The small town of Lexton in regional Victoria sees its quiet population of about 150 increase to over 10,000 over the course of each long weekend during the Australia Day national holiday as festival-goers from all over the world descend for the yearly Rainbow Serpent Festival. Since its inception in 1998, the Rainbow Serpent Celebration has expanded significantly, growing from a tiny gathering in a remote clearing to a festival that is known all over the world. For the festival’s devoted supporters, it has established itself as an annual reunion.
The festival provides much more than just the typical electronic music lineup. It’s an opportunity to fully disconnect from the contemporary world’s consumerism and re-establish a connection to the soil like the indigenous people have done for many thousands of years.
The Rainbow Serpent is the origin of all life and a defender of the earth. The Australian aboriginal people continue to be greatly influenced by this religion, which is among the oldest still practiced religions in the world.
The festival started out as a modest gathering of trance music enthusiasts and over the years developed into a renowned celebration of a variety of musical and artistic genres. Astrix, Hallucinogen, and Extrawelt were just a handful of the prior headliners. The event includes a lot of art, spiritual discussions, leisure, and healing, even though music is its main draw. Through a comprehensive schedule of seminars, movies, lecturers, aboriginal culture, visionary art, massage, permaculture education, and kid-friendly activities, the event’s organizers claim it is a celebration of nature, community, and harmony.