Father of Woodstock Artie Kornfeld and artist David Kam have announced plans for a two day music festival in Toronto that will act as Woodstock 2010, a celebration of the ideals of the original festival. Known as the IMAGINE festival, the art and music festival will showcase some of the most prolific artists and musicians of the time as well as address important global issues. Named after the John Lennon song, the festival is expected to draw an attendance of 350,000 each day along with 300 million watching from around the world. Kornfeld, who helped organize the original festival, sees this as an opportunity to once again incite a social movement and positive change. The concert is set to take place on July 10-11 at Downsview Park in Toronto.
Instilled deep within the Woodstock nation were the ideals of peace and social change. Long buried beneath the sands of time, organizers have sought to bring back these ideals and create positive change to the current state of the planet. The festival will also be an effort to let G20 leaders know that they need to make an attempt to change the world for the better. The IMAGINE festival will coincide with the Earthship Summit, an event tailored to showcasing the benefits of greener living. Woodstock 2010 is shaping up to be the most socially positive event since the original Woodstock 1969 festival.
In addition to some amazing artists and contemporary musicians, the IMAGINE festival will also feature speakers on the Green Movement and illustrate positive aspects to greener living. The initial plan of the festival was to hold the event during the G8/G20 summit, but it was pushed back due to lack of security needed to protect the world leaders and the concert site.
Artie Kornfeld, the man behind the music claims that the spirit of Woodstock is still alive and well and hopes to prove that the Woodstock nation still has the ability to make a positive difference. Kornfeld recently released his memoirs, where the “Pied Piper of Woodstock” explains that Woodstock 1969 was much more than just a concert, but a way of life. Kornfeld and friends are using the IMAGINE concert as a way to bring the Woodstock ideals back to life and motivate individuals to take an active role in the improvement of the world.
Although the final music lineup of the IMAGINE festival has yet to be determined, bands including Foo Fighters, Nickelback, and Lady Gaga have been asked to attend. The festival has partnered with many different charities as well such as Red Cross, Amnesty International, and Save the Children who will be there to offer their services. Famous speakers will include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Bono who will address important world issues and offer ideas to help move in a positive direction.
Adopting classic ideas of peace and social change, Woodstock 2010 hopes to make a positive impact on the world and get individuals motivated and involved in their communities. The stage is currently set for the IMAGINE concert to be the biggest event in global music since Woodstock 1969. Artie Kornfeld and David Kam believe that the ideals of the Woodstock nation are still very much alive in the youth today and that the concert will inspire them to change the world for the better.