The ‘Sunrise Embassy’ has grabbed land near Frome for the launch of ‘a free independent state, independent of world governments’ and promises to push the boundaries of the festival experience further than ever before. With a theme of ‘Around the World in 80 days’, the Sunrise festival will run from 30th May to the 2nd June in Thoulstone Park, Chapmanslade in Wiltshire. Daniel Hurring, co-founder of Sunrise: Another World and the Sunrise Micronation, explains:  “Our independent state aims to be offer an alternative view of life, an antidote to austerity, and keys to happiness, sustainable futures and harmonious communities.  From our new homeland in the stunning surrounds of Thoulstone Park, we aim to create a progressive vision of the future, of society and community. One that is not just functional, but beautiful, not just sustainable, but abundant and flourishing, not just stable but healthy and whole … This serious vision aside, Sunrise –as ever – will be a wild jamboree and celebration, a place to forget your woes, dance the night away, be inspired, and share skills, stories and smiles.“

Arranged in micro-regions, the micronation has the cultural capital, the Plaza Del Paz, at its heart – a diverse cultural melting pot where guests can uncover treasures in The Souk, grab a bite from the buzzing street food market, dodge rickshaws, enjoy street entertainers, share food and drinks in the Rising Sun Pub, or trip the light fantastic before the 2000-capacity Main Stage. Headline music acts include mighty The Dub Pistols, Krafty Kuts, Utah Saints and The Beat. Guests will be able to catch inspiring speakers in the Groovy Movie cinema by day (and amazing comedy and cabaret by night). At City Hall – the micronation’s home of democracy – those in attendance can visit the Tourist Information Services and take part in forums, debates and discussions. Crafts, campfires, spa experiences and fancy dress will complete the experience.

Info: www.sunrisefestivals.co.uk     08450 090 246