Meso Creso Presents: Nomadico

Meso Creso Presents: Nomadico

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Meso Creso is raising funds for our very first 3-day festival, Nomadico. We’re taking our unique vision for a more global beats-filled, inclusive world to the next level! Visit us at www.nomadicofestival.com.

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Update #15

over 1 year ago

What can you expect from a place that's neither here nor there? There's a lot to know about this invisible city we are building together. We welcome you to our home where you can find all the information you need. Visit www.nomadicofestival.com

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Who is Meso Creso?

Meso Creso is a Washington DC-based, cross-cultural arts collective that cultivates creativity without boundaries. Named for Mesopotamia's Fertile Crescent -- often considered the cradle of civilization -- Meso Creso fuses whimsy and artistry with DC's cultural diversity and social consciousness.

Dreams becoming reality...

Our vision is a unique event that highlights world music and culture, with elements of creative and healing arts, social activism, and sustainability incorporated through workshops, performances, installations, and events. Through this event, we hope to create safe, inclusive spaces for ourselves and our guests. Join us! 

Uniquely Meso

Imagine what you already know and love about Meso Creso - loving community, international cultural diversity, highly crafted art installations, joyful whistles and hand claps, and a DJ lineup that represents the rich mix of its community - but on a bigger scale. This is the Meso Creso Festival.

World Beats

Two music stages will provide round the clock booty shaking beats. While the emphasis will be on global beats, we will have something for everyone. Hear More

Cross-Cultural Art Spaces

Community arts projects throughout the space. (Inquire about receiving an art grant.)

Workshops and Speakers 

Teach something + learn something. (Look out for workshop applications.) 

Performances and Fire Arts

Expert fire dancers will light up the night sky. Tantalizing performers will amaze and inspire.

Sacred Space

A sanctuary area to recenter, refocus and reinvigorate.

Sustainability

Sick of all the trash that festivals leave behind? So are we! This event will have a complete sustainability plan with recycling, composting, and more. 

What will the money be used for?

All funds raised will be used to cover the upfront costs of the festival. We intend for this to be a one-time effort where we raise enough through fundraising and ticket sales to reinvest in the festival in the coming years.

Artwork of Gratitude

The names of all of our festival supporters will be included in an art piece that will be prominently displayed at the event. We want to recognize everyone who has helped us and allow them to join us at the festival in a special way.

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Financials & Fundraising

Why is Meso Creso raising $20,000 up front, won't ticket sales cover expenses?

As we have always been a non-profit collective driven by volunteers, Meso Creso does not have the capital to cover the costs that arise in the months leading up to the festival. Instead of approaching a backer who would need a financial return on investment, we decided to launch a community fundraising campaign to help meet our capital needs.

By using funds raised to cover the majority of this year's festival expenses, we'll be able to reinvest ticket revenue in next year’s festival while offering affordable tickets to festival guests. This way, we only have to fundraise once. For more information on how the funds raised will be spent, feel free to view our budget summary at http://bit.ly/MesoFestBudget.   

Can you really raise $20,000?

You already know about our crowdfunding campaign, and we hope that you, the folks who love what we’re about, will chip in with a modest (or not so modest) donation via that campaign. We’re also cooking up an early March fundraising event and members of the Meso Creso community are planning smaller scale fundraisers like luaus, dinner parties, and yoga classes- all in support of the festival. We believe these activities combined will get us to our goal.

What will the money be used for for? Is anyone making a profit?

All of the money raised will go to support the festival; no one makes any profit, and the vast majority of the work will be done on a volunteer basis, out of a genuine desire to create an exciting and beautiful experience. The money raised for the festival will not be used for other Meso Creso activities or events.

What happens if you don't meet your goal?

Our first milestone is to raise $7,500 by March 31st and our second is to close in on $20,000 by late summer. While we feel confident that we’ll meet our overall goal, we do plan to regroup and revision the event if we miss our first target. If at any point in the campaign we come to a decision that the festival is not viable, all donors will be offered a full refund. But with your help and support, we feel confident that we’ll meet our goal and be able to deliver the festival as it’s envisioned today.    

Still have questions?  Reach out to us at mesocresofestival@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you.

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over 1 year ago

Update #16

What can you expect from a place that's neither here nor there? There's a lot to know about this invisible city we are building together. We welcome you to our home where you can find all the information you need. Visit www.nomadicofestival.com

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almost 2 years ago

Update #15

Now that the frigid blustery months are behind us, Meso Creso’s flying caravan is finally coming out of the depths of its winter slumber and landing in a local park in DC - our own secret Spring Oasis. Awaiting you will be sparkling shishas, yoga and acro classes, coffee and tea, Turkish delights and other treats, coloring and crafts, and day-time dancing with the DJs you love. It’ll be a place for friends, old and new, to take time and be intentional with each other - to simply just enjoy a Spring day in our city. Come and get a taste of what awaits you at Nomadico.

IMPORTANT: Because of the limited capacity of our outdoor venue -- a secret park located in NW DC -- we are not releasing the address or location at this time. Only ticket-holders will receive the location information the day before the event. Tickets are $13 with proceeds going directly to the artists, performers and to cover event costs. We anticipate selling out and so please do not forget to purchase a ticket ahead of time!

Please buy your tickets here: http://mesocresospring2016.bpt.me/

Special Live Performances by:

Filastine
Filastine’s compositions fuse contemporary electronic beats with concrete sounds, voices, percussion, acoustic strings and video projections. This is future bass music from a future where the globe has been flipped, the sonic territories remixed, and syncopated mid-eastern rhythms and asian melodies shape a new urban sound. His work features Javanese indie rapper Nova who adds her rich musical roots to Filastine’s sound; she grew up singing pentecostal spirituals, koranic recitations in the mosque, and playing Javanese gamelan.

http://www.filastine.com/

In Thought Collection: Manifest DC
Recording social issues through spoken word and improvised composition that blends the melody of jazz and the message of hip hop.

https://www.reverbnation.com/matthewgillichandthoughtcollection

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almost 2 years ago

Update #14

Wow wow wow- the community brought the heat! Together we raised $2,115 from 47 new backers this week! With our matching gift we are now $4,230 closer to to bringing Nomadico to life! Please share this campaign and help us reach more folks who can help us get to our goal.

Nomadico is only possible if our community believes it is possible. Having the support of all of you is huge vote of confidence. We're humbled and energized! We can't wait to celebrate under the bayt with you at Nomadico.

Thank you for joining us on this journey, your donation means more to us than you know!

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Meso Creso posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #13

We're off to a great start! Thanks to all of the backers who joined us to day to help us take advantage of a matching gift this week. We're lucky enough to have a donor that will match every dollar given this week (up to $2,500) to help us build Nomadico.

Today alone, new backers donated over $400 meaning we've raised another $800 towards Nomadico in less than 24 hours, Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We've still got over $2,000 of matching funds available, and we'd be grateful if you'd help of spread the word. We need you -- dancers, artists, architects, merchants, troubadours, drummers, artisans, teachers and nomads -- to be a part of the dream team.

Stay tuned for more updates, and remember...some call it a celebration of the spirit of self-expression, community, and collaboration. Some call it Meso Creso.

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Meso Creso posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #12

Greetings Nomadico Backers-

We had a big audacious goal set for us when we launched this campaign in January. We needed to raise at least $7,500 by March 31st to move forward with our plans for Nomadico as originally envisioned. We're thrilled to announce that we've met and exceeded that goal and to date we've raised over $12,250 thanks to you!

We could not be more grateful to you for your support. Thank you, thank you to all our backers and to the Nomadico fundraising team for getting us this far. We can't wait to see what the coming months will bring and we feel more confident now that ever before that we can meet our 20k total fundraising goal! If you haven't made a donation yet and want to help make Nomadico a reality... join us as a festival backer and make a donation today! And don't forget to share this campaign with friends and family who love making magic!

For some fun this weekend, join the Meso Creso flying caravan as we break through the atmosphere and look down onto earth with the next installment of 1,001 Beats - A Long Way From Home.

As we near Cosmonautics Day, Meso Creso is paying homage to Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space and orbit the Earth.

A Long Way From Home will feature a special DJ set from guests Empresarios + Meso Creso resident DJ's.

RSVP to the FB event and share with your friends!
https://www.facebook.com/events/631096917044531/

Stay tuned for more updates, and remember...some call it a celebration of the spirit of self-expression, community, and collaboration. Some call it Meso Creso.

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Meso Creso posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #11

Happy Humpday Nomadico Backers!

Last weekend members of the planning team took a trip to the land where we'll create Nomadico. But what is a city without its residents?

We are seeking architects, artists, merchants, troubadours, drummers, artisans, teachers, nomads and dreamers to help us relate to this new environment.

Thanks to you we are on our way...have a friend who may want to join our flying caravan? Share this page with them and invite them to hop on board!

We can't wait to build a place with you there. Are you in?
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almost 2 years ago

Update #10

Great ideas are made possible by a community that believes they are possible. The support of our festival backers is both humbling and energizing and we want to thank you for joining our caravan. You may be wondering, where are we headed?

For years, Meso Creso’s flying caravan has roamed from one place to another, traveling through the ancient and modern, through new cultural landscapes and old global soundscapes. Borderless and boundaryless, our caravan is landing soon in an entirely unlikely destination. We invite you to join us, - to find our way to this place together - to weave our cultural tapestries into a modern tradition.

We call this place Nomadico.

What can you expect in a place that is neither here nor there?
Nomadico is a city of nomads, a unique place that highlights world music and culture, with elements of creative and healing arts, social activism, and sustainability incorporated through workshops, performances, installations, and events.

Nomadico is everything you love about Meso Creso - loving community, roving hookah lounges, highly crafted art installations, joyful whistles and hand claps, and a DJ lineup that represents the rich cultural mix of its community - but on a bigger scale.

We are now less than $2,000 away from being 60% funded thanks to all of you! Can you share our story with your friends? Every contribution counts.

A story within a story.
A discovery within a journey.
A destination within our reach.

Meso Creso Presents: Nomadico

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almost 2 years ago

Update #9

What can you expect from a place that's neither here nor there? A multi- sensory experience awaits you - if you've spent early mornings or late nights under our bayt you're in for an oddly familiar yet brand new journey.

Only two days until Prelude, join us!

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Meso Creso posted a new update:
almost 2 years ago

Update #7

Happy Friday!

This just in: we are only $2,000 away from our March 31st goal of $7,500! We achieved this thanks to all of you who've donated and/or shared the campaign with your networks.

How great would it be to get to 50% funded by the end of March? Given where we are today, it's possible with your help.

Step One:
Join us on March 5th at Zeba in Columbia Heights for Meso Creso Presents: Prelude and invite your friends. There will be dancing, a hookah lounge, tasty treats, incredible decor and the exclusive release of the festival name and theme! All this can be yours for $5 minimum at the door (but pay what you can to support the cause!)

Step Two:
Share this campaign with a friend, or 10! If each of our backers got one person to make a $35 donation we'd raise $2,000 towards our goal.

With your help, we can easily surpass the $10,000 mark and the inaugural Meso Creso festival will be 50% funded!

Stay tuned for more updates, and remember...some call it a celebration of the spirit of self-expression, community, and collaboration. Some call it Meso Creso

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Update #6

Borderless and boundaryless, our caravan is embarking to an unlikely destination. We invite you to join us to weave our cultural tapestries into a modern tradition. Meet unexpected travelers, discover imaginary cities, and chart a path to the Meso Creso festival.

Join us Saturday, March 5th at Zeba Bar in Columbia Heights for Meso Creso Presents: Prelude.

A fundraiser for the festival featuring the exclusive release of the festival name + theme. Be there and be the first to know!

This event features everything you know and love about Meso Creso:

+All Meso Creso DJ showcase
+Hookah Lounge
+Incredible Decor
+Tasty Treats

Plus exclusive to this event, enter to win...

+A hand crafted, light up, faux fur animal hood for all your furry needs from one of our own artists (>$100)
+Rub-a-Dub-Dub Variety Pack - A sudsy rainbow stockpile for all your clean-hippie hygiene needs, >$100 value!
+A private yoga lesson from one of our talented, luscious, and spirited yogis (>$100)

(Raffle Tickets $5 each or $20 for an arms length)

$5 minimum at the door but pay what you can to support the cause!
RSVP and updates at: https://www.facebook.com/events/881081818675071/

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about 2 years ago

Update #5

Happy Hump Day, we've got some big news to share. Thanks to you we've reached an exciting milestone and have raised over $5,000! With 25% of our goal committed we know we can get to the finish line! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

YOU inspire us, now we want to know what inspires you? Join us and tell your Meso Creso story. Use #mesocreso on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and tell us, what inspires you? How do you view community? What makes your heart happy and your body dance?

Stay tuned for more updates, and remember...some call it a celebration of the spirit of self-expression, community, and collaboration. Some call it Meso Creso.

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Update #4

Happy Monday Backers! We're thrilled to report we are over 20% funded thanks to you and have raised over $4,500 since we launched this effort less than a month ago. Thank you, thank you, thank you! As a festival backer you are family, and we want to invite you to our Valentine's Day edition of 1,001 Beats, a global beats inspired dance party with sounds from near and far ...

This Valentine's Day edition will bring some of the best global bass beats from the dance floor, straight to your heart. Featuring some very special guests:

♥ DJ Ripley (Dutty Artz - NYC)♥
https://soundcloud.com/ripley
https://www.facebook.com/deejayRipley/
http://ripleydj.com

DJ Ripley weaves together street bass sounds from cities all over the world, where immigrants bring their sounds from home and mix them with electronic beats. Brewing a lively combination of jungle, dancehall, hip-hop, dub, and experimental noise in 1995, Ripley has branched out into cumbia, bhangra, azonto, baile funk, UK garage, soca, afrobeats, dancehall, kuduru, gqom, dembow, and dark bass sounds of breakcore, jungle, juke, booty bass, grime, jersey club. dubstep, and vogue beats.

She uses music to celebrate people’s experiences across and within race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, highlighting the beauty of interconnecting global stories and rocking them into your body on the dancefloor.

♥ Riobamba (Pico Picante / Perreo / Dutty Artz - NYC)♥
https://soundcloud.com/riobamba_dj/
https://www.facebook.com/riobamba.dj/
http://www.riobamba-dj.net/

Riobamba is an Ecuadorean-Lithuanian DJ/producer, cultural promoter, and writer based in Brooklyn. Drawing inspiration from her hybrid diaspora roots, borderless digital dialogue, and bodega soundtracks, Riobamba reconstructs stories of migration and displacement to build out her own club rituals. Her sets interweave remixed Youtube clips and field recordings, urbano futures, acid dembow, sound system anthems, and screwed rave disorder in a tribute to de-colonized club culture.

♥ Mambisa (Unitribe / Athena Collective - PHI)♥
https://soundcloud.com/mambisamambisa
https://www.facebook.com/musica.mambisa/

MAMBISA can be found shakin' it at the myriad intersections of electronica, dance, roots, folk, future, retro, heart, soul, and sacred spirit, local and global, here, there, and everywhere, right here, right now. nada brahma. From Brooklyn bars to Bolivian radio stations, Mambisa, aka Jess Jones, has been immersed in the performance and promotion of global music culture for the last decade.

♥ Meso Creso Resident DJ♥
BEATrix
http://www.soundcloud.com/djbeatrix

But let's not forget....
+ live photo booth!
+ art installations!
+ lovely visuals!
+ delicious treats!

Drink specials: $4 Yuengling, $5 Fireball, and $5 Absolut flavors

All this and more for a $5 cover

Will you be our Valentine?

RSVP at : https://www.facebook.com/events/1058490980840207/

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about 2 years ago

Update #3

This just in! We’re excited to announce a new giving level we think you might like. Backers who give or bump their donations to $200 will receive a ticket to the festival in addition to some great Meso Creso swag! We’re so excited to share this journey with you and we want to make sure you, our backers, are there with us. Don’t wait, this gift is limited to the first 50 backers to give at the $200 level.

This new donation level is in response to a few questions we've received about donations and fundraising. If you have questions yourself, check out our handy FAQ, and if your questions aren't answered there feel free to reach out to us at mesocresofestival@gmail.com.

Of course, you may not be able to give a $200 donation, but still want to contribute. We understand! We have tons of great giving levels starting at just $10, all of which come with a great thank you gift from swag, to more experiential gifts like custom Meso Creso mixtapes and DJ lessons. Donations of all sizes will help us meet our goal. You also have the option of giving just $10 now, and then adding to your donation at your own schedule to reach a higher giving level for a great thank you!

Come be bold with us! We’re committed to this event and planning is underway; a site contract is being signed, and exciting details for what’s in store are coming this spring. But we can’t do it without you. Hop over to https://fundly.com/meso-creso-festival and make a donation today and stay tuned for our next updates on the festival theme and a fun March fundraising event!

Remember, some call it a celebration of the spirit of self-expression, community, and collaboration. Some call it Meso Creso.

Love,
Meso Creso

Meso Creso Festival FAQ | Financials & Fundraising

Why is Meso Creso raising $20,000 up front, won't ticket sales cover our expenses?

As we have always been a non-profit collective driven by volunteers, Meso Creso does not have the capital to cover the costs that arise in the months leading up to the festival. Instead of approaching a backer who would need a financial return on investment, we decided to launch a community fundraising campaign to help meet our capital needs.

By using funds raised to cover the majority of this year's festival expenses, we'll be able to reinvest ticket revenue in next year’s festival while offering affordable tickets to festival guests. This way, we only have to fundraise once. For more information on how the funds raised will be spent, feel free to view our budget summary at http://bit.ly/MesoFestBudget.

Can you really raise $20,000?

You already know about our crowdfunding campaign, and we hope that you, the folks who love what we’re about, will chip in with a modest (or not so modest) donation via that campaign. We’re also cooking up an early March fundraising event and members of the Meso Creso community are planning smaller scale fundraisers like luaus, dinner parties, and yoga classes- all in support of the festival. We believe these activities combined will get us to our goal.

What will the money be used for for? Is anyone making a profit?
All of the money raised will go to support the festival; no one makes any profit, and the vast majority of the work will be done on a volunteer basis, out of a genuine desire to create an exciting and beautiful experience. The money raised for the festival will not be used for other Meso Creso activities or events.

What happens if you don't meet your goal?

Our first milestone is to raise $7,500 by March 31st and our second is to close in on $20,000 by late summer. While we feel confident that we’ll meet our overall goal, we do plan to regroup and revision the event if we miss our first target. If at any point in the campaign we come to a decision that the festival is not viable, all donors will be offered a full refund. But with your help and support, we feel confident that we’ll meet our goal and be able to deliver the festival as it’s envisioned today.

Still have questions? Reach out to us at mesocresofestival@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you.

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about 2 years ago

Update #2

Happy hump day backers! We’re officially 10% funded thanks to you. We want this campaign to reach as many people as possible and we need you! Help us by joining @mesocreso on Twitter and Instagram and at facebook.com/mesocreso and tell your Meso Creso story.

What inspires you? How do you view community? What makes your heart happy and your body dance? Don’t forget to use #mesocreso and your story will appear here on our social page.

Need some inspiration- check out https://soundcloud.com/meso-creso for some tunes to get you warmed up.

And don’t forget to share this campaign. Are there people in your community that want to get on board? Don't be shy- share the love and the message. Let them know why you want to see this festival happen and invite them to join us by making a donation!

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about 2 years ago

Update #1

And we’re off!

Thanks to all of the fine folks who've joined us as festival backers. By now you know we’re taking Meso Creso’s unique vision for a better, more inclusive world to the next level through our own multi- day, multi-sensory festival. Since we launched last Friday, we've raised $1,200 which means we're 6% funded and one step closer to making the festival happen, but we still need your help to turn the dream into reality.

Imagine what you already know and love about Meso Creso- loving community, radical inclusion, international cultural diversity- but on a bigger scale. This is our vision for the festival and we can’t do it without you!

The best way to reach our fundraising goal is with the help and support of people like you. Folks who believe in the magic that happens when you bring together diverse cross sections of our community, artists of all stripes, DJs and DIYers, the mad and the meticulous and cultivate creativity without boundaries.

Can you share this campaign with someone you know? Someone who’s committed to the idea of highly crafted art installations, joyful whistles and hand claps, and a DJ lineup that represents the rich cultural mix of our community? By sharing this message you’ll help us reach our goal and bring the festival to life!

Stay tuned for more updates, and remember...some call it a celebration of the spirit of self-expression, community, and collaboration. Some call it Meso Creso.

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