Thailand has a new eco-friendly festival to look forward to next year.
Called BEATFOREST, the music and arts event will be held at Bonanza Khaoyai Resort near Khao Yai National Park on 27 January 2024.
Taking a page from tree-planting initiatives worldwide, BEATFOREST strives to prove that events don't need to come at the cost of the planet when they can instead leave it greener than before.
The festival aims to regenerate a formerly denuded forest landscape through hands-on tree planting. Festival co-producer May Paipannee Taechanarong created the event to renew the wildlife habitat and grow the local woodlands of her homeland.
"This festival is derived from the idea of wanting to renovate the deserted forest. We wanted to gather music lovers to plant trees and turn this area into a bountiful forest and grow together with BEATFOREST Festival," says May.
The event will also offer daytime activities like camping, bike riding, and tree planting.
Live performances and DJs will be programmed across two stages including Footprints on Mars, Mae Happyair, Marmosets and Sunju Hargun, to name a few of the artists who will perform to save the planet one tree at a time.
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Expect an art installation from Kobord and stellar lighting and staging from Human Spectrum who recently created the visually impacting setting at the recent edition of Equation at Mo Luong Cave in Vietnam.
The full lineup can be found in the video below.
Arun Ramanathan is Mixmag Asia’s Director. Follow him on Instagram.