MANCHESTER, Tenn. – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has affirmed its place as a thought leader in social innovation with the announcement of its Planet Roo non-profit partners and programming.
The 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place June 8-11 at Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm and event space in Manchester.
Planet Roo is an area located within the festival grounds where patrons can explore non-profits, take classes, listen to thought provoking interviews and learn how to change the world.
Tickets - including General Admission, VIP, and the brand new Platinum Pass - are on sale now, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com. $1 from each ticket sold to the 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is dedicated the festival's ongoing sustainability efforts on-site and beyond.
The only large scale festival on the planet with its own permanent solar array and compost processing facility on site, Bonnaroo has been diligent in its pursuit of true sustainability since its premiere 2002 event. This year, the festival is excited to expand this type of innovation in the environmental field to encompass its work with the Planet Roo non-profits.
The epicenter of Bonnaroo's sustainability work and overall global consciousness, Planet Roo has long provided Bonnaroo patrons with a unique haven from the always-energetic festival life. In Planet Roo, the festival hopes to empower its patrons to raise their voice beyond the weekend to make their lives and the lives of those around them better.
Bonnaroo has sought to building upon its successful BonnaROOTS dinners (the festival's annual locally-sourced community dinners supporting grassroots causes Oxfam America and Eat For Equity), by announcing a new collaboration with Seed Life Skills. Seed Life Skills is a non-profit founded by Chef Hugh Acheson. On-site they will create a space where patrons can learn about the importance of culinary instruction. They will have "how-to" demonstrations out of their booth in Planet Roo, Chef Acheson will teach a cooking class out of the Planet Roo Academy, and will participate in an interview with Oxfam from the Solar Stage to discuss food policy and education.
In an effort to inspire people to help others, Bonnaroo will have groups from the social advocacy world on site for the first time, from Showing Up for Racial Justice and Southern Poverty Law Center to The Innocence Project. The Innocence Project works to exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. They will have some clients on site to discuss their experiences with the judicial system and answer patron questions.
New this year is Tipitina's Foundation Tipitina's provides instruments and music classes to students in New Orleans. Bonnaroo will partner with the Foundation to create a "Why Music Matters" campaign. Together, the festival will engage with its patrons to write notes to their students about why music and music education matters. The notes will be distributed to the students in New Orleans.
Planet Roo will once again be anchored by The Farm's only fully solar-powered Solar Stage, set to see a number of surprise innovations at the 2017 event. Highlights will include morning yoga classes, conscious-raising interviews with chefs, beer brewers and activists, twerking classes with Big Freedia and more.
Bonnaroo is also continuing its partnership with Steelys Drinkware and the Plastic Pollution Coalition for the innovative "Refill Revolution." Patrons can pre-buy a quality stainless steel beer cup with their ticket purchase or on site at any beverage stand with draft beer. Cups are $15 each and includes the durable cup (with to-go carrying strap) filled with a cold beer, plus an additional $1 discount off all subsequent refills made with the cup at beer stands throughout the remainder of the festival. 2016 saw more cups sold than in any previous year.
Once again Clean Vibes' Trading Post powered by Think Twice Drink Twice will be on The Farm encouraging and promoting recycling and responsible waste management. Last year, Bonnaroo and Clean Vibes teamed to divert 65% of all festival waste by weight from the landfill, including 347.18 tons diverted, 155.1 tons of recycling/reuse, and a 536.22 tons of waste food recovery. As a new partner to this year's' festival, Think Twice Drink Twice is sponsoring all of the recycling stations throughout the festival, encouraging attendees to reuse their plastic water bottles before recycling them. They hope to reduce the plastic bottle consumption at Bonnaroo by 50%. All of the food service items onsite are compostable thanks to our sustainability partner Eco-Products.
In addition to Planet Roo, the festival created the Bonnaroo Works Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Bonnaroo Works Fund supports regional and national organizations devoted to improving arts, education, and environmental sustainability across the country, with a direct focus on local reinvestment and asset building. For more information, visit www.bonnaroo.com/information/get-involved/bonnaroo-works-fund.
For more information, visit www.bonnaroo.com.
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