For the past 13 years, we’ve held this gathering of the Machik global community in either New York City or Washington DC. And through those years, 1000+ of you have joined us for thought-provoking conversation and exploration of issues of social justice and the potential for alternative futures.
Now in this tumultuous year of 2020, we’ll be taking Machik Weekend fully online and extending the program for a complete week of interactive discussion, collective reflection and community-building.
We’ll be kicking off with the 14th annual Machik Weekend (November 7-8th) which will feature speakers, panels, workshops, roundtables and film screenings. Since we’re going fully virtual this year, we’re looking forward to having many more of you join the conversation, no matter where you’re streaming in from around the world.
This year, we’re also introducing Global Days (November 9-12th) to take the program to new time zones and new geographical standpoints. We’re excited for conversations led by our co-curators in India & Nepal, Kenya, Diné (Navajo) Land and Singapore.
Throughout Machik Fest, you’ll find dynamic platforms for the discussion of topics ranging from food insecurity, language preservation and science for humanity, to gender politics, race/caste reckonings and the politics of art. We’re also bringing you new online spaces for exploring Tibetan popular music, poetry and film, as well as for growing our communities and making new connections.
As always, at the heart of the program are the voices in Tibet who have inspired us all these years. They remind us that no matter how impossible the barriers may seem, we will always find ways to connect across the borders that separate us. That is the way of the human spirit.
Now more than ever, we need to remember this. So as we draw near to the end of 2020, we hope you’ll join us at Machik Fest for a conversation about how our shared world has changed right before our eyes this year, and how we’ll need to meet the challenges before us — in Tibet, around the planet, and on every frontline — as we continue our struggle to become the collective change we seek.
On behalf of the whole crew that’s been working to create Machik Fest 2020, we can’t wait to see you when the doors swing open on November 7th.