20 August 2017
More 220,000 people have responded to the call of the Celebrating Africa edition of Rototom Sunsplash, who this Sunday in Benicassim said goodbye to eight intense days of music, multiculturalism and living together with the African continent as a nexus of unity. The gaze is already set on the 25th anniversary of the reggae festival. The mini planet of Rototom has counted attendees from 98 countries, with Spain at the top, followed by France, UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Sweden and Austria.
The live transmission of the concerts and activities via streaming developed during the week has brought Rototom Sunsplash closer to over 2 million people from all over the world. They followed the day to day activities of the festival live via the website and on social networks.
Rototom Sunsplash was already a festival open to the public of all ages, and the official figures for the Celebrating Africa edition confirms this tendency. From Saturday 12th to 19th August, 1,600 under 13’s have been to the festival area daily, a total of 13,000 for the 8 days. Moreover, 1,400 over 65’s and 950 people with disabilities have experienced the day to day Rototom Sunsplash experience first-hand; 11,200 and 7,600 respectively during the whole festival.
The 18 uninterrupted hours of music was an experience that captured the active culture on its ten stages and 14 extra-musical areas, inside and outside the area. In total, the public have been able to see 348 shows with 446 live hours of music and 183 extra-musical activities. More than 530 cultural events were on offer to choose from this week; and average of 66 every day.
The Social Forum has seen 18 meetings with 30 different speakers, between them; the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mohamed Ben Cheikh, as well as the economist and political scientist Samir Amin. The Reggae University has offered 36 events in 8 days. The official figures also show that the 2017 edition also reflects the festival’s environmental and social commitment. The system of reusable plastic glasses and solidarity activities this year has raised 11,000 euros to help the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Castellon acquire a specially adapted van for trips.
Meanwhile, the dozen fountains installed for the first time in the festival area, and the tent supplying still or sparkling water at a reasonable price, has reduced plastic consumption and saved 100,000 bottles of this material from being wasted.
With the curtain of its 24th edition now drawn, Rototom Sunsplash from today sets its sights on 2018. It will be the celebration of 25 years of the history of the biggest reggae festival in Europe, which will be in August, and in Benicassim.