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Woodstock Festival announces plans for 50th anniversary event

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Woodstock Festival announces plans for 50th anniversary event

The Bethel Woods Center For The Arts (BWCA) is a non-profit cultural center. It is on the site of the historic Woodstock festival. Now, they announced a 50-year celebration event at the 1969 festival.


Between 16 and 18 August 2019, the multi-generational, musical and cultural event will take place just 90 minutes from New York. In addition to shows yet to be announced, audiences will be able to visit the Bethel Woods Museum and attend lectures on technology and interactivity.

“We are proud to announce the Bethel Woods Music and Cultural Festival,” said Darlene Fedun, executive director of the BWCA. “50 years ago, people gathered peacefully to change the world through music. We want to inspire new generations to contribute to the world for music, culture and community.”

A few months ago in an interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal (via Brooklyn Vegan), the co-creator of the event, Michael Lang revealed:

“We have definite plans. I’m excited. I really am. […] There is nothing closed yet, but it is very close. An official announcement will be made shortly.”

“As for this new edition, the co-creator said it will focus on sustainability and social issues, as well as celebrate the festival’s history.”

“We hope to inspire people to express themselves and get involved and go vote to help us save the planet. We’re in trouble and it looks like we’ve been brought back in time in a number of ways. It’s strange how many things are similar to what it was in the late 1960s. Lessons we think we learn seem to be coming back, as if they had not been learned. The progress we have learned in social justice seems to be receding.”

Woodstock has already had two other birthday editions – one in 1994 in the town of Saugerties, and the infamous 1999 edition in Rome, which we tell you about here.

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