116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Festival Culture of the New Millennium

Session Chair: 
Lauren Kelley Bond, San Bernardino Valley College
Session 9: Sunday 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Miller Hall 231


  1. Tim Seiber, University of Redlands
    This presenation argues that the utopian promises of music cultures generally, and festivals ore specifically, increasingly run up against the regulation of noise, space, and social groups, producing new potentials and new diffculties for communities that form around loud, temporary spaces.  
  2. Morena Duwe, Freelance Journalist
    This presentation will discuss the current and potential impact that the music festival community has upon society at large. Music festivals are where utopian sensibilities meet dystopian environments and though unity, creativity, bliss, and community still accurately define the festival ethos, new data proves that these events have finally transcended their hedonistic reputation.
  3. Matthew James Bond, University of California, Riverside
    I want to argue that the proliferation and mainstreaming of these psychedelic gatherings hopes to teach progressive, post-capitalistic values to the millennial generation by favoring messages and experiences of unity and radical inclusion over the initial resistance of the American Dream and “countering” of culture Woodstock has come to represent.
  4. Laura Baker, California Institute of Integral Studies
    This paper explores modern-day festival culture through a critical lens by addressing cultural appropriation, escapism, spiritual bypassing, and the overwhelming Whiteness of most transformational festivals, the feelings of exclusion experienced by attendees of color.  These critiques are juxtaposed with the positive aspects of ecopsychological themes including community building and connection.
Session Cancelled: