Join us on November 7 & 8, 2020, starting from 10:00 AM PST; 1:00 PM EST; & 6:00 PM GMT for a 2-day VIRTUAL Weekend Festival, Auction, Film screening, Education & Music to raise awareness and funds for elephants of Odisha, India.
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Voice for Asian Elephants Society (VFAES) proudly presents a Dazzling Virtual Weekend Festival, packed with enlightenment and entertainment, bringing to you infotainment and hope for the elephants of Odisha. A Virtual Auction site, featuring exquisite vintage items, will be launched on October 24, 2020 at 9:30 AM EST/ 2:30PM GMT.
Day 1 - A Smorgosbord of Infotainment!
HOSTED BY: The Dynamic Duo, Dan Richardson & Katie Cleary
Our Guest of Honor, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, will kick off the event. Access to this part is EXCLUSIVELY for those who buy the V.I.P - Entire Weekend Festival.
Debut screening of a short film - Treacherous Crossings - produced by VFAES Founder Sangita Iyer, is part of a 26-part short docu-series (Nat Geo storytelling award), to be released in early 2021. This will be followed by a Q&A with the Founder of VFAES, Sangita Iyer, EXCLUSIVE SCREENING for those who purchase the V.I.P - Entire Weekend Festival
Interactive Screening of the multiple award-winning and United Nations nominated documentary, Gods in Shackles, followed by Live Q&A and panel discussion with: Belinda Wright, Founder, Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI); Jane Valez-Mitchell, journalist & activist; Rula Lenska, renowned British actress & model; Dr. Biswajit Mohanty (Wildlife Crime specialist); Sangita Iyer, Producer & Director, Gods in Shackles, Nat Geo Explorer, VFAES Founder, Elephant Conservationist, General Weekend Admission
Day 2: Elepalooza - A Music Extravaganza!
HOSTED BY: Sean Hill
A 90-minute long concert hosted by Sean Hill, featuring Grammy winners, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Tia Carrere (Wayne's World) and a dazzling assortment of recording artists: Lila Rose (fka Aniiml), Cecilia Noel, Victoria Summer, Nova Miller, Carly Rose Sonenclar (X-Factor), Holly Henderson, Dyan Kane, Lisa Jablow, Dyna Shirasaki, Steve and Beth Wood, Erin Alden, Maureen Mahon, Yves Tumor, LAW, Hearty Har Har, Laikipia and more... With special half-time speed painting by the amazing Amy Burkman, to be auctioned off during the concert!
About The Forgotten Elephants of Odisha:
COVID-19 is ravaging the elephants of India. At least one-third of the more than 60 elephants killed in India during the COVID-19 lockdown is from Odisha state - a graveyard for elephants. Most of them have been killed by electrocution, poisoning and poaching for the illicit ivory trade. VFAES has partnered with a grassroots organization - Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) - to bring an end to this insanity.
In the elephant range state of Odisha, fragmented forests arduously support an estimated 2,000 wild Asian elephants along with a growing number of people dependent on forest resources. The inevitable conflict between elephants and humans, struggling for limited resources, has led to an unprecedented number of deaths. The increased anxiety and economic pressure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has been like tossing a match onto a tinder, making an already dire situation for the elephants even more perilous.
Developmental activities such as illegal mining in prime habitats, highly invasive and poorly planned infrastructure, land diversions, and even forest fires add to the friction as they cause irreversible damage to this elephant landscape. Furthermore, rampant poaching by local gangs has a direct impact on the breeding populations of elephants in the region, as they target the bull elephants with tusks.
VFAES is collaborating with WPSI to lead a team of local conservationists to steer knowledge-driven elephant conservation actions in some of the most vulnerable regions of the state. Over the long term, our aim is to secure a future for Odisha’s forgotten elephants, by promoting a harmonious and respectful human elephant co-existence.
The funds raise through this event will save 2,000 wild elephants, as it will help us implement the following strategies:
Prevent electrocution by wire traps and electrified fences
Monitor eight important corridors, out of the 14 identified
Monitor and address multiple threats to elephants in key habitats in Dhenkanal, Angul & Keonjhar districts
Fodder planting in the Taal–Kholagarh Elephant Corridor
Protect elephant habitat from forest fires
Awareness and education for school children and key stakeholders
Engage local communities
Despite the unprecedented challenges, Odisha still offers perhaps the best chance of securing a future for Asian elephants in Eastern India.