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It’s Almost Time for WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day Sept 27

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The finishing touches are being made to celebrate the region’s rich history and culture at Mountain Heritage Day on the campus of Western Carolina University on Saturday, Sept. 27.

This year, two Cherokee stickball teams, the Hummingbirds team from Cherokee at 2 p.m. and — for the first time — the age 11-and-younger Big Cove youth team at 11 a.m., will demonstrate the traditional competition that is older than written history. Visitors will see new a new logo and new directional signage at the festival, some of it featuring the Cherokee language in honor of this integral part of the area’s saga of civilization.

The annual Mountain Heritage Day 5K has been planned just since the beginning of the school year by class members of new WCU instructor Charlie Parrish’s Sport Management 435 course. They remain ready to accept online registrations with a newly redesigned website at http://claws.wcu.edu/sma/5K/, complimenting the university’s redesign of the Mountain Heritage Day site itself, at http://mountainheritageday.com. Students in different groups planned the marketing of the event; amount of entry fees; cooperation with local law enforcement on the route; acquisition and distribution of supplies like runner’s bibs, T-shirts, awards and refreshments – all of the details of the race. Entry fees support an endowed scholarship fund created by Sport Management Association, a student organization which reached its goal last year to make an award to its first recipient, Liberty Cozart. The race begins at 8 a.m., and should be finished in an hour so that the route may be opened for festival traffic.

This year, a revised parking plan should make it easier for demonstrators and vendors to have access to the festival grounds separately from attendees, diverting their usually-larger vehicles from the traffic flow.

A new site plan for the festival grounds also puts more distance between the performing stages, giving listeners a clearer hearing of performers like Grammy Award-winning David Holt and partner Will McIntyre, old favorite groups like Mountain Faith, Jeff Little Trio, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, the Deitz Family, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers and the Queen Family, as well as newcomers The Buckstankle Boys, the Foxfire Boys, and Woody Pines. A dance floor will be available again for audience dancing or clogging teams, including the Blue Ridge Heritage Cloggers, the Dixie Darlin’ Cloggers and the J Creek Cloggers.

Two recent exhibits in the free-admission Mountain Heritage Center, located in the nearby H.F. Robinson Building, celebrate 125 years of university history and 40 years of Mountain Heritage Day. The university began in a one-room schoolhouse, from which four women and one man graduated three years later. Artifacts ranging from photographs and commencement programs to cheerleader outfits, sports team uniforms and mascot costumes tell the school’s story as it grew. The festival’s exhibit commemorates long-gone events like candidate stump speeches, pet shows, moonshine sniffing and tobacco spitting.

More than 100 booths will offer handmade arts and crafts in juried competition on the festival grounds, sharing space with living history and craft demonstrations; shape-note singing; cooking, canning and baking contests; beard-and-mustache and chainsaw rivalries; an antique auto show; tractor and horse- or mule-drawn wagon rides; plus a tent featuring children’s activities all day. Tempting festival foods – from traditional to historic to ethnic, offered by vendors in trucks and booths – will sustain an entire day’s enjoyment of the opportunities.

Free admission and free parking remain the tradition at Mountain Heritage Day. Visitors are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair, and an umbrella to shed unwanted sunshine or rain. Service animals are welcome, but guests are asked to leave pets at home.

Three Days of Light Festival Youth Village

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Now in its third year the Three Days of Light Gathering (3DL), ignites western North Carolina with inspiration, activation, and celebration through music, art, healing workshops, and connection.

This year we’re excited to announce our youth village: a magical space where learning and play become one dance by focusing on dreaming awake the new earth. Adults and children will be encouraged to manifest, through dreaming and play, the world they wish to create.

At the youth village there will be activities all weekend such as: yoga, meditation, hoop dance, art projects, storytelling, face painting, mandala painting, nature exploration/plant identification, beekeeping, and more. On Saturday at 3DL there will be a parade around the gathering grounds. Costumes are encouraged!

3DL features family friendly rustic and modern lodging as well as camping options to fit any budget. Prices range from $125 to $250 and include accommodations, and access to ALL workshops, special events, and performances. Day and weekend passes are available starting at $30 for the day. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.

Light Way Schools, an organization that guides parents in the design and implementation of alternative and democratic home schooling programs, will be hosting the workshop: “Dream, Believe, Create: Education for the New Earth.”

They will be offering a complimentary three week course, Empowered Parents, Inspired Children, (E.P.I.C.), a virtual, live coaching, training, and support program for parents, educators, and community members who need help with alternative, democratic homeschooling. Participants can engage with this course from anywhere in the world. In addition, all who take the course will receive a complimentary private consultation with Zahra Lightway, the founder of Light Way Schools.

Other featured workshops at the youth village include: “Mindfulness for Children and Families Playshop” with Amanda Amethyst and “A Vision for Co-creating Whole Children” with Danica Joan Fields.

Three Days of Light Gathering Oct 3-5

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Now in its third year the Three Days of Light Gathering (3DL), ignites western North Carolina with inspiration, activation, and celebration through music, art, healing workshops, and connection.

Produced by Emergence Earth, a conscious media platform for people to connect, 3DL is a three day music and healing arts festival designed according to the principle mission, or “Four Pillars” of Emergence Earth: Sustainability, Natural Health and Wellness, Personal/Spiritual Development, and Community and Culture.

With a mission to give attendees tools and resources that can help them live more empowered, inspired, and exciting lives, 3DL provides a support space for people to be conscious Earth and community stewards.

Offering over 50 play and lecture-based experiential workshops based on the Four Pillars including permaculture, yoga, meditation, sacred geometry, crystal healing, sound therapy, personal body and energy healing practices, poetry, flow arts (fire spinning, poi, hula) and much more, 3DL’s purpose is to inspire attendees into being their highest selves.

There is also a youth village, a healing village, a community art gallery, and an auction to raise money for art programs that focus on working with underprivileged and at-risk youth.

3DL will feature a wide variety of local and internationally-recognized DJ’s, bands, and live performing artists.

This year’s performers include: The Human Experience, Hudost, Living Light, Srikalogy, Dixon’s Violin, NUMATIK, I-Star, Sundried Vibes, TreeHouse, Elijah Ray of the Band of Light, Infinite Third, Option 22, and many more.

Over a dozen live/visionary artists will capture these moments on canvas. Live painting performances are scheduled each night.

3DL features family friendly rustic and modern lodging as well as camping options to fit any budget. Prices range from $125 to $250 and include accommodations, and access to ALL workshops, special events, and performances.

Day and weekend passes are available starting at $30 for the day. Ages 12 and under are free.

The entire property is disability and/or handicap accessible.

Information, tickets, and full lineup can be found at our website: www.3DLgathering.com.

Soumu: Celebration of African Music, Dance, Food, Art June 5

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – Lush Life and Zansa Present Soumu A Celebration of African Music, Dance, Food, and Culture. June 5th at The Orange Peel
Featuring: Zansa, Barakissa Coulibaly, Lisa Zahiya, Mande Foly, African Drum & Dance Troupes, West African Dinner, African Art.
Thursday June 5
The Orange Peel
Doors at 6:00pm
Show at 7:00pm
$12 in advance/$15 day of
All ages
African food available, not included in ticket cost.
Tickets available at Orange Peel box office, or email
or call 828-774-2277
Ryan Reardon and Zansa:
Kelly Denson at Lush Life Productions:
On Thursday June 5, The Orange Peel will host Asheville’s 2nd Annual Soumu, presented by Lush Life Productions and Zansa. This Soumu, which is a West African term for an all encompassing party- music, dance, food, and art, will be upgrading to a larger venue this year at The Orange Peel.  At the last sold out Soumu, funds were raised for 33rd generation djembe player and now U.S. Citizen Adama Dembele to acquire his green card.
Performing live at the event will be afropop/zouglou band Zansa, featuring Ivory Coast native Adama Dembele, Ivorian dancer Barakissa Coulibaly, African drum and dance troupes featuring Adama and Barakissa’s students, Lisa Zahiya performing folk dances of North Africa and contemporary dances from Cairo, acoustic Zansa side project Mande Foly, and members of Juan Benavides Group. Traditional West African cuisine by Soce will be available for purchase (cash only), as well as Senegalese arts and crafts.
In celebrating the African arts, Barakissa Coulibaly will be performing a solo dance piece on the plight of the African woman. Barakissa is a master dancer from Ivory Coast, West Africa, and has toured, performed, and taught in almost 20 countries. Says Barakissa, “”The title of my solo is ‘Without a Shadow,’ which speaks about the revolution of African women. ‘Without a Shadow’ reveals the suppressed voice of all women who suffer in silence. As a young adult, I myself, have experienced a direct connection to this pain and suffering that all the women of Africa have endured; however, it is time to be free. It is time tospeak out. It is time to LIVE. Through each step of my solo, I speak out for all of the women around the world, ‘You SHALL, be known.'”
In collaboration with LEAF International, a portion of the proceeds raised from this event will go to benefit Barakissa’s company Mouaye in Ivory Coast. Mouaye was started in the 2000s as a safe haven for children and young adults during the violent wartime years. This refuge became a place for people to learn African drumming and dancing, and continues to be so to this day. Our goal is to connect Mouaye, Zansa, LEAF International, and Asheville to help this new partnership continue to grow.

Artistic Company Mouaye was created by Barakissa Coulibaly after the great violent crisis in Ivory Coast during the Gbagbo regime (2000s) as a form of contribution and recognition to the greatness of this country. Company Mouaye is composed of young artists from different villages of Ivory Coast and other West African countries, such as Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea. The fresh mix of culture, diversity, and creativity in Company Mouaye preserves the heritage and beauty of African culture and brings it to life!

Barakissa Coulibaly brings young talented artists to the stage in hopes of promoting and enhancing the value of Ivorian cultural heritage in the form of artistic expression; through the use of different masks, rhythms, songs, and traditional dance. There is now a future filled with hope in Ivory Coast and a river of opportunities for future generations.

7th Annual Firefly Gathering at Bell’s Cove

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Firefly exists to help people of all ages learn how to be functional human beings walking on this earth.

Come explore a higher education; one that can actually be put to use in everyday life. One that teaches practical skills, the type we should have learned in school while we were filling our heads with abstract numbers. What we are talking about is re-discovering what your body, mind, and spirit were made for. Exposing yourself to skills that may make your heart sing. You can help make our world a better place and learn to thrive in any environment, no matter the state of the ever-changing world. And you can have fun doing it. Wild foods, gardening, archery, shelter-making, herbal medicine, solar power, relationship skills, bowmaking, animal tracking, Cherokee storytelling, and mead making, are just a few of the classes and activities scheduled for the seventh annual Firefly Gathering being held over the summer, June 12-15, 2014, at Bell’s Cove outside of Asheville.

The Firefly Gathering is a multi-day instructional and community-building event in the mountains of North Carolina, offering a diversity of programs to support grassroots sustainability. The weekend features over 200 educational classes for young and old alike, from the arts of our ancestors to classes in modern-day sustainable technology like solar energy, permaculture, and biofuels. A day might be spent making woodcarving, shooting arrows, and sustainable urban gardening, while evenings might be spent “round the campfire,” with other like-minded families and individuals, waltzing, listening to a talk on wild foods, or off doing one’s own thing.

All activities at Firefly are optional. Almost 100 master-teachers from across the region are contributing their skills and talents to this event including renowned story tellers, herbalist, crafts people and fiber artist, homesteaders, survivalist, mushroom hunters and Earth educators.

Every year we offer awesome programming and classes for all ages… Adult programming, Teen programming (ages 13-17), Kids program (ages 8-12), and childcare.  This year we are re-vamping our kids program to make it be more engaging and fun our kids program.  Sugi Hodges, from Forest Floor Wilderness programs, will be coordinating the program.  It will involve exciting and engaging classes like natural soda mading, kinife safety, natural camouflage, clay bead making, and snake identification.

For those who want to go deeper with these skills, post-camp intensives sessions are June 18-21. Intensives include shoemaking, intro to permaculture and eco-homesteading, emergency eedical preparedness, traditional building with timber traming, fiber fantasia and a wilderness survival.

Admission is based on a sliding scale and includes on-site camping, facilities and access to all classes. Cabins are available on the website. Pre-registration is highly recommended, as space for camping is limited.

To register go to www.fireflygathering.org.

Brevard Music Center Concert Series with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mark Cohn

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
ASHEVILLE NC – The Brevard Music Center (BMC) is excited to announce the launch of a new concert series during its 2014 summer festival. The four-concert BMC Presents series will welcome guest artists to Music Center stages to present performances outside of the Music Center’s traditionally classical offerings. These family-friendly concerts will not only welcome new audiences to the Brevard Music Center, but will also support the Music Center’s educational mission.
The 2014 BMC Presents series will feature the first annual Brevard Blues Festival, beloved folk singers Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) on June 24, singer-songwriter Marc Cohn on July 10, and country songstress Mary Chapin Carpenter performing with Keith Lockhart and the Brevard Festival Orchestra on July 22.
Tickets for Brevard Blues Festival are on sale now. Tickets for all other BMC Presents concerts go on sale to the public on Thursday, May 1. For more information on the BMC Presents series, please visit brevardmusic.org or call (828) 862-2100.
185 King Street and the Brevard Music Center (BMC) are excited to announce the first annual Brevard Blues Festival at Brevard Music Center on June 7, 2014. The family-friendly event will include eight hours of blues, barbecue, and brews with on-site food from Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue. The 2014 Brevard Blues Festival lineup features bands from throughout the region, including Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling and The Jewel Tones, Anson Funderburgh, the Shane Pruitt Band, Dangerous Gentlemen, The Dubber, Riyen Roots, and more.
For over fifty years, Peter, Paul and Mary have helped define folk music. As we open the 2014 BMC Presents series we are thrilled to have Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey performing the hits that made them famous. Fans of all ages can sing along with “Puff (the Magic Dragon),” “Lemon Tree,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and other favorites that helped define a generation.
Best known for his 1990 hit “Walking In Memphis,” GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has enjoyed a career distinguished by soulful original tunes, and brilliant re-imaginings of popular hits. Hailed as a natural storyteller and brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man, Cohn has thrilled audiences for over two decades. His current album, Listening Booth: 1970, features Cohn’s distinctive covers of the great music of 1970.
Country music superstar Mary Chapin Carpenter’s career includes five GRAMMY awards, two years as the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year, and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to several platinum albums, her songs have been covered by artists including Joan Baez, Cyndi Lauper, and Trisha Yearwood. Her current project, Songs From The Movie, reprises her songs with the distinctly beautiful and cinematic orchestrations of film composer Vince Mendoza. Carpenter will perform her hits with the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the direction of BMC Artistic Director Keith Lockhart.
The Brevard Music Center originated in 1936 as a summer music camp at Davidson College. James Christian Pfohl, the Music Center’s founder and first Artistic Director, moved his operation to Queens College in Charlotte for the summer of 1943, then to the current location in 1944. Pfohl added a festival of concerts at the end of the 1946 session. Over time the camp became an institute, and the festival came to run the entire summer season.
In 2014 Brevard Music Center will enroll more than 400 students from nearly every state in the U.S., plus students from Europe, Asia, and South America. Sixty-five professional musicians, representing major orchestras and distinguished music schools, comprise the artist faculty. Students, faculty and staff all reside on the 180-acre wooded campus in Western North Carolina. The Brevard Music Center has emerged as one of America’s premier summer training programs for young musicians.
For more information on festival performances visit brevardmusic.org, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.
For more information on festival performances visit brevardmusic.org, “like” the Brevard Music Center on Facebook, follow @brevardmusic on Twitter, and visit the Brevard Music Center YouTube channel for performance videos from previous festival seasons.

Sugarfest Winter in the Mountains

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Sugar Mountain Resort’s eleventh annual SugarFest is scheduled for December 13th through the 15th.

Weekend festivities begin Friday, December 13th when the twentieth Annual Pre-Season Ski Clinic introduces two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Diann Roffe to an eager group of skiers taking part in three days of personalized instruction on the slopes. The all-inclusive clinic is open to serious ski racing enthusiasts. It includes video analysis, a ski tuning seminar, lift/slope tickets, a Saturday night banquet and the camaraderie of old and new friends.

Later that evening at 7:30p.m., 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie performs his signature skate routines free of charge for the public. The approachable Wylie is a great showman who eagerly interacts with anyone on or off the ice after the show. If you’ve never seen or held a real Olympic gold or silver medal, stop by the ice rink. Paul and Diann will share their medals and Olympic experiences with you.

Delight in the beginning of the three-day SugarFEAST during the evening’s skate show on Sugar’s 10,000 sq. ft. outdoor ice rink. To keep you warm and well-hydrated a hot chocolate and whip cream bar will flow creamy, smooth chocolate pleasures.

All day Saturday and Sunday ski and snowboard manufacturers roll out their newest equipment for an unmatched demo inventory. Any valid lift ticket holder with a driver’s license is welcome to sample the latest ski and snowboard equipment.

Participating brands include Salomon, Volkl, Nordica, Burton, Head, Never Summer, K2, Atomic, Rossignol, Ride and Line. Just bring your boots, register, and test drive the goods from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The SugarFest demo is brought to you by Ski Country Sports.

SugarFEAST continues throughout the weekend. Browse through the cafeteria line each day and experience the “Soup Safari”. Or later at 5 p.m. North Carolina BBQ and Sweet Tea should satisfy your appetite after a productive and rewarding day demoing the season’s new equipment.

At SugarFest, Après ski isn’t a thing of the past. A fireworks display will take place just before 6 p.m. The deck at the base lodge is a great place to take it all in. Kick off your boots and enjoy great food, warm drinks and live bluegrass music from favorite local music group, BOSS HAWG. The Last Run Lounge will feature SugarBrew’s award winning “best in show” Thomas Creek Brewery’s, Up the Creek Extreme IPA brewed in Greenville, SC. Of course, the good ole German beer, Spaten will be on tap among others. No shortage of beverage selection here.

Not to forget, tubing is always fun and doesn’t require much of anything. Snowshoeing on the other hand is a healthy workout in an environment you won’t experience on a treadmill.

To enjoy the total SugarFest experience, you’ll want to spend the weekend on the mountain. Participating lodging agencies within the Village of Sugar Mountain offer discounted rates for slope-side and on-mountain accommodations. Sugar Mountain Resort’s Winter Value Packages are available too.

To learn more about SugarFest go to www.skisugar.com/sugarfest or call 1-800-SUGAR-MT and become a part of Sugar Mountain’s fun-filled winter kick off.

Wild Family Fun at WNC Nature Center Hey Day

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Friends of the WNC Nature Center are pleased to host the 37th annual Hey Day fall festival at the WNC Nature Center, Asheville‘s Wildlife Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 12. The tradition continues as the City of Asheville produces another day of fun, play and engagement with wildlife native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Admission to the Center is $6 for adults ($8 for non-Asheville residents), $5 for seniors ($7 for non-Asheville residents), $4 for youth ages 3-15 and children age 2 and under are free, Members are free (join before you visit at www.wildwnc.org).

As always, Hey Day presents live performances on the main stage including music by Ric Ledford and Reems Creek Incident, Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Kazoo Show, and The Asheville Clogging Company and the Mountain Thunder Cloggers.

Festivities include delicious food and snacks and a variety of fun activities and exciting animal encounters with our furry and feathered ambassadors.  From face painting to pumpkin painting to a hay jump, and lots to learn, there is fun around every corner at Hey Day!

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center appreciate the support and generosity of this year’s sponsors: Creekside Taphouse, Earth Fare, Hulsing Hotels – Crowne Plaza and Four Points, The Laurel of Asheville, Lynch Graphics, R.E.A.C.H. of Asheville, Rita’s Italian Ice, Ultimate Ice Cream, and Celebrity’s Hot Dogs.

For additional information visit www.wncnaturecenter.com or call 828-259-8080.

The Friends provide support to the WNC Nature Center- Asheville’s Wildlife Park!  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) the zoo features over 250 animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, red wolves, otters, birds of prey, black bears, and reptiles.  For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

French Broad Brew Fest Celebrates Fall by the River with Breweries and Music

Friday, August 16th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – After 16 years hosting the French Broad River Festival in the spring, the organizers are now perfecting the fall version which has been renamed the French Broad Brew Fest (formerly Fall Fest) and features a few of the area’s best resources:  craft brew, great music and beautiful scenery.

Just north of Asheville, Hot Springs is a destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking whitewater, fishing, hiking, biking, or just relaxing at the Spa by the river.  With the festival grounds located on the banks of the French Broad  and it’s intersection with the Appalachian Trail, what better way to celebrate Fall in the Mountains?  Beautiful scenery, music, craft beers, and food on one glorious afternoon, camping included!  See details below:

Brew15+ breweries will be onsite and festival-goers will receive a commemorative souvenir glass for sampling from noon to 10 pm on Sat. Sept 28.
EntertainmentLukas Nelson and POTR put on an amazing show at the 15th annual French Broad River Festival and loved Hot Springs, so they’ll be back!  Never heard of Lukas?  His dad is pretty famous, and I promise one day you’ll be telling people you saw him and his band in little old Hot Springs.  Check them out in this video from the 15th annual.  Oh, and how about a full day of great live music to include The Fritz, Black Robin Hero, The Bayou Diesel Band, Underhill Rose, The Mountaintop Polka Band (in brew tent) and more?! (see band info below)  Hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, soaking in hot tubs, and spa appointments are optional.
Environment:  Where the French Broad River intersects with the Appalachian Trail . . . beautiful campsites included (see Relax).

Relax:  No worries about driving, because camping is included with private campsites, rv sites and cabins available on the festival grounds.  Lodging is also available within walking distance at one of the hotels or B&B’s in town.  In addition to the festivities, festival-goers can also enjoy the 100 acre resort & spa’s modern Jacuzzi style hot tubs, positioned outside along the river and supplied with a continuous flow of Natural Hot Mineral Water and a staff of massage therapists on hand to compliment your soaks.  If you’d like to reserve a soak in the mineral springs or a stay in the campground in advance of the festival, go to www.nchotsprings.com or call 828-622-7676.

Messe Stuttgart Joins Forces with Asheville-based Green Festival

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Europe’s leading organizer of trade shows for the Sustainable Economy comes to Western North Carolina

European sustainable event leader Messe Stuttgart announces a partnership with Asheville-based Green Festival, Inc. The partnership is expected to strengthen and expand sustainability oriented events throughout North America and bring more jobs to Asheville, North Carolina. On August 2, 2013 at 191 Lyman Street, Suite 101 (South side of River Terrace Building) members of the press and dignitaries are invited to a breakfast gathering and press conference announcing this historic German – Western North Carolinian partnership. Green Festivals™ is the nation’s premier green event series including San Francisco, Chicago, DC, New York and Los Angeles. Green Festivals™ is produced from Asheville, NC supporting 15-18 green event production and eco sales specialists for the last 13 years. Messe Stuttgart’s partnership with Green Festival signals a new era for this landmark green consumer exposition and herald’s new opportunities for the sustainable event industry.

About Messe Stuttgart

In 2012 Messe Stuttgart attained a total income of around 129 million Euro and a double digit profit before tax of around 14 million Euro. These figures are the highest ever in the history of the company. Europe’s most modern trade fair and congress center also attracted a total of 1.27 million visitors in 2012, i.e. a substantial increase with the previous year (1.12 million visitors). The number of exhibitors (20,601) reached the highest level since the establishment of the Messe Stuttgart (2011:18,492)

67 trade fairs and exhibitions were held in Stuttgart in 2012. This figure represents a marked increase compared with the previous year (55) and was made up of 45 own events and 22 guest events – of which 43 were trade fairs and 24 public exhibitions. Messe Stuttgart manages two subsidiaries in the growth markets China and Turkey. It also maintains a network of foreign representatives in 54 countries.

Messe Stuttgart is the organizer of various trade shows in the Sustainable Economy. Shows like “The Market for good taste – the Slow Food Trade Fair”, “FAIR HANDELN – International exhibition focusing on Fairtrade and globally responsible trade and activities”, “Garden outdoor environment – exhibition for garden and lifestyle”, “i-Mobility – exhibition for intelligent mobility, environment and technology”, “YogaExpo – the trade fair for yoga, ayurveda & co.”, “Minerals Fossils Jewelry”, “Haus Holz Energie – the large sustainable building and energy trade fair” gather every year more than 80,000 attendees and 1150 exhibitors to the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre.

Stuttgart assumes a pioneering role in Germany when it comes to the conservative use of resources and environment-friendly behavior in connection with events. The dedication and commitment of Messe Stuttgart is forward-looking: 34,000 square meters of solar panels produce 4.32 million kWh of electricity per year, precipitation is fed back to the natural water cycle via a retention basin and for the climate system ice is produced at night-time using electricity at a cheaper rate, which is then used to cool the rooms during the day.

About Green Festival

Green Festival®, a project of Green America and Global Exchange, celebrates what’s working in our communities and around the world – for people, business and the environment. Green Festival® is the largest sustainability event in the country and continues to grow year after year featuring more than 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators; great how-to workshops; cutting-edge films; fun activities for kids; organic beer and wine; delicious vegetarian cuisine and diverse live music; and a unique marketplace of more than 350 eco-friendly businesses – everything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to Fair Trade gifts and beautiful kitchen tiles made from renewable resources. Green Festival is the only green event that screens exhibitors for their commitment to sustainability, ecological balance and social justice using Green America’s green business standards. Green Festival® walks its talk: each year it gets closer to being a zero-waste event. http://www.greenfestivals.org

About Seven-Star Events

Since 1999, Seven-Star has provided turn-key green event services out of Asheville, NC for environmentally Responsible and socially Respectful (eR/sR) festivals, trade and consumer expositions, conferences, concerts, and mobile tours. Portfolio includes producing Green Festival, greening of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and producing the nation’s largest higher education conference, AASHE. Among its many events, Seven-Star provided greening services for Live Earth in Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Tokyo and Johannesburg producing 85%-97% waste diversion for those concerts. Seven-Star is the only event company in the history of the Environmental Protection Agency to earn its prestigious Waste Wise Award for solid waste recycling in the category “public venue recycling.”

About Green America

Green America® is a not-for-profit membership organization, founded in 1982, working to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Green America works for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come. It runs the largest green business and green consumer networks. Its green economy programs tackle climate change, building fair trading systems, foster sustainable local communities and help families and businesses go green.

About Global Exchange

Global Exchange is a 22-year-old international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. We envision a people-centered globalization that values the rights of workers and the health of the planet; that prioritizes international collaboration as central to ensuring peace; and that aims to create a local, green economy designed to embrace the diversity of our communities. Global Exchange’s influential Reality Tours program buildings international understanding by people-to-people exchanges in countries such as Iran and North Korea.