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In 1969, the original Woodstock Festival brought together half a million people in a celebration of peace, music and love. Fifty years later, there are anniversary celebrations of Woodstock large and small taking place throughout America and around the world, along with new films, music, books and socially responsible products. 2019 is confirming what everyone feels: the spirit of Woodstock is alive and flourishing.
For those not old enough to know the original Woodstock Festival was held at a 2.5 acre dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York, which is 43 miles Southwest of Woodstock on the USA between the 15 and 18th August 1969. So many of the top artists of the time performed including The Who, Santana, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to name but a few. Iconic photos from the time are still popular and in fact one of the photos that symbolised Woodstock was recreated by the very same couple that had been in the photo 50 years before.
Festivals and concerts bring together people, all who may be different in so many ways, but all have one thing in common and that is music. Music certainly finds a way to unite people and spread happiness. It may be performing, it may be listening, it could be dancing and creating. So many ways to enjoy, so many ways to unite.
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