Benicàssim I August 23, 2023- Perhaps it may seem few, but seven days of Rototom Sunsplash experience is a lot. To get to know. Learn. Reflect. Laugh. Build. Dance. Suggest. Change. And looking forward to coming back. The international reggae festival bid farewell to its 28th edition last night in Benicàssim (Spain). With the objective of having lived up to its motto, ‘United for Peace’.
Thanks to the collaboration of each and every one of the people who have believed one more summer in this musical, cultural and social project reference in Europe. They have starred in this experience of interculturalism, coexistence, respect and active listening around reggae and diversity with which this musical genre is rooted. Values that are the basis for building a peaceful world in peace,” says Filippo Giunta, director of Rototom Sunsplash.
The musical evenings have weighed in the choice of Rototom as the festival of the summer for another part of the public, attracted by the line-up and its sound platforms, which have innovated in scenography, as is the case of the huge spherical dome of the Dub Academy or the design ‘on fire’ of the Dancehall. Up to 185 Concerts and Dj Sets amongst the six stages of the venue and the Solé Rototom Beachat the Gurugú beach, which explore, mix and surprise, as happened last night, on the closing day, with the reinterpretation in flamenco of songs by the king of reggae in the international premiere of the show ‘The world of flamenco salutes Bob Marley’.
The streaming channels go beyond the Benicàssim concert venue and bring the essence of the festival to three million viewers. The family profile of the reggae event is reinforced and breaks records with the participation of 21,000 children under 13 years of age during the seven days of celebration. Rototom Sunsplash intensifies its recycling policy in the first edition with carbon footprint certified by Aenor to achieve emissions neutrality.
Peace has been the centerpice of this reggae city, which has attracted 222,000 people from 77 countries from all five continents from August 16th to 22nd. Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Portugal and the United States make up the top 10 in terms of main places of origin, although the Rototom universe has also added audiences from New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Africa. A reggae city dressed in the colours of peace on its stages and handcrafted scenographies to support the purpose that has moved the Rototom community, diverse in origin, but also in age.
The young audience, the future festival-goers, is growing, and this year more than 21,000 children under the age of 13 joined the experience with their families throughout the week, compared to 13,000 in 2022. People over 65 have also taken the stage: more than 9,000, enjoying inch by inch, the cultural engine of this edition.
The accessibility of the venue, and the fact of thinking small to design a cultural agenda for everyone, is one of the reasons for choosing Rototom Sunsplash as a destination, which is reinforced by the fact that it is a festival that has its own areas for children, families and teenagers. Magicomundo, Teen Yard or Mercado Artesano – on a concert venue without crowds, with multiple areas of shade and rest and a camping site with plots reserved for families.