At Wonderfruit, our ethos is to encourage, develop and innovate creative solutions for sustainable living and bring together a global community to celebrate them.

Reimagining Wonderfruit as a pop-up city

 

Let's re-think the way a society functions, from its waste management, water, transportation and logistics to energy, food, human interactions to social experiments. By designing a city with these elements in mind, we can re-engineer traditional practices to create a world we want to see.

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SUSTAINABLE CREATIVE EXPERIENCES

Over the past five years, we’ve built a celebration of sustainability on six pillars: Art & Architecture, Farm to Feasts, Music, Family, Talks & Workshops and Wellness. This year, we continue to curate experiences that bring our global community together.

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From the Wonderpost
16 September 2019
Sustainable Living in The Fields
It’s no secret that Wonderfruit is a place for motivating, encouraging, and sparking positive impact in the world. We make the cause known at every magical turn, and we take responsibility for ensuring that the land and resources that our pop-up city requires are left in better condition that when we found them. So as we move nearer and nearer to Wonderfruit, it’s time for everyone to start prepping our sustainable selves for the wonders of December.   Living sustainably at Wonderfruit takes small actions with big impacts. Making conscious choices to consume less, recycle more, and reduce our footprints isn’t difficult. It can be fun, simple, and even sexy. Here are just a few suggestions to make your stay in The Fields environmentally positive:   Getting here Wonderfruit only exists for four days and nights, so everyone has to travel to get here. Your transport choices have the most significant impact on your emissions footprint, but what can you do about it? Choose to carpool, opt for a lower-emissions vehicle, or offset your flight with carbon credits. A one-way flight from London to Bangkok generates more than 1.5 tons of carbon, but you can recover your carbon with forestry credits or green business initiatives for less than $30. You’ll still make it to The Fields in style, and the planet will be happier for it.   The getup Getting your self festie fabulous is as much a part of Wonderfruit as Molam Bus selfies, bath house soaks, and Solar Stage sunrises. What covers you as you navigate The Fields can leave an impression on the Wonderers around you, and the environment that surrounds. In place of plastic accessories, single-use items, or fast fashion, get involved in the markets and workshops at Wonderfruit for a look that will last.    Get involved  Speaking of workshops, taking part in the activities of Wonderfruit is a guaranteed way to make a positive impact on the planet from the comfort of the pop-up city. Learn, reimagine, and wonder with upcycling, fermentation, compost, and more.    Reduce, reuse, refill Just like every year, plastic packaging is nowhere to be seen in The Fields. We make sure that every plate, piece of cutlery, and unavoidable single-use item is readily compostable to minimise any traces of Wonderfruit after the gates have closed. Reusable cups are the simplest, most stylish way to reduce waste at Wonderfruit, and are a long-lasting memory of your time with us. Bring your own, or pick up a stainless steel cup at the event, and live that sustainable lifestyle long into the future.    Wonderers can discover more about what we believe, and how we encourage everyone to live their most sustainable lives, by getting familiar with our Ethos.
9 September 2019
Intermission 2019
Bring your sound and style to the big stage at Wonderfruit with Intermission, our annual program giving talented, emerging acts the chance to shine.   Every year, while Wonderers are prepping for their time in The Fields, producer Howie B spends the weeks leading up to Wonderfruit working with our Intermission finalists. His decades of experience working with the likes of Björk, U2, Tricky, and Siouxsie and the Banshees is directed at the lucky few chosen to perform at Creature Stage between the main acts. Howie tweaks, instructs, and finesses each performer, giving them all the knowledge they need to excel.    If you want this to be your story, you can apply for Intermission now: submissions for 2019 are now open.   Send your demo to intermission@wonderfruitfestival.com.   All formats are accepted (MP3, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc) but to be considered, please submit a minimum of three songs. If you have more than three, send as many as you like. Show us what you’ve got.   Deadline for submission is November 15th. 
4 September 2019
What’s with all the takeovers?
This December in The Fields, many of our beloved spaces are being handed over to our friends—giving the keys to our kingdom to party starters, trendsetters, and memory makers from here and far.    FORBIDDEN FRUIT   Our decadent bamboo boudoir is the first space to be given some outside attention. Starting on Friday night, DJs and performers from around the world will be showing Wonderers what they’ve got, and sharing a piece of their cities, communities, and culture with the gathered masses. Bangkok’s fiercest dancefloor divas, GO GRRRLS, are bringing the heat with their God Save The Queer takeover, a loud and proud LGBTQ-inclusive dance party filling every orifice with great tunes and good times all Friday long. Local community regulars Martian Child, and Wanton Witch are joined by members of the GO GRRRLS Crew Mae Happyair , Cleo P, and Dookie, and a hoard of dancers including Sillapin Zymone Gill and Amazon Sun. Seoul’s underground community, Shade Seoul, lends its friends Ligyre and Cozyhoon, each with blinding housey, disco sets. Singapore’s favourite lil’ selector, A/K/A Sounds, completes the loop with her high-energy dance mixes. The stakes are raised higher than ever before with the appearance of global icon Colleen "Cosmo" Murphy, a veteran of the international music since the '70s—mentored by David Mancuso at "The Loft" in New York, the first underground parties in the world.   On Saturday, France’s kings and queens of the dancefloor Ed Banger Records makes Forbidden Fruit their own, bringing their signature house, alternative dance, electro, hip hop, nu disco, and synthpop—all shared by a lineup of music-makers united by groove. Label boss Busy P anchors the experience, joined by Breakbot & Irfane, Yasmin, Myd, and Broadback, thanks to support from Collective Minds and the Embassy of France.    Sunday sees the Japanese faction of the festival family roll up to rep Rainbow Disco Club, and all the beauty it entails. The annual forest festival is loved for its positive, inclusive party atmosphere and thickly layered lineups—so their takeover of Forbidden Fruit should be no exception. France’s Raphaël Top-Secret ensures a night of good feelings, John Gómez keeps feet moving, while Sisi and Kikiorix stretch the sounds to the edges of recognition.     NERAMIT   Wonderfruit’s 24-hour bamboo base keeps its roots firmly local with a takeover by Bangkok’s ZudRangMa Records, a world groove institution known everywhere for rare and hard-to-find collections of killer vintage tunes and the promotion of Thai styles. The ZudRangMa extended family stretches well beyond the borders of Thailand, so this reunion needs two days to ensure everyone has their chance to shine. Across Friday and Sunday, Neramit will be the home zone for molam, lukthung, world, disco, and funk music by bands, producers and DJs. Native heroes The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band set the scene as they have around the world, Toomturn Molam Group keep things groovy, Rattanakosin Breakin Crew infuse their Thainess with hip hop, and Electric Piphat Band give a modern education in traditional instruments. Label head Maft Sai brings fellow Thailand-based DJs Chris Menist, Tassmah, DJ Funky Pump, Kanehbos, Juice Willis, and Tek Harrington. Double Agent 7, Booty Carrell, Funk Bast*rd, GUTS, MiMi, and Red-I bring their international sounds to the stage.     SOT   The urban playground in The Fields has always been a one-stop shop for the big city vibe, and this year is no exception. A lineup of special guest DJs from around the world are bringing their mixing muscle to SOT, representing the very best of the global Red Bull 3Style competition, an annual battle for turntable supremacy. Barbadian DJ Puffy is joined by fellow world champions Aleqs Notal from Paris, and DJ Rina from Japan—alongside Thai Red Bull 3Style champions DJ Bomber Selecta and DJ Whatdatfrog.    The hardest part will be seeing it all.
4 September 2019
Wanted: Digital Marketing Coordinator
We’re looking for a creative, highly driven individual to join our digital marketing team.   The full-time Digital Marketing Coordinator will assist the Digital Marketing Manager with day-to-day support, planning and execution of acquisition marketing communication plans through a 360 approach across multiple channels primarily featuring web, display, EDM, PPC/Search, video, social and more.   Here’s what the role entails:   Assist in the planning, development, and implementation of online acquisition campaigns to meet overall marketing objectives Assist in the implementation of display ad initiatives across Facebook, Instagram, and GDN. This includes setting up multiple campaigns, a/b creative testing, creative optimisation and understanding targeting capabilities Assist in the management of end-to-end creative development process - from brief writing to overseeing timelines and the ability to work positively alongside Wonderfruit’s creative team (content writers, designers, etc) to ensure messaging and creatives are delivered Analyze and report on digital campaigns weekly. Understand the digital trends and optimisations, creative- or media-driven, to improve creative across various channels Assist in the creative and strategic development for Wonderfruit’s core channels such as the website and mobile apps (iOS & Android) while working alongside management, tech and design teams to improve UX and UI initiatives Collaborate and coordinate with Wonderfruit’s various video teams to produce branded and performance-driven marketing videos Communicate effectively with regional market leads to coordinate content for localisation and distribution across Asian and Western markets   Requirements and qualifications   A bachelor’s degree or greater in marketing, communications or a related field A minimum of 1 year working knowledge of digital marketing and communications with a passion for new and creative ideas Understanding of digital marketing space and social media platforms for business Fluent written and spoken skills in English and Thai A positive and good team player Able to work in a fast-paced environment A critical thinker with problem-solving skills Good time management skills Highly organized and able to multitask   If you think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the Wonderfruit team, please send your application in English including a cover letter and CV to jobs@wonderfruitfestival.com  
19 August 2019
Discover the music of Phase 1
It’s the sixth Wonderfruit, and we are so pleased to welcome a diverse lineup of live artists, producers, bands, and DJs. Wonderfruit has always been about more than the music—but we take our music curation as seriously as everything we do. Instead of “headliners” and supporting acts, every performance plays its part in the individual experiences we share with you, our Wonderers. We want every moment at Wonderfruit to be an expression of the mood, space, and atmosphere of The Fields. We want every sound to excite, explore, and embrace. We hope you'll find something to love.   To help you prepare for your sonic journey this year, we’ve prepared this handy guide to all things musical at Wonderfruit. We’ll keep this page updated with new artists at each announcement, so check back soon for even more.   Sunrise and sunset is celebrated at Solar Stage, with sets signalling each change of day. Listen out for Massive Attack’s Daddy G, sunrise salutes by Floating Points’ and Acid Pauli, and Arp Frique & Family’s afro-disco. Gidge will fill the iconic Solar Stage structure with sparse electronic soundscapes. Trojan Sound System brings up the bass with an earth-shaking soundtrack of dub, dancehall, and reggae.   The Quarry welcomes the return of Craig Richards’ Collisions, a curated selection of daring DJs and challenging producers from here and far. Willow makes her debut in The Fields, Bobby. Will represent club fabric London, where he is a resident, and Felix Dickinson returns for another unforgettable session. Binh will share the fruits of his crate-digging labour, while Thai club fixture DOTT builds deep house textures. Stalwart Nick The Record brings decades of club and festival experience, joining Switzerland’s classically-trained Sonja Moonear and Japan's playful Powder. With more than enough to fill the evenings, The Quarry will stay alive into the daylight hours for the first time in Wonderfruit's history.   The natural amphitheatre of Theatre Stage will come to life with the orchestral jazz sounds of French ensemble Electric Vocuhila and heartfelt local four-piece Mattnimare. Musicity launches completely original compositions live onstage—pieces inspired by the celebrated locations and iconic structures of Bangkok. Rival Consoles is joined by Erased Tapes labelmates Daniel Brandt & Eternal Something, Douglas Dare, Japanese producer Midori Hirano, and Hatis Noit to create new sounds for the city.   The deep, dark decadence of Forbidden Fruit meets its heavenly match in the dance-starters of Ed Banger Records. The French institution helmed by Busy P will take over Forbidden Fruit with performances by signings Myd, Breakbot & Irfane, and the boss himself. Look out for special appearances by vocal collaborator Yasmin alongside the Ed Banger hitmakers, as well as an unmissable set by celebrated DJ icon and global pioneer Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy.   Polygon is returning to The Fields with its 360º sensory experience, ready to immerse all worthy visitors in light, touch, and projection arts by international VFX artists. Dark-hour dances will be delivered by Alejandro Castelli, Dandara, Kusht (Live), Alban Endlos (Live). Luis Rosenberg, Reple, Martha van Straaten, Xique-Xique (Live), Miret, Timboletti (Live), Spaniol, Matanza (Live), and Sainte Vie (Live). Listen to our Spotify account for a selection of music from our all our talent to date, hear live sets on our SoundCloud, and listen to podcasts from our collaborators, founders and friends of Wonderfruit.
2 August 2019
Q&A: Nick Luscombe Explains Musicity and Hints at What’s in Store
One of the highlights of Wonderfruit 2019 is sure to be a live concert of musical creations inspired by iconic destinations in Bangkok. In a Q&A with Musicity founder, Nick Luscombe, we explore the project to give you a feel for what to expect.   WONDERPOST: What was your inspiration to start Musicity in the first place?   NICK: There were many reasons why the project started—and how it has developed.    I have long been fascinated by the design of our cities, how each individual place makes us feel and why we take certain routes and pathways as we journey from A to B. I was curious about the idea of embedded music at locations as a way to influence those decisions.    I also wondered how musicians would respond to architecture as a brief and if it was possible to create a new platform that would shine a light on new music and architecture.    How do music and architecture go hand in hand to create an experience?   Both are very immediate artforms and hugely influential in the way we live our day-to-day lives. They both have so much emotional resonance.     I feel that it’s quite an untapped subject, but our work over the last eight years is expanding into so many different areas now...we are only in the early stages of learning how we can work with sound and space to create new experiences.     You work with musicians, producers and even poets and scientists for the project; how do you choose them?    It’s important to get the right artists/poets for each set of locations. We try to make sure a lot of the artists have strong connections to the area of focus. We work independently in London and develop ideas with local producers internationally. The science angle is new and we are partnering with the University of Tokyo and other organisations including ARUP.    When it comes to the destination, what qualifies a site or setting for the Musicity treatment, and how do you match it with the artist?   Every place has its own unique characteristics, thanks to the interaction of various circumstances from the layout of the area and the shape of buildings, roadways and parks, to the people, animals, birds and insects that inhabit these spaces. This collision of events creates a perfect ecosystem of possibilities that inspires and informs our practice and enables us to work in all manner of places, from huge cities like Tokyo and Shanghai, to smaller towns and countryside areas.    We then aim to match artists with each place, working with a combination of local musicians and visiting musicians who research areas that are new to them.   What are some of your personal favorite Musicity experiences, projects or tracks so far? What makes them extra special for you?   It’s hard to pick a favourite! All tracks are unique and 100 percent dedicated to the space of inspiration. Each track becomes special when I go to the location and hear it in situ for the first time. For me there are now so many parts of the world that have become new memories thanks to the music associated with them   We’ve been fortunate to work on large scale projects in China, Japan and Korea...and also smaller one-off pieces for gallery exhibitions. The body of work is of such high quality from all of our artists. It’s super humbling!     What’s the greatest challenge in creating music for a destination?   I think for the artists it’s about the fact that each piece will be associated with the space forever. That’s quite a heavy commitment, I feel.    For Musicity at Wonderfruit you’ve selected artists from Erased Tapes Records, what’s the story behind the collaboration?   I’ve long been a fan of the Erased Tapes label and the many artists they work with. Although the releases are sonically quite varied, the label does have a sound world that I felt would match the aims of Musicity,    After a conversation with label boss Robert (an ex architect) and several of the Erased Tapes artists, it was clear that we could make this happen.    It’s quite a challenge to write tracks in a very short time about a place that’s far away, but I sense it’s going to result in some very special work.   How are the locations selected for the Bangkok edition?   The list of locations has been developed with the Wonderfruit team and the visiting artists. This is another critical part of our work: developing the Musicity programme through local knowledge to ensure it has wide-ranging appeal to people that live in the city as a primary endeavour.   How do you imagine soundtracks of Bangkok?   I have never been to Thailand but I can imagine there is so much hidden sonic richness in Bangkok to unearth, which will fully represent what I sense is an incredibly dynamic city.   What are you personally looking forward to at Wonderfruit?   The line-up is incredible and I’m looking forward to checking out as much music as possible surrounded by the combination of the stunning natural landscape and the architectural interactions from Ab Rogers. I really can’t wait!    What’s in store for Musicity next?   We have big plans for several cities around the world - including films, more VR experiences and live events.   Enormous thanks to Nick for taking the time to talk us through his global project. We can’t wait to experience it at Theatre Stage in December. Find out more here. 
1 August 2019
7 Ways You Can Get Involved in Wonderfruit
Got skills? There are lots of ways for passionate Wonderers with diverse talents to do their thing in The Fields. Let’s explore them and then, if you’re feeling inspired, you can apply to be part of the team.   VOLUNTEERS Our enthusiastic band of hardworking volunteers is crucial to making Wonderfruit happen. From building stages and setting up Boutique Camping, to helping out with kids’ activities or running trash walks, there’s a huge range of departments to get involved in, for a memorable, behind-the-scenes experience of The Fields. Apply here before 18 October.   INSTALLATION ARTISTS We’re looking for creative minds with a vision that will spark dialogues about social and environmental issues. The installation art in The Fields spans media, from the sculptural and structural to the musical and mechanical, and inspires a sense of wonder. Apply here before 27 September.   THEATRICAL PERFORMERS Performances at Wonderfruit are immersive and compelling. We’re interested in roaming, site-specific and pop-up spectacles that play with the landscape and, of course, our curious Wonderers. Apply here before 27 September.   WORKSHOP LEADERS People connect through meaningful exchanges and we welcome dynamic presenters with a skill, passion or hobby to share with our community. Give us your creativity and culture, whether it’s a traditional craft, dance or cooking technique. Apply here before 15 October.   F&B VENDORS We’re calling for gastro stars to bring their café, bar, restaurant, food truck or street food stalls to The Fields and we’re particularly interested if you can help create diverse, hearty and healthy eating and drinking experiences for our hungry and thirsty Wonderers. Apply here before 15 October.   RETAIL VENDORS Are you a creative maker, designer or artisan with a product that aligns with our ethos? We’re looking for sellers whose creations will help Wonderers live the Wonderfruit lifestyle. Apply here before 18 October.   ART CAR DESIGNERS  We’ve got Wonderfruit golf carts waiting to be transformed into weird and wonderful mobile creations. It could be anything from a prowling monster or mobile puppet show to a gaming station on wheels. Share your idea here by 27 September.   So, are you in? Apply now to be part of Wonderfruit 2019.  
24 July 2019
Ed Banger Records takes over Forbidden Fruit and we are not ready
Veteran Wonderers know and love Forbidden Fruit as a decadent dance destination and home of hedonistic fun and celebrations of self expression. Our beautiful bamboo boudoir has hosted international performances in the past, but this year’s takeover by French phenomenon Ed Banger Records is set to take the party off the scale.   With a focus on house, alternative dance, electro, hip hop, nu disco, and synthpop, a line-up of music-makers united by groove will hit the decks to make your Saturday extra spectacular. So, who’s on?   Busy P Former manager of Daft Punk, DJ, producer and Ed Banger label owner Pedro Winter has certainly earned his stage name, Busy P. The man who discovered Justice has gone from being an icon of the Parisian underground to the Frenchman who makes the whole world dance. Don’t miss out.   Breakbot & Irfane A call and response between funky synths, catchy bass lines and irresistible guitar riffs characterizes the deeply danceable sound of Thibaut Berland aka Breakbot. Since the addition of Irfane’s melodic vocals on Baby I’m Yours, the duo have been unstoppable. We dare you not to sing along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6okxuiiHx2w   Myd When this multi-talented beatmaker isn’t busy performing with his band, Club Cheval, he’s in the studio, working with the likes of French artists SCH, Lacrim and Alonzo, Atlanta rappers Twice and Lil Patt or Kanye West. Turn this up for a taste of his irreverent, retro sound: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrRImnlJRrw   Yasmin Honey-voiced singer, songwriter and DJ Yasmin has worked with the likes of Pharrell and Major Lazer, and performed all over the world. Her newly launched night, “FENG SHUI”, invites Londoners to explore world music surrounded by good energy and we can’t wait for her to bring the experience to Forbidden Fruit. PS: Word on the street is she’ll make an appearance on the mic during Breakbot & Irfane’s set too.   The Ed Banger Records takeover is possible thanks to support from Collective Minds and The Embassy of France, and we can’t wait to see it in action.    Find out more about your Forbidden Fruit experience here.
17 July 2019
Q&A with Pete: Welcome to Wonderfruit 2019
We sat down with our CEO and Founder, Pranitan aka Pete, to kick off Wonderfruit 2019 officially, and discuss his vision for this year.   WONDERPOST: With our first announcements made and five months till Wonderfruit 2019, how are you feeling? PETE: I like it when we get to this moment; it gets really real from here.    We’re thinking about Wonderfruit in a particular way this time; how would you describe it? Since we started Wonderfruit, we’ve realized that every year we’re creating a city. Now we’re taking that concept more seriously, thinking about what cities are, how they function and the elements that make them, and trying to design a pop-up version that’s the sort of city we’d like to see.    So, what have we learnt and what’s evolving this time? Wonderfruit is built on an ethos of creating a dialogue about environmental issues in a relevant way. We’ve seen where our sustainable shortcomings are, and we’ve built a network with partners and experts who can help us improve.    Who are some of those experts? We’re working with organizations like UNDP and we’ve identified five of their Sustainable Development Goals that we want to address. To do that effectively, we also work with Thailand Greenhouse Organization, who audit and measure all our processes so we can see what needs fixing and get guidance on how to do it.   What are some of the unique things we can do in our pop-up city? We have an additional opportunity to address social behavior and culture in our city. We can come up with new and exciting ways to bring people together, whether that's how they interact with the land, the architecture, performances or with each other.   And what do you hope will be the takeaway from our pop-up city? I hope the things we’re implementing will influence people’s daily lives beyond Wonderfruit. Hopefully, with help from our partners, we can create an experience that will go some way to restructuring people’s priorities and habits.    Listen to the full interview here and stay tuned for more updates on what’s in store for you, the inhabitants of our pop-up city.   
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