4 (More) Reasons to Bite into Wonderfruit
It’s exciting enough that Thailand's first world-class music festival is bringing the likes of De La Soul, Hercules & Love Affair, Little Dragon, Jose Gonzales, Fat Freddy's Drop, Chet Faker, and Nick Mulvey, to name just a few, to rock it live in seaside Chonburi.
Published on Dec 1, 2014
Toss in feasts from David Thompson, of Nahm fame, and chefs from others of Bangkok's best restaurants, including Appia and Quince and Never Ending Summer, and our appetites are raring!
But there's so much more to this three-day event at the height of Thailand's wonderful season. There's yoga, cycling, horseback riding, rafting, even reiki… Jeninne Lee-St. John asked organizers Pete Phornprapha and Jo Vidler—whose Secret Productions organizes award-winning festivals in England including Wilderness—to tell us about what’s got them most excited.
1. There's something for everyone.
There's a lot more to Wonderfruit than just music. There's culinary, eco farming, talks and debates, yoga and meditation, wellness and outdoor activities. We also think it's important that as a social enterprise we manifest different elements of the event into social contributions, from simply raising awareness of environmental issues to donating goods like the water-filtration system after the festival is done. We want our festival to be not only multi-cultural but also multi-generational; we will have complex cool stuff for folks with acquired tastes but also simple, clean fun for kids.
2. They've got green in their genes.
Wonderfruit is the produce of Scratch, which was built on the legacy of Pete's father, who founded the public-private conservancy cooperative Think Earth, to promote social responsibility and care for the environment. Pete wants develop a new and fun approach to addressing these issues and decided to create Wonderfruit when he met Jo at The Secret Garden Party, a glamping fun-fest near Cambridge that likes to stress "glitter not litter!"
3. So, so much to see and do.
Living art will include immersive acts by The Secret Keepers, light installations, roaming performances, trapeze acts, acrobatic troops, and lots more.
Tune up the romance with an outdoor cinema under the stars. We are working with David Fernandez, a Bangkok-based cultural programmer, and Gridthiya Gaweewong, co-founder of Bangkok Experimental Film Festival and renowned art curator, to handpick a themed line-up of global films.
Join in the Talk and Debate curated by Dr. Gino Yu at the talk pavilion, designed by Duangrit Bunnag. We envision a sharing platform of knowledge by individuals who are experts in their fields spanning everything from outer-space science to organic living to music philosophy. The aim is to inspire what we hope will be a diverse group of festival-goers to think outside their comfort zones and lead a more fulfilling healthy life.
4. It's going to look amazing.
We're really looking forward to seeing the final production of each venue. A lot of focus has been put into constructing the whole site in the most sustainable manner possible, and so it'll be interesting to see natural materials being reused to make something beautiful. We will be using a lot of bamboo, the main stage will be a permanent living structure of vegetation, and we have an artist named Shrine On who's using only trash to decorate! At the end of the day, that's our ethos: nothing should go to waste. We want to nurture a creative community of people to indulge in food, music, activities and entertainment, in beautiful sustainable surrounds during the period when the weather in Thailand is at its loveliest.
Wonderfruit will take place in Chonburi, Thailand, December 19-21. For tickets and more information, visit wonderfruitfestival.com.