CELEBRATIONS: Attendees enjoyed themselves amid stronger restrictions this year.
CELEBRATIONS: Attendees enjoyed themselves amid stronger restrictions this year. David Nielsen

5000 bring peace and love to Ipswich

IT'S A special space that Paul Abad and the Earth Frequency team create once a year in the natural surrounds of Peak Crossing.

A universe where wordlessly a group of strangers walking by each other will simply pause along their journey to indulge in a group hug.

One can't help but feel like you've stepped through a magic portal and straight into a psychedelic Age of Aquarius.

Amidst live art and a festival space littered with art installations, tepees and marquis tents, revellers of all ages move between three main stages, market space, family space and camping sites.

A profound sense of community and mutual respect pervades the festival.

Entirely effortless, it would appear, the festival space has allowed 5000 strangers to become a single community.

The explosion of colour, art, music and revellers radiating joy is infectious, and it's easy to be swept up in moments of exuberance.

This year marked the festival's eleventh year and its third at Ivory's Rock after moving from its original location in the Sunshine Coast.

While not dancing, festival goers practiced a diverse range of disciplines from yoga and meditation to dance and music workshops, or participated in facilitated group discussions on topics such as healthy soils, Vedic Astrology and decolonising the festival culture.

Revellers who had made the pilgrimage from all over Australia where disappointed by the 11pm stage shut downs, yet accepted it graciously every night.

The infallible spirit of peace and love that pervaded Ivory's Rock could not, it appears, be quenched by silence.

The 11pm shut downs came about after pressure was exerted upon Council by a few local residents who have rejected the four-day long disruption to the peace.

Festival enthusiast Jamie Callis from Victoria said being at the festival felt like he was in a different country.

"This Festival is amazing, everyone is so open and connected, it's got a real wholesome feel about it," he said.

Tristan Beard, a festival enthusiast from Melbourne's first time at Earth Frequency Festival, said the Queensland festival had retained a purity that festivals in Victoria had lost.

"There is a real unity here that is authentic and natural," Mr Beard said.

For such a large gathering of people, the grounds were impressively clean throughout.

The 5000 people who had converged at Ivory's Rock for the four day festival upheld the Festival's ethos of leaving no trace.

Saturday night's headliner Opiuo closed his set with an expression of appreciation and gratitude to the organising team for staging an event wherein like-minded people, artists and musicians could come together once a year and immerse themselves in a celebration of music, art, self-expression and humanity.



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