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Water is Life Festival

  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden 715 Camino Lejo Santa Fe, NM, 87505 United States (map)

The Water is Life Festival (Agua es la Vida) celebrates our Water and our communities' relationship to Water. 

Here in New Mexico we recognize that "water is life" and out of that truth we bring community together to experience performance, art, education, and stories from our personal and collective histories that remind us to take care of water for our community today and for our children's future.  

The festival is linked to Global Water Dances, a day where dancers all over the world dance for "safe water everywhere."

The Festival is free and open to people of all ages and abilities. Come and enjoy the solstice time evening with your friends, families, and neighbors!

Water provided for community by National Water Services

Food Truck Catering by Street Food Institute
local and traditional foods from our region
will be available between 5-8 (to purchase)

Community Water Procession beginning of the Festival
People will bring water from the river
led by the artist collective Rivers Run Through Us

Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Poetry Performances that honor Water at the Ampitheater:

to the Ampitheater 5:30
Blessing and introduction

Some of the performers, poets, and speakers/storytellers

Water poems, stories, music and dance
Beata Tsosie-Pena- poetry
Rujeko Sarah Dumbutshena- dance
Elise Gent and railyard community- dance
Deidre Morris-dance
Emmaly Weiderholt-dance
Miriam Sagan-poetry
Dan Pauli and Friends- Mbira music
Alicia Da Silva -poetry

The last hour of the festival: 7:15 till it's complete

Community Water Medicine Wheel Offering
led by the artist Hyda Maria
This will be at the arroyo under the bridge that leads to the amphitheater

For this people are very welcome to bring offerings that are natural and will decomplse or remain, things that are from the earth. (flowers, flower petals, earth, shells, crystals, (non GMO) corn meal)


Water Stories and Poetry corner

(Archiving our personal and collective water stories/histories audio recording will be available here) 

Water educational hub

different community groups will have tables and share what they do and how we can get involved to take care of our water and make our community cohesively stronger

Community Art Making around water (collaborative piece) 
Behind the amphitheater there is a large wall. There are also tables and spaces to work near that wall. We invite community to create a collaborative water piece using watercolors, pastels, markers, and other embellishments. We'll set it up so that people can work directly on the large sheet and also sit and create a tile, a portion that can be adhered to the piece when its done. 

Kindly help us. Bring materials that you can use and share with others . Brushes, Water colors, pastels, interesting adds, your creativity. All ages please.  

Produced by:
Dancing Earth
Rivers Runs Through Us
Not Afraid to Look


Santa Fe Botanical Gardens
New Mexico Dance Coalition
National Water Services
McCune Foundation

Want to help? (say yes, it's fun building a festival)

Volunteer or Intern:

Interning: As this is the making of a festival from the grassroots level by dedicated artists, you can really help us with calls, and letters and crossing things off. Want to learn how we do it with us?  
We'd love your help and will glady write you a letter of reccomendation that you can use for the next thing you do (school or work). We are working on stipends/honorariums for all who are part of the production. If we get it (grants to help pay for costs), you will be thanked with financial compensation (an honorarium/stipend) as well.  

Volunteering for the day of the event. 

We expect over 300 people.  
We will need help that day-- Like people, like being part of the mix in the center of all the action? email us at the address below to confirm your participation as part of the backbone of the festival. 


Write us at
Please use Intern or Volunteer in the heading. 
Please include a number where we can call you back. 

We are umbrelled under the New Mexico Dance Coalition
We gladly welcome Donations to help us make this so:

Tax deductible deductions here:

NM Dance Coalition
PO BOX 284
Santa Fe, NM 87504