The Rototom Sunsplash festival reaches its twenty-fourth edition in top form. Considered as the largest reggae festival in Europe, in its previous edition it broke its own record of attendance, welcoming more than 250,000 people from 75 different countries to enjoy 8 days of concerts, talks, workshops, gastronomic experiences and activities for all Ages.
In 2017 the festival will be held, once again, in the town of Benicàssim between 12 and 19 August. A unique opportunity to live a different vacation, enjoying the sun and beaches of the Mediterranean and in a multicultural, ecological, supportive and fun environment.
In 1994 the Rototom, founded by the famous Friulian alternative disco Magic, took the initiative to develop 2 days of reggae music and Jamaican culture in Spilimbergo, Pordenone. For the occasion, a free camping site was set up in the disco’s garden. Although with a modest poster, the Rototom Sunsplash quickly became a reference point for music genres and Jamaican culture lovers.
Since 2000, the Rototom Sunsplash has taken its present form: it moves to Osoppo (in the Parque del Rivellino) and extends for 9 days. Concerts include artists from around the world and the week is completed with a series of seminars and debates, courses and stands of charity associations. Already in the 2009 edition, 150,000 attendees, of different ages, nationalities and beliefs gathered around that same philosophy.
In the following years, the series of big names that alternate on the stage continues (among other Burning Spear, Sizzla, Rita Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Junior Kelly, etc.) and will begin to be retransmitted via satellite.
For the XVII edition (2010) it moves to the town of Benicàssim (Castellón) in Spain, due to its problems with Italian justice. In the 2011 edition, it had more than 235,000 presentations over its 10-day period, from more than 100 different countries, which could enjoy 367 performances with 1400 artists delivered until dawn.
Open during the day and night, bars and gastronomic stands offer drinks and food dishes from different countries. There is also an ethnic handicraft market with stalls specialized in music, traditional crafts and a wide variety of jewelery, fashion and other accessories.
There is also an area dedicated to non-profit organizations where they present their initiatives and collect funds for their projects. In the 2011 edition there was also a medieval market and a large circus tent called Cannabis Circus that collected all the resources of hemp, from the uses for the handcrafting of footwear and furniture, to its therapeutic uses.
Every afternoon there are debates and talks. In 2013 it had the Nobel Peace Prize Shirin Ebadi, Indian activist Vandana Shiva, journalists Bernard Cassen, Rosa María Calaf and Leticia Iglesias, Carlos Carnicero, Esteban Ibarra, Leo Bassi, Willy Toledo, Fermin Muguruza and the brothers of the deceased José Couso, among others.