Based on the six pillars of Arts, Music, Farm to Feasts, Wellness & Adventures, Talks & Workshops, and Family, the Wonderfruit festival made its fourth comeback on December 14-17.
Around 13,000 “Wonderers” flocked to The Fields at Siam Country Club, in Pattaya, Thailand, to immerse themselves in a multitude of experiences encouraged to develop and innovate sustainable solutions, and celebrate diversity and creativity.
Self-proclaimed as “Thailand’s pioneering, sustainable, cross-cultural, live celebration of art, music, and ideas,” this year’s festival featured:
A no single-use plastic rule and TREE tokens—a cryptocurrency backed by natural capital, that Wonderers could contribute to by buying a drink linked to TREEs—to stunning structures and stages scattered across Wonderfruit’s enchanted landscape. Many of these were built from sustainable materials using cutting-edge design techniques that eliminate the need for nuts and bolts, and invited exploration, loyal to its commitment to sustainability.
The Living Stage, made from environmentally friendly bamboo, hosted spectacular performances by Wild Beasts, Yeasayer and Chronixx while the Quarry was truly one with nature with boundaries defined by cassava plants, as the whole structure seemed to pulsate in unison to the beats from DJs Craig Richards, Matt Sassari, Gui Boratto and Richie Hawtin. Creative workshops took place at The Hive and FARMacy, inspiring Scratch Talks with SC ASSET were held at the Farm Stage with Jim Thompson, while Rainforest Pavilion was home to environmental talks and workshops by Joy Collective and Greenpeace.
Gregg Fleishman’s iconic Solar Stage—the focal point to enjoy majestic sunsets and sunrises—got a makeover this year and was built almost exclusively from slotted plywood, minimizing the need for additional fastenings and cutting down on materials. The feeling of camaraderie and unity was in the air as Wonderers climbed the structure, mingled, swayed to the hypnotic vocals of Izzy Bizu, and danced to pulsating beats of DJs Nicola Cruz and Be Svendsen.
Wonderers climbed the Molam Bus by Jim Thompson Art Centre to dance to Thai folk music, and greet the sun; relaxed and savoured true Thai cocktails at Neramit Camp presented in partnership with Tourism Authority of Thailand, or opted for Thai rum-based concoctions at Moonlight Lounge with SangSom, danced the night away at ALTN8, brushed up their freestyle soccer skills with Red Bull champ Ohm, shared food and stories at the Theatre of Feasts, snuggled up in The Ziggurat by Singha while caught in unexpected Friday rain – all to celebrate life, creativity and a sustainable future.
Participants are invited to join the adventure in The Fields in 2018 and encouraged to stay tuned for updates or visit www.wonderfruit.co for more information.