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|Country and Region||India — Jammu and Kashmir|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Leh, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India|
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Set high up at 3,500m (11,500 feet) in the most remote and least populated region of India, the Ladakh Confluence celebrates music, art, heritage, culture and nature in one of the highest, driest inhabited places of the world.
Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’, is in the Trans-Himalayan range on the western edge of the Tibetan plateau. It’s known for its breathtaking natural beauty and extreme climate, for the local Ladakhi population’s gentle approach to life and close relationship with the Earth, for its unparalleled blue skies and endangered wetlands. Ladakh is also an extreme playground for adventure enthusiasts, a pilgrimage for motorbike clubs, a biologically diverse hotspot for scientists and conservationists, and now, the coolest festival destination around.
The Confluence takes place on the banks of the Indus, and promises world-class music performances, heritage architecture restoration, a nature and adventure film festival, workshops, children’s activities, Tangkha art, calligraphy, Ladakhi dance, looming, photography, food and handicraft stalls, a peace/healing tent, chang (Ladakhi barley beer)-making sessions and, of course, a momo-eating contest.
The artist lineup is impressive, with eclectic folk, fusion and world music, clean, dance-worthy acoustic sounds and spontaneous jam sessions, all against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
Allowing additional time for travel (the ride up to Leh is spectacular), high-altitude acclimatisation (you’ll need about two days) and adventure (Ladakh is India’s capital for white-water rafting, mountaineering, trekking, biking and exploration), the four-day Confluence is even better as the highlight of a longer trip if you can spare the time. Start planning your travel, pack your bags, and don’t forget your thermals or your dancing shoes.
|Festival Dates||July 15 - 18, 2010|
Ladakh is a unique part of this planet. Set deep in the Indian Himalayas on the western edge of the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’, is one of the highest and driest inhabited places on earth. An extreme playground for adventure enthusiasts, a pilgrimage for Indiaís bike clubs, and a biologically diverse hot spot for scientists and conservationists, Ladakh is already on everyoneís mind.
The first-of-its-kind Ladkah Confluence, combines world renowned percussion performances, adventure activities and cultural immersion, is the last inspiration needed to get them all there this August. The Confluence is designed with unwavering commitment to some essential core concepts. First among them is that not only will the Confluence “Leave No Trace”, it will strive towards a negative carbon footprint. Following in Ladakhís own footsteps of being the first Indian state to successfully ban plastic bags, the Confluence’s waste management implementation will include initiatives like limiting of resources required, strictly enforcing recycling and composting, and fines for littering.
Discussions are on with the Ladakhi government to close off the festival areas of Leh to vehicles, allowing for clear walking and biking paths between venues and reduction of emission and noise pollution. For festival attendees who cannot bring their own, bicycles will be provided for pick-up and drop off at stands outside venue areas.