Imagine Festival 2009

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Imagine Festival is a premier music festival in the city of Basel, Switzerland. The festival is the product of Terre des Hommes Schweiz, a foreign aid organization which strives to eliminate prejudice. First established in 2002, Imagine Festival has grown in both popularity and attendance. Imagine is now the largest music festival in Northwestern Switzerland with an expected attendance of 35,000 people over 2 days. With one main stage which can accommodate nearly 5,000 people, and a large side stage, Imagine Festival is a great gig for artists of any career level. In addition to hosting over 20 bands, Imagine also features entertainment like fire shows and theatre performances, attracting people from diverse areas with varied interests.

This year, Imagine Festival will be held August 29-30, 2008. This year marks the 7th anniversary of the festival. The festival’s main focus is to take an active stance against racism. The visitors are stimulated to rethink prejudice and take personal responsibility. This year’s motto is “minmal2mal”, which literally translates to “minimal 2 times”. The motto is supposed to inspire people to question everything at least twice, and adopt an active personal responsibility against prejudice in every realm of society. They pride themselves in delivering this message through music, unity, and most of all, fun.

Imagine Festival is now accepting submissions from Sonicbids artists for general performance consideration. They are looking to book European artists only. There are 2 performance slots reserved for European Sonicbids artists, one of which on the main stage and the other on the side stage. Compensation is offered as a flat fee of €500 for the main stage performer and €200 for the side stage performer. Food and lodging may also be provided for performing artists.

In past years, the festival has hosted headliners such as Babylon Circus, I Am Kloot, Little Barrie, Ohrbooten, Belasco and Zita Swoon. Aside from the many musical performances, Imagine Festival also hosts workshops in local schools where topics such as violence and racism are analyzed and discussed. Imagine stands against racism, and strives to use music to unite people for this cause. This is a great festival for any European artist to perform for a dedicated and passionate audience, as well as a good cause!