Wild Goose Festival

For fans of:Indigo Girls, Speech from Arrested Development, Phil Madeira, The Lost Dogs, The Violet Burning
The Wild Goose Festival returns August 8-11, 2013, in Hot Springs, near Asheville, NC. Use promo code NOISETRADE now to save 20% on tickets to the festival (http://www.wildgoosefestival.org/tickets). WHAT IS THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL? We are a community creating a festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality, and art. The first festival took place in June 2011. We take inspiration from many places, such as Greenbelt, Burning Man, the Iona Community, SXSW, and others. The festival is open to everyone; we don’t censor what can be said; we invite respectful — but fearless — conversation and action for the common good. WHY WILD GOOSE? The Wild Goose is a Celtic spirituality metaphor that evokes unpredictability, beauty, and grace. The festival resonates with this image because we recognize that in the current climate of religious and political division and lack of civility, embracing the creative and open nature of our faith is perhaps our greatest asset for re-building and strengthening our relationships with each other, with our enemies, with our stories, our questions, and the other. In that spirit, in an informal setting, and in the context of creative and respectful relationships, we invite you to imagine a new world with us. WHAT IS WILD GOOSE LIKE? In addition to being a venue for notable bands, high-profile speakers, and a warm, welcoming community, Wild Goose seeks to be a place that inspires justice activism. At a typical day at the festival, an attender might take in a main stage performance, a conversation with a screenwriter and director, a faith dialogue, and dozens of open air conversations under trees, around drinks, and at their campsites. The atmosphere seeks to transcend social barriers, creating free interaction between even the most accomplished speakers and attenders. And attenders have the chance to request and host informal conversations about topics they’re interested in during the event, which may be attended by producers, seminary presidents, New York Times best-selling authors, and a host of others they wouldn’t normally interact with. You are invited to come talk, listen, eat, and camp together as equals, as those who are captivated by the story of Jesus seek to celebrate the rich learning of community, remembering that none of us by ourselves can understand all that is God. These four days are a refreshing investment in how we relate to each other as human beings, how we care for the earth, how we live peace on the planet, and how we reduce violence in our lives and communities. WHEN IS THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL? August 8-11, 2013 WHO WOULD GO TO THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL? Music and art lovers People who want to be part of a movement for change People exploring and growing their faith People who enjoy socializing in an upbeat environment with live music and open air conversation People who appreciate contemplative time outdoors in nature Camping enthusiasts Facebook friends finally meeting face-to-face Adults and families with children (CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER ARE FREE!!!) Youth, college, church, and other groups Wild Goose is a space for a new kind of Christianity, which means we are committed to enlarging our welcome and being open to all. You don’t have to identify as Christian to participate in Wild Goose, and we hope you’ll consider joining us, whatever your background. Whoever you are, and wherever you come from, and whatever you’re looking for, you’re welcome at the Wild Goose Festival! WILD GOOSE’S HISTORY For the last 20 years, groups of U.S. Americans have flown to England to participate in Greenbelt, an outdoor music festival with spiritual and justice-oriented undertones. Several years ago, a group of people — some who are now on Wild Goose’s board — were moved by the fact that there was nothing comparable to Greenbelt in the United States. They began studying Greenbelt and learning from their experiences to shape a similarly-inspired event stateside. The result is the Wild Goose Festival, previously held at Shakori Hills in North Carolina. At our debut festival, Jim Wallis, T-Bone Burnett, Phyllis Tickle, Vincent Harding, Over The Rhine, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Brian McLaren, Peggy & Tony Campolo, InterVarsity Press, Restoring Eden, Michelle Shocked, William Barber, Jim Forbes, Gabriel Salguero, Paul Fromberg, Lynne Hybels, and 1,700 others met at the intersection of justice, spirituality, and art. We sang, learned, taught, argued, prayed, ate, danced, and imagined a new world.