For Immediate Release: Sept. 13, 2013
Rhythms for the Trees Festival - “for the Love of Trees and Drums”
Drummers that Care about the Future of Trees
This Festival is hosted by the Women’s Drum Center as part of the Million Women Drummers Gathering Minnesota Branch. It will be held on October 13th, from 1 - 6 pm, at the RAMADA BLOOMINGTON (Minneapolis Airport/Mall of America Area), 2300 East American Blvd, I-494 & 24th Ave, Bloomington, MN 55425 US
This festival is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - Family friendly event - Cost - FREE / donations are encouraged.
In 2010, Ubaka Hill, a nationally known drummer put out a call to her sister drummers, worldwide, which stated “join forces with other environmental and world health organizations to provide a world that sustains trees. Trees provide us with what we love “drums” and the music drums and other wood instruments make. Our intention is to create a mindful model for a sustainable future for drums by providing a sustainable future for trees.” She called this initiative - “Million Women Drummers Gathering” for the Love of Trees and Drums. October 13, 2013 was designated as the day, globally, to honor and celebrate trees.
We plan to sound out our part by gathering the community together around the energy of the drums and through this make connections about the need to sustain trees. Come and learn how to be a part of a global initiative. This day hopes to help our community become stewards for the trees by: building positive connections for the trees, building positive practices of how to sustain trees, building positive role models that encourage all people to maintain the health of our trees, our planet and ultimately each other.
Come... wander... through this world of trees and drums and take in: workshops, music performances, blessings to honor trees and the sacred earth, healing drumming, drum circles, crafts, children’s activities, face painting, tree displays, tree and drum exhibitors, vendors at the Marketplace and MORE.
-Performances (1/2 hour) at 1:15 pm, 2:45 pm and 5:15 pm
(styles of drums: African, Taiko, Irish, Drum set, Marimba, Frame Drum, vocal groups and vocal rhythms)
-Main Community drum circle from 4:00-4:45 pm
-Workshops (1/2 hour) on Drumming and Tree Talk at 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm
(Exhibitors from the DNR, Tree Trust, Water Legacy group, WILPF and more)
Performing groups, workshop and drum circle leaders to date - The Idisi, Taiko Flash Mob, Drumheart with more Women’s Drum Center drummers, Jaime Meyer, Kenne Thomas, Marisa Cuneo-Linsly, Cheri Bunker.
The focus on planting trees will also be encouraged at this event. “One Woman One Drum One Tree”. “A million women and their kin can birth a forest of Trees. One Women’s Drum Center participant wrote a beautiful saying that reflects the sentiment - “Yes, buy a drum, plant a tree, oh how simple it can be, when we listen to our heart, and with our drum sound out our part.”
For more information visit www.womensdrumcenter.org
The Women’s Drum Center is a NON Profit 501 (c) (3) . The mission of the Women’s Drum Center is to provide opportunities for women and girls to learn, teach and play percussion together and to energize the community at large through our performing. World music is emphasized at the center.