Wacken Open Air plants 5,000 trees in Brazil... and more are to be planted!
In view of the horrifying images of burning forests, the team of the Wacken Open Air decided in December 2019 to refrain from sending the usual physical Christmas greetings. Instead, the metal festival joined forces with the German branch of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Instituto Terra to initiate a fundraising campaign in benefit of the Mata Atlantica region in the Brazilian rainforest.
The declared purpose of this campaign was the reforestation of an area the size of the famous Wacken infield, which covers about 5 hectares. This goal was achieved in less than a month thanks to the active support of partners and fans. This mean that the first 5,000 trees will be planted shortly. Yet the initiators of the fundraising campaign are not satisfied with their success and are currently launching a second appeal.
The founders of the Wacken Open Air, Holger Hübner and Thomas Jensen, comment on the campaign as follows:-
"We would like to thank all of the Wacken family, our crew and fans, very much", states Thomas Jensen on behalf of the team. "It is great to be breaking the 5 hectare mark so quickly, of course. Yet we would like to go one step further. Therefore we have set ourselves the new goal of reforesting an additional area the size of our Wackinger Village and the Wasteland Stage, which means three additional hectares of new forest. Once again we hope for the generosity of many kind donors."
Roberto Maldonado adds:
"We would like to thank the Wacken community very much for their great support", comments the certified forestry manager and South America spokesman at WWF Germany. "In cooperation with Instituto Terra we will now be able to plant the first 5,000 native trees in Mata Atlantica. Working together with small local farmers, we will restore river sources and carry out to enrich the plantations with native trees in a private reserve. Hopefully, this is only the beginning and that your kind help will allow us to reforest even more areas in the Mata Atlantica".
Further information about the reforestation project and instructions on how to donate can be found at this link: http://wacken.click/donate-a-tree
The World Wide Fund For Nature will be on site and report from there how the donations are being used in a few weeks.
More information about the Wacken Open Air can be found at wacken.com.
Aura Danciulescu, the Romanian lead singer and lyric writer of the Heavy Metal band Scarlet Aura joins Wacken Radio as the host from April 2019. She will produce the first English show in the history of Wacken Radio. Aura's show is to be named “Go Wild” and she can be followed on air starting from May. For more info, follow Wacken radio Facebook page.
“I was invited to give an interview on Scarlet Aura in the S.T.U.N.T.S. metal show, for Wacken Radio, held by TinU and SlayerOfMadness. We connected immediately and the invitation to join them as host came naturally and I couldn’t be more honoured and happy to say Yes! And soon I discovered that Wacken Radio supports radio hosts applicants that can join the family by applying and going through some tests and if they pass, they can be also part of Wacken Radio! I passed the tests too so here I am! I’ll be joining this Thursday as co-host for the second time the S.T.U.N.T.S. show and soon I’ll be starting my own show, full of metal surprises, in my own characteristic way. Of course, my show is gonna be named “Go Wild!” as this this is our never-ending saying in our band. Join me, join Wacken Radio and Go Wild!”
"Slayer and I were simply overwhelmed by Aura's own personal aura – so we seized the opportunity – to win her as a presenter for Wacken Radio to get English moderated Show on our Stream."
Aura Danciulescu has always been passionate about music and writing, and after numerous music projects and her first rock band Steelborn it all eventually led to creation in 2014 of Scarlet Aura – the exotic rising metal star of the East that got in the attention of the worldwide promoters and public.
Combination of charismatic singer with one of the most interesting metal voices/husky vocals, hard riffs and heavy balance with a seductive, unique stage performances, sparkling angel appearance and bold music sets the band apart on Female Fronted metal scene.
This is not the first connection with Wacken organization for Scarlet Aura: the band has been supported by Wacken Foundation in 2018.
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