America’s most environmentally friendly camping festival, the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival again affirmed its commitment to change and educate with the announcement of this year’s Planet Roo partners and programming.
Planet Roo, the epicenter of Bonnaroo’s efforts toward sustainability and global consciousness, hosted social and environmentally responsible activities throughout the four-day festival in Manchester, Tenn.
Opportunities to learn and relax stretched to yoga and dance classes and a healthy organic meal at the Planet Roo Cafe. On-site, Jenny Leigh lead a Move Ya Brass fitness movement with a “TWERK-OUT” class. The movement was created after founder Robin Barnes faced health struggles and vowed to take better care of herself with the same strength, resilience and passion she has for her hometown, New Orleans. However, Barnes didn’t want to do the new journey alone, so she put a call out on social media for fans to “move” alongside. Ergo, Move Ya Brass was born.
Crucial issues discussed spanned mental health to sexual violence in the music industry.
To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, presented at Roo with its campaign “Tommorow Needs You,” for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day and spoke about mental health for more than a decade, seeking to remove the stigma that is attached to it.
At Planet Roo, Bonnaroovians wrote anonymous notes for one another and exchanged them.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun violence presented a series of events on the HOW Stage geared towards ending the American epidemic of gun violence including “Unity Through Music,” a DJ set by Aalaya Eastmond, a survivor and student activist from Marjory Stoneman Doulgas High School and an executive council member from Team Enough” and “Moving the Movement: Gun Violence Prevention Starts with You,” a conversation with some of the youth activist leading today’s gun control movement.
An official project of the Bonnaroo Works Fund, Planet Roo anchored by its world famous solar powered stage, now known as the HOW Stage presented an array of invaluable programming focused on increasing awareness, inspiration and community engagement. This includes The Global Fund, formed in 2002 which works in partnership with governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to put an end to these epidemics by investing in and funding various health resources and interventions, like doctors, nurses, innovative technologies and educational programs.
Bonnaroovians wrote letters to their senators to [#stepupthefight] and supporting the organization with providing essential facts including its 108 million treated cases of malaria and 5 million people for TB.
A multitude of important non-profit organizations explained their powerful missions and guided fans in how to make the positive impacts inspired by Bonnaroo long after the festival ended.