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ADE 2016: Do more than dance if you want a better world

B-Front, Black Coffee, Dave Clarke, Laidback Luke, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Seth Troxler, as well as the organiser of the World's Biggest Guest list Shailendra Singh are present at ADE Green's Dance For a Better World panel on Wednesday October 19.

After the announcements about ADE University's Global Intern Program and the ADE Playground art route, it is now time to shine our light on ADE Green, the pioneering conference on sustainability, innovation and social change.

Following last week's round-up of the highlights at ADE Green, we are shining the spotlight on the star-studded Dance For a Better World panel which features Seth Troxler, Dave Clarke, Black Coffee, Laidback Luke, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and B-Front as well as the organiser of the World's Biggest Guest list Shailendra Singh. Singh will open the session by describing the results of the event and the role that Hardwell played in it.

And the reason why all of these internationally known and loved characters are on stage together is that some of them in this panel give their time and energy to help worthy causes, and they all make considerable efforts to raise awareness about important issues amongst their millions of fans. So, while some of them truly are dancing for a better world, others are looking for the cause that fits them, but they all care deeply about the planet. 

Last year Seth Troxler, a three-time winner of the DJ Cook Off and a phenomenal cook, prepared food for homeless people during ADE as part of an ongoing initiative by 10,000 HOURS. This year he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro as a charity money raiser. The total $100,000 raised will go towards the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation's Million$Mission. Laidback Luke is also an anti-cancer activist, selling “bracelets which benefit the Fuck Cancer charity which seeks to raise awareness amongst young people and adults about how to detect cancer in its early stages, when the disease is much easier to treat. He is also active in the Philippines, where he organised a special event for the victims of the Typhoon. 

South African DJ and producer Black Coffee has his own charitable foundation called the DJ Black Coffee Foundation which aims to uplift the destitute, physically disabled and poor, something which the DJ knows a lot about as he is unable to use his left arm. He also works as an ambassador for the Bridges For Music charity, a non-profit organisation that gathers key players from the music industry to support responsible development in developing countries. The charity aims to leave a positive impact in disadvantaged communities and helps to raise global awareness about local issues through music.

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano are ambassadors for Holland's Liberation Day. Because of their ambassadorship they’ve visited many places where you can feel war and freedom. This year Sunnery and Ryan were on the Greek Island Lesbos to help out refugees. On top of that, Sunnery James is married to Doutzen Kroes who is an active ambassador for dance4life, and the couple are also ambassadors for Save the Elephants, a charity that is securing a future for elephants by sustaining the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live in, as well as promoting their intelligence and the diversity of their world.

B-Front has also taken on the role of ambassador, but in his case it's for THE PROJEQT, a joint initiative between Q-dance and 10,000 HOURS which organised one of the biggest volunteer days for youngsters with disabilities in the Netherlands ever held, with over 500 volunteers working in eight locations to enhance and improve lives. 

Dave Clarke and moderator Tommie Sunshine are both deeply committed to social change and positive action, and they will be adding their thoughts to this inspiring discussion about the value and importance of participation, and the power of music. As Sunshine readily admits: "House music saved my life.” The American, a DJ and producer for over 25 years, has been through a lot. He made mistakes, which he can look back on positively now because they have made him who he is today. Mr. Sunshine has five life lessons to share: trust yourself, stand behind your decisions, learn to adapt, build a network, and maintain your friendships. "If I had a time machine, I would love to show these life lessons to my younger self.”

ADE Green is a collaboration between ID&T and ADE, supported by Green Events Nederland, Green Music Initiative, Julie’s Bicycle and Open House. 

ADE Green
Date: Wednesday October 19th
Venue: De Brakke Grond
Tickets for ADE Green (35,-) are available here . The event is also accessible for 1- & 5-day conference ticket holders.

Photo credits: 10,000 HOURS

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