The Guardian festival blog: ‘The hippie dream is still alive’: how Ibiza went from techno to boho | Music

It’s Friday afternoon in Ibiza, the sun is beating down and I’ve arrived at an old army barracks in the centre of the Spanish clubbing mecca for the inaugural Aniwa Gathering. It resembles a rave; the police, naturally, have already tried to close it down. But despite the troupes of hippies, decorative canopies and the totem pole demarcating the entrance, it is most definitely not a rave.

While the tech house superclubs prepare for another night of narcotics and vest-clad fist pumping, this is an event singing to a different tune. If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a former Brazilian model and a ex-director of a tech startup discover ayahuasca, then you’ve found your answer: they launch a foundation dedicated to the promotion of indigenous culture, start a festival and fly in 40 spiritual leaders from around the world to lead a series of talks, performances and ceremonies including the ritualistic sharing of cacao,…


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