Inclusion Festival is unlike every other festival in the way that founders Amy Pinder and Leah Barron have made it their mission to curate a production geared towards every body: an all-inclusive event that provides accessibility to those whose disabilities may prevent them from enjoying the typical festival setting. These range from obvious changes such as level grounds and accessible ramps to more in-depth considerations like crowd-reducing festival mapping and omission of strobe lights.
This year, Inclusion not only moves their festival online, but translates its accessibility to that platform, too. Folks can tune in for a three-day streaming event August 21-23 for a weekend filled with musical performances from both the local and world-renowned jam bases, a variety of workshops, and keynote speakers such as award-winning author and autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin. Streams will feature closed-captioning, American Sign Language Interpretation, and other embedded accessibility tools.
Musically, Hayley Jane returns to Inclusion to headline Friday night, following an afternoon of the whimsical theatrics of Miss. Cantaloupe and explorative steel drum and hand-pan fusion of PanSong. The night will close out with two performances: a live stream of Expansion Project and an archival showing of Swift Technique’s 2019 Inclusion set.
Everyone Orchestra headlines Saturday night. This revolving supergroup will gather notable talent such as Al Schnier of moe., Aaron Magner of the Disco Biscuits, Jennifer Hartswick of Trey Anastasio Band, and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, to name a few. Other performances include returning talent Cousin Earth, OJAS, and an archival showing of Start Making Sense’s 2019 Inclusion set. Plan your weekend with their full schedule of music and workshops here.
Workshops have always been a huge part of Inclusion Festival, where they are traditionally grouped into four different color-coded zones: movement, expression, connection, and balance. Inclusion ONLINE organizers have filled these groups with activities participants can follow along to at home, from expressing yourself with mandala magic and the movement of Bollywood dance to winding down with sound bath meditation and learning the joys of being present. The list is jam-packed and sure to peak an interest in every participant.
Stay social! Each night, fans can enter Zoom rooms to join other festival-viewers in an online dance party. You’ll be able to see and interact with other members and can even be featured on the official Inclusion ONLINE live stream in real-time. Follow Incluscion’s instructions to download the Zoom app and get into the party.
In the spirit of Inclusion’s accessibility, the entire online event is donation-based. Proceeds will go to participating artists and presenters as well as Accessible Festivals, a nonprofit organization with a goal to provide accessible recreation that directly aligns with Inclusion’s mission. Follow this link to support Inclusion ONLINE!
In the beforetimes, 2020 was going to be a big year for Inclusion Festival with an exciting venue upgrade to Montage Mountain, most known to be the musical mecca for bigger productions such as Camp Bisco and Peach Festival. Of course, we all know how the COVID story goes, because we’ve watched it happen to every ticket we have on hold.
Naturally, Inclusion Festival has elegantly maintained positivity through it all, turned these uncertain times into a door of possibility, and has announced that the show must go on(line)! This transformation was made a reality with endless hard work and the help of some amazing partnerships such as Live for Live Music and CashorTrade.
Please join us this weekend to celebrate year three of Inclusion Festival ONLINE! You can join the fun and stream the weekend from InclusionFestival.com, CashorTrade’s new streaming platform, or even catch some live streams on NEPAudio’s Facebook page. Opening ceremony kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, August 21.