The New World FEST (Festival of Eco-Friendly Science and Technology), a large-scale, outdoor eco-festival and exposition, will take place in Santa Monica Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7 through 9.
The event is scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 8, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at Santa Monica Beach Parking Lot 5-South, 2600 Barnard Way, south of the Santa Monica Pier. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and children 14 and under, and free for infants and toddlers.
The New World FEST is a celebration of “eco-friendliness and forward-thinking science” intended to present educational content in a desirable setting and in an entertaining fashion, event organizers say.
Encompassing 95,000 square feet of space, the festival will feature 150 exhibitors and six performance stages, live music, innovative demonstrations, guest speakers, panel discussions, natural cooking workshops, yoga classes, and family entertainment.
Among other activities are screenings of environmentally-focused films and documentaries, a sustainable art exhibition with repurposed and recycled objects, live sand sculpturing, a “spiritual oasis” with health and wellness products/techniques, and demonstrations of futuristic technology ranging from virtual reality to robots.
Confirmed speakers include Andy Lipkis, the founder and president of TreePeople; renowned nature photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum; leading expert on hiking and trails John McKinney; actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr.; award-winning eco-architects David Hertz, Eric Lloyd Wright, Nicolo Bini, and Kevin Parkhurst; Greenopolis co-founder Anthony Zolezzi; founder of Mother Earth News Bryan Welch; president and CEO of The Humane Society Wayne Pacelle; raw food expert Bryan Au; natural food chef Deborah Madison; and green media personalities Tamara Henry, and Jennifer Grayson of The Huffington Post.
Some of the films being screened are “The Cove,” “Fuel,” “Dirt! The Movie,” “Vanishing of the Bees,” “Save the Farm,” and “Freedom.”
Participating artists will include Clare Graham, Cynthia Minet, Dave Lovejoy and Franklin Londin.
Musical performers will include Naked Rhythm, The Luminaries, Radius Band, Random Ninjas, and special guest Lonnie Marshall (Weapon of Choice, Fishbone), showcasing his latest project The Lil’ Big Ups, a unique band comprised of children playing instruments formed from ordinary household trash. World beatbox champion Adam Matta will also perform.
Information, www.thenewworldfest.com, or (855) 500-3378.