Summerjam – the Everlasting Festival

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| Many times during my stay at the Fühlinger See just off Cologne these days I asked myself: how come the slogan of the Summerjam festival is ‘The Everlasting Festival’? 

Coming back to where I live, in Zagreb, I realized exactly why. 

During three days of musical events, it wasn’t all about reggae. Most definitely, it was about the culture and unity behind the entire scene as well. 

There, unlike other festivals that I took part in, I did not witness complete intoxication, violence of any kind, aggression, nor hatred. I didn’t feel pressured in any modern sense of the word, to be, do, or take part in something that I am not. I didn’t feel disconnected, though I was far from internet connection. 

I witnessed thousands of souls, fluidly forming crowds. I met the most interesting of individuals, from Angola to Israel, Belgium to Tunisia — who believe in peace and love and living by non-ego. I enjoyed the company and warmth of amazing friends and hearty people. I felt so much authenticity and saw so many beautiful, honest smiles. I tried so many different cuisines and felt true hospitality and aid that Germany offers to strangers. 

After three days of non-stopping changes of weather, clothes, emotions, thoughts and soothing and soulful reggae beats — I am sure that this great feeling of contentment will remain, perhaps — everlasting.

Thank you, Summerjam 2016.

 

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Mnogo sam se puta tijekom svog boravka na jezeru Fühlinger nedaleko od Kölna ovih dana zapitala: zašto je slogan Summerjam festivala “vječni festival”?

Na povratku u Zagreb, gdje živim, shvatila sam točno zašto.

Tijekom tri dana glazbenih događanja, nije baš sve bilo vezano za reggae. Radilo se i o kulturi i jedinstvu iza te cijele scene.

Tamo, za razliku od drugih festivala na kojima sam bila, nisam svjedočila potpunoj intoksikaciji ljudi, nasilju bilo kakve vrste, agresiji, niti mržnji. Nisam se osjećala kao da mi se bilo što nameće, u najširem smislu riječi, kako bi bila, radila ili sudjelovala u nečemu što nisam ja. Nisam se osjećala odsječena od svijeta, premda sam bila daleko od interneta.

Doživjela sam na tisuće duša koji su tako prirodno činili mnoštva. Upoznala sam prezanimljive ljude, od Angole do Izraela, Belgije do Tunisa — koji vjeruju u mir i ljubav i život putem ne-ega. Uživala sam u društvu i toplini prekrasnih prijateljica i srdačnih ljudi. Osjećala sam toliku autentičnost i vidjela toliko predivnih, iskrenih osmijeha. Kušala sam toliko različitih kuhinja i imala priliku doživjeti pravo gostoprimstvo i pomoć koju Njemačka pruža strancima.

Nakon tri puna dana neprestanih promjena vremenske prognoze, odjeće, emocija, razmišljanja i ugodnih reggae beatova — sigurna sam da će ovaj veliki osjećaj zadovoljstva ostati — možda čak i vječno.

Hvala ti, Summerjam 2016.

Marija

Perceptive. Detailed. Impatient. Curious. Eager. Believer. Leo. marija@lestandart.com

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