This years theme for Earthdance 2015 is ‘Awakening’.
All Earthdance events join in a synchronized Global Link-Up & Prayer for Peace.
The Global Link-Up and playing of the Prayer for Peace music track, at the same time at all locations, is a profound moment of shared intention for peace. The link-up is an affirmation of peace on all levels – personal, family, community, nations, and peace with the Earth itself.
In Cape Town the Global Link-Up takes place at 1am Saturday Night / Sunday Morning.
The history of Earthdance lives through the people who were there…
…the smiling faces and hugs in photos, the bouncing and swirling dancers in videos, the ever spinning DJs, the multitude of artists and performers, the families who put the whole thing together, year after year, and our charities, keeping it all real. Earthdance has been a journey of celebration, service, beauty, struggle, ecstasy, and love, beyond words.
The Earthdance story begins in 1996, when London-based musician and event producer Chris Deckker (Medicine Drum, Return To The Source) had a vision of a synchronized, multi-location psytrance dance party. October 4th, 1997 – The first Earthdance Planetary Dance Party for Peace materialized – with 22 locations in 18 countries, in support of Tibet. In 1999, Earthdance moved its base to San Francisco, aligned its mission with the annual United Nations Peace Day, and began partnering with other international peace events, organizations, and companies. In 2001, the Earthdance non-profit organization was founded to coordinate the annual charity festival. And in 2003, the Earthdance company was formed to develop year-round Earthdance projects, and provide support for the non-profit org and festival.
From its psy rave roots, Earthdance has grown to become one of the largest globally synchronized music and dance events, having been held in over 600 locations in 80 countries. In 2013, the 17th annual Earthdance Global Peace Party included 62 public events in 25 countries, countless private events, and high social media activity across multiple platforms. The beat goes on…
Each public Earthdance event commits 50% of its profits to a charity that falls into one of the following categories:
• The Welfare of Children and Urban Youth
• Indigenous Peoples and Cultures
• International Relief and Development
• Environmental Sustainability and Protection
• Organizations that Promote Peace