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Save the date…
September 30 – October 2, 2016
HEXENFEST 2016
a weekend festival of myth, music, and magic
Isis Oasis, Healdsburg, CA

Although we’re taking 2015 off to regroup and expand, we will return bigger and better than ever in 2016. Festival directors Sharon, Winter, and Ankhira are thrilled to announce that CAYA Coven and The Sacred Well have joined us as partners, to help our rockin’ event evolve and grow. Together we will build a weekend-long camping festival with workshops, performances, vending, and more. In discussion are dreams of a Fairy Court for children, workshops for youth and adults, an adults-only Unseelie Ball with musical performances, a bardic fire circle, and more.

In the meantime, the Hexenfest team will be at PantheaCon this weekend at the DoubleTree in San Jose. We’ll be hosting a hospitality suite in Room 263, and hope you will stop by if you’re at the Con! The room will be open to the public on Friday evening for two special events, on Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. A schedule of room events can be found below, and includes opportunities for you to share your thoughts and get involved in taking Hexenfest to the next level.

We also hope you’ll join us as Hexenfest hosts a kickoff party for our own Sharon Knight and Winter’s Portals crowdfunding project in the hospitality suite on Friday Feb. 13 from 6:00- 8:00. You will also find Sharon drumming for Hekate: Witness and Ally, presented by our friends Timotha Doane and Kristen Oliver, at 9:00 pm on Friday night in Oak.

Wear your dancing shoes (or big black boots) for the weekend’s main event…Pandemonaeon plays PantheaCon on Saturday night, Feb. 14, at 9:00 pm in Cedar/Pine. Sharon Knight and Winter will be bringing a harder musical edge to the Con this year, with new songs and new band members. Be there!

On Monday Feb. 15th, Sharon presents her fusion of music with magical practice in Sonic Alchemy: The Well of Song at 11:00 am in Cedar. The workshop includes a Tone Alignment and trance journey to the well, as well as group improvisational singing. You also have two opportunities to “dip your toe in the Well” in a smaller group setting in the hospitality suite. Read on for more info!

Hexenfest Hospitality Suite
Room 263 Activities

Friday Feb. 13th
6:00-8:00 pm
Portals Crowdfunding Kickoff Party
Come celebrate the launch of Portals, a new album by Sharon Knight, Winter, and Friends, with the artists. Learn more about the project, and how you can get involved, with champagne in your hand!
Won’t be at the Con? You can still take part in the event on Facebook, and read full details about Portals here.

Friday Feb. 13th
9:00 pm
Meeting point for Ekklesia Antinoou’s Roving Hero/ine Cultus Ritual
Facilitated in the suite by our friends with the Come as You Are (CAYA) Coven, this ritual will meet in the Hexenfest room, then move on to three more sites, honoring four hero/ines and four deities in the course of the ritual.

Saturday Feb. 14th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hexenfest Revisioning Meeting
Hear about the latest direction of Hexenfest and offer ideas for bands, artists, and activities. Share your suggestions for logistics and support, and let us know what skills you might bring to the festival. If you’d like to volunteer for Hexenfest 2016, we’d love to have you at the meeting!

Saturday Feb. 14th
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Well of Song Improv Singing Circle
Dip in to the spontaneous flow of song! Facilitated by Sharon.

Sunday Feb. 15th
12 noon – 1:00 pm
Well of Song Improv Singing Circle
Another chance to join in the magic!

Sunday Feb. 15th
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Intro to Acutonics Tuning Forks
These tuning forks are designed to be used in conjunction with acupuncture meridians, and are remarkably relaxing and healing. Come play with sound, learn about intervals, and feel the effects of the tuning forks on your body.

Sunday Feb. 15th
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Dogwood: Tempest and Nathaniel Johnstone 
Another new music project from previous Hexenfest performers! Multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone’s vibrant sound crosses musical boundaries and international borders, and is graced by world-renowned bellydance fusion artist Tempest, who adds an entrancing note to the band’s dynamic aesthetic.

If you’re going to be at PantheaCon, please join us at one or more of these many events, or just drop in the hospitality suite during open hours and say hello. If you can’t make it, we hope you’ll keep in touch on Facebook, and look for more announcements soon!

Hexenfest is undergoing some changes, and the producers are stepping back for a year to explore new opportunities and build a bigger, better festival. Read the full story here.

Hexenfest is a music and arts festival dedicated to myth, magic, folklore, fairytale, and the numinous. We feature artists who are exploring the wild archetypal through their art; musicians, dancers, visual artists, and crafters who look to the realms of myth and dream and reflect their visions into our world.

Hexenfest has a flair for the darkly exotic. Gothic, Pagan, and Tribal belly dance themes are featured prominently, evoking the forbidden forest more than than the enchanted wood. If you feel at home in dark fairytales, join us in the realm!