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4 Year old Designs a Festival & her father is making it happen



Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all in Dance Music, something completely bizarre and yet cool comes along and smacks you in face.  When a 4 year old drew a picture of a festival site with the words “a festival for Julia and Papa and sweet people.”  Her Father loved it and took two years to find the perfect site to make it a reality & Mandala Festival was born in the Netherlands.


Julia, the daughter of Solar and Extrema Festival founder Marcel Mingers, drew that picture when she was just four years old. Marcel asked her what it was, and she replied ‘it’s a festival daddy, Mandala’. Marcel knew that he had to realise her dream. Now, two years later and having found a location complete with a forest, and a lake with a beach just like in the drawing, the details for the first ever Mandala can be revealed.

Imagine a Camp Bestival vibe but in the Netherlands, Mandala is a family-orientated affair set in the picturesque Holiday Park De Bergen, and will take place from June 3rd to June 6th 2016.  Once you arrive you will be able to pitch your tent and dance wherever you like as there is no border between the campsite and festival site. As such, you can lay your head down on the warm beach, in the forest, or even in a self-made tree house.

But the biggest difference between every other festivals? No massive stages.  Instead, there will be natural gatherings amongst 13 uniquely themed tribes. Already, the concepts behind seven of the tribes have been announced, and each week will see the release of more details surrounding this ambitious concept.  All Creators and Tribes are to be found on the website of Mandala at mandalafestival.com and via the events’ Facebook page. Please feel welcome to also add your own dreams on Mandala, and send a concept via the registration form online at the Mandala website.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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