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Thailand’s Wonderfruit Festival plans to pay artists in trees

Wonderfruit, Thailand’s sustainable, cross-cultural, live celebration of the arts, music and ideas announces that it plans to pay its artists in trees. That’s right, T-R-E-E-S!

Last year, Wonderfruit pioneered some eco-friendly initiatives, incuding making the event carbon-positive by planting a mangrove tree in Myanmar for every Mangrove Drink sold at the festival. Thor Heyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar has lost 75% of its mangroves due to rampant deforestation. According to Wonderfruit, they invested in 10,000 trees in order to ensure Wonderfruit was carbon positive.

For this December’s iteration, there are plans to pay selected artists and collaborators in TREE tokens, a cryptocurrency backed by natural capital and traded on the blockchain.

Scratch First, the organizers behind Wonderfruit announce the first names from the music line-up, led by veteran techno DJ RICHIE HAWTIN and British hip hop artist ROOTS MANUVA, who will perform with a full band. Hailing from Texas, psychedelic trio KHRUANGBIN will delight crowds with their Thai Molam-inspired sound, while Brazilian house legend GUI BORATTO will light up legendary after-hours destination, The Quarry. Lending a local Thai flavor to the soundscape in The Fields will be KHUN NARIN AND HIS ELECTRIC PHIN BAND and Wonderers will also be treated to the soulful stylings of English songstress IZZY BIZU. In addition, NICOLA CRUZ from Ecuador and Danish techno maverick BE SVENDSEN join Hawtin and Boratto on the DJ roster. With a line-up that spans the musical spectrum, Wonderfruit will confirm more acts in the coming months.

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Wonderfruit takes place from December 14 to 17 in The Fields at Siam Country Club, just 150 kilometers (two hours’ drive) southeast of Bangkok. Phase one ticket pricing begins at P7,462 (THB5,000) for an adult 4-day pass, which includes general camping.

A biomorphic alien creation by Filipino artist-designer Leeroy New.

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