Not just a music festival – Wonderfruit Festival is also a celebration of arts, culture and unity.
Wonderfruit Festival is Thailand’s pioneering globally conscious, cross-cultural celebration of art, music and life came back for its third installment back in February 2017. Over the course of four days, The Fields at Siam Country Club welcomed over 10,000 like minded Wonderers from all around the globe, becoming a melting pot of multiple cultures from East and West who came together not just to have a good time, but also to make positive change.
“What makes Wonderfruit distinct in terms of our organizational structure is that sustainability was our starting point and then the fun and activities were curated around that…We firmly believe that real change is driven by actions, not words so this year, on top of existing practice of using biodegradable water bottles and building from recyclable materials, we built a stage out of rice, and managed to become a net positive event by investing in Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve in Borneo, Indonesia.” – Pranitan “Pete” Phornprapha, Founder and Creative Director, Wonderfruit.
Since its inception, Wonderfruit has set itself apart from other festivals, and this year it was truly obvious that there is so much more to it than great music.
The team behind Wonderfruit went above and beyond and crafted an intricate experience that pioneered new grounds in arts, music, creativity, cultural diversity and inclusion – all interwoven with innovative sustainability. The Fields were transformed into a magical cross cultural playground where Wonderers could create, share experiences and interact with numerous art pieces scattered around the site.
Committed to its ethos, Wonderfruit joined hands with Johnnie Walker to launch #WEWILLKEEPWALKING campaign that focused on offsetting carbon emissions. Many bars offered “Mangrove Drinks” served in a special cup and priced at a dollar more than the other items on the menu. These were much more than just cocktails as for each and every glass that was purchased, more than 1,000 mangrove trees would be planted in the delta region of Myanmar. The event was also completely cashless as all Wonderers received an RFID wristband, courtesy of Bangkok Bank.
Sunsets and sunrises were a majestic site this year as Wonderers made their way to the Solar Stage to witness flamboyant parades, and groove to the pulsing beats of DJs like Wolf + Lamb, KMLN, Sabo and Eric Volta. The focal point of The Fields was designed by the masterminds Gregg Fleishman and Melissa Barron, but what made the stage really come to live, was the sense of unity and inclusion as Wonderers climbed the structure, mingled with each other and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery.
“The Solar Stage was literally LIT! We built it to hold MANY and it was put to the test! It was packed for the sunrise and sunset performance sets with people dancing, climbing, hanging out, surrounding, and grabbing a nap in it – creating a breathing, 3D, multilevel, immersive, DJ, dancing, performance, play, and gathering space like I’ve never seen!” – Melissa Barron
The air of debauchery creeped in as the crowd moved to the Living Stage that was set off with an eye-popping arch of dazzling peacock feathers. Over the course of four days, the flamboyant structure saw Wonderers go crazy to heavy hitting beats by Young Fathers and Rudimental, sway to mesmerising tunes by Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, and sing in unison to Lianne La Havas.
Wonderfruit has wrapped up its third instalment, providing Wonderers with a dazzling experience and memories that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Stay tuned for updates on upcoming Wonderfruit or visit their website for more information.