Clockenflap in Hong Kong has just ended. I was there for all three days and was, sadly, quite disappointed. In anyways, I’m just glad that there’s another festival to look forward to now, and it’s Wonderfruit in Thailand.
Gathering different cross-cultural communities under the Sustainable Pavilion from December 14th to 17th in Pattaya, a celebration of art and live performers including Richie Hawtin, Roots Manuva, Wild Beasts, Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption, Craig Richards, as well as interactive daytime activities such as Camp Wonder, The FARMacy and Wonder Garden will be present.
What’s particularly special about Wonderfruit this December is that they have joined forces with the Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) – “a growing global alliance working towards a world free of plastic pollution.” Wonderers are thus encouraged to bring their own steel flasks, bottles, or bamboos as no single-use plastics are allowed on site. This means what we see at Clockenflap, where floors were filled with plastic cups every step of the way, would not happen at Wonderfruit Festival. All tableware at Wonderfruit will also be compostable.
There will be a total of four camps, including the Straight Outta Thonglor, a hip hop-only venue where local and international DJs will be performing, along with food served by 80/20, La Monita, Peppina and Surface, and open mic freestyle sessions and spoken word jams to be hosted; the Rainforest Pavilion, a preserving rainforest land dedicated sanctuary which will present activities and music from Indonesia, including DJ Ninda Felina from Greenpeace’s Save our Sounds, DJ Mikey Moran, Go-Jek founder from Jakarta; the ALTN8 camp, an Alice in Wonderland inspired journey which features Berlin-style beats from Sven Dohse, Mimi Love, Lukas Endhardt and much more; and the Neramit Camp, a cultural zone in partnership with Tourism Authority of Thailand, which highlights a gastronomic journey including Thai dessert workshops and authentic Thai music from the Molam Bus by Jim Thompson Art Center.
Inspirational talks will be hosted at The Farm Stage with talkers including Bea Johnson, author of “Zero Waste Home”, Dianna Cohen, co-founder and CEO of Plastic Pollution Coalition, Tony Fernandes, CEO of Air Asia, Chatri Sityodtong, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, and much more included.
Wonderers are given the chance to make a positive impact on the environment at the Wonderfruit Festival. Each drink purchased equals to one mangrove tree planted in Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park, and Wonderers will be rewarded with Tree tokens- a natural capital-based cryptocurrency. There will also be countless installations for Wanderers to interact with, including the Treehugger Token installation by Wit Pimkanchanapong located in The Fields, “where they’ll help fold paper dolls and install them onto The Field’s tallest tree, to represent in real time the number of trees Wonderers will have collectively planted together.”
Wonderfruit takes place in The Fields at Siam Country Club, Pattaya from 14 to 17 December 2017. Four-day passes can currently be purchased at 6,000 baht. Visit Wonderfruit’s website for more information on securing your tickets and accommodation.