NC-based Moogfest pleads for HB2 reform, offers Protest Stage, ahead of eclectic Durham festival this May
As an LGBTQ publication we had a bit of a moral quandary covering Moogfest, the annual celebration of all things Moog synthesizers, but the event continued to preach acceptance in an open letter sent out today.
“We stand with the millions who marched on January 21st in cities around the world for the rights of women,” reads the letter published on the festival’s website. “We fiercely support the march’s mission of standing together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us. We also stand with those who have been continuing to protest over the last few weeks.”
Moogfest technically started in NYC in the mid 2000s but moved to the manufacturer’s home state of NC in 2010. It moved from Asheville to Durham last year and offered a diverse lineup stressing POC female performers as well as the weirdest and most wonderful electronic music lineup imaginable.
Despite calls for bans on anything related to North Carolina as long as the state maintains discriminatory laws, the festival was unabashed in its support of trans folks and anyone else impacted by the law.
Stickers and frequent reminders from organizers and performers about how HB2 unfairly discriminates against some of the country’s most marginalized citizens were hard to ignore and great to see.
“We are inspired by this movement and the spirit of those that came before it,” reads the letter. “The fight against inequality echoes our own mission to design radical instruments for change and reflects the legacy of Bob Moog, the inspiration behind Moogfest who believed that true innovation comes through collaboration, not exclusion. Moogfest is transformed, by the urgency of our times, and we invite you to keep marching with us into the future.”
In an effort to double down on this commitment, Moogfest is offering a “Protest stage” which hopes to show the importance of standing up for whats right through workshops, installations, conversations, and masterclasses.
“We will stand in full accord with artists from various communities to collectively celebrate inclusivity and elevate the fight against discrimination here in North Carolina and across the world,” the letter reads.
Moogfest hast started releasing event details ahead of its return to Durham the weekend of May 18th-21st. You can find out more about the fest and snag tickets here.
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