The Santa Monica Festival 2008 — Revel with a Cause contends that mothers and Mother Earth should be celebrated in tandem.
The festival’s 17th installment — taking place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10th, at Clover Park — has an eco-friendly bent on music, dance, visual arts and cuisine.
The event will continue its zero waste principles. This entails the minimization of garbage, the maximization of recycling and stages that operate on solar power.
Also, interactive displays, information booths and demonstrations will focus on local and global environmental issues.
The Ocean Stage will feature Dengue Fever, a Cambodian-American rock band. The group is known for its Khmer lyrics and front woman Chhom Nimol’s stage moves, based on traditional dances.
Other performers for this stage include the DAFRA West African Dance and Drum Ensemble, the Fishtank Ensemble and the Ballet Folklorico Nueva Antequera.
Performances on the Youth Stage will involve Virginia Avenue Park’s Hip Hop Dance Group and Soul Real Band; John Adams Middle School’s JAMS Jazz Band; and the Downbeat 720 High School Talent.
The stage emcees will be Joe Hernandez-Kolski and DJ Jedi for the Youth Stage and Tommy Lee for the Ocean Stage.
This year’s art workshops will concentrate on creating works out of recycled and re-purposed materials.
Costume designer Ann Closs-Farley will teach “re: Fashion Workshop, Season 2,” a workshop for families on making fashions out of recycled newspapers.
Participants will then strut their earth-friendly fashions down the runway during the “re: Fashion Catwalk.”
Workshops will also be led by the Santa Monica Public Library, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica Museum of Art and Scratch Academy.
Organic foods will be on the menu at the Global CafÈ, while contemporary crafts from local artists and global cultures will be on display at the International Marketplace.
Other highlights set for the day are the Sustainable Quality Awards presentation and the announcement of the Twilight Dance Series poster contest winner.
Clover Park is at 2600 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica.