Endotrend Festval is returning to Denver this fall.
The Denver-based festival launched by Jeremy Gregory in 2009, is slated for Saturday, October 1, at McNichols Civic Building (144 W. Colfax).
The first edition of the festival was presented by Gregory, then at Bands for Lands and now the executive director of Tindakan, took place in 2009, and some logistical setbacks diminished some of the event's momentum.
"We put the concept on ice after the 2009 event because the economic downturn really hurt people, artists, and organizations for a few years,” organizers said via email this morning. "During the interim, Jeremy was able to put together strong strategic partnerships around the globe to make sure our vision of a zero waste/zero energy festival was clear in the branding. Denver was one of the first cities to fully bounce back and prosper in the country, allowing us to relaunch this year.
“Endotrend has evolved to an event that celebrates and showcases successes in the fight to eliminate environmental destruction, and illegal poaching/trade through technological advancements and on the ground grassroots organizing.
"It’s been an ongoing struggle for decades but major breakthroughs are coming. Mass awareness will accelerate positive change to stave off the extinction of more species and possibly mankind. Sounds dour but changes are coming rapidly."
Indeed, seven years later, Endotrend is back and revitalized. Back in 2009, the festival was presented with the notion of environmental sustainability in mind, and that mission hasn’t changed.
This year’s event, which will feature music, film and art programming, is likewise striving to avoid any waste and to be a “near-zero energy event.”
More than merely an entertainment event, Endotrend’s aim is to inspire members of the scene to "give back to the community, and inspire attendees to become civically engaged to support the non-profits doing incredible work to manifest change in their communities.”
“We hold the belief that a dynamic collaborative and cooperative approach can truly generate positive change needed in the finite amount of time we have available,” said Gregory in this morning’s release. “What we envision is a huge undertaking, and it’s something we can’t do alone.
“But I look at how true, profound change has come about from groundswells of diverse yet unified energy… a coming together of all walks of life to manifest enduring and powerful movements. That’s what we aim to do in consortium with these amazing organizations and people with whom we have aligned.”
In addition to the eco-social poetry slams, lectures and films, Endotrend will showcase the art of Mark Edwards and Asher Jay, along with an evolving lineup of Denver artists.
Thus far, the acts confirmed include, Pregnant, Spells, Echo Beds, Kitty Crimes, Altas, Slavic Sisters Aeral Dance (featuring music by Nick Urata of Devotchka), Falchemist and Church Fire.
Tickets are $25 to $40 and go on sale tomorrow at 11 a.m.