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Vision New Year's Eve Festival 2001/2002

Published: Mon 1 Oct 2001 11:04 AM
Vision Press Release 1/10/01
Vision is a new year's eve festival happening in a beautiful, bush-clad coastal valley near Farewell Spit, Golden Bay, in the Nelson region of Aotearoa/ New Zealand. It starts on December 30th 2001 and runs until Jan 2nd 2002. Tickets are available nationwide as well as in Germany and the U.K.
Check out www.visionz.org.nz for details and photos.
Vision is organised by the Visionz 2001 Trust - a registered, charitable community organisation. Last year was our first event, and we attracted just over one thousand people. This year we expect between two and four thousand, and we have an upper limit of five thousand. Our main aim, apart from to have an absolutely wicked party, is to raise funds to promote sustainable communities.
All surplus generated from the party will be used to fund projects in the Aotearoa community that promote organics, permaculture, economic independence, and co-operative interactions between human beings. We see these as ways humans can move towards a peaceful, harmonious, and blissful future on this planet.
By law, no individuals or groups can take personal profits from this festival. We are open to input from the wider community about how we run the event.... we aim to be truly a party 'by the people for the people.' Anyone can become a member of our Trust, vote in elections, and stand to be elected as a trustee.
We feel that this way of doing things is far more in keeping with the original ideals of dance culture - a culture that many young people gravitated towards because it seemed to represent a way forward. Many of those 'original heads' became disillusioned as the dance community was progressively swamped with commercialism, trendiness, and power-politics. We aim to re-ignite the revolutionary, positive spark that dance culture possessed in this country in the early 90s.
Alongside some of the freshest, most progressive music and performance to be found at an event of this kind in Aotearoa, Vision will host many 'extra-curricular' activites, including workshops, discussion groups, displays, practical demonstrations, and bushwalks. We are encouraging stalls selling organic foods and environmentally sound products wherever possible.
Musically, there will be a selection of some of the deepest, most progressive trance music New Zealand has ever seen at a single event, as well as a strong focus on live music, ambient, down-tempo, drum'n'bass, house, techno, dub, twisted/experimental, and as many other acoustic and electronic musical forms as we can think up names for!
Some musical highlights:
Tristan Cooke - long-standing and respected member of London's progressive/psychedelic trance community, member of Manmademan, released on Flying Rhino, 21.3, Transient, and most other major trance labels, travelling to New Zealand to share his rich blend of soft-but-deep psychedelic trance - combining funky house and break-beats with some well-twisted layers and samples.
Antix - back from a successful European tour, representing Aotearoa's flowering progressive/psychedelic scene with a set of some tough and twisted minimalism - some of the best high-end producers in the country, deserving maximum attention (before they are whisked away to Europe again!)
James Wilkinson - possibly one of the nation's best original solo performers, weaving his magic on the live stage, in two sets of beautiful, hypnotic acoustic guitar, with sometimes cynical, sometimes deeply soulful vocals. So good you'll want to kiss his feet for a long, long time.
As are Project, an 8-piece from Wellington, playing an orgasmic-organic blend of dub, breaks, jazz and funk. There are far too many more outstanding acts to mention playing at Vision this year, check out the web site - www.visionz.org.nz - for the full line-up.
As well as all this incredible music, festival-goers can feast their minds on sculptures, installations and performances from some very talented artists from throughout New Zealand and the world.
Remember though - it's not just about having an incredible party, it's about working together to achieve a positive outcome for our community, our lives and our planet. With enough support, Vision can be a real vehicle for positive change in Aotearoa. Any input, thoughts, questions, and offers of help can be directed to us through the web-site, and will be very, very welcome. We hope to see you at our New Year's Eve Vision - Farewell Spit, Golden Bay, Nelson, New Zealand.
Arohanui.
The Vision 2001 Trust.
Contact us please!
Website: www.visionz.org.nz - Email: visionz@visionz.org.nz - Post: P.O. Box 141, Takaka 7172, New Zealand - Phone: 03 525 7400

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