Over the weekend of October 4th, 5th, & 6th, 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas, an estimated 30,000 people traveled into the Mojave Desert to experience the one and only RiSE Festival.
A multi-day music and arts festival, that culminates into the largest lantern release in the world, Rise attracts attendees from across the globe.
Festival goers are given a kit upon arrival that includes their lanterns, they are then encouraged to unburden themselves by writing their hopes, dreams, fears, feeling of loss and love, or anything weighing on their mind.
The climax of the night comes with the literal and figurative release of these messages into the night sky, illuminating the dark desert of the Mojave in a magical splendor.
"RiSE is the sum total of each participant's unique story and Lantern Message. Making RiSE, at once, deeply personal and powerfully connected." RiseFestival.com
Every lantern used at the festival is specially designed with a short burn and flight time and is 100% biodegradable.
On top of that RiSE recovers all lanterns from the surrounding desert as well as any preexisting litter after the event.
The festival has adopted a “Leave It Better Than We Found It” policy with sustainability being achieved with every event.
According to Rise, "we purchase carbon offsets for every vehicle we use in the setup and cleanup of the festival, and we encourage participants to purchase carbon offsets for their travel to and from the festival".
RiSE has also established itself within the Southern Las Vegas community by partnering with and donating tickets to three local charities:
- Communities in Schools of Southern Nevada
- The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
- The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
If you missed out on this years RiSE Festival, no worries, they plan on coming back October 2nd & 3rd of next year for their 6th installment.
The festival is also planning to go global, with plans to expand to the UAE and Australia. So stay tuned as they could be coming to a desert near you!
For more information on this amazing festival and how you can attend go to RiSE.com!