SXM festival announces volunteer initiative to support the local community and environment

Phase three of SXM's line-up has also been released

21.02.20

Words by: Billy Ward

Aside from providing a lucrative space for partygoers to enjoy five days of the best dance music from around the globe, SXM festival is also committed to maintaining and growing its deep connection with the cultural and ecological fabric of the host island Saint Martin and its local residents through a host of charitable schemes and activities.

Carrying on their work from 2019 which saw the festival form a partnership with the largest volunteer initiative in the Dutch Kingdom, SXM Doet, attendees are encouraged to take a break from the party and meet the locals while offering their service to the island through a variety of sponsored projects.

Volunteers will be given the opportunity to work alongside SXM artists to build a playground at Ideal preschool or assemble an eco-friendly, recycled play area at the Green Learning Academy so that the residents can enjoy the benefits of the festival as much as the partygoers do.

SXM also recognises the importance of keeping strong environmental values at its core and is providing a number of schemes to ensure that the event is as eco-friendly as possible. Partnering up with longtime SXM artist Blond:ish, Toronto’s Summerdaze, and global dance music sustainability project ByeByePlastic, the festival will continue its anti-single use plastic ethos and host a wide-scale cleanup of the island’s Sandy Ground Beach.

Other commitments SXM have undertaken with the environment in mind include a partnership with Ungalli Clothing Co. to deliver sustainable merchandise that is ethically sourced from Canada out of recycled and organic materials. The festival is also working with Climeworks, the world’s first commercial direct air capture company, allowing guests to capture carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into stone in their name.

Adding to the impressive roster of artists already locked in for March, SXM have additionally announced the third phase of their line up which sees avant-garde talent Tara Brooks make her return to the festival, as well as drafting in New York’s Tal Ohana who will bring along his deep shades of techno. Fans can expect a journey through the deep from Canadian legend Nitin as well as an array of other names such as Caroline Fraser, Vector, Tara Brooks and many more.

Find out more information about tickets and line-ups here