Moogfest, based in North Carolina, is joining the resistance.
The festival has announced that one of its central themes in 2017 will be Protest, featuring a Protest Stage, workshops, conversations, art installations and even classes to discuss and address the issue that is so important in today’s America.
The current political climate is underscoring a nation that is as divided as we have seen it in the last few generations, with newly-elected President Trump causing controversy with each Executive Order he signs. While we already explored what this all means to the dance music scene in the United States, Moogfest is the first festival to take an actual stance against the “discriminatory politics” that have negatively affected its home state of North Carolina since House Bill 2 was passed there, a piece of controversial legislation that allows for discrimination across gender, sexual orientation, and class.
In an official statement, Moogfest explained why it has chosen Protest as a central theme for this year’s edition, underscoring the pivotal role of the recent women’s march as well as Martin Luther King Jr. in inspiring this initiative, “We are inspired by this movement and the spirit of those that came before it. The fight against inequality echoes our own mission to design radical instruments for change and reflects the legacy of Bob Moog, the inspiration behind Moog who believed that true innovation comes through collaboration, not exclusion. Moogfest is transformed, by the urgency of our times, and we invite you to keep marching with us into the future.”
Information on who will be involved with the Protest Stage in May 18-21 during Moogfest will be shared via the festival’s social channels in the coming months.