The light show you might see just off I-4 near Kathleen Road this weekend belongs to Earthdance Florida, a local event that’s part of a global network of peace festivals.

The annual event has drawn hundreds of electronic music fans in recent years to the Maddox Ranch, site of several annual music/arts festivals due to its easy interstate access.

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The festival at the former dairy ranch begins at 3 p.m. Thursday and wraps up at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $75 for a one-day pass or $100 for the full festival and include camping. (We’re told there could be ample mud for the full Woodstock ambience.)

Expect around 80 bands and DJs playing EDM and underground music on three stages and around 60 artist and vendor booths. Musicians named in a promotional video incude Mobius 8, Come Back Alice, Greenhouse Lounge, Desert Dwellers, Kimball Collins, Dixon’s Violin, Kalya Scintilla & Eve Olution, AK 1200, Kaminanda, Space Jesus and Copious Jones.

“Earthdance was born out of the psychedelic trance electronic dance music scene, but has grown to include multiple musical genres, with most events still featuring ‘psytrance’ music,” according to a the Earthdance Wikipedia entry.

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The festival also includes a nightly sacred bonfire and drum circle, yoga, fire dancers, sustainability and earth skills workshops and lots of creative costumes.

A highlight happens at 7 p.m. Saturday when Earthdance festivals around the world will play the same prayer for peace at the same time.

“The Prayer for Peace is a moment of deep reflection and connection, and a powerful affirmation that unifies our intentions for peace, on all levels,” according to the Earthdance Global Peace Party website.

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Barry Friedman founded Lkldnow.com in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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