The organizing team of Convergence is celebrating a successful second year of the art and permaculture festival at Arcosanti.Convergence is the resident’s event to leverage our network and message to the world through a weekend of learning and celebration. Convergence in it’s current iteration is a conference festival hybrid, with keynotes and panels featuring leaders in activist, sustainability, political, and futurist circles featured along side performers and musicians who have an existing connection with the site.
The three day event was attended by 150+ ticketed attendees, plus as many co-creators, speakers, artists, musicians, and performers. Those numbers were rounded out by event volunteers plus 70 full time residents and some alumni for an event population of approximately 400 which resulted in an intimate, cozy atmosphere which was pervasive for the whole weekend.
Art installations from local and regional artists brought the site to life, ranging from installations in the vaults, vicolo, and community room-turned-gallery to the Convergence Sculpture Park on the north east side of the mesa.
Notable performances include Ken Koshio and his twelve member taiko drumming group in the vaults on Friday evening, the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra and Las Chollas Peligrosas in the cafe on Saturday, and an extended set by Sedona based looping artist Porangui for the closing set on Sunday.
Talks and panels ranged from keynotes by Jesse Hernreich of the Ecosa Institute, Robert Gilman of the Global Ecovillage Network, and Arcosanti alumni Kate Bemesderfer, to breakout panels with local politicians, futurist thinkers, and local Arizona Veterans from a variety of backgrounds.
Planning has already begun for Convergence 2019—we hope you’ll consider joining us next year for this unique Arcosanti event
(Photos by Sue Kirsch and Jesse F., text by Tim Bell).