Live performances, TED-style talks, and artifacts from the 1969 festival will honor the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on its original grounds.
A 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock has been confirmed and will be held on the original festival grounds August 16-18th, 2019.
Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival has cultivated a “pan-generational music, culture, and community event” which will include “live performances from prominent and emerging artists spanning multiple genres and decades, and TED-style talks from leading futurists and retro-tech experts.” The non-profit cultural center was built on the site of the Woodstock festival and is excited to preserve the history and spirit of Woodstock while inspiring new generations.
The announcement continued: “Festival goers will also be able to visit the Museum at Bethel Woods, which tells the story of the 1960s through immersive media, interactive engagements, and artifacts from the 1969 festival, as well as experience the special 2019 exhibit ‘We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for an Aquarian Future.’”
While the event is not affiliated with Woodstock Ventures LC, the body behind the 1969 festival and its successors, and so are not “official” Woodstock events, they do have the blessing of previous festival bigwigs.
Michael Lang -the producer and co-creator of the original Woodstock festival- said in a statement “While the original site in Bethel remains close to our hearts, it no longer has the capacity to hold a real Woodstock Festival. I’m delighted that Bethel Woods is doing events in the coming year to celebrate what we brought to life in 1969 and I encourage people to visit the museum and concert venue.”
The statement added, “Lang will shortly be announcing his plans for the real Woodstock 50th Festival to bring back the much needed spirit and energy of the 1969 original.”