More than a festival, ARISE is a movement—a place where music, activism and culture collide. A place where Mother Earth is genuinely respected; a place to find a spiritual awakening, an inspiring speaker or dynamic workshop, a life-changing yoga class, a rare musical performance, or simply a huge smile and a full heart. Just bring a curious sense of adventure, a wandering soul and a willingness to celebrate interconnectivity.
2016 marks the fourth annual ARISE Music Festival held in Loveland, Colorado at Sunrise Ranch, just 65 minutes from Denver. Thoughtfully put together by a mindful, hardworking group of individuals, it’s no surprise the event is growing every year! From the very beginning, ARISE has embraced and celebrated diversity, bringing together a vast array of musicians, artists, performers, healers, yogis, activists and educators. This year, musical headliners include Ziggy Marley, The New Mastersounds, Jurassic 5, Del the Funky Homosapien and Papadosio. Taking place from August 5–7, this is NOT a weekend to miss.
Since 2013, ARISE has brought a distinctive concept and community to Sunrise Ranch. Year-round, this picturesque festival site is actually the home of an intentional, spiritual community dedicated to teaching and demonstrating a sustainable life. Sunrise Ranch embodies a philosophy that seeks to create a unified human race, wishing to bring wisdom and love to the surface of every interaction. The ranch hosts all kinds of conscious gatherings from weddings to workshops to permaculture courses; so it makes sense that a forward thinking event like ARISE is held on these grounds.
Explore a vast array of dynamically informative workshops or spend the day taking yoga classes perched atop a gorgeous hill that overlooks the festival. Venture into the sunset and get lost in a sea of immersive art installations and meditative spaces. Dance and sing with thousands of beautiful faces. Enjoy a delicious, organic meal. Sip on a locally brewed beer or kombucha. Discover hundreds of visionary paintings scattered throughout Sunrise Ranch. Interact with amazing people from all different walks of life. Whatever it is that you’re looking for, you’ll find it at ARISE.
A leave-no-trace event, ARISE is dedicated to a “clean, green, 21st century scene,” and they don’t just say that. The wonderful curators of ARISE work directly with a Fort Collins based non-profit, Trees Water & People, to plant one tree for EVERY ticket sold! Regardless of ticket sales, the festival is committed to planting thousands of trees each year. Last year, The Polish Ambassador, an electronic producer/DJ, even led a group of participants through a full day of building a permaculture garden on the festival’s land.
ARISE festival preaches, “There is no Planet B.” With the utmost respect for the beautiful world we live in, the people behind this event take every step towards minimizing their environmental impact. This means vendor-provided compostable bio-cups and flatware, a ban on plastic water bottles and ample recycling/composting stations.
Even the smallest details are made as green as possible. Printed materials produced by the event use 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper and soy-based inks. All stages, festival lighting and production lighting are powered by a blend of bio-diesel, which severely reduces the amount of carbon emissions produced during the event. The ARISE staff even returns to the festival site a week after load-out, just to make sure that every last cigarette butt and bottle cap is picked up; not a single piece of trash is left behind. The festival’s relentless dedication to a highly responsible, ecologically-minded way of bringing people together is truly something to be recognized.
In addition to positively pushing the boundaries of greening the U.S. festival scene, ARISE is pushing the boundaries of childhood involvement in festivals. The Rainbow Lightning Children’s Village seeks to empower the future leaders of our world through self-expression via art, music, nature and love. Activities include playing of musical instruments, embodied movement, dance and theater. Children 12 and under receive free entry into the festival, so don’t be afraid to bring your little ones!
In a world where the environment is becoming increasingly endangered, there’s something to be said about a group of humans who pour so much love into a gathering that promotes sustainability. Head over to Arisefestival.com to purchase tickets for this year’s event! Tickets can also be purchased at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, the Boulder Theater in Boulder and Rock ‘n’ Robin’s in Fort Collins. Take a leap of faith and give yourself permission to grow and transform with this amazing community.