Fans are invited to be part of the Glastonbury Festival burning lotus experience

The Glastonbury Festival has invited fans to take part in its Burning Lotus Experience, an art event that aims to provide cathartic relief as the world emerges from the COVID pandemic.

Participants in this year’s festival will be able to contribute words and images to a 40-foot lotus sculpture located near the park which will be symbolically set on fire at midnight on the final day (Sunday, June 26). But those who miss out will also be able to participate by sending in entries by first class mail by Thursday (June 23) so that they arrive on time.

Entrants submitting by post should address their letters to: The Burning Lotus, Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, BA4 4BY. Organizers added that letters will only be opened if the address is clearly marked on an envelope.

Artist Joe Rush and his team created the sculpture from reclaimed wood and canvas. See Rush’s introduction to installation in the video below.

A new post on the Glastonbury website makes further suggestions for contributions. “You can be grieving, angry, sad. You may have overcome challenges or faced your fears. You may feel stuck or you may be full of gratitude for the things you have learned. Share your thoughts, feelings, memories and hopes with the Burning Lotus in a moment of deep connection as we move forward together.

In a previous statement, Glastonbury co-organizer Emily Eavis said: ‘During the festival people will be encouraged to write memories and pictures of people or situations they wish to leave behind, these may be people who died during lockdown who weren’t properly said goodbye, these may be failed business projects, possibly even failed marriages, but the fact is that all of these things will be focused on and then placed inside of the Lotus.

The Worthy Farm Festival returns for the first time since 2019 this week, with doors opening on Wednesday, June 22.

In addition to the many acts announced on the Glastonbury 2022 lineup, there are a number of special guests to be confirmed who will join the festival line-up, including Sunday (June 26) slots on the John Peel Stage and The Park Organiser.

George Ezra looks set to play in Sunday afternoon’s “TBC” slot on the John Peel Stage, although it has yet to be officially confirmed. A photo was shared online over the weekend with an apparent Worthy Farm sign that reads ‘Gold Rush Kid [the name of Ezra’s new album] – John Peel Stage – 2 p.m.

Rumors are also accelerating about The Chemical Brothers potentially filling the 11pm ‘TBA’ slot at Arcadia (likely a DJ set rather than a full live set) on Friday night Glastonbury 2022 (June 24). The pair previously headlined The Other Stage in 2019.

Stay tuned to NME.com for more updates from Glastonbury Festival 2022.

Jan G. Gilbert