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ChantLanta Returns in September

May 01, 2023 06:00AM ● By Staff

Photo: Perry Julien

For the first time since 2019, the ChantLanta Sacred Music Festival is returning to the Atlanta stage. 

ChantLanta started in 2010 as an event featuring yoga, kirtan music, open chant and charitable fundraising. The event grew over the years into a weekend-long festival, raising money for local and international charities, including refugees and urban farmers. Thanks to the positive response by the community, the organizers expanded the festival to accommodate more people and include more presenters with a wider variety of offerings. From 2020 through 2022, however, they were unable to host the event due to the pandemic.

The festival is run entirely by volunteers, and all proceeds from admission, sponsorships and donations go directly to a charity partner the organizers choose each year. 

This year, the event will take place September 8 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and September 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Unity North Atlanta in Marietta.

Admission to the Friday and Saturday evening music events will be offered on a sliding scale, and workshops will require a donation as wel; the music offered on Saturday afternoon is free.

“We encourage participants to donate as much as they can, knowing that all proceeds go to help our charity partner,” says Karen Dorfman, ChantLanta’s director of booking and scheduling. “If anyone lacks funds to participate, we also offer a volunteer trade for admission to Friday or Saturday night's events.”

ChantLanta is made possible by a small organizing committee and a wide variety of musicians,
sound healers and yoga teachers volunteering their time and gifts to put it into motion. 

“We’re so excited to see everyone enjoying themselves and opening their hearts,” says Dorfman. “It's so beautiful to see people hugging, smiling, singing and dancing together, knowing that they have come home.”

For sponsorship info, contact Ian Boccio at [email protected] or 404-401-0060. For volunteering info, contact Susan Clancy at [email protected] or 770-337-9486 or Sophia Loner at [email protected] or 678-769-9952. For vending info, contact Margo Gomes at [email protected] or 830-237-3053.

For more information about the festival, visit
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