Jeet-Kei Leung Predicts the Future of Festival Culture [INTERVIEW]

In the world of bass embracing music festivals and transformational culture few can speak to the potential of what we’re building quite like Jeet- Kei Leung, the creator of the Bloom Series. In the above TEDx Talk that he gave in Vancouver about 5 years ago, he explains the emergence and evolution of festival communities and the impact these events are making in our world. Since around a half a decade has passed since his compelling and thought provoking talk we caught up with Jeet-Kei to ask about the current state of the festival community so that we can learn what to expect in the year ahead.

Jeet Kei by Chris Krug

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Here’s what he had to say:

“I think there will be some break-throughs among the initiatives going on right now by festival-based collectives (or communities) to purchase land for the purpose of becoming permanent venues. 

As this milestone is achieved, we’re going to get some really interesting things happening—as communities forged through years of festival production get to take that inventive, artistic ethos and create remarkable permanent environments tailored to the cutting-edge interests of festival culture. 

Within these, I would keep your eye on those coming from the ‘transformational festival’ milieu—Mainly because they usually have a strong socially-conscious drive and they will be the ones who leverage the opportunity to combine the power of the festival experience with more far-reaching experiments in regenerative culture. 

Expect to see things like eco-villages, permaculture gardens, organic farms, various forms of invention/maker labs, and artist studios and residencies. You would of course see major art and stage installations and building projects, and the start of development of facilities for year-round programming. 

As festival-based communities take these on, we’ll really see the challenges and the power of taking these big steps together. Stewardship of these ambitious endeavours will drive a whole next level of collaboration. 

You get much more into governance and other aspects of running a shared community enterprise on an ongoing basis. But, overall as festival communities reach and influence so many people today, I think the conversation will really start to deepen as we get to experiment and establish models that can have impact in helping to evolve the way we live on the planet.”

What do you think 2016 will hold for the festival community? Tell us in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “Jeet-Kei Leung Predicts the Future of Festival Culture [INTERVIEW]

  1. Very exciting, I think one shining example is also Alex & Allyson Greys COSM in upstate NY. An ongoing visionary art center and gathering grounds, year round events and workshops! This is the model we hope to replicate.

  2. Hi Jeet-Kei, I am writing from Coromandel, New Zealand, where we have hosted our Prana New Year festival for the last 24 years. See: http://www.prana.nz. Unfortunately our father founder (my father) passed away last year and we have to sell the land. It is 22 hectares of gorgeous coastal/native/pine forest country with landscaped camping, compost toilets, showers and cooking facilities. A lot of love & money has gone into the overall infrastructure, including roads. It is only 2 hours away from nearest metropolis, Auckland. It is our deepest wish that the future owners are also guardians/stewards for conscious events. If you know of anyone please get in touch with me: maya@prana.co.nz

  3. Hello again, I just left a message before about the New Zealand festival venue for sale but forgot to include an actual link to give more info: https://www.bayleys.co.nz/Listing/Coromandel-Peninsula/Thames%5B_%5DCoromandel/Opoutere/2180023
    Thanks, I hope it’s okay to leave this here, i do not mean to be blatant in promoting. It is more about letting people know about this very unique piece of paradise for future festivals!! To all the Visionaries!! Namaste, Maya:)

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