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Art With Me, Tulum’s 1st Arts & Ecoculture Festival

Wed., April 24, 2019


Art With Me GNP “Presented by TANE” — Tulum’s first Arts & Ecoculture Festival — returns for a second year April 24-28.

Art With Me is a community-driven festival offering programming across seven core pillars encompassing art, sustainability, music, wellness, culinary, and family as a platform to inspire change.

This year’s theme is Change Starts With Me, and a key focus of the festival is bringing awareness and solutions to the infrastructure and environmental challenges that Tulum faces with the mission of building a sustainable future.

Art With Me will showcase a diverse range of exhibits, including works from Mexican surrealist artist and designer Pedro Friedberg, Brazilian large-scale biomorphic installation artist Ernesto Neto, legendary New York City street culture artist Keith Haring, American painter dubbed “the godfather of pop surrealism” Mark Ryden, multidisciplinary artist known globally for his larger-than-life sculptures Daniel Popper, four-time Emmy Award-winning artist Wayne White, Colombian sculptor Rafael Gómezbarros, and Canadian artist and nature guide Kirsten Brophy.

Other artists include political Afro-Brazilian artist Paulo Nazareth, key member of the Mayan Warrior and Ilumina teams and James Turrell collaborator Paolo Montiel, Russian artist whose work is featured in the Tulum based IK LAB Margo Trushina, Brazilian fashion designer known for his focus on sustainability Oskar Metsavaht, Mexico City-based art gallery MAIA Contemporary, New York City artist known for his provocative pieces Harif Guzman, and many more amazing artists noted here.

Dance With Me, the musical program, includes acclaimed vocalist, filmmaker, and humanitarian Michael Franti, globetrotting Brooklyn house duo Bedouin, a live band performance from Berlin-based techno artist Jan Blomqvist (Live), award-winning reggae and roots artist Mike Love, German songwriter and producer known for his ambient approach to performing electronic music Monolink (Live), a live performance from Mardeleva (a group that includes Habitas founder Eduardo Castillo), multi-instrumentalist and songwriter known for his one-man performances RicoLoop (Live), and international house and techno duo KMLN (Live).

Care With Me, the festival’s environmental pillar, includes inspiring talks, workshops, indigenous ceremonies, recycled artwork and interactive experiences to educate and encourage festival attendees to adopt conscious and sustainable practices while in Tulum and back home. Activities extend beyond the festival by working with the local community, businesses, the municipality, NGOs and environmental organizations year-round to help the region address environmental issues related to its rapid growth.

“As local business owners, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the region’s environmental issues and solutions so that we can develop business practices that are more harmonious with our natural environment,” says festival founder David Graziano. “In year one, we brought together over 25 local business for this common goal. This was a very exciting first step. My hope is that the festival will become a reference point for tourism and lifestyle travel in Tulum where people don’t just travel to Tulum for vacation, but also play an active role in protecting it now and for future generations.”

Guests will also have an opportunity to experience the Eat With Me program, curated by Chef and Owner of Tulum based restaurant ARCA José Luis Hinostroza. Mexican chefs will showcase their innovative menus using native ingredients at some of Tulum’s best restaurants and pop-ups in our Beach and Town Pavilions. Other highlights include Breathe With Me, a robust wellness program including Mayan clay ceremonies, women’s circles, plant medicine healing, cacao ceremonies, drum circles, Ayurveda workshop + tasting, ecstatic dance, yoga, traditional Mayan sweat lodge, and Temazcal.

As a family-friendly experience, the Play With Me programming includes fun events for kids and families designed to inspire creativity and thoughtfulness. Additionally, Give With Me programming will feature free concerts, talks and art designed to help spread awareness about our mission in the local community.

The festival was co-founded by Ahau Collection founder David Graziano and Tulum resident Jorge Mondragon with the goal of uniting businesses, tourists and the local community to spearhead environmental and cultural initiatives for the benefit of Tulum.

Four-day general admission is US$350.

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Wed., April 24, 2019
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