On April 27th, 2013, The Second Annual Hexenfest, a Festival of Magick-based Music and Dance, will be happening at a new location in Alameda. Hexenfest was started last year by Sharon Knight, Winter and Annar Niino, and highlights music and art that appeals to local Pagans. Doors open at 8:00pm at the Cultural Works, located at 2513 Blanding Avenue in Alameda, CA.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. This year’s musical line up includes Pandemonaeon, Arcane Dimension, and DJ Daniel Skellington. In addition, Tombo Studios will be having a fashion show, tribal belly dancer Anaar, and ecstatic devotional dancer Morpheus Ravenna. There will also be vendors at the event; a well rounded and entertaining evening full of magic.
Pandemonaeon front woman Sharon Knight and the band.
Sharon Knight, co founder of Hexenfest, answered a couple of questions regarding this year’s event.
Hexenfest switched venues this year. Why the switch and what do you think the new venue will add to this year’s event?
This year’s venue is smaller, but more stylish. It’s got an upscale feel that we thought would go nicely with Anaar’s elegantly dramatic fashions. It’s also got a fantastic sound system.
What elements of last year’s fest do you feel was successful?
I really liked the compatibility of the two bands last year – Razor Skyline and Pandemonaeon were a good fit. Also the community really rallied their support, so it felt like a community event right out of the gate.
What can someone expect if they come to this year’s Hexenfest?
Powerful tribal Pagan music, exotic, sensually dressed people, magickally evocative dance. Beer, wine, natural sodas and light snacks will be available on a donation basis. A Gothic-Tribal aesthetic pervades Hexenfest, dark and dramatic, yet with a celebratory flair of power, passion and magick. Good vibes folks attended last year and we expect a similar vibe this year. All ages are welcome.
The following is from the March press release, giving more details and information about purchasing tickets for Hexenfest.
Dark Revelry of Hexenfest Returns to the Bay Area
Alameda, CA – March 6, 2013 – The Second Annual Hexenfest, a Festival of Magick-based Music and Dance, will be presented on April 27, 2013.
The event will take place at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA. Doors open at 8:00 pm with a DJ and dancing, and the live performances beginning at 8:45 pm. The event is open to all ages and costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, visit http://hexenfest.brownpapertickets.com
A limited number of VIP tickets, which include an exclusive pre-performance reception with the artists, are available in advance for $35-$50. Visit http://www.hexenfest.net for details.
“To our knowledge, Hexenfest is the first festival devoted specifically to the arts in the Neopagan revival,” says Sharon Knight, a founding producer of the festival. “We believe it is time to celebrate Paganism not just as a religion, but also as a contributor to a cultural revolution. The Pagan community embraces diversity; reverence for nature, our ancestors, and our descendants; and the will to command our own evolution. It’s our intention that Hexenfest will advance these ideals by bringing the work of remarkably talented artists, whose work reflects these values, to Bay Area audiences.”
Now in its second year, the 2013 lineup of artists includes the gothic tribal folk metal band Pandemonaeon, the avant-garde world fusion band Arcane Dimension, and goth/ industrial DJ Daniel Skellington. The evening also features a fashion show by Tombo Studios, offering exotic fashion for a new belle époque, as well as tribal belly dancer Anaar and ecstatic devotional dancer Morpheus Ravenna.
Vendors include Fairy Odd Mothers Magical Makings, offering unique sculpture and gifts, along with other local proprietors. Cds and other band merchandise, and clothing from Tombo Studios, will also be available. A concessions stand will offer drinks and snacks.
Festival co-founder Sharon Knight is a San Francisco-based Neopagan musician who composes and performs Celtic fusion, Middle-Eastern themed, and folk metal music. She performs with Pandemonaeon, the Sharon Knight Band, and other musical collaborators.
Festival co-founder Winter is a German-born guitarist performing with Pandemonaeon and the Sharon Knight Band. He is also a recording engineer and producer at El Mundo Bueno Studios in Emeryville.
Festival co-founder Anaar Niino is an artist, belly dancer, fashion designer and the proprietor of Tombo Studios, as well as the Grand Master of the Anderson Feri Tradition.
Amy “Ankhira” Himes, Publicist www.hexenfest.net
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Crystal Blanton reporting, Pagan Newswire Collective Bay Area