Concept 2019

 1. Object 

 

The Pangea in Love Festival is a sociocultural and artistic event that unites all means of expression in a loving celebration of art and music. These forms of expression include music concerts, plastic and visual arts, happenings, performances, readings, workshops, speeches etc. 

 

The Pangea in Love Concept has developed and proven itself throughout the last 7 events on 3 different event sites. This year we’re leaving the magical amphitheatre behind and move on to another breath-taking location. About 2500 invited guests will come together in 2019 to celebrate this major sociocultural event. Local economic structures and conventional social mechanisms will be turned upside down and inside out. Authentic humaneness will be the centre of attention during the event including the enormous potential and diversity that unifies people from all over the world. 

 

This year’s edition of the festival represents the same philosophical ideas and social practices as the first Pangea in Love in 2007 in Güntershof: developing an efficient and unconventional social construct that is capable of real sociocultural change. 

 

2. Project Philosophy 

 

The core of the festival is the philosophical concept of universal and existential connection between all human beings. This connection arises from the awareness that all humans are naturally equal and are made from the same substance. In consequence, the peaceful and harmonious contact with the “other” reflects the construction of the own “self”. But present society slows down social harmony and human development with its full potential. These hierarchic and standardised systems divide instead of unify; humans feel divided from the other, their own self and divinity, creating a breeding ground for discrimination, envy and hatred. 

 

The peaceful purpose of bringing people together in an unconventional, supportive and loving environment inspires people to develop a new approach towards society. The Pangea concept believes in its capacity to put these ideas into practice at least temporarily. Thus, the festival proposes a strong contrast to the actual consumer society. In this point it differs substantially from other profit-oriented festivals. 

With this concept, all members of organisation and other actors commit to the following: 

 

  • They will not make any money from the festival, even if the festival receives donations from guests that exceed the expenses. 

  • They will not engage in any commercial activity (food can only be sold under specific circumstances, as of now we cannot yet give food to guests for free). 

  • They will not collect any money for entries, camping or parking. 

  • They will hand out drinks to guests for free. 

  • They will not accept any commercial sponsoring or other financial support. 

  • They will support cultural diversity, respect and openness. 

 

The disentanglement from materialism will force people to confront themselves with their own personal opinions and convictions. The festival shall continue to push people progressively in that direction; they are not only connected through cultural filters and interests, but also through their own pure humaneness. 

 

The festival’s activating character involves people directly into the event; the shared joy and responsibility in the process are the pillars of Pangea in love. 

 

- Private nature of the festival 

The audience has the status of invited guests. They don’t pay entry fees and receive beer and soft drinks for free. Whether they contribute financially to the festival or not remains their own choice. They must hand over their signed invitation at the entrance area. By signing the invitation, they declare to take responsibility for any damage they may cause on site and that their participation in the festival is entirely at their own risk. Of course, we will do our very best to ensure everyone’s safety. 

- Media and publicity

As we are a private event for now, we do not want any media of any kind involved in the project. This is basically to protect the nature of the free and private festival. This is essential for security reasons, as we do not want to attract people who does not have invitation and are not familiar with the solidarity and Festival values. For the same reason we ask every artist to not create Facebook events, and to not do any publicity in any form for the event. 

That is also the reason why this website can not just be "googled", but is just mentioned on the invitation and the secret facebook group.

 

- Collective Responsibility 

The concept of Pangea in Love is meaningful if it is carried ideologically and financially by the community. If the financial input into the festival is not in balance with guest participation (donations), the committee has the responsibility to resolve the project in this form. 

 

The fact that every guest has the responsibility to contribute to the quality of the festival means also that he is himself responsible for his own safety, respectful contact with other people and with nature. The committee has also developed a safety concept (i.e. 5. Safety) that has proven itself valuable throughout the previous editions of the festival. Still, as always, the individual responsibility is key. 

 

The festival is a long-term project that should allow everyone the participation in and preservation of the concept. Thus, the organisation remains an open circle. The festival aims to include all subcultures of society, independent of ethnic-cultural origins, social status or beliefs. The philosophy supports and promotes tolerance, cooperation and acceptance of all people. The impact of the Pangea in Love Festival could contribute to societal change and to the creation of a better world. The concept is optimistic in this sense: a shared idea that becomes a shared conviction or belief can trigger a snowball-effect that should not be underestimated. Still we are not too naïve to aim at such a utopia without considering the reality of the context we live in. It will rather remain a drop in the ocean. But as Hermann Hesse said: “In order to know what is possible, one must strive for the impossible.” 

 

 

3. Organisation 

 

Throughout the years the organisational structures have become more and more efficient and successful. For legal reasons the organisation committee will now become an “a.s.b.l”. 

 

This does not change the practicalities of the actual form of organisation. Consequently, the concept is not only a guideline but has a binding character for all members of committee. 

 

One of the aims of the concept is that the members of committee do not sacrifice themselves or their private lives for the creation of the festival. Instead they shall enjoy the process, which becomes as important as the result itself, and learn from the experience. The members of the organising committee are not supposed to carry the whole load on their shoulders and be buried under it. Rather are they supposed to create a setting in which everyone shares the responsibility for the quality of the festival, even individuals participating as guests only. 

 

The internal organisation consists of a committee that bears the responsibility for the general coordination, and thus the responsibility for process-development, decision-making and finances. The committee members are volunteers that are responsible for their respective specific working areas. 

 

- Organising committee 

The committee consists of volunteers that commit to the following: 

 

  • Voting of the general coordinator during the first meeting. 

  • Reading of the concept and contributing to potential changes. 

  • Assuming the entire responsibility for their respective working area(s). 

  • Developing their specific working area(s) autonomously and connecting with other actors if necessary. 

  • Renouncing potential financial benefits (those will be entirely reinvested into the next edition of the festival). 

  • Bearing the collective financial responsibility and joint liability of the festival. 

  • Reporting in the meetings about the process of their working area. 

  • Respecting the agreements made in the meetings 

  • Developing and representing the concept towards external actors. 

 

Dan Terrao (member since 2007) 

Fenny Gillen (member since 2007) 

Yves Dellere (member since 2007) 

Fabien Jenon (member since 2008) 

Marc Metzler (member since 2016) 

Massimo Helminger (member since 2019) 

Tessy Beckene (member since 2016) 

 

- General coordinator of the festival 

The committee has voted for …Dan Terrao… as the general coordinator. 

The organisation committee of 2019 consists of some new and several experienced members. All members are legally and financially at the same level. Since the festival is growing in quantity and quality, the new role of vice-coordinator seems reasonable. The general coordinator chooses the member of committee that seems fit to fulfil this role. Another new role of legal consultant has been created. Since this role has the essential function of supporting the general coordination in its efficiency, this person will also be chosen by the general coordinator. In addition, the role of general secretary has been created this year. The entire committee votes for their member of choice to fulfil this role. 

The role of the general coordinator is defined as follows: 

 

  • He assumes the main responsibility towards official authorities. 

  • He is warrantor of the concept and responsible for its implementation and preservation. 

  • It is his responsibility to guarantee the respect of the general process timeline; the responsibility for the processes of the specific areas lies with the other committee members. 

  • It is his responsibility to keep an overview of the entire project; he must evaluate the different actors and processes and act accordingly. 

  • In case of prolonged debates that hinder the general process of the project, he assumes decision-making responsibility. 

  • He does not have the right to get involved into the decisions made by one of the committee members in their specific working area unless the decision is anti-conceptual. 

  • He must coordinate the different specific working areas and to inform himself about their respective progresses. 

  • He assumes the role of mediator between all actors, tries to bring people together and to support them in their individuality and creativity. 

  • If most of the committee has doubts about a specific decision of one of the members, the general coordinator will try and find an adequate solution with this member. 

  • A simple majority of the committee (4 of 7 people) can dismiss the general coordinator from his position. 

 

- Vice-coordinator 

The full extent of the organisation justifies the creation of the position of vice-coordinator. His role is defined as follows: 

 

  • He must stay informed about the process of the festival to the same extent as the general coordinator. 

  • He must take responsibility for compliance with the concept in the absence of the general coordinator. 

  • He must support the general coordinator with his knowledge base. 

  • He does not have the right to general decision making instead of the general coordinator or to take the role of mediator between other members. 

  • He will take on the role of the general coordinator in case the latter resigns or is not available due to force majeure.

 

- Volunteers 

The volunteers represent an essential element to the development and positive happening of the festival. Just like the members of committee they are implied in the organisation, but they don’t take any responsibility for finances or decision making. The shifts they take over during the festival will presumably not last any longer than 2 hours which is the official minimal commitment. Since none of the volunteers are supposed to sacrifice themselves for the festival and are also supposed to enjoy the festival, we will be looking to recruit between 100 and 150 volunteers. 

 

  • Recruitment, organisation, support of and communication with the volunteers is the duty of those members of committee that oversee this specific working area. They are also in charge of organising meetings with the volunteers. 

  • The general coordinator will inform the volunteers about the concept in those meetings. 

  • Just as members of the committee are free of the specific working shifts during the festival, volunteers that commit to helping before and after the Festival (build up and clearing) should be exempt from the shifts during the festival. 

  • Volunteers that commit for several days to building the festival site or clearing it afterwards will receive more invitations to hand out than those who only commit to a few shifts during the festival. 

  • Volunteers should read the concept of the festival and represent it in public. 

  • Volunteers will receive their Pangea T-shirt for free and are supposed to wear it during their shift. 

  • Specific terms of their involvement in the festival will be communicated by the members of committee in charge. 

 

- Meetings 

 

Apart from all the smaller meetings between members or members and volunteers, three main meetings are mandatory for the members of the organisation. The following aspects should be discussed in these meetings: 

 

  • Assignment of the different working areas to the members of committee in the first meeting. 

  • Report of the progress and realisation of the specific working areas. 

  • Discussions of potential difficulties and challenges. 

  • Implementation of concrete timelines. 

  • Open discussions of new ideas and topics that can be agreed on at any moment (the concept shall not become too rigid in its core). 

 

In order to guarantee maximised efficiency during the meetings, the members are supposed to prepare themselves and their respective working areas in advance. The meetings will be prepared and protocolled by the general coordinator or the general secretary. Thus, decisions taken in those meetings will be binding for all members for this year in addition to the concept. 

 

 

4. Implications of the festival in the local commune and responsibility towards the owner of the property and the environment 

 

The festival will take place on a private property for the first time. Nevertheless, the permit for the festival is linked to the conditions of local authorities. One of the aims of this concept is to create a base of trust and transparency with the authorities and the owner of the property. 

In this sense we commit to the following: 

 

  • To cultivate and maintain a solid and transparent communication with the local council and the owner of the property. 

  • To respect the property in all aspects and to leave the grounds in impeccable conditions. 

  • To respect national jurisdiction and to grant access to national authorities if necessary. 

  • To comply with all the conditions in the signed contract. 

  • To grant access to citizens of the local commune if they have complied with their admission conditions. 

  • To comply with all the conditions that have been arranged with the council and the owner of the property. 

  • To purchase third party liability insurance and all necessary permits. 

  • To guarantee a high degree of safety for all members, guests and artists. 

  • To cooperate with the local fire department and ranger. 

  • To use ecological material and equipment as much as possible. 

  • To make sure that all natural reserves will be cleaned and that we will leave no traces of the festival afterwards. 

  • To not harm any trees or other parts of the environment. 

  • To recycle all garbage according to our capacities. 

 

 

5. Safety 

 

Our safety system consists of 6 main aspects: 

 

  • The selective and private character of the festival. This aspect makes it possible to invite people that already share similar ideas of tolerance and acceptance. Furthermore, since it is a private festival, we reserve the right to exclude people from the festival that don’t comply with our conditions of safety and respect. 

  • An increased presence of volunteers and people directly involved in the festival. This creates an increased sense of safety and security. 

  • A permanent presence of an emergency service. 

  • The formal responsibility for their own safety of all the guests. 

  • The conceptual support of a peaceful and tolerant community. 

 

 

6. Music 

 

The music is a core element of the festival. It represents a medium that connects people and spreads the joy. As mentioned before, music concerts are not the only form of art at the festival and coexist with the other forms of expression. Quantitatively they will make up the biggest element of the festival, and following points seem important to us: 

 

  • A maximum of 20 Bands can play at the festival and they should represent a high diversity of styles. 

  • The bands should be free to decide what music they play as much as possible. We will do our best to guarantee a setting and backstage that are worthy of their art and that allow a joyful and positive experience playing at the festival. 

  • Members of the bands will be taken care of when it comes to food, accommodation and support on site. 

  • General live playing time is between 45 and 75 minutes. Most bands will agree on 60 minutes. 

  • Pangea in Love gives bands the opportunities to include experimental aspects in their gigs, since they play in front of a highly tolerant audience that does not only consume but is involved in the action. 

  • A backline will be organised so that musicians only need to bring what is necessary for their setup. 

  • In the sense of diversity bands that have played in 2016 will not be allowed to play in 2019 (with the only exception of Gaasserockbluesband). 

  • In order to support the younger generation of musicians, one or two newcomer bands will have their stage at the festival. 

  • In order to allow the bands a minimum of financial income for their concert, the following decisions have been taken: 

  1. They can sell merchandising on site. 

  2. Bands from further than 40 km across the border will receive money for transport as follows: 0.21 cent per km, per car (i.e. band coming from Brussels will receive 103€ as 247kmx0.21). 

  3. Cancelling a gig just before the festival without a legitimate reason means the band/artist will not be able to perform at another edition of the festival. 

  4. The specific conditions of the gigs will be specified in a contract between the festival and the band/artist. 

  5. Further modalities that need clarification will be communicated by the member of committee in charge of the bands. 

 

 

7. Art 

 

Expression through art is not only a by-product of the festival but contributes to the general concept of Pangea in Love. It is our aim to bring all the artists together and let them oversee the creative setting of the festival. The financial limits of Pangea shall not limit the dimension of this artistic creations. The idea is also to progressively include fine and visual arts into the festival. In case there are rooms on site available that can be locked, we will be able to set up an art gallery that can be guarded by volunteers during opening hours. We are hoping to attract more visual and plastic artists this way. 

 

  • The member of committee that oversees the artists will coordinate them on site.

  • Artists will receive invitations to the festival to distribute. 

  • Every artist is in the end in charge of the safety of their own creations. The organiser tries to ensure a setting as safe as possible but does not bear responsibility for damage to or loss of the creations. 

  • In the spirit of the festival, no artist can sell their creations on site. 

  • The member of committee that is responsible for the artists will organise a meeting for them in May/June. 

  • Installations and sculptures should contribute to the general creative setting of the festival. 

  • In case no rooms on site will be available for our use, artists have the choice of “live painting” on site or they are themselves in charge of the safety of their creations if they choose to expose them. 

  • The organisers will assist them in setting up an exposition. 

  • The creations will remain the property of the artists throughout the whole festival. 

 

 

8. Performances 

 

One of the main challenges this year will be to find artists that are willing to set up a free live performance during the festival. It is important to us to contact as many free artists as possible. Like in the last edition of Pangea, the member of committee in charge of this working area will try and include spiritual approaches. 

 

  • Performers will receive invitations to hand out. 

  • Since planned performances will be part of the official programming, the members of committee in charge of the performers and the bands will be working closely together in order to create a nice flow in the programming. 

  • Financing through individual sponsoring of performers is not allowed. 

  • Necessary material for performances will be available. 

 

 

9. Pangea families 

 

The festival wants to open its doors to people from all over the world in order to live up to the principles of diversity and tolerance it tries to promote. We’re trying to find so called „Pangea Families” that accommodate artists, performers and volunteers that come from further away and need some support and guidance in the area before, during and after the festival. Pangea Families symbolise the festival as such since they allow the connection between people from different places, cultures and backgrounds. Their role is important since they allow the inclusion of as many people as possible independent from their social, cultural or financial situation. 

 

One member of committee will be responsible for finding families in Luxembourg that are willing to accommodate guests from abroad in their homes. These are guests that play an active role in the festival, so their stay could extend to one week prior to and one week after the festival. The Pangea Family will support and guide their guest(s) during this time as their point of reference. 

 

The Pangea Families commit to the following: 

 

  • To accommodate and feed the guest(s) during their time here in Luxembourg. 

  • To either transport them to and from the festival location or support them with local transport options. 

  • To support them emotionally and communicate on a cultural level. 

  • To stay in contact with the member of committee in charge of the coordination of Pangea Families. 

 

 

10. Social and environmental responsibilities 

 

This concept is being completed by the social, ecological and spiritual dimensions. 

 

  • This year, one NGO or social institution will have their place at the festival in order to present their activities on site. 

  • They will be allowed to recruit members for their activities. 

  • An interactive and creative way of presenting their activities is favourable. 

  • If this NGO or social institution are preparing food on site, they will not be allowed to sell it. Food will be served by other NGOs that have the status of “a.s.b.l” and that are the only ones allowed to sell their products. Their benefits must go entirely towards the activity they represent, which will be guaranteed by the member of committee in charge. 

  • They must represent solidarity and progressive movements that support people in need. 

  • One member of committee will oversee the coordination of the NGOs. 

  • Furthermore, we will have one person responsible for environmental protection in our committee. This person will guarantee that we respect the environment as much as is in our hands and that we will act accordingly. 

  • Spiritual unfolding will influence the festival without judgement or the form or origin, be it through yoga, meditation, prayer, dance, rituals, etc.

 

 

We believe that a sociocultural impact is possible only if people are able to evolve emotionally, mentally and spiritually together. In this sense, we aim to unify universal humaneness in order to symbolically spread hope for a peaceful and joyful world.  

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