Earthdance is a world of communities, working and playing together to create a culture of peace, through music and dance events, synchronized global link-ups, and social activism. More than just an epic party, Earthdance is a flash forward to an alt peaceful future.
The history of Earthdance lives through the people who were there…
…the smiling faces and hugs in photos, the bouncing and swirling dancers in videos, the ever spinning DJs, the multitude of artists and performers, the families who put the whole thing together, year after year, and our charities, keeping it all real. Earthdance has been a journey of celebration, service, beauty, struggle, ecstasy, and love, beyond words.
The Earthdance story begins in 1996, when London-based musician and event producer Chris Deckker (Medicine Drum, Return To The Source) had a vision – in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt – of a synchronized, multi-location psytrance dance party. October 4th, 1997 – The first Earthdance Planetary Dance Party for Peace materialized - with 22 locations in 18 countries, in support of Tibet. In 1999, Earthdance moved its base to San Francisco, aligned its mission with the annual United Nations Peace Day, and began partnering with other international peace events, organizations, and companies. In 2001, the Earthdance non-profit organization was founded to coordinate the annual charity festival. And in 2003, the Earthdance company was formed to develop year-round Earthdance projects, and provide support for the non-profit org and festival.
From its psy rave roots, Earthdance has grown to become one of the largest globally synchronized music and dance events, having been held in over 600 locations in 80 countries. In 2012, the 16th annual Earthdance festival included 63 public events in 24 countries, and countless private events, with high social media activity. The beat goes on…
music & dance events
The annual Earthdance Global Peace Party is a wild organic mix of events.
Outdoor trance parties, destination music festivals, gatherings in parks, events in public spaces, concerts, club nights, nature campouts, flash mobs, and house parties, all connected online via social networks. Electronic dance music, beats, and DJs are the foundation of most Earthdance events. But the music and performance genres represented are as diverse as the locations. From psytrance to neo-soul, dubstep to world music, fire spinning to belly dancing, the Earthdance vibe is vividly eclectic and fun. Earthdance is also a massive synchronicity generator, because of all the connections and experiences made at Earthdance events around the world.
All Earthdance events join in a synchronized Global Link-Up & Prayer for Peace.
The Global Link-Up and playing of the Prayer for Peace music track, at the same time at all locations, is a profound moment of shared intention for peace. The link-up is an affirmation of peace on all levels – personal, family, community, nations, and peace with the Earth itself. The Earthdance Peace Watch widget and app extends the annual global link-up moment into a daily synchronized event.
peace & social activism
Earthdance is aligned with the UN International Day of Peace on Sep 21 each year.
The United Nations Peace Day is devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace and non-violence, both within and among all nations and peoples. Every Earthdance event partners with a local peace, sustainability, or social justice charity, promoting the organization, featuring them at events, and donating 50% of event profits to support their work.