Manifestivus will celebrate their 10th anniversary this year in Cabot, VT. Curated by Toubab Krewe, Manifestivus is a “local festival with a global vibe” featuring an eclectic lineup of international musicians in a Vermont country setting. The festival takes place August 17th & 18th and will feature headlining sets by Toubab Krewe each night. Toubab Krewe bassist and Cabot native David Pransky founded Manifestivus in 2002.
The festival, which “manages to punch above its weight by attracting top international talent," (National Geographic.com) takes place on the 93-acre Pransky family farm in a town just shy of 250 residents. Just six hours north of New York City, and three hours from Boston or Montreal, the site boasts hiking trails, swimming ponds and woodland forest. Manifestivus offers on-site camping, yoga, West African dancing and drumming, community art projects and local crafts, healthy living seminars, workshops, costume theme nights, various culinary vendors, and cross-cultural immersion.
Within Manifestivus is the Mini-festivus catering to the 200+ children that attend the festival each year. The family friendly environment introduces younger generations to music and different cultures from all around the world. The Mini-festivus features arts and crafts, puppets, storytelling, a bouncy house, an instrument-making workshop, roaming performers and of course live music performances. Kids 13 and younger are free when accompanied by a paid adult.
Manifestivus attendees are “young, old, local, and international; the perfect mix of generations and personalities” says Performer Magazine. “[It's] the most no drama, upbeat and down-to-earth backyard party… with tons of world music and interesting international and local acts.”
Performers at this year’s Manifestivus include Jamaican reggae artists Rootz Underground, Congolese soukous musician Diblo Dibala (who is also known as "Machine Gun" for his speed and skill on the guitar), vocalist Awa Sangho from Mali, Brooklyn Afrobeat collective Zongo Junction, and more!