Earthdance is the world's largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace. Taking place annually in over 300 locations and 60 countries, Earthdance joins participants worldwide in a synchronized Prayer for Peace. Every year, musicians, DJs, artists, and speakers convene at local Earthdance events to share inspiration and ideas to "build a world culture of peace."
Expanding beyond the Global Festival for Peace through its Earthdance Global LLC and Earthdance International 501c3, Earthdance is building its international community through social networking, collaboration, media programs and commerce, and connecting the community with resources and solutions toward a socially just and environmentally sustainable culture of peace.
Earthdance was conceived in 1996 by event producer/musician Chris Deckker, with a vision to unite the whole world in peace through the universal platform of dance and music. Earthdance is now the largest global synchronized music and peace event in the world. Since the first multi-location event in 1997 with 22 cities in 18 countries, Earthdance has been held in over 500 locations in 80 countries. Originally inspired by the global electronic music scene, the events now encompass a diverse cross-section of musical genres including both international styles and artists, and locally grown talent.
Earthdance International promotes global peace, sustainability and social justice through an international online community and network of event producers participating in an annual multi-location music and peace festival. Attendees at all events take part in a synchronized Prayer for Peace, and join in a common celebration of community, collaboration and evolution toward a Culture of Peace through the universal languages of music, art and dance.
The organization is further developing its mission by building an online community, producing media programs, supporting research on the phenomenon of synchronized meditation practice involving thousands of participants, and establishing new forms of philanthropic support for peace, sustainability and social justice through entertainment and media partnerships.
Global Festival for Peace:
The first global Earthdance event took place in 1997 in 22 locations in 18 countries. Since its inception, Earthdance has been held at over 500 locations across the world. Earthdance events have featured performances by Mickey Hart, Ozomatli, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Blackalicious, Steve Kimock, Particle, Zap Mama, Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Digable Planets, Anthony B, Bassnectar, and Ani DiFranco.
Earthdance events have featured many notable speakers including: Rick Doblin, Wavy Gravy, Oren Lyons, Daniel Solnit, John Perry Barlow, and Sean Siple.
Earthdance Community Network is a Ning social network consisting of people, groups and events working for peace and sustainable culture through music, dance, art, subtle activism and social action.
Social and Environmental Impact:
Every public Earthdance event donates at least 50% of its profit to an organization doing work at least one of the following areas: The Welfare of Children and Urban Youth, Indigenous Peoples and Cultures, International Relief and Development, Environmental, Sustainability and Protection, and Organizations that Promote Peace.
Earthdance events have supported hundreds of charitable organizations including:Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Sierra Club, Salvation Army, Orphanage in Kijaszkowo, Natural Resources Defense Council, Amnesty International, Aboriginal Health Center, Aqua for All, Circle of Life, Citizens for Peace, Friends of the Mississippi River, Jerusalem Peace Makers, and the Oshkosh Rhythm Institute.