Sunrise Festival: A Passport to Another World?

• May 6, 2013 • Comments (2)

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Join the amazing micro-global adventure at the
world’s first Festival Micronation later this month

The crew launching Sunrise: Another World – the latest exciting incarnation of Sunrise Celebration festival – are busily preparing for what promises to be the most epic Sunrise experience yet with the unveiling of their festival micronation at a beautiful new site, Thoulstone Park, in the glorious rolling hills of Wiltshire, 30th May till 2nd June.

Pushing the boundaries of the festival experience, the Sunrise Festival Micronation will be a free independent state, independent of world governments, with its own ethical principles, where the vibrant community spirit will be charged on adventure, music, learning, joy and celebration.

Arranged in micro-regions – at the heart of the Sunrise Micronation lies its cultural capital, the Plaza Del Paz – a thrilling cultural melting pot where you can seek out treasures in The Souk, feast your way around the bustling street food market, roam around in rickshaws, dodge street entertainers, hang out in the Rising Sun Pub, or trip the light fantastic before the 2000-capacity Main Stage, where headliners include The Dub Pistols, Krafty Kuts, Utah Saints and The Beat. At City Hall – the micronation’s home of democracy – you can visit the Tourist Information Services and take part in lively forums, debates and discussions about the future of the micronation.


In the Global Village – the celebrated intercultural summer school Tribe of Doris showcase a profusion of multicultural rhythms, movement, song and story, and ignite magic around the nightly campfire with impromptu Gypsy jams, harmonized Zulu chanting and storytelling from around the world whilst supping chai and feasting on delicious Tibetan Momos. 

Escaping this hive of activity in the Wellbeing Areas garden of serenity, you can take a bathe in the Lakeside Spa, chill out in the Tipi Village or take part  in ceremonies in the Temple of Unity – the sacred space for celebrating the interconnection of all living things.

In The Shire – a “hobbit world” of crafts – learn eco-building, wood carving and alternative technologies; drink cider, soak up folk music and traditional fairground and dancing. At its hub, the Green Talks Dome – the world first renewably powered debating venue – brings a diverse and exciting forum for social and environmental education and will be variously hosted by leading edge sustainability organisations, including a programme curated by legendary ‘Earth Pilgrim’ Satish Kumar of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, and a daily talks slot from Permaculture Magazine.  A raft of exciting speakers here includes the iconic consciousness pioneer Graham Hancock, “Moneyless Man” Mark Boyle, “Eco Warrior” Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney, “Ecocide Lawyer” Polly Higgins and Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party.


In Storylandsa semi-mythical kingdom tucked away in the Northern Forests – children dance and play among the trees amid high-flying aerial performances, storytelling, fire acts and art trails.

And finally – the Underworld, where the more adventurous denizens of the micronation party through the night, celebrating life through the timeless mediums of dance, music and having an outrageously good time!

This year’s fancy dress theme, Around the World in 80 Days, celebrates the pioneering, exploratory spirit of the micronation and the multicultural influences of Tribe of Doris.

“We’re looking for inspired outfits that reflect the intercultural heritage of our peoples, the spirit of frontier-ship and enterprise and the great days of the explorers and adventurers,” Daniel Hurring, a Director of Sunrise explains. “Dazzle, amaze and astound us with your creativity! The spirit of the Micronation is the spirit of breaking new ground, of pushing forth the frontiers and awakening new possibilities.  The Sunrise Micronation will celebrate diversity and the people and cultures of all nations. No Micronation is an island unto itself!”

As a ‘Participation Nation’ – Sunrise, while governed by its guiding principles, will present as open a democratic model as it can. Daily assemblies at the festival will provide the chance for each and everyone to raise issues, discuss the functioning of the nation and collectively decide what it will become.

As usual The Sunrise Team are leading the industry in groundbreaking attempts to minimise energy use, carbon footprints, landfill and waste. This year they hope to have a truly innovative renewable energy smart grid in place. As ever, they will publish the results and share the knowledge to all and any organisations who show an interest. This year they are teaming up with De Montford University to introduce real academic rigour into their testing and published results.


Daniel Hurring sums up the essential Sunrise Micronation experience:  

“Our independent state aims to be offer an alternative view of life, an antidote to austerity, and keys to happiness, sustainable futures and harmonious communities. From our new homeland in the stunning surrounds of Thoulstone Park, we aim to create a progressive vision of the future, of society and community. One that is not just functional, but beautiful, not just sustainable, but abundant and flourishing, not just stable but healthy and whole.  We invite you to join our community, to come on the journey, share the adventure in our Sunrise Micronation.  Your thoughts, needs, desires and wishes will form the basis of our nation. Help us to create the future you want for your children, their children and the generations beyond.

“This serious vision aside, Sunrise –as ever – will be a wild jamboree and celebration, a place to forget your woes, dance the night away, be inspired, and share skills, stories and smiles. We believe that every life should be filled with riotous joy, and this more than anything is what this adventure is all about. “

The journey to the Sunrise Micronation begins at the dark and foreboding Checkpoints of Babylon, where collecting your pass to ‘Another World’, you will emerge to a rapturous reception from the Sunrise  Welcome Team at the Open Gate to the free lands of Sunrise beyond the borders.

But the adventure really begins with the journey to the micronation, suggests Daniel Hurring. “Travelling to festivals is one of the best bits,” he reflects, “that sense of the unknown and anticipated fun and the infinite possibilities ahead, just as when you set out on any great journey! We encourage everyone to make it even more fun, by car-sharing with a fellow adventurer or hopping on one of the many coaches to the festival and making a whole busload of new friends on the way!”



  • Sunrise: Another World takes place at Thoulstone  Park, Chapmanslade, Wiltshire, from Thursday 30th May till Sunday 2nd June
  • Tickets for the festival are on sale at £115 until 15th May. Any remaining tickets will then be sold at the late-buyer price of £125. Child Tickets £25; Teens £75; Family Discounts available; Vehicle Tickets needed for parking
  • Tickets available via; 0845 1080259 / or via Access All Areas
  •  For general enquiries contact Sunrise:; 0845 009 0246 463;



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Will Gethin

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Since 2004, Will Gethin has worked as a holistic explorer and travel writer, writing articles for the Independent, the Evening Standard and various lifestyle, wellbeing and environmental magazines, including Tatler, Harpers Bazaar, Resurgence, Kindred Spirit and Yoga Magazine. In February 2012, he set up Conscious Frontiers, a leading edge communications, speakers and events agency giving voice to the growing movement of people working to propel a shift in consciousness. Inspirational speakers represented by Conscious Frontiers include Peter Owen Jones, Graham Hancock, Dr David Hamilton, Tim Freke, Dr Jude Currivan and Sarah Rozenthuler. Prior to founding Conscious Frontiers, Will also worked as a communications consultant, promoting humanitarian and intercultural organisations like The Isbourne Foundation, IT Schools Africa, The Makhad Trust, Tribe of Doris and Afrika Eye Film Festival. And he founded a Guest Speaker programme at the Isbourne Holistic Centre in 2008, bringing leading edge conscious living authors and presenters like Byron Katie, Graham Hancock, Dr Masaru Emoto and Brandon Bays to Cheltenham to present educational talks and workshops. From 1993-2003, Will worked in music, consumer and arts PR for London agencies, ultimately working as Account Director for Virgin Megastore at Borkowski PR. Will is also a Contributing Editor to Life Arts Media.

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  1. […] The festival’s Kids Area will be tucked away in Storylands, in the Northern Region of the Sunrise Micronation. […]

  2. woofbus says:

    Going sunrise this weekend? we still have return travel from Manchester for £35 including cupcakes and booze raffle

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