The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival, taking place from Thursday, March 2 to Sunday, March 5, announces the return and expansion of ChobeeWobee Village (schedule) the cultural nexus of the festival that will provide a place to mingle, wander, explore, stretch, and relax amongst a myriad of carefully crafted (and curated) curiosities. Co-Curated by Kulturehaus, ChobeeWobee Village is home to Yogachobee, The Earth Arts Academy and the Healing Sanctuary (schedule). All three have their own mind-expanding programming which is sure to stretch the body, and soul while polishing up one’s survival skills. Roving jugglers, performers, fire-spinners and rogue parades will weave together the late night surreal tapestry and entice you to let go and play. Last, but not least, ChobeeWobee Village is also the festival’s arts, crafts, and non-profits agora – a vibrant market where trinkets, accessories, clothes, and world saving ideas are abundant for festivalgoers. Kulturehaus founder Tyler Hanson says “It’s a wonderful opporunity to work with Soundslinger as they blaze their own path creating Chobeewobee Village as a beacon of light in a crowded festival market”
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Late-night maestro, Super Tall Paul, will be stirring the ether and awe-slapping you with his eclectic and talented brilliance. Android Jones’ Microdose VR, Shrine, and other artists interactive workshops are sure to unleash one’s creative spirit animal. At the Make Art Shrine, aspiring artists and creative festival goers of all kinds can learn directly from Okeechobee’s visual artists in an intimate workshop setting. Microdose VR combines art, music and dance into a real-time virtual reality gaming experience, empowering creativity in people of all ages, and defining a new medium of artistic expression never before possible. At OMF17, Microdose, the VR experience, will be available for fans to explore and engage. The visuals of the VR will be projected onto a 120′ peacock water fountain that will be in the middle of Aquachobee Lake, allowing anyone to take control and share their VR experience with everyone else seated at the beach.
Serving as one of the festival’s lead visual experiences, The Incendia Stage, a mesmeric, interactive installation melding worlds of art, science, and design will also debut at Okeechobee this year. A must-see experience brought by geodesic structures and thermodynamic performance art will be highlighted as part of the festival’s after hours programming. More information on Incendia, along with its various artistic and philosophical missions, can be found via its official website HERE.
Returning to Okeechobee will be the Moksha Family Arts Collective who will be revealing another gallery within the ChobeeWobee Village. Comprised of artists, musicians, technicians, and visionaries, the collective celebrates the mystery that unites us with an eclectic mix of performances by individuals and groups from the local and international communities. “Moksha” refers to the Sanskrit term for liberation and enlightenment. Moksha Family believes the arts bring us closer to cultural and spiritual freedom. More information on the Moksha Family Arts Collective can be found via its official website HERE.
In the center of the ChobeeWobee Village the Pavilion Palace stage will be serenaded with the beautifully haunting songs and drawings of Sorne amongst many other talented late-night performers. Charlie Smith’s fire-breathing sculptures will highlight the treetops of the Tea Lounge where you can watch acoustic performers, special guests and surprise appearances while you enjoy hammocks and games & sip freshly brewed tea.
“The creative process is an alchemical one. One man’s trash is another’s treasure, and at Okeechobee we celebrate that transformation, both internal and external. By reusing, re-imagining, re-purposing natural local materials and found objects, the work becomes a totem, a beacon that embodies the alchemy of creativity that transforms the meaningless into the profound. Using the five natural elements and infusing them with our creativity, the festival becomes a canvas on which to celebrate this mystical uniquely human quality, our creative spirit!” – Nikos Katsaounis, OMF17 Creative Director Statement
Last week, Okeechobee also announced its highly anticipated daily lineups for Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5. Including all performers on its three main stages (Be Stage, Here Stage, Now Stage), Jungle 51 and Aquachobee Beach, this year’s Okeechobee lineup for these stages can be viewed HERE. Additionally, festivalgoers can download the official Okeechobee app through the App Store that will allow for a personal schedule to be created, up-to-the-minute News direct from the festival, FAQs, information on ticketing (VIP packages, RV parking passes, shuttles), and a chance to win official 2017 Okeechobee merchandise. More info on the app can be found via Okeechobeefest.com HERE. Three-day passes to the festival are SOLD OUT and a limited run of four-day passes are currently on sale with a price increase landing on Friday, February 10th at 11:59pm. Visit Okeechobeefest.com for more details.
Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, is a diverse, multi-genre event celebrating the start of spring with world renowned and on the rise performers, art installations to inspire with awe, yoga and meditation to cleanse the soul, great food, and friends new and old to enjoy it all with. The second annual edition of North America’s most exciting new festival will take place at Okeechobee, Florida’s beautiful Sunshine Grove, located on over 600 acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands. Artists performing at the 2017 festival include Kings of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Bassnectar, Sturgill Simpson, The Lumineers, Flume, Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, Solange, Logic, Rae Sremmurd, Young The Giant, Porter Robinson (Live), Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, and many more. For additional details on the artists performing, along with information on Okeechobee’s exciting nightly dusk-till-dawn electronic experience, Jungle 51 (along with complete ticketing information and payment plan options), visit OkeechobeeFest.com.