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“If peace only had the music and pageantry of war, there’d be no wars.”
– Sophie Kerr

 

The 17th annual How Weird Street Faire is on Sunday May 1st, 2016
in downtown San Francisco, centered at Howard and 2nd Streets.

The How Weird Street Faire is our experiment in creating peace, and a fundraiser for the World Peace Through Technology Organization. It has brought together many different types of people, and has united them all in a common purpose – to celebrate peace and creativity. It has created many lasting connections between individuals and communities. It has let people experience the reality of a place where cooperation is favored over competition, where diversity is appreciated and celebrated, and where people can see that our differences are far fewer than our similarities. The How Weird Street Faire has made learning the foundations of peace as simple as walking down the street, and dancing.

For its 16th year, there are 13 city blocks of art and celebration, including 10 stages of world-class electronic music, performances, peace activities, technology exhibits, food and drinks, vendors from around the world selling unique and creative wares, and non-profit organizations to educate and inspire. Filling in the faire will be thousands of people in colorful costumes dancing in the streets.

The How Weird Street Faire encompasses Howard Street between 1st Street and New Montgomery, 2nd Street between Mission and Howard, and all four blocks of Minna Street and Natoma Street off of 2nd Street. As well as Art Alley on Tehama Street. The center intersection of Howard and 2nd Streets is the Paxorium, or “place of peace”.

The faire entrances are at Howard & 1st Streets and at 2nd Street & Mission Streets. There is also an entrance for presale Magic Sticker holders at Howard Street & New Montgomery Streets. This is a short walk from the Montgomery BART station on Market Street, many MUNI stops, the Transbay Terminal, and Caltrains.

The How Weird Street Faire supports sustainable actions and education. The faire maximizes recycling and composting, aiming for zero waste. Please bike or take public transportation to the faire. There will be free bike parking at New Montgomery and Natoma Streets, and public transportation is only a couple of blocks away.

Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Compost, Recycle – in that order.

The How Weird Street Faire showcases many diverse genres of music, including Live Electronica, Downtempo, Breaks, Electro, Trance, House, Techno, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, World Beat, and too many other sub-genres to name. The How Weird Street Faire uses music to bring different kinds of people together and create a common bond. Dancing knows no boundaries or political affiliation, and music, more than any other form of communication, is able to transcend differences between people. It is through music and art that peace is always possible.

For more information visit… www.HowWeird.org