The 10th annual ManiFestivus
August 17, 2012 - August 18, 2012
For two days and two nights, Cabot, VT will be rockin' as an intimate crowd of like-minded people dance to some of the best global beats in existence.
This year’s featured bands include your hosts Toubab Krewe, Jamaican reggae artists Rootz Underground, Congolese soukous musician Diblo Dibala (who is also known as "Machine Gun" for his speed and skill on the guitar), vocalist Awa Sangho from Mali, Brooklyn Afrobeat collective Zongo Junction, and more!
"Manifestivus is proof that an epic event can happen in the backwoods of Vermont,” says David Pransky, bassist for Toubab Krewe and founder of the festival. “We join the best of Vermont with the best of world music and culture to create an unforgettable weekend."
The Manifestivus is an uplifting international world music festival that promotes personal evolution through music, art and culture. The festival reminds us that we are one with each other, the land and all things.
The festival, which “manages to punch above its weight by attracting top international talent," (National Geographic.com) takes place on the 93-acre Pransky family farm. Just six hours north of New York City, and three hours from Boston or Montreal, the site boasts hiking trails, swimming ponds and woodland forest. Manifestivus offers on-site camping, yoga, West African dancing and drumming, community art projects and local crafts, healthy living seminars, workshops, costume theme nights, various culinary vendors, and cross-cultural immersion.
Within Manifestivus is the Mini-festivus catering to the 200+ children that attend the festival each year. The family friendly environment introduces younger generations to music and different cultures from all around the world. The Mini-festivus features arts and crafts, puppets, storytelling, a bouncy house, an instrument-making workshop, roaming performers and of course live music performances. Kids 13 and younger are free when accompanied by a paid adult.
Manifestivus attendees are “young, old, local, and international; the perfect mix of generations and personalities” says Performer Magazine. “[Its] the most no drama, upbeat and down-to-earth backyard party… with tons of world music and interesting international and local acts.”