Five Things I Learned At Lunar Transit Festival

It isn’t often that a music event comes along that has a lot more to offer than just a good sound system and a great lineup—though Lunar Transit did have that as well. The spring Lunar Transit Festival went beyond expectation mid-May when it was held at Fort Buenaventura in Ogden when the brilliant minds behind the festival at New World Presents gave the attendees a fantastic experience that emphasized the importance of art within our community.

 

Having been to nearly every one of the New World shows in the city, I had gone to Lunar Transit with somewhat of an idea as to what I could expect. The shows in the city emphasize that those who attend are part of a community of art lovers, where everyone is welcome as long as they come with an open mind and heart. The festival was similar, but the sense of community among the attendees was greater, as everyone was extremely friendly and open to conversation. The overall experience was comparable to Burning Man, as the stage area was of top-notch quality both visually and sonically, the art was both pleasing and interactive and the people made the experience memorable. Like any festival with this much soul and love put into it, it’s hard to leave without having felt like you’ve learned more about yourself and the world. Below are five of the things I learned from Lunar Transit Festival.


 

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Photo: Jamie Showalter

People Will Respect The Earth If You Ask Them To

One of the biggest principals at Lunar Transit was the emphasis on leaving no trace. It wasn’t just asked, it was expected of festival goers to respect the space they inhabited and leave no trace of human life when they left. Despite the fact that I saw maybe only three or four communal trash cans throughout the three days I was at the festival, I didn’t see one piece of garbage on the ground that was not immediately picked up by someone. The communal effort to leave no trace or disrespect the land wasn’t a new concept, as I’m personally familiar with Burning Man and the 10 Principles (which includes leaving no trace), but the fact that New World took this idea to heart enough to incorporate it into their own events as a way to encourage their own community was something that earned them respect in my eyes.


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Photo: Jamie Showalter

 

Dat Boi Is Actually Very Important

You know that meme? The frog? On the unicycle? He was at Lunar Transit. It was around midnight on Saturday and I was looking for some friends near the Aural Heart, the piece of art created by Samir Suthar for New World, when I turned and saw him. Someone had painted a frog floating in space holding a beer. It was exciting and magical and prompted many conversations about the connection between the internet realm and the actual realm. Who is Dat Boi? Where did he come from? Is Dat Boi simply a culmination of internet culture that the world wide web created itself and then spit out? As soon as I saw Dat Boi my eyes lit up and I whispered “oh shit, waddup,” before we danced until the sunrise.


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Photo: Jamie Showalter

Art Rules Everything Around Me

Seeing art come to life is one of the finer things in life. After hearing for months about the creations that would be appearing at Lunar Transit, it was awe-inspiring to get there and realize that our tiny local community could make something so amazing in the few short years that New World has been around. In a conversation with Crystalroes, a member of the New World collective of artists, she mentioned that it had taken some time but everyone had come to learn where their strengths were in terms of creating. In an ideal world art would not cost money to create. Whether it be the stage production, the Aural Heart, the morning painting sessions provided by The Paint Mixer or the Lun CocoonLunar Transit was the festival where art met life.


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Photo: Jamie Showalter

Acceptance Is Key

Unapologetically being yourself is something we can’t always feel safe enough to experience, though we should. Immediately upon arrival at Lunar Transit I realized this was going to be a place many could feel safe to be themselves without fear of rejection or being asked to explain. The art community in Utah is generally considered a safe place, but it’s saddening to think that not everyone feels safe in their environment to be themselves 100% of the time. Aside from the opportunity to experience art and music, festivals like Lunar Transit become so much more when you realize they’re a place for people to go and be themselves.


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Photo: Jamie Showalter

This Is Natural To Us

I often get a sense of anxiety when I go to festivals in feeling that I’m wasting time I could be spending working or getting my life together (re: the pile of laundry I haven’t touched in a few days). It wasn’t until my conversation with Crystalroes that I realized getting off the grid is only natural to us. Learning to slow down and appreciate nature, art and the people around us is something we often ignore in the fast times of technology and memes in 2016. Taking a break from reality is like setting a reset button on life—I went back to the default world feeling refreshed and ready for the coming tasks after Lunar Transit. –Julia Sachs

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