CULTURE Thailand’s answer to Burning Man — the Wonderfruit festival

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Thailand’s answer to Burning Man — the Wonderfruit festival

By Zhao Yipu | People's Daily app

19:03, December 15, 2019

Pattaya (People's Daily) - Wonderfruit, one of the most influential music festivals in Thailand and even Asia, kicked off its sixth year on December 12 and will end on Monday. It took place at The Fields at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya.

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Thailand's Wonderfruit festival took place from December 12 to 16 in Pattaya, Thailand. (Photos: People's Daily app)

The annual festival features art, architecture, music, family activities, food, agricultural products, talks, workshops, and wellness.

As a pioneering carbon neutral celebration of the arts and sustainable living, this year, Wonderfruit announced that it had removed all single-use cups, and festival-goers are advised to bring their own refill cup or buy one at the event. Visitors are also asked to calculate their own emissions from traveling to the festival and donate to restore their carbon via the event's reforestation program with its emissions calculator.

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Often described as Thailand's Burning Man, the ethos of Wonderfruit's creators has always been to use the event as a platform to catalyze a meaningful and positive impact. This year the festival is conceived as a sustainable eco-friendly pop-up city with a zero-waste goal. 

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The culture of participation at the festival is fostered through carefully curated one-of-a-kind experiences, which participants – or "wonderers" as they are called – can explore. 

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"As we build the world we want to see, we can demonstrate the power of human connection and the impact it can have," said Pranitan "Pete" Phornprapha, the founder and creative director of Wonderfruit.

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