1. arts & culture events
bicycle music festival
[San Francisco, CA]
Co-founded/co-produced by Studio Ecotopia's SHAKE YOUR PEACE!, the world's largest pedal powered music festival took place annually from 2007 -2015. Bicycle Music Festival was profiled by press outlets as diverse as Treehugger and Scientific American; heralded as "iconic" by NPR, lauded as "the best bike fest" by Outside Magazine, and awarded The City of San Francisco's "Certificate of Honor" for "redefining what a green music festival can be."
Community-powered through and through, the festival was staged by over 100 volunteers, without the help of corporate sponsors, and powered by the audience via a 30-bike pedal powered sound system. The free, all-ages event consisted of a day venue and a night venue, connected by a performance parade called "LiveOnBike" which featured live performances by bands perched atop a bicycle-drawn stage, playing for a rolling audience of hundreds. Eschewing trucks, all festival equipment was hauled by bike. An open-source idea, BMF's are now found around the world.
2. political events
Youth Climate Strike
(Salt Lake City, UT)
Pedal power gets ink. The professional storytellers of our society - the media - understand that pedal power doesn't only operate on the literal level, it operates on the metaphorical and mythic levels. Simply and elegantly, pedal power communicates a new arrangement of power in society, and the news media loves spinning that in their news cycle.
head royce academy
Studio Ecotopia presented a sustainability assembly at Head Royce Academy in Oakland, CA bringing out a 7-person whup band, and an 8-bike pedal powered sound system. Celebrating community power, physical health, and eco-literacy, the assembly concluded when dozens of dance students joined SHAKE YOUR PEACE! for our trademark step dance routine (see video in the gallery).
autodesk Design Night
[san francisco, CA]
San Francisco tech company Autodesk hired Studio Ecotopia to create a 7-bike pedal powered DJ station for their upcoming company party. As a company that's known for dancing between the world's of technological sophistication and playful innovation, they backed up their reputation on the dance floor. Employees enthusiastically alternated between pedaling and shaking their boodies to a DJ set of international dance music spun by Studio Ecotopia's Gabe Dominguez.