ECOLOGY

Siddhartha Festival 2016

One of our motivations for the Siddhartha Festival was to create an Indian aesthetic with a judicious use of resources and sustainable materials. This reflects a view that we are interdependent on our environment, culture and each other.

Our cushions were made with recycled foam and 100% cotton fabric.

Durries made with waste fabric, woven bamboo baskets, traditional Indian flowers and the humble sutli (thread).

Moodas (traditional stools) made of local jute ropes and wood.

Kora cotton jholas (tote bags) and ID card covers.

100% post-consumer, FSC Certified paper was used for all our printing and collaterals.

Soya wax diyas. Bamboo banner stands. 100% cotton banners. Clay Urlis.

Areca leaf plates, bamboo cutlery, traditional cuisine.

Clay in myriad of forms was present in every component of the festival – kullars for water and beverages, urlis and matkas for flowers and other offerings, thaalis, lanterns, bells. We also encouraged local flower sellers to replace styrofoam plates and plastic mineral water bottles with clay plates and matkas. Seasonal and local flowers adorned the festival area. All our flowers were grown and procured from India.

Everything used for tenting and décor was made with natural materials. Cane baskets were used for transporting material and waste. Even transported objects for the festival were packed using sustainable materials.

We kept sound levels and festival lighting in the evening at a minimum to not disturb others.

The substances let out into the environment through incenses, aromas and insect repellents were completely natural.

It was our endeavour to create this celebration of the Buddha Shakyamuni with harmony, being ever mindful of the compassion the Buddha showed to all beings and the earth.

We hope our little experiments served to inspire others to celebrate and honour the Buddha and our teachers in similar ways.


SIDDHARTHA FESTIVAL

is a collaborative effort by the following organisations:

SIDDHARTHA’S INTENT
DEER PARK INSTITUTE
WORLD CENTRE FOR CREATIVE LEARNING FOUNDATION
VANA FOUNDATION
KHYENTSE FOUNDATION

Lead photographer: Pawo Choyning Dorji  |  Cinematographer: Jigme Tenzing  |  Team: Pema Abrahams, Raymond Steiner and Winnie Alamsjah

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CONTACT

For queries, please write to us at:

registrations@siddharthafestival.com