I am very sad to announce that under the current unprecedented circumstances we will not be running Tribal Earth this year. We have thought long and hard about this and even though we don’t know what the situation will be like in August this is our thinking.
As we sit in isolation it’s ironic that Tribal Earth thrives on a community that loves coming together and it’s very sad that the Tribal Earth family won’t meet this year. However, the health and safety of everyone who attends and halting the wider spread of COVID-19 is of paramount importance.
Even if by August the government lifts the ban on public events, at this stage the financial risk would be too great, jeopardising the future of the festival. Tribal Earth is run completely by volunteers with profits over the years used to cash flow the next event and then donations given to our chosen charities – now Clock Tower Sanctuary.
Of course, this does mean that we won’t be able to give much needed funding to Clock Tower Sanctuary this year who support the welfare of the young homeless in Brighton. We will, therefore, be setting up a donation channel via the Tribal Earth website and Facebook page and so if you would like to support their vital work, they would be very grateful. We will update you on this through Facebook.
Finally, we would like to thank the volunteers, bands, practitioners, therapists, speakers, workshop hosts, stall-holders, cafes, Miles and family, and our friends at Laughton Lodge who were due to join us this August. We hope you will join us next year and that the world gets back to normal soon.
In the mean-time we are looking at ways we can engage the Tribal Earth community through the coming months - online workshops, yoga sessions, talks, group chats and live band videos. If you would like to take part or have any ideas please let us know.
Keep safe, look after each other and keep in touch through the Tribal Earth Festival Facebook page.
See you all next August.
Over the years Mike has captured some of the fantastic moments at Tribal Earth on video
Tribal Earth is organised by a group of dedicated volunteers with profits donated to The Clock Tower Sanctuary supporting homeless young people in Brighton and Hove.
The Clock Tower Sanctuary was established in 1998 by a group of people from local churches who wanted to do something about rising street homelessness. We are still motivated by the values of the founders and remain a community-run organisation, run by paid staff and a strong team of volunteers.
Their mission is to prevent vulnerable young people from becoming part of the long-term homeless population.
Their vision is that all homeless young people are encouraged, supported, challenged and inspired to develop their full potential and transform their lives.