12th Annual Amazing Earthfest Excites Imagination

12th Annual Amazing Earthfest Excites Imagination

May 13 – 19, 2018, Kanab, Utah

by Rich Csenge, Festival President and Founding Director

The undiscovered beauty of Kanab, Utah, where America’s public lands envelop a city framed by thousand foot high vermilion cliffs sets the scene for a unique annual public festival. Rugged red rock landscapes beckon visitors attending Amazing Earthfest to begin the day with a guided hike. Place names like Moccasin Mountain, the Huntress Slot, Paria Box and South Fork Indian Canyon tantalize and evoke imagination, setting well founded expectations for a memorable experience.

Surrounded by the inspiration of cherished western landscapes, a grassroots nonprofit produces an educational festival celebrating America’s National and State Parks, National Forests, Monuments and Public Lands. Where else but Kanab? Not with things to buy but things to do, Earthfest offers experiential learning to enrich and evoke wonder, curiosity, and a deeper understanding of the natural world.  Starting on Mother’s Day, this distinctive festival features 40 scheduled events over seven days. Nearly all are free, but donations are always welcomed!

Many visitors and residents who have sent roots down here in Utah weave a passion to preserve wild nature into their daily life. Earthfest began in 2007 with a visionary concept that federal public lands accessible to all Americans could catalyze civil cooperation and personal healing. The project thrives on contributions of inspiration and expertise in earth sciences, wildlife, Native cultures, land management, the arts, humanities and more from a cadre of committed individuals who care for earth’s natural wonders, the ancient artifacts of prehistoric human existence and the web of life across the Colorado Plateau.

Commemorate National Historic and Scenic Trails, absorb the insights of local poets, get on the trail with a local volunteer guide or wildlife biologist, experience the solitude and majesty of Utah’s winding waterways with a veteran river rafter, take in award winning documentary films, and relish starry night skies with an astronomer.

Discover what makes wilderness irreplaceable with George Wuerthner, Ecological Projects Director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology.  At the kickoff event titled, Invocation to Sustainability on Sunday, May 13, keynote speaker, Climate Reality Leader and Sustainability Projects Director for Park City, Utah, Luke Cartin, will explore impacts and responses to shifting climate patterns now engulfing the intermountain West.

Above all, attend an extraordinary classical piano recital at this year’s Earthfest! The exceptionally talented Navajo Pianist, Connor Chee, will perform three full-length recitals of original compositions based on traditional Navajo chants and creation stories. Concerts take place Thursday, May 17 at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta in Ivins, UT, (Tickets at the door or online at www.kayentaarts.com). Friday, May 18 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, UT, and Saturday, May 19 at Fredonia High School in Fredonia, AZ.  Buy tickets at the door or online at www.AmazingEarthfest.com/events.

The 12th annual Amazing Earthfest offers all this in a rural setting with great hospitality, fine restaurants and limitless destinations for self directed exploration close at hand. Volunteer opportunities are available. Make your travel plans and reservations now! Visit www.AmazingEarthfest.org for event information, find us on Facebook or call 435-644-3735.

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