By Kennedi Johnson
FORM Arcosanti – a unique, environmentally sustainable music festival held in Arizona’s high desert – is being dubbed the festival of the future. Held on the grounds of Arcosanti about 65 miles north of Phoenix from May 12-14, the environmentally conscious festival reflects the values of the Arcosanti community, which are rooted in the blended idea of ecology and archeology.
The festival boasts an impressive lineup curated by indie pop band Hundred Waters and soul purveyor Moses Sumney, which features Solange, James Blake, Father John Misty, Future Islands, Skrillex, Chelsea Wolfe, Noname, Deafheaven, Tycho, Kelela, Mitski, Omar Souleyman and others.
What’s more, environmentalist organization Pathway to Paris will lead a series of talks on environmental sustainability and accountability. Festival attendees can also view art exhibits and participate in hiking, group yoga, and other outdoor activities.
The festival’s themes of environmental awareness, social justice and creativity are geared to inspire and motivate the festivalgoers’ own environmental activism in their communities.
A group of 1,500 will be selected to attend the festival. To apply, submit a short application on the FORM website. All selected applicants will receive an Eventbrite code to obtain tickets, which include on-site camping and amenities.
Italian architect Paolo Soleri founded the Cosanti Foundation with his wife, Colly, to support his noted architectural and urban planning research. Soleri became deeply disillusioned with the urban planning of his time. He felt that the planning took no account of what the buildings, houses, and roads were being built on: the Earth. In 1970, Soleri began construction of Arcosanti to demonstrate how urban conditions could be improved while minimizing the destructive impact on the Earth. To learn more about this environmental friendly community, watch the 2012 documentary, The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet in the Desert.