teams and led by local community members, supported with music, great food, and entertainment. After work, a rounded program of music and art, workshops, and other creative festival activities, as well as sharing and learning about local culture and the biosphere. While the festival caravan moves, it leaves a track of regenerated earth, planted forests, community, and inspired contributors.
The Regeneration Festival commits itself to the following values:
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Around the world the festival industry is booming. Besides the well known concept of a music festival other formats are expanding and gripping audiences. For example, the Nowhere festival in Spain offers a more rounded experience with hands-on construction, art, sharing, environmental consciousness, and social interaction. Nowhere draws around 700 people each year. This is trumped by the similar, originating festival, Burning Man, capped at 70.000 attendees, sprouting siblings and clones in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The mantra of these festivals is ‘leave nothing behind’. They excel at bringing like minded people together in a constructive positive atmosphere, connecting people, learning and providing a once in a lifetime experience. We see a desire in audiences that want to do more. To truly contribute. To become part of a movement that doesn’t just leave nothing behind, but works to actively help make it better.
The mantra of the regeneration festival is therefore ‘leave something better behind’, a place where holidays are spent in a meaningful, lasting way, that does not sacrifice fun and excitement. A place that makes hard work part of the excitement. At the same time, the format contributes to the substantial and increasing efforts needed to regenerate and protect our most valuable biosphere reserves around the world, source their funding, and get more people knowledgeable and engaged on the subject.
The exact impact, format, programming and target audience of each festival depends on location and the needs of the local ecosystem regeneration program. We aim to find a model that consistently draws a regeneration force of 150-200 people at a time in week-long cycles, operating year round where climate and circumstance permits.
Festivals run from a few months up to a few years, ending when the work is done. After completion, the format includes considerations on continued community support and monitoring of both the community and the environmental conditions.
The exact audience for the festival program differs depending on the exact location and format of the local festival and retreat programs. A good starting point for a sense of understanding of the people interested in such festivals is the 2017 Black Rock City census report, an analysis of the Burning Man festival. These show a median age of 34, with over 77% having a university degree, 72% of higher income levels above US$ 25.000/year, and a 40%/58% male/female gender distribution, and 1.7% fluid/both/neither gender identification.
Operation of festivals that sustain themselves, supported by long-term investments and resulting in self-supporting communities and regenerated biospheres.