Medicine Festival | Huni Kuin Fundraiser & Song Circle
- Wed 22nd Jun 2022, 5pm – 10:30pm UK time (UTC +01:00)
- The Mount Without, Upper Church Lane, Bristol, BS2 8FN
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Huni Kuin Fundraiser & Song Circle
Wed 22 June | 17:00 - 22:30 (GMT +1)
The Mount Without, Bristol
+ Zoom Livestream
Songs from the Amazon Rainforest
w/ spiritual leaders from the Huni Kuin Tribe:
Txana Tuwe, Txana Yube & Biruani Siriani
Natty, Aleh Ferreira, Adrian Freedman,
Sivani Mata, Michael Stanton,
Chris Park, George & Moshe, OSARA,
Chantelle Blackwood & Journey2the1
Embodiment | Ceremony
Songs from the Amazon Rainforest
Live Music | Kirtan | Sound Bath
Elixir Bar | Organic Café
Huni Kuin Arts & Craft Stalls
ABOUT THE HUNI KUIN
The Huni Kuin people inhabit mostly Brazilian lands in the tropical Amazon, in the state of Acre. They've had relatively late contact with the Western world. After decades of persecution and adversity, they have managed to survive and uphold their ancient traditions and deep connection to nature.
The Huni Kuin are an ancient tribe who have been working with their sacred medicines for millennia. These medicines link them to the spirits of the forest. It enables them to experience a harmonious relationship with the elements of nature - fundamental for the maintenance of their health and spirituality among their community. It is this experience they wish to share with humanity.
They are living in a time of great importance where their mission is to create awareness of their existence and the reality of the threat to the Amazon Rainforest. It is with this awareness and alliance with the Western world that together we can stand in solidarity with the forest and the people, to help preserve and protect Mother Earth, her elements, the sacred traditions and medicines for the spiritual evolution of humanity.
FUNDRAISER PROJECT | New Maloka Ceremony Space
The recent flooding that hit their region damaged many areas of one of the Huni Kuin villages, Novo Futuro. They have been forced to move and rebuild on higher ground. One of the main buildings they need to relocate and rebuild is the Maloka ceremony space. All profits from this fundraiser event will be be used to support them with this project.
HUNI KUIN | Ancient Songs & Chants from the Amazon Rainforest
TXANA TUWE | Huni Kuin
TXANA TUWE is a spiritual leader (Pajé) from the Novo Futuro Village, located along the Humaitá River deep in the Amazon Rainforest. He works in his village along with Ninawá Pai da Mata, guiding the spiritual works and cultural activities in the community. He began his spiritual studies at a young age and has spent time dieting with sacred plants in isolation in the forest, as well as studying spiritual traditions with elders. Txana Tuwe carries a deep knowledge from his ancestors on the sacred chants of Nixi Pae, the studies of the medicinal plants and the healing work from the Huni Kuin traditions.
TXANA YUBE | Huni Kuin
TXANA YUBE is the son of Chief Shane Huni Kuin and Seva Yawanawá, brother of Samia Biruani and Txana Tuwe. Like his brother, he has been following the spiritual traditions and practices of his ancestors from a young age, studying and doing dietas in the forest. He is one of the members of the cultural and txanás (singers) group, the Kayawei Group. This will be his second time he has travelled outside of Brazil to share his beautiful songs representing the Eskawatà Kayawei group from his village.
BIRUANI SIRIANI | Huni Kuin
BIRUANI SIRIANI is one of the co-ordinators and leaders of the women's cultural group Siriani, which together with the Huni Kuin women and youths of the village, are cultivating beautiful and important work, strengthening the spirituality and culture for the feminine force. Together they are committed to practicing their sacred rituals, continue to deepen their studies of the medicinal plants, traditional knowledge, healing chants and prayers.
NATTY | Live Music (Zoom Livestream)
NATTY is a singer, songwriter and musician who grew up with David Bowie and Pink Floyd records in the house along with LPs from Bob Marley and other reggae artists who represented his family’s Jamaican roots. Natty's easy-going sound and socially conscious lyrics draw comparisons to Ben Harper and Tarrus Riley while his genre-blending crossover potential can be likened to Finley Quaye.
ALEH FERREIRA | Afro-Brazilian Music
Brazilian singer-songwriter ALEH FERREIRA's music originates in the crib of Afro-Brazilian culture. Son of a priestess of Umbanda, his musical inspiration comes from the drums and melodies of the “terreiro” (the Umbanda centre) that gave birth to Samba and influenced modern music. His warm, distinctive voice, samba-funk fusion grooves and lyrics that celebrate Afro-Brazilian heritage have earned him a career spanning three decades across the globe. Aleh is one of the most prominent contemporary musical figures of Musica Popular Brasileira (Brazilian Popular Music) in the diaspora.
ADRIAN FREEDMAN | Medicine Songs (Zoom Livestream)
ADRIAN FREEDMAN is a master musician and a multi-instrumentalist specialising in the shakuhachi Zen flute. His music is heartfelt and conjures an atmosphere of peace, spaciousness and delicate beauty. He lived in Brazil where he became immersed in the sacred music rituals of the Amazon Rainforest. Arising from his journey, Adrian has also received a collection of more than 150 original medicine songs and chants.
SIVANI MATA | Kirtan
SIVANI MATA is a student of Bhakti Yoga and shares Kirtan (music as medicine using healing mantra), Women’s Circles and Yoga Nidra. She believes in the process of deep inner work as a way to cultivate a harmonic relationship with the Earth and she feels that these practices path the way to building the relationship of self love and acceptance.
MICHAEL STANTON | Medicine Songs & Music
Inspired by love for nature and ancestral wisdom, MICHAEL STANTON's soulful music offers a sincere voice to the heart of the world. A sound reminiscent of the folk traditions of ancient Europe, Brazil, Native America, Zimbabwe and West Africa; a sound to remind us we are all connected in the great mystery of life.
CHRIS PARK | Opening Ceremony & Prayer
CHRIS PARK's work is wide and varied, from arts and crafts, ancient technologies to eco-building, storytelling, folk music, and raising the awareness of the heritage of beekeeping. He is a practicing Druid of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, being immersed and versed in the folklore and spiritual traditions rooted within these honeyed isles.
GEORGE & MOSHE | Medicine Songs & Music
GEORGE BARKER and MOSHE HALPERIN are co-founders and council members of Medicine Festival.
Moshe has been singing songs and prayers learned from medicine musicians and indigenous leaders for many years. He initiated the first singing circles in London, gathering a community that became a seed for Medicine Festival. Moshe, together with Katy Prado formed the medicine music project Ora Dea.
OSARA | Embodiment
Father, visionary and founder of Ecstatic Dance Bristol. Honouring the rich musical heritage of Bristol and the WISE isles; and the rich diversity of music that can be found around the world, OSARA creates deep, powerful and transformative dance journeys that are ever evolving and responding to the spirit of time, community and place.
CHANTELLE BLACKWOOD | Live Soul Music
CHANTELLE BLACKWOOD is a lover of expression, creativity and diving deep within. She is an advocate for growth and connecting with spirit, allowing her to open to divinity and use her voice as a tool for healing. She is passionate about learning from the tribes and wisdom keepers of our planet.
JOURNEY2THE1 | Sound Bath
JOURNEY2THE1 is a Bristol based collective, led by Kyle Medford-Hawkins, that run regular community events, workshops and their own festival. The collective stems from multicultural roots, drawing on many different lineages and heritages. They specialise in holding immersive sound journeys to facilitate deep states of reflection and connection with the subtle realms of consciousness.
BIO CHI ELIXIR BAR | Cacao, Kombucha & More
- Cacao elixir, kombucha & other refreshments
RAW INSPIRING ORGANIC CAFÉ | Gluten Free & Vegan
- Hot food & savoury snacks
- Raw deserts & treats
Schedule | 17:00 - 22:30 (GMT +1)
Please give yourself enough time to find somewhere to park and to find venue.
17:00 Doors Open
18:00 Opening Circle & Embodiment | OSARA
18:30 Opening Ceremony | GEORGE, MOSHE & HUNI KUIN
18:35 Songs & Chants | HUNI KUIN (TXANA TUWE, TXANA YUBE & BIRUANI SIRIANI)
19:40 ADRIAN FREEDMAN (Zoom Livestream)
20:00 MICHAEL STANTON
20:20 GEORGE & MOSHE
20:40 ALEH FERREIRA
21:00 NATTY (Zoom Livestream)
21:20 CHANTELLE BLACKWOOD
21:40 SIVANI MATA
22:00 Sound Bath | JOURNEY2THE1
22:15 Closing Ceremony | HUNI KUIN
Venue & Parking
The Mount Without, Upper Church Lane, Bristol, BS2 8FN
Nearest Car Park:
What to Bring
- water & water bottle
- your own cup for the Bar
- dress in layers
- a cushion / sheepskin to sit on for the Song Circle
- something to lie on for the Sound Bath
- cash / card for the Café, Bar & Stalls
Tickets & RSVP
Suggested Donation | £15 (please donate more if you can)
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
Make a donation or join for free
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