A Whole New Playa

October 27th - 30th, 2016, the beaches of Costa Careyes will play host to the inaugural voyage into festival independence for Ondalinda , featuring the Mayan Warrior Art Car. I had the pleasure of attending Further Future 002 this past April. The first spawn-of-Burning-Man festival I attended was more than worth the price of admission so Ondalinda already has me worked up.  With a venue located minutes from the stunning beaches of Careyes, and a short walk from the untamed jungles of Jalisco, you can be sure to have as much scenery as you can handle.  Bring your best dia de los muertos garb to this festival that will feature some of the top acts from around the world, sure to create great vibes to go along with the great vistas.

The event will feature HVOB, Berlin based producer NU, groovy basslines from Barcelona’s own Audiofly, mesmerizing tribal female duo BLOND:ISH, and luscious deep house vibes from LA producer Sabo, along with LUM, Gandalla, MENDRIX, and The Happy Show. We will all witness the legendary Mayan Warrior return to Mexico for the main event on Saturday night after its triumphant takeover of Burning Man 2016, which included a performance alongside the ubiquitous Robot Heart bus. Originally painted by visionary artist Alex Grey, the art car recently received millions of dollars worth of mind blowing improvements with awe-inspiring lasers and a visceral sounds system to transport onlookers to the very origins of Mexican culture.

If you want to get away from the beatscapes you can venture into the jungle for some deep house yoga, or hit the water for some paddle boarding or scuba diving. 

I may not make it to all the activities because what really has me jazzed for this event is all of the different art viewing options available. Mexico-based entrepreneur and artist Philippe Moellhausen will transform Teopa Beach with monumental art pieces, vibrant decor, dazzling costumes, and indigenous live performances.

Careyes is located about 100 miles south of Puerto Vallarta in the heart of the Riviera Nayarit, and is home to the indigenous Huichol people.  The inclusion of the local Huichol culture in the festival is what I am most excited for. Their art and culture will bring a beautiful angle to this festival. They will receive a portion of the proceeds from this festival, as well as be available to educate and enthuse all of the attendees. Guests can also take part in talks led by a world-renowned Huichol expert Humberto Hernandez and 35.000 community leader Santo, enjoy a screening of the award-winning film “Eco de la Montagna,” purchase artisan crafts from the Huichol people in the Plaza throughout the weekend, witness a Huichol shaman and local musicians open the exhibition to invoke the Gods and bless the event, and learn about the Huichol art and its meaning from the local tribe themselves. 

With the array of art, culture, amenities, and music available, I anticipate forming a meaningful connection with this jungle-meets-the-sea landscape, and thoroughly enjoying the inauguration of the Maya Art car as a festival fixture. I hope to see you out on The Playa of Mexico, pun intended.