Unitus Cultural Arts Benefit Festival
Unitus Cultural Arts Benefit Festival is a different kind of festival, the kind of festival that you hope to find but just might not stumble on your radar. In my opinion, the best festivals aren’t defined by their lineup, masses of people, or sprawling lands. Rather, it’s defined by its intimacy, sense of community, and (I don’t care if it’s cheesy) brotherly love. A festival that leaves you rejuvenated, restores your faith in humanity, and exposes you to new music and art is a true and, sadly, rare festival experience. And that is exactly what you’ll find at Unitus.
Unitus defines its “Vision” as:
This vision of “One” is a universal perspective that guides us to Unite Through Honest Expression. With each day, each step, each breath, we welcome this love that radiates from our core to spread peace and compassion throughout the Universe.
[E]ach year we are aiming to honor and raise awareness of a certain culture that practices as a way of life, connection to all of our relations… This year we were all guided to honor and learn from the Native American Culture and Traditions.
In honor of the motif of Native American Culture & Traditions, the festival will be located at Cherokee Farms in Lafayette, GA, less than 2 hours from Atlanta, GA from August 9-11. Cherokee Farms was held as a stockade during the Trail of Tears, a dark time in American history from 1831-39 in which 130,000 Cherokee peoples, as well as many other Native American Nations, were forced to leave their lands and cross up to 9 states to move to designated reservation land in Oklahoma. It is believed that 60,000 Cherokee peoples died from exposure, starvation, and disease during this time. To commemorate the legacy of the Cherokee in these lands, the festival has announced that Elk Spirit Dancer (A Native Elder and Grandmother) will be holding a healing ceremony on the land where the Trail of Tears took place. There will also be an array of other Native American traditions and presentations, such as Shawnee story telling and flute playing by Jack Loveheart, Flint Napping with Grey Wolf, and a Flag Ceremony by Standing Grizzly.
The lineup includes:
- Dixon’s Violin
- Copious Jones
- Aligning Minds
- Tribal Council Collective
- Ky Lee
- The Endangered Species
- Doug Funny & Freshtones
- Sun-Dried Vibes
- Tree Sound Studios
- Soul Kombucha
- A Ghost Like Me
- Free Hugs of Asheville
- Michael Garfield
- Graham’s Number
- Rising Light
This is a festival that will be bring people of diverse backgrounds and experiences together to share in understanding, love, and respect. It ranges in art, music, culture, spirituality, and mindfulness. I would encourage all to consider attending this festival as it will be a beautiful and, I hope, enlightening experience.
Stay tuned! Sensible Reason will be giving away tickets to this festival via our Facebook page in the next few days!