Jai Thep Festival Ethos
Jai Thep gives young talented artists a platform to present their skills to a larger audience, while being exposed to more established artists. Jai Thep is committed to providing people who wouldn’t usually call themselves an ‘artist’ a chance to create, by encouraging participation in the many collaborative art pieces present at pre-events and at the festival itself. Jai Thep is also about creating spaces, constructing immersive and visually appealing environments with a cohesive theme running throughout the festival, from the smallest of recreational ‘chillout’ areas, to the largest stages.
Jai Thep is a platform for alternative music genres, breaking away from the repetitive sounds and music styles of many other festivals, to showcase unique, up-and-coming artists. Jai Thep predominantly focuses on showcasing Asia-based artists, but also brings together musical acts and DJs from around the world, to celebrate a wide variety of alternative genres, exposing each other to new sounds and influences.
The ‘magic’ of Jai Thep can be understood as the power of community and love, and the electric atmosphere flowing around the festival. Much of the ‘magic’ is generated by the art and music, but it’s also cultivated during our wide range of conscious workshop activities. Jai Thep is much more than dancing the night away – we offer welcoming spaces where crew and attendees can play, create and be active, learn new skills, exercise and consciously connect with their bodies and each other through workshops. Led by dedicated members of the community, our arts and wellness workshops are committed to spreading positivity throughout the festival. The mood of the crew is also crucial, and through being respectful and considerate of each other and our guests, we spread an overall feeling of comfort and kindness, which in turn is adopted by our guests.
Located in one of the most multicultural parts of Thailand, Jai Thep celebrates diversity and honors the various ethnicities in northern Thailand and Asia as a whole. Jai Thep sets a good example of the positive change which can be generated by co-operation with local communities, for the benefit of the whole. We commit to boosting the local economy through our presence, by hiring locals where possible, supporting local community projects and inviting participation in Jai Thep both as guests and as vendors. We are aware that many of us are guests in Thailand and Jai Thep presents something many locals are unfamiliar with – Jai Thep should be considerate of this and be known for generating only positive change.
Jai Thep is loving and inclusive. We do not tolerate any form of violence, discrimination or disrespect towards any individual or community. We have a zero tolerance policy towards racism, sexism, homophobia or any other form of discrimination. We also offer dedicated gender-specific safe spaces, where attendees are able to separate themselves from those forcing unwanted attention, as well as providing a place for people to recover and regroup if feeling overwhelmed.
Jai Thep is family-friendly, giving kids and families safe spaces where they can relax and have fun. We give adults the chance to be childlike again, and the children the chance to learn and grow through experiencing new activities in a safe, considerate environment. The Kid Zone will always be a carefully planned, fundamental part of Jai Thep, not an additional afterthought.
Jai Thep continues to increase its commitment to having a truly environmentally responsible event. We will promote green practices in the areas of waste, energy, carbon emissions and community. In order to do this effectively, we will be working closely with our partners to plan and implement a festival reflecting best green policies and practices. To further our commitment, Jai Thep is proud to be one of the 70 something festivals around the world committed to reducing carbon emissions and environmental impact as laid out in the Vision Festival : 2025 Pledge. Please ask for more information about our sustainability actions.
Management & Structure
Jai Thep has been restructured as a co-operative model, using the ethical values of honesty and openness. As such, the current management team make decisions democratically, by discussing and voting on major decisions, while considering the ideas of the wider community to ensure they reflect the views and ethos of Jai Thep as a group. Where a vote is split, or where there are significant differences of opinion between management team members and/or other key community members, resolutions will be sought using NVC (nonviolent communication) based meetings. If after discussion and re-voting, the management team still doesn’t reach a consensus, the decision will be finalised by the co-directors. As a co-operative, Jai Thep is autonomous and controlled by the managing team, but this team is fluid; if members of the community prove willing and able to commit the necessary amount of time, the management team will vote to introduce them as management members. Should Jai Thep enter into agreements with other organizations, or raise capital from external sources, it does so with terms that ensure democratic control by the management team to maintain its co-operative autonomy. As a co-operative, Jai Thep works for the sustainable development of its community through policies approved by its members.
Jai Thep has been restructured as a non-profit co-operative, dedicated to encouraging art, music and magic within Chiang Mai, rather than being profit-driven. We believe in fairly recompensing staff, volunteers and performers for their work to ensure that they feel valued. Where profit is generated above Jai Thep expenses, and after any obligations to investors are met, Jai Thep will donate any excess profits to support the work of local NGOs or charitable causes whose values reflect the Jai Thep ethos. The chosen charity/charities will again be chosen democratically from a shortlist, within the wider community.