WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL
WHAT IS THE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL?
It’s hard to sum up in a few words. We try, when we say things like: it’s a 4-day Spirit, Justice, Music and Arts Festival. But it’s so much more than that.
The Wild Goose
It’s a place where all kinds of people come together, not only to hear great music and incredible speakers, but also to dive into lively conversations with thought leaders, writers, dreamers, artists, visionaries, social justice activists, peace-makers…the ones you’ll find on the official program, and the ones you might meet while just getting lunch or hanging out by the river. It’s also a place where you can be a spectator, but where you can be a co-creator as well. A place where we affirm the creativity in all of us, and opportunities to make art and music, to tell stories and take in stories, can be found around every corner.
It’s transformational, experiential, it’s a sing and dance and play and dream and eat and camp and meditate and talk and listen and twirl-you-around-and-shake-you-up gathering, born out of the “Wild Goose” spirit metaphor which is all about beauty, grace, and yes, unpredictability. We also take inspiration from events such as, Greenbelt, Burning Man, Lightning In a Bottle and SXSW.
It is a place where all are welcome. Seriously, ALL. Because we are rooted in a progressive Christian tradition, we welcome you, whatever your age, race, culture, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religious tradition, disabilities, different abilities, whether you have money or not, whether you have a degree or not, whether you have a strong faith or no faith, or perhaps a billion questions about faith, whether you have a home or not, whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, everyone is welcome here. Even eye-rolling teenagers. And rambunctious little kids. Rambunctiousness is, in fact, encouraged. We welcome all to come and seek the common good together.
HOW DID WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL START?
For more than two decades, 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.
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.
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