Celebrating our Summer of Love in the very finest style we have yet another brand new area, The Commune, coming to Bestival as a very special one-off this year. An ocular spectacular resonating with the spirit of Bestival, The Commune will not only be the bedrock of the soul of our Summer of Love, but will also create a jaw-dropping eyeful visible far and wide across the site, featuring our incredible Flower of Fire, a nine-petalled 15 and half metre pyro-installation radiating peace and love from the centre of the Magic Meadow all weekend long. Entwining brand new ideas with ancient philosophy, The Commune is the essence of our ideals and the hotbed of our Summer of Love, designed by Josie da Bank and programmed by long-time Bestival cohort, Lost & Found’s chief facilitator of the unusual, Bobby Lost.
Commune Programmer Bobby Lost says: “The Commune is a place where you can just be you, whether that’s dancing like no one is watching, hugging, connecting with others and becoming nourished, or sharing deep experiences with strangers, getting assigned missions to spread more love around the festival like to hug 100 strangers, joining a drum circle, or just sitting and being. I’d like the commune to be a home for ‘Hedonism with Heart’, a joyful celebration of life, embodiment and freedom of expression. I wanted to provide a space to come and move outside your comfort zone without getting off your chops”.
Situated among a convoy of peace wagons and bespoke traveller vehicles, there will be an array of Happy-nings, from sober morning raves and late night UV underwear parties, to inspiring talks from real revolutionaries, capturing the genuine counter culture spirit of freedom and the expansion-of-possibility felt by the movement in the sixties, all with a liberal dose of Lost & Found sass.
‘Happynings’ will include, ‘Love in’ Cuddle Workshops, Laughter Yoga, Blindfolded Ecstatic Dances, Silent Speed Dating , Sacred Cacao Ceremonies, Drum Circles, Acro-Yoga, Singing from the Heart, ‘Guerrilla Good Guys’– a workshop to spread love around the festival unseen, free expression and dance with the Hare Krishnas, Gratitude Workshops and the Love Stop Cafe.
At night The Commune will pulse with passionate beats from top conscious DJs from the conscious clubbing scene like WeAreOne, Morning Gloryville, Right Here Right Now and Battersea Conscious Club, spinning heartful house and dharma disco. Each night will see ‘Glow Show’ – a dare to bare UV underwear and body painting tribal party. Plus there will be the Talking Stick Tipi with game changing talks on consciousness, revolution, freedom, connection, expression, rebellion and politics.
Bestival takes place at Robin Hill County Park, Isle of Wight between 10 – 13 September. Tickets are available here.