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As we come together to commemorate the exceptional celestial event of the Total Solar Eclipse and collectively cast our eyes skyward, we look forward to what the future holds for our species, our planet, and the uncharted territories awaiting discovery. Today, the highly anticipated Texas Eclipse Festival is delighted to unveil its ‘Second Contact‘ announcement, showcasing an extraordinary lineup of prominent artists, space, science and technology experts, thought leaders in consciousness, and inspirational wellness speakers. This diverse and forward-thinking gathering is scheduled to take place from April 5 to 9 at Reveille Peak Ranch, situated approximately one hour from Austin. It promises an unforgettable experience at the nexus of creativity, exploration, and personal development.

While we celebrate the scientific discoveries and technological advances of our civilization, we also remain grounded in the present moment. It is within this beautiful juxtaposition that Texas Eclipse will explore ideas, discussions, performances and interactive experiences, all celebrating the essence of what defines us as a collective civilization.

We are excited to share space and tech leaders, science and wellness speakers, and talented artists that will be joining us at Texas Eclipse. Our souls will rejuvenate with music and dance, our minds will celebrate the advances of our civilization, and our hearts will be present and grounded in each moment,” says Founder Mitch Morales.  He goes on to state  “Texas Eclipse is a celebration of journeys, whether they take us beyond our home planet, toward new frontiers of digital realms, or deeper into our individual and collective consciousness.

Space & Technology

Nicole Stott • Dr. Sian Proctor • Tim Dodd
Ari Eisenstat • ATX DAO • Dr. Bruce Damer • Bryan Talebi • Christina Korp • Cosmic Perspective • David Seelos • Helen Todd (Creativity Squared) • Kim Macharia • Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides • MaryLiz Bender • Margaux Avedisian • Michelle Hanlon • Nancy Conrad • Skylab • Rachel Lyons • Rick Tumlinson • Róbert Bjarnason • Vladimir Petkovic

The wonders of space and the achievements of human exploration converge as distinguished speakers recount their extraordinary extraterrestrial journeys.

Nicole Stott, a venerated NASA astronaut, merges her 104 days in space with her passion for art to champion Earth’s preservation through the Space for Art Foundation. Her initiatives inspire a global community, illustrating how space exploration and art can heal and unite children across the world.

Dr. Sian Proctor, a geoscience educator, space artist, and astronaut aboard SpaceX‘s Inspiration4 mission, brings her vision for a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (J.E.D.I.) future to the forefront. Her endeavors with Space2inspire and The Proctor Foundation encourage the use of art and science to ignite inspiration and inclusivity within the realms of space and Earth.

At Texas Eclipse Everyday Astronaut will bring space down to earth for everyday people by removing the barriers of intimidating subject matter to help foster an excited public to cheer on those who are pushing the boundaries and help inspire future generations. While Cosmic Perspective will help display their celebrated films and experiences, giving people a chance to glimpse the vast expanse of space and the wonders it holds.

They will be joined by the esteemed founder astronaut with Virgin GalacticLoretta Hidalgo Whitesides, who is at the forefront of a movement that seeks to inspire and uplift others to learn about and travel to space. She is also the co-founder of the global space celebration, Yuri’s Night, an interstellar themed party also coming to Texas Eclipse that uses the excitement and inspiration of space as a catalyst for educating and developing the next generation of explorers.

ATX DAO will share how they are uniting Austin’s crypto communities, enabling artists and local businesses to participate in the crypto ecosystem, as well as educating the government about the benefits of Web3. Prepare for a thought provoking panel from Robert Bjarnason, addressing how his company Citizens is improving democracy through open source technology and methods.

Science & Wellness

MAPS • Paul Stamets & Dr. Pamela Kryskow • Unify

Amy Emerson • Dr. Andrew Weil • Art Areta • Baseline Happiness Project • Chelsea Rose Pires (Zendo Project) • Daniel Cohan • Dr. Gül Dölen • Ismail L. Ali • Jason Nemer (Acroyoga) • John Nielsen-Gammon • Dr. Jordan Amadio • Marcela Ot’alora G & Bruce Poulter • Dr. Nicholas Boulis • Rick Doblin

The Texas Eclipse Festival explores the depths of human consciousness with an impressive lineup of thought leaders and visionaries. The festival is thrilled to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) with an exciting collaboration.  Texas Eclipse and MAPS will curate immersive educational experiences, featuring multi-disciplinary speakers such as Rick Doblin, the director of MAPS, who will discuss the transformative potential of plant-based therapies. Building on the popularity of the Psychedelic Science 2023 Denver conference, this partnership promises to be a transformative journey, igniting curiosity and fostering a holistic understanding of this vital topic.  Get ready for an unforgettable fusion of science, art, and culture, all in the name of education, well-being, and a sustainable future.

Paul Stamets, a pioneer in the field of mycology, offers a fascinating journey into the world of mushrooms and their remarkable properties, opening doors to new possibilities for consciousness expansion.

Dr. Bruce Damer has a rich background in creating digital spaces that simulate evolution and natural systems through his company BIOTA. His extensive experience working with NASA on mission simulation, and his recent co-development of a spacecraft designed to extract resources from asteroids further underscores the festival’s commitment to showcasing cutting-edge advancements in space exploration and technology. Andrew Weil, a renowned expert in integrative medicine, will guide attendees on a path of holistic wellness, exploring the mind-body connection.

Unify orchestrates Global Synchronized Events that inspire community-driven action campaigns for World Peace, inviting people of all backgrounds to meditate, look within, pray, and contribute to a more loving, peaceful world.  Unify will be conducting a special orchestrated meditation as part of the festival’s experiences. This unique offering promises to enhance the festival’s atmosphere of unity, introspection, and positive change.

Art & Immersive Experiences

Alex & Allyson Grey • Android Jones • Chris Dyer  •  Black Rock Observatory • Grand Artique • Meow Wolf • Vau de Vire Society • Yuri’s Night

Fostering interactivity with renowned visual artists Alex & Allyson Grey who will bring their transcendental and spiritually inspired artwork to the festival, inviting attendees to explore the depths of human consciousness. Android Jones will seamlessly blend cutting-edge technology with ancient wisdom, reflecting the future of artistic expression.

Meow Wolf, the renowned artist collective known for their immersive, maximalist environments, is set to bring a bespoke Texas-themed experience to the festival. With their distinctive style, they redefine art and storytelling, promising an unforgettable addition that will elevate the festival’s atmosphere. Grand Artique, driven by a core commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible resource management, will curate additional immersive experiences.

Performers will be drawn from the thriving dance and circus subcultures, leveraging the rich talent pool of the Vau de Vire Society—an avant-cabaret community renowned for comprising some of the nation’s most acclaimed acrobats, aerial artists, and contortionists, in addition to a diverse array of unique circus sideshow and fire performers.

These visionaries will be joined by an all-inclusive roster of genre-defying musical talent that will be featured across six distinct music environments: earth, sky, moon, sun, lonestar & eclipse stages, curated by global partners: Symbiosis (California), Re:birth (Japan), Strawberry Fields (Australia), Earth Frequency (Australia), Bachstelzen (Germany), Beloved (Oregon), Origin (South Africa), Meadows in the Mountain (Bulgaria), Ometeotl (Mexico), DisQo PereZoso (Costa Rica), Cosmic Convergence (Guatemala).

Set against the stunning backdrop of Reveille Peak Ranch, conveniently located just a short drive away from both San Antonio and Austin, Texas Eclipse promises an extraordinary convergence of sound, visual art, and visionary, interactive, immersive experiences. This event serves as a unique platform for the convergence of individuals, music, art, space, and technology, all coming together to commemorate the 2024 total solar eclipse—a rare celestial phenomenon that will grant spectators over 4 minutes of totality. Situated within the picturesque Texas Hill Country, this sprawling 1300+ acre venue features wooded forests ideal for camping, 60 miles of trails to explore, and elevated hilltops for optimal viewing and engagement with the event’s offerings.

In a realm where the boundaries between science and art blur and music resonates with the cosmos, Texas Eclipse will curate an extraordinary convergence. This convergence will feature captivating art installations, mesmerizing music performances, space exploration, cutting-edge technology, and the wonders of nature. Through this transformative event, we turn raw land into a thriving Global Eclipse Village, fostering creativity, insight, and inspiration.