Monday, May 26, 2014

Bonfires for Peace, with Touch Samadhi, is Back at Pritchard Park this Summer, July 13

BONFIRES for Peace, the Traveling Bonfires' movable feast of family fun and community connectedness through music, arts and dancing, is back at Pritchard Park this summer. Now on its 12th year, the free to the public “outdoor party,” happens on July 13, Sunday—with a Goa trance music dance event billed “Downtown Get Down,” music provided by Touch Samadhi DJs Kri, Sensoma, Goadream, and Sean O'Daniels.
       Pritchard Park is located right in the heart of downtown Asheville. The Traveling Bonfires, which was born in the Philippines during the politically-turbulent mid80s, kicked off its annual “barrio-level” convergence in the spring of 2002 with all-day, multi-band concert events that lasted to early fall—and carried on since then.

       The Traveling Bonfires produced an unprecedented 16 weekend park events in 2004, involving hundreds of local and North/South Carolina performers and visiting acts from as far as Tokyo, Manila, Houston TX, Boston, San Francisco, New Jersey, and New York City. The organization has also produced similar outdoor and indoor concerts in New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Frisco, and Manila and Baguio City in the Philippines, “instigating arts and music events and bringing people together in celebration of peace and multicultural connectedness.”
       Touch Samadhi is a community of “trance Goa” DJ's that takes its spiritual root in Goa, a small state in India. Mythology says Goa is associated with “spiritually cleansing touch,” a peacefulness or consciousness that Traveling Bonfires believes fit well with its vision-mission of global peace and community harmony through diversity. Touch Samadhi is a perennial highlight in Bonfires for Peace since 2004.

       “We see the need to effect a vibe of peace and joy in Asheville and allow that sublime wavelength to travel elsewhere,” says TBonfires founding executive director Pasckie Pascua. “We don't have to launch speeches or recite our holiness, we just play music and enjoin the community to come out, dance and be together. That is a simple thing, isn't it—but it's powerful.”
       “Bonfires for Peace” events enjoy the support of local Asheville businesses, organizations, and individuals. “This is the true meaning of community connectedness,” offers associate producer Marta Osborne. “Local business help us fund permits and peripheral expenses in turn we sell them friendly ad space in our paper, The Indie. Restaurants also feed our performers who share music and art for free...”

       The organization's partner project, Loved by the Buffalo Publications, publishes The Indie, a small newsprint tabloid that is mainly distributed in downtown Asheville and soon, in Athens in Georgia as its sister city. Both the Traveling Bonfires and The Indie's projects have benefitted non-profit organizations that work with at-risk youths, families of the disappeared, orphans, and disaster victims, especially typhoon victims in the Philippines.
       For more info, / or call Marta Osborne at 828 280 2309. For Loved by the Buffalo/The Indie, call Chris Wagoner at 706 207 7746, email or email

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