A new kind of festival will be making its debut this year, one with the potential to do a lot of good.
The Festival For Humanity will take place at the Mountain Creek Resort over Memorial Day weekend, May 27th through May 30th. It will be a weekend of art, music, and, most importantly, giving. Festival founder Anders Thueson says that “Festival for Humanity represents the ultimate opportunity to create an annual cultural celebration of music and outreach to bring attention to those who make a difference through selfless service to humanity through charitable causes.”
Thueson came up with the idea for the festival while working with the Hopeline Network on a planning session for the Pick Up the Phone Tour in 2009. ” Not only did I learn about the amazing organizations of the moment, Kristin Brooks Hope Center, To Write Love On Her Arms, and Frank Warren’s Post Secret, but I also learned about the funding difficulties that these and all health and mental health related charitable organizations are facing in our current time of economic turmoil.”
In an effort to raise money for these organizations, the festival will have over 20 organizations benefiting suicide prevention, health, and nutrition in the Humanity Village. Humanity Village will be anchored by the Kristin Brooks Hope Center, who created 1-800-SUICIDE, and other charities dealing in suicide prevention. Other charities involved include PETA, the American Red Cross, Feeding America, Vet2vet, Cop2cop, Music for Humanity, DASI, TWLOHA, and others. In true giving fashion, festival partner Woodfired Management will be sharing 33% of all proceeds with the Kristin Brooks Hope Center. In addition, ten percent of all ticket sales will be going to all of the charities represented at the Humanity Village. “Mental health, health and nutrition are hot topics of our times, we are facing a critical moment in our country’s and the world’s history with social and economic duress, unprecedented polarity and upheaval on all fronts,” says Thueson. “With that vulnerability comes an opportunity for healing, compassion and uplift.”
And what’s more healing than pop music. More than forty artists will perform over the four day weekend, on two stages; a main outdoor stage (Humanity Field), and a smaller covered stage (Humanity Village Stage). Headliners for the festival include The Misfits, Subcommittee, and CC Coletti on Friday; Good Charlotte, Third Eye Blind, Soul Asylum, and Coolie Ranx on Saturday; John Popper (of Blues Traveller) and the Duskray Troubadors, Caleb Hawley, and Chrissi Poland (of Scissor Sisters) on Sunday; and The New Pornographers, Sister Hazel, and Cracker on Monday. There is a secret headliner still to be announced for Sunday. A full list of artists can be found at the festival’s website. All bands will play in succession from 9:30AM until 11PM “to allow the attendee to enjoy every moment of performance.” “Popular music as a healing medium and with its ability to attract large numbers of fans is perhaps the most important tool for facilitating outreach, expanding awareness and helping to raise funds for charity and with the help of those who attend the Festival for Humanity, the charities of Humanity Village will be in the spotlight to benefit from that healing power,” says Thueson.
To Thueson, the weekend will be a success if they are able to reach half capacity each day. By doing this, “we will have provided a strong turn-out for the many charities of Humanity Village,” as well as have “secured the opportunity to carry this work forward each year and to expand our outreach to include other aspects of charity, including education and the future green economy.” “Our long term goal is to continue to present this annual Memorial Weekend event dedicated to help those who help others and make it an annual music lover’s mecca not unlike Bonnaroo, Coachella, or Lollapalooza.”
To see a full list of artists performing, and to buy tickets, visit the Festival for Humanity website.