Transformational Festivals & The New Evolutionary Culture: From early roots in rave culture, a new breed of transformational festivals has evolved as a potent phenomenon playing a profound role in hundreds of thousands of people’s lives. Blossoming internationally and all over the west coast, these festivals have taken the time-honoured ritual of ecstatic dance back to its natural origins and built around them richly co-created, cutting-edge realities that give their participants the lived glimpse of a very possible future–one based on creativity, inspiration, sharing, healing and compatible diversity. Jeet-Kei Leung’s riveting, groundbreaking talk on the meaning and models behind this culture will blast open your mind to the real significance and vital generativity brewing in these transformational festivals. His 2012 talk remix includes a breakdown of the 13 elements that make a festival “transformational” in addition to exploring aspects of the culture not included in his TEDx talk. Featuring stunning photography by Kyer Wiltshire, Alexander Synaptic and others, this talk on the true nature and significance of Transformational Festivals to our times has been described as a spell-binding and revelatory contribution to our discourse on social change and the exciting emergent culture we are immersed in.
Jeet-Kei Leung has been illuminating the subject of Transformational Festivals since 2009 conveying his insight and understanding garnered from a deep involvement with the culture for over 15 years. Since his TEDxVancouver talk was posted on-line last September, it has been watched by over 25,000 people, receiving acclaim for its lucidity and eloquence in articulating this important yet often elusive phenomenon. Jeet-Kei resides in Vancouver, B.C., where he rocks the dancefloor as the DJ known as the Mazeguider and is the founder of INTENTION, a 5-day annual new years retreat which just celebrated its 13th year. During the days, Jeet-Kei works as spokesperson for Canada’s original & largest non-profit medical cannabis dispensary and acts as a director & VP of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.