According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair will be celebrated with a festival in 2019.
Michael Lang, the Ulster County resident who was a promoter for the original 1969 gathering (in Bethel from August 15 to August 18, 1969), reveals in an interview to the Journal that they “have definite plans”. He said more :
I’m excited. I am indeed.”
The anniversary festival will be built around sustainability, activism and social justice, themes that “hopefully encourage people to get involved with our lives on the planet”. The goal is to harness the “history and essence of what Woodstock was”, added Michael.
“We’re hoping to inspire people to speak up and get involved and get out and vote and help us save the planet. We are in trouble and it seems like we’ve been brought back in time in a lot of ways. It’s eerie how similar a lot of things are to the way it was in the late ‘60s. Lessons we thought we learned seem to be coming back, unlearned. The progress we learned in social justice seems to be going backwards.”
An official announcement will be coming soon.