|Asunto:||PAN- Earthdance 2001 / Saturday 13th October / 100 Cities Worldwide / Dancing for Global Peace and Healing|
|Fecha:||Viernes, 12 de Octubre, 2001 12:40:57 (-0700)|
|Autor:||Ricardo Ocampo-Anahuak Networks <anahuak @.............mx>
SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER
100 CITIES WORLDWIDE
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What is Earthdance?
Earthdance is a collective of international party promoters, artists,
musicians and supporters of electronic dance music. Every year on the same
day the collective hold parties around the world to raise awareness and
funds for world peace. The climax of the event is a synchronized dancefloor
linkup when every DJ in every city plays the same track - the "Prayer for
Peace" at the same time.
In 2001 the fifth annual Earthdance will be held on Saturday 13 October,
with 100 cities in 45 countries uniting as one global dancefloor.
Contact Us Mission Statement
Our mission is to unite the positive force of the emerging global electronic
music movement. The aim of the Earthdance
annual event is to provide the focal point
for sustaining a dedicated global
community. The aim of the wider
Earthdance initiative is to provide
creative platforms for international youth
in music, art and technology. As a community, we actively support world
peace by raising awareness for selected causes.
Earthdance 2001: All Your Questions Answered
What is Earthdance?
The Global Netcast
Facts & Figures
with a message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama
with BBC WorldService features
Press Release 2001
Global Events List 2000
Flyer Gallery 2000
Country Report 2000
Prayer for Peace : Flash animation
The Global Link-Up: The Power of Ritual
Free Music DownLoads :including the Prayer for Peace
Tadra Project : an Earthdance supported Orphanage
* * *
EarthDance is a global collective of international party promoters,
visionary artists, musicians and supporters of electronic dance music who
feel strongly about world peace and healing. The concept is to create as
many parties around the world on one day, creating a united global
dancefloor where we join as a one-world community to dance for peace and
earth transformation. The climax of the event is a simultaneous dancefloor
link-up where at a specific moment, (12 midnight London time (Daylight
Savings Time - please check your local time zones)), every DJ in every
country plays a specially-created track for world peace at the same time.
For three years since its conception in 1997 until 1999, Earthdance focused
on the plight of the Tibetan people and was described by the Dalai Lama's
London secretary as "the most successful global event of its kind aimed at
Tibet". In the year 2000, Earthdance expanded its focus to include other
important global causes with the Earthdance mission of peace remaining the
spearhead of the campaign.
The new Earthdance Urban initiative, launched in 2001, has taken the
Earthdance message to an even wider audience attracting promoters from other
music scenes who are closely associated with the urban electronic genres
such as hip hop and drum and bass.
This year's EarthDance will take place on Saturday, 13th October, when the
global dance community will once again dance for global peace and healing.
With parties spanning the earth, and a live worldwide webcast on the night
of the event, EarthDance 2001 promises to surpass last year's success,
uniting people of all races as we dance together for a common cause.
We invite you to join us!
United as One ...
... We Dance
* * *
Party for Tibet at Earthdance at the Academy
published in Time Out
written by Dave Swindells
Amsterdam, Cape Town, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo...
Clubbing has been an international pastime for decades, but on Saturday club
culture goes global as it never has before. At the Earthdance party in the
Brixton Academy and at 24 Earthdance events in 16 countries around the
world, the same record will be played at precisely the same moment. It's an
ambient track, a "guided meditation" carrying a message for peace in Tibet
and across the world which has been specially recorded with this moment in
"You're gonna know that all around the world, all your brothers and sisters
are listening and sharing positive feelings at that same time," says Chris
Deckker, who conceived Earthdance. Ideas and idealism are his strong suits.
He's also the producer of the hugely popular Return to the Source (RTTS)
events, full-on trance parties which always foster the spiritual side of
dance culture, because "people don't just dance because they want to get out
of their faces." Earthdance at the Brixton Academy will be the biggest RTTS
production to date; a 12-hour session of psychedelic techno, breakbeat
trance and cosmic house.
The five-minute "Peace In Tibet" track will be played at midnight in London,
halfway through the event. Time-zone differences mean that Earthdancers
everywhere else will hear it at all hours. In Golden Gate Park, San
Francisco, it'll be four o'clock in the afternoon, while at Manali, a
renowned festival site in the mountains of northern India, it'll be 5am. On
the other side of the planet, in Byron Bay, New South Wales, it'll be past
breakfast time. Deckker is Australian, and knows Byron Bay well. "They'll
have danced all night out in the open in a beautiful rainforest region," he
says wistfully, almost as though he'd rather be there than in Brixton.
The events are linked by more than synchronised music. Proceeds from all 24
parties go to charities supporting the freedom of the people of Tibet, and
in particular towards raising awareness of the cultural, religious and
physical genocide which has torn Tibet apart since the Chinese occupation in
1950; the strength of the pro-Tibet lobby in America explains why there are
nine parties across the USA. Money raised in London will be channelled
through the Tibet House Trust, the Dalai Lama's official charity, to schools
in Dharmsala in northern India, where so many Tibetan refugees now live.
Tibet House Trust and the Free Tibet Campaign will have stalls at the
Brixton Academy and party organisers around the world have contacted local
Tibetan support groups. "It's funny," comments Deckker, "because a lot of
countries haven't even got Tibet offices, yet they're having parties there,
which is really brilliant for the Tibet campaign."
The Earthdance parties could be likened to Live Aid with dance music.
They're the result of international links the RTTS crew already had, backed
up by "networking like crazy for months" on the telephone. Deckker
originally planned a major concert that would have attracted mainstream
coverage. Last summer he sent a "really juicy proposal" to TV companies and
bands like the Prodigy and Orbital. "But they were busy and nobody really
came back to me. So we went to the underground level, and the underground
bands all said, 'No problem'." At the Academy, ten live acts, including
System 7, Eat Static, Banco de Gaia, Earthtribe, Astralasia and Deckker's
own Medicine Drum play in the main auditorium, while DJs like Radio 1's
Danny Rampling (a solid supporter of the Free Tibet Campaign) and ex-Killing
Joke(r) Youth join Source trance-specialists like Tsuyoshi Suzuki, Mark
Allen, Sid Shanti and Han Solo on the decks.
Rather than being passive viewers of a made-for-TV spectacular, Earthdance
is an event people can be a part of, whether on the dancefloor or on-line.
An audio broadcast of the Academy party will go out live on the Internet via
the Virgin website, which will also host a live "chat room" for net-surfers
to talk with participating DJs and bands. Meanwhile, RTTS's own site will
display images from all the parties around the world.
Deckker is already looking ahead and planning future Earthdance projects.
"We're going to try and do it again next year and get more bands interested,
maybe for a different cause. We could have an annual Earthdance Day," he
suggests. And Earthdance is already drawing attention from unlikely sources.
"Even the 'Guinness Book of Records' are interested," laughed Deckker.
"Apparently, it's the most parties around the world that have ever linked up
at one particular time. I don't think there is a previous record for that."
* * *
EARTHDANCE: DANCING FOR PEACE
In Aid of Tibet
published in Essence Magazine
written by Pierre Marcar
A massive project of global proportions is coming your way...
Imagine one September night‹120,000 inspired individuals moving to the same
rhythm, on dance floors in 22 countries all over the world. People are
dancing for peace‹a night when "we feel the power of united consciousness
and compassion," a night where there's the recognition of "one world
community, a tribe united in its dedicated and profound hope for peace and
These are the inspired words of Chris Deckker, creator of "Return to the
Source," and driving force behind the huge global project "Earthdance" which
is planned for Saturday, September 20th.
The idea was conceived in order to raise awareness world-wide of the
cultural genocide currently taking place in Tibet. It was also sparked by
the heavy 18 year jail sentence passed on Ngawang Choephel. His crime was to
go around the country of his birth, making a documentary about traditional
Tibetan music and dance, trying to preserve a culture now facing extinction.
He was accused of "spying"‹basically a euphemism for any activity contrary
to the enforcement of the Chinese language and culture upon Tibet.
The aim of "Earthdance" is to have two main parties for 15,000 people in
London and New York; five 10,000 people parties in Tokyo, Sydney, Berlin,
Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro; and fourteen smaller parties for up to 3,000
in Paris, Athens, Amsterdam, Zurich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver,
Bali, Dharamsala, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Prague, Auckland and Milan.
Yes, that's right! a truly Global Party happening all around the world at
the same time with everyone dancing for the same reason.
All the venues will be linked up by the information super-highway (ISDN) so
that everyone can see each other partying all around the world, and so that
anyone can view it on the net.
But that's not all!
"At a specific hour on the night (allowing for time differences), every
dancefloor around the world will stop and a guided meditation for world
peace will begin. This will be the highlight of the event," says Chris.
The meditation will lead into the Earthdance track, which will find tens of
thousands of people all over the world dancing to the same tune at the same
time. The track is to be produced by "Youth", and will be released one month
before the live event. Matsuki of Japan will be producing a video fusing
state of the art graphics to accompany the playing of the track.
But wait, there's more!
A triple CD album is to be released on September 22nd, and will feature top
international dance artists. It's not yet confirmed, but several top artists
have been approached including Orbital, Chemical Brothers, Leftfield,
Prodigy, Banco de Gaia, and Bjork.
And, as if all this were not enough, there's even a documentary film
planned, in order to highlight the specific problems facing Tibet. "Sacred
Dance, Sacred Music, Sacred Place" will bring together ancient and new dance
and music cultures from all over the world, including Tibetan monks,
Australian Aborigines, Maoris, Native Americans, Sufis and dancers from
India, Brazil and Bali.
Earthdance is clearly an enormous and spectacular integrated entertainment
and media event!
"By fusing ancient and sacred music with cutting edge technology we will be
creating a unique event that will raise money in an innovative fashion, and
on an international scale," adds the organiser.
The documentary film will culminate in Dharamsala, India‹home of the Dalai
Lama‹where the Earthdance team will be seen presenting a cheque of the
proceeds from all aspects of the event.
In an enlightened age, we must learn to move beyond the superficial. It's
useless to think in terms of heroes and villains. That's what has got us
where we are today. Quite simply, this is how it is and if we're not happy
about it, then we have to give change a helping hand. To bring about real
and lasting change we must help find creative solutions that enable certain
powerful people to change their minds in such a way as to preserve their
dignity whilst at the same time giving them a benefit that they couldn't get
by carrying on as before.
The Chinese don't have a word for "crisis," they call it a moment of
opportunity. On the 1st of July 1997, Hong Kong is returned to China who say
that they will be embracing the concept of "One Nation, Two Systems." The
opportunity we have, is to clearly tell China that if it really wants to be
accepted by the rest of the world, it must find the courage and wisdom to
take Tibet on board, and accept "One Nation, Three Systems."
If China could find the grace to do this, it would gain enormous kudos in
the eyes of all those around the world who care. The bullet does not gain
respect. It was the young man in front of the tank in Tiannamen Square who
got the respect. We no longer confuse fear for respect and we ask the
Chinese Government to acknowledge that there are millions of people all
around the world waiting for a good reason to trust and respect the Chinese
Since 1949 over half a million Tibetans have either been killed or died in
Chinese labour camps. Nothing can change the past, but together, we can
build a new future. Many spiritual people see Tibet as a sacred site that
represents the Earth's Crown Chakra. Whatever your view, the freeing of
Tibet will be an enormous gift to humanity. In an historical context, it
would mark the beginning of a new age of Peace. The Quickening is here.
Revolutions spill blood but they never bring lasting change. Revolution
always gives way to evolution. In dance, we revolve and through joy we
evolve. Instead of fighting a revolution, let's enjoy our evolution. Please
keep your ears and hearts open for Earthdance to help "Free Tibet." Let the
world know it's time to choose. We'll be there with you, shining brightly on
the dance floor.
Om Mani Padme Hum
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