Artwork by Anca Mihaela Bruma
In time of resilience and pragmatic approaches, festivals bring the feeling of togetherness, belongingness, connectedness. Our “victories” are tied less to the “tangibles” but more to the intangibles IMF (in the moment feeling). These festivals infuse sacredness, what is missing in our modern pragmatic life. We may wear different clothes, have different gods in different part of the world but Unity is what really the humankind is craving for, because together we are able to create the Future!
Lately some festivals became a global economic phenomena an important part of industry, it offers possibilities to expand horizons through an intense process of rituality and performances. It creates a great publicity and feeds the image and identity of the community. Nowadays there is a higher demand for cultural production and the mediating of culture. Most of the festivities are joyful communal gatherings, like vital hubs, celebrating diversity, vibrancy, traditions versus modern innovations, engaging communities in meaningful and even memorable experiences in order to strengthen the ties, underlying our sense of Self as well the connection with the community itself. If those festivals remain true to their own goal, to be also a keeper of its own identity, it enables future development for the future. Most of the festivals help us to discover WHO we are, remember from where we have come from and anticipate just where we want to go.
Evolution and evolving in life is everything, therefore, even some Ancient festival expressions have been challenged. However, there is a remarkable phenomena evolving in these modern days, where we still keep strongly the need and want for contributing creatively, positively to the community, we become co-creators inside these artistic expressions, in these festival experiences. The phenomena I am talking about is called transformational festivals, with high convergence points for cultural creators in which the main aim is to achieve transformation through inspiration. New healing and sanctuary type of festivals have been created lately, where the reconnection with the mankind as well with the Universe became the core of these transformational festivals. Ancient myths, time, space are explored, where primordial experiences are also revived, and all these became seen as future culture. We become the co-creators, the World makers, creating a “gate” to escape from all types of hierarchies and hidden agenda embedded in this very pragmatic world. In those moments we are freed to co-create and share the realization of a liberated world from fears, laws, customs, a World we mostly wish to live. The festivals are like “spaces” created to allow our own selves to get in touch with our own humanness, no more walls imposed by our routine life, which creates the idea of separateness, becoming defensive against each other. Instead, these new created models through these transformational and highly creative festivities, we share idea of living in a compatible diversity.
The emergence of these transformational festivals “impose” a new spiritual culture, one long forgotten, the one in which none is interested anymore in charismatic leaders but just in honoring the sacredness of our human being, the celebration of our togetherness, experiencing the ecstatic expressions of mankind, it is a rejoining of secular values, where unconditional love is magnified and the core belief system.
Transformational festivals also embrace feel-good values like ecological sustainability, organic food, community building and wisdom sharing and a language of neo-spirituality and personal growth is common there.
In nowadays we became more reliant on iPhones, more connected via social media, we, in fact became more disconnected from each other! A real connection is what we crave! We need IRL (In Real Life) experiences rather than diving deeply in URL’s deep “ocean”. In many parts of the words cells or internet are almost inexistent, therefore the sense of community is much stronger. Our breaks from daily routine should be transformational. Deep down we are inter-related and connected, and most of the people taste happiness in the collective experiential context. We are all stimulated by this collective effervescence, a communal joy. We are living during very competitive times, and cultural curiosity will create a predisposition, a window into the “other” and of course into our own selves, because festivals are natural barrier disintegrators. Festivals bring you face-to-face with the highest expression of the human spirit!
It is proven that local festivals have beneficial effects on the community, as it enhances the feeling of identity, besides the animated cultural life, especially if locals are involved in organizing the event, not just simply being the consumer of it. Both sides are very important for me!
Nowadays, the festivals scenes are more inclusive than before, more open to ideas and thematic stimulus. They bring something vital, which is breaking down the barriers between low and high, classical and modern, old and new. All these social festivities have something in common, despite their difference, they provide a communal experience, one which can have only in the crowd. These festivals equate, as the collective experience eradicate the social differences that we hold it on daily basis. It creates a platform for various cultures, people, or art to be combined, promoting liberality and strengthening tolerance.
Modern day festivals link culture with entertainment, trade and economic growth, and this has a social impact as it strengthens the local community and identity, thus enhancing national solidarity. Local festival may fight against the effect of globalization, therefore they present their own regional, local values, the uniqueness of their own locality and identity.
To conclude, festivals and celebrations in their present forms, can play a role for world’s Peace and Unity.