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UK Psyculture: Dancing with our Ancestors with Jackie Coverdale [ONLINE]

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

by Psychedelic Society (UK)

We are amidst a global psychedelic renaissance. The conversation about psychedelic drugs has opened and we are continuing to learn from, establish and expand psychedelic communities. With mainstream predominance on psychoactive drugs, what lessons can be told from the wider scope of psychedelic culture?

Based on electronic dance music, psytrance has a large global following and is credited with offering insight into more spiritual aspects within electronic dance. One quote describes how psytrance culture has become a form of “electronic dance music culture that continues to pursue peaceful, collective living in sonic celebration.”

The power of unified dancing, all dancing differently but together is an untapped power to release our mutual consciousnesses. Anthropology postdoc Jackie, will be delivering this unique talk sharing her ethnographic research into the practices and principles of the psychedelic trance scene in the UK. Through exploring interpretations of the characteristics, beliefs, and experiences of psyculture, she is investigating how these findings could bring health, social, economic and cultural benefits to the wider society. With psytrance as an entry to advancement of ourselves and the unifying power of dance as tapping into our mutual consciousness, what role could psychedelic trance music culture play in our current world crisis?

From the history of electronic trance music through to recent anthropological findings, we will explore the importance of dance, music and festivals in our global climate.


Jackie Coverdale

Jackie is currently undertaking PhD ethnographic research about UK psyculture including its practice, principles and benefits. She is an active festival organiser, having created and organised the Revensham Psychedelic Trance Gathering, and pro-active contributor in psychedelic music events whether providing Dance Healing Workshops with Jackus Dream, or doing harm-reduction volunteering for Psycare UK. She has founded Psynergiser Dance Foundation and is the administrator of various psyculture social media pages such as Psyculture UK, Global Psyculture and the Centre for Research in Psyculture and Psytrance.

Outside of her psytrance passion, Jackie has a Masters in Music and English, a BA (Hons) in music and Sound Technology and has taught in further and higher education for many years teaching humanities. She has a keen interest in politics and the environment having set up the Salford Green Party, Salford Friends of the Earth and the Reality Party alongside Bez from the Happy Mondays.

If you would like to attend this event but are unable to afford the ticket price, please do get in touch with us directly at martha@psychedelicsociety.org.uk. At the Psychedelic Society, we believe that everyone should be able to access our events regardless of employment or health circumstances, so we will do our best to accommodate where we can.


February 8
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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