Justin Macri via Crowdrise
August 27, 2011
BENEFITING: MARIN LINK INC
Beginning in 2007, The Good Festival has brought thousands of people together to enjoy great music, workshops and activities under the warm California summer sun.
The Good Festival celebrates the good in the world in which we live, and inspires our communities to join together to be the creators of the future of that they wish to see. The festival bridges people of different cultures, age groups and all walks of life.
The festival aims to provide an inclusive space for people to perform, share and partake: youth have played music and led workshops, people of different ethnicities have shared work on their culture and equality issues, the homeless have enjoyed a day of celebration in which free food, drinks, music and ice cream were available. One resident said the festival has “demonstrated that we’re all here for each other -- festivals like these are not seen very often.”
The Good Festival wants to go beyond being a festival where people simply attend; but one which is enjoyed and co-created by all who attend. For instance, in 2008, The Good Festival Summer brought everyone who attended into a large circle, and then smaller groups afterwards where everyone spoke of their individual and collective dreams and discussed ways they could support one another as a community, and the future we wished to create together. The workshop raised the entire festival to a new level as it created a vibrant community at the event. For hours after the festival, new friends relaxed in the park and shared experiences of the day. A musician who played earlier in the day said he had never seen anything like it before at a festival. He really enjoyed it.
The festival strives to build stronger communities based in peace, sustainability and localization. The festival wants to help people see that creating this lifestyle and future can be creative and enjoyable.
The Good Festival intertwines awareness, through workshops, presentations, music, entertainment and fun. Over the past four years we have produced seven festivals for the Fairfax area, including four Good Festivals and three Halloween Festivals.
We have been fortunate to have had some of the best international music around with groups such as Makuru, The Tom Finch Band, Elephant Listening Project, Vinyl, Singing Bear and the Band of Mystics, The Ali Akbar College of Music, and reggae legend Clinton Fearon.