People who want to learn more about environmentally-conscious lifestyles and have fun for the whole family are expected to enjoy the first “Degrowth Fest” scheduled this weekend in the area.
The festival fundraiser is being organized by the Awakened Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit with a mission of educating the public about conservation efforts and ways to cut back on waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
But what is Degrowth? According to Dominique Massiah with the foundation, Degrowth is an entire ideology centered around taking responsibility for the amount of waste we produce as a society and investing in the sustainability of the ecosystem. Online, Degrowth is described as a concept where “reducing consumption does not require individual martyring or a decrease in well-being. Rather, degrowthers aim to maximize happiness and well-being through non-consumptive means — sharing work, consuming less, while devoting more time to art, music, family, nature, culture and community.”
Massiah says that this is the foundation’s first year of operation out of Commerce, and the Degrowth Fest will be their first large fundraiser event.
The festival will run from Friday and Saturday at the Blackland Ranch just outside of town. Friday will be free and open to the public, with Saturday’s events requiring a day pass. Children will get in free both days.
There will be a children’s village with bounce houses, face painting and more. Also taking place on the 88 acres of land will be live music performances from more than 20 bands and DJs both local and national. Vendors will also be on site. Events are being planned to educate about healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyles as well. A bonfire will be held Friday night and an after-party will take place Saturday night. Massiah says that the whole event will be family-friendly.
All of the venue structures specially made for the event are made from recycled materials, a point that Massiah said is important to not create waste for this event.
Tickets for Saturday are $50 for an entire day pass, but entering the code “GOLIONS” at checkout will apply a 50-percent discount. There are also options for camping passes, as the ranch will be open to campers from Thursday to Sunday.
Artists, performers and other volunteers are sought for the event, as there will be opportunities to perform throughout the event. For more information on how to volunteer or purchase tickets, visit DegrowthFest.com
The Blackland Ranch is located at 445 FM 71 east of Commerce.