Psytopia, an All Inclusive 7 Day Psychedelic Fundraiser & Festival for the Mind

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Bands and speakers from around the globe are traveling to Jamaica to raise consciousness and money to aid charity.

day festival highlighting bands and speakers from around the world to raise awareness for some noble charities.

The event occurs Aug. 17 – 23, 2005, and includes performances by Conspirator (Feat. Marc, Aron & Jon of the Disco Biscuits), Alex Grey, Ozrics Tentacles, EROWID, High Times, Brothers Past, and The Church of Subgenius just to name a few. This new paradigm for a fundraiser has been steadily gaining global attention and praise.

The Coalition for Cosmic Consciousness, 501(c)3, designed the Psytopia fundraiser with the emphasis on the word fun. This event is unlike any other concert or festival and promises a plethora of once in a lifetime experiences.

Psytopia is being referred to as a “Psychedelic Festival” meaning the ability to see the world from many perspectives at once. The ensemble of performers, who are also spending the week at the resort, are planning on taking on the “Psytopian mentality” by taking this opportunity to experiment a bit themselves. This melting pot of amazing talent simmering under the Jamaican sun is sure to spawn some interesting new projects and spontaneous performances.

Another aspect that makes this event unique is that it is all-inclusive. The ticket price not only covers all of the entertainment, but also includes the hotel, meals & beverages, SCUBA diving, sailing, circus school, and even a Psytopia T-shirt.

When asked “why give it all away?” Alex Pearlstein, Director of the coalition replied, “We wanted to create an environment where money is not a deciding factor on how much you can enjoy yourself. When you start charging $9 just for water, an all-day concert becomes extremely expensive. I didn't want folks to have to decide between getting a shirt or passing out from dehydration.”

The event is directed at raising global consciousness and the attendees making up the “Psytopian Community” represent how far and wide these ideas spread. While 75 percent of the attendees are from the United States there are people from around the world making a pilgrimage to Jamaica to be apart of the event. People are traveling from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, and Sweden to share their thoughts and ideas with other like minded individuals.

While the event boasts amazing performances by more talented individuals than could be listed here, it's not what the Coalition is the most proud of. Aside from the basic operating costs of the event, 100 percent of the profits are being donated to this year's charities. All of the performers and organizers of the event are donating their time and talent in the hopes of doing some global good. For this fact everyone involved deserve praise.

Pearlstein remarked “It's amazing to see such talented people participate in an event like this without asking, 'what's in it for me.' With some of the issues the world is facing these days; it's nice to see people leading by example and supporting a worthy cause or in this case causes.”

The goal for Psytopia is to raise funds and awareness for five charities. This year's beneficiaries are NORML (http://www.NORML.org), MAPS (http://www.MAPS.org), The Drug Policy Alliance (http://www.drugpolicy.org), The Dr. Albert Hofmann Foundation (http://www.hofmann.org) and Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (http://www.cosmnyc.org).

You can learn more about Psytopia, all of the performers involved, and purchase tickets at http://www.psytopia.org

Contacts:

Alex Pearlstein, Director

Coalition for Cosmic Consciousness, 501(c)3

(781) 944-3434

http://www.psytopia.org

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