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Aloha, and welcome to Tribal Fest™ 12: "The Year of the Unicorn!"

Dates this year are May 16-20, 2012. From what we are hearing, this will be a very magical year! So don your unicorn horn and come on out to join us. And remember, not all unicorns are about rainbows and lucky charms. We've met some dark and wild unicorns as well, so use your imaginations and enjoy the theme. (Yes, a sense of humor and a good imagination are helpful when attending Tribal Fest™!)

This is our most spectacular year yet: we are proud to present 65 (that's right: sixty-five!) different offerings, NOT counting Kajira's pre-TF Teacher Trainings in Level One & Two! These opportunities for learning, growth & inspiration will be shared by 46 teachers, another Tribal Fest™ record!

New this year are classes on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at the Fairfield Inn, one of our host hotels in Sebastopol. Why not roll out of bed and into the classroom? Then come on over to the Tribal Fest™ site for shopping and the majority of workshops and mini-intensives. These classes are listed along with the others by day, classroom & time on the Detailed Class Schedules.

And, since our Thursday night Meet & Greet was so successful last year, we are doing it again! Come by the Main Hall on Thursday night from 7:30-9:00 p.m. to meet the instructors and buy their wares. The teachers will be vending that night and waiting to meet you! This year the Sebastopol Community & Cultural Center will be selling beer, wine & beverages during our Meet & Greet, and Chef Shawn will have his usual delicious cuisine available. Admission is free.

When planning your Tribal Fest™ adventure, be sure to stay all five days through Sunday's show as our headlining acts are always "must-see". You don't want to see it on YouTube later and go "Darn, I missed it!" All performances will be listed in our Program. So you can plan, this year's headliners and special guests are:

* Friday: The Violet Tribe of Germany will open The Show! This amazing band of musicians and dancers has been "wowing" Europe for a couple of years, and now you have a chance to see and hear them in person in the U.S.! Check out their site: www.theviolettribe.de Also, if you haven't heard their music yet, check out their CDs "A Ravishing Collection of Curios" and "Grand Hotel", now available at Amazon.com! Joining them after their set will be BlackSheep BellyDance and special guests TBA!

Friday May 18th: ROMCORE closes the show at Tribal Fest 12! During our performance, we will be collecting hotel shampoos and soaps from the audience. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. We will be taking these items to a local domestic violence shelter. Women supporting women through ROMCORE! (Gypsy Punk Belly Dance Collective)



* Saturday, closing The Show: Suhaila Salimpour & Bal Anat

* Sunday, closing The Show: The BHOOMI project, director Zoe jakes featuring Auberon Shull and Kami liddle, special guests TBA

Updates and comments can be posted on the main Tribal Fest Facebook page here, please join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/232521960098725/

And read reviews of past Tribal Fests here!

We are happy to have back as a Tribal Fest™ sponsor, Whole Foods Market of Sebastopol. It is located not to far from Da Fest for easy shopping. Last year Whole Foods had in-store specials in Make-Up (Mahalo Jennifer!) and they even named a sandwich in their fabulous deli for us! They also had great gift bags for all our teachers and we thank them so much. Who knows what they will do this year, but we are excited to see.

See you at The Fest!

With aloha from Kajira & Chuck