THE SOUTHWEST FLOW FESTIVAL 2023
Southwest Flow Festival is the Southwest’s only multi-day music and arts event dedicated to enhancing the performing arts community through skill-sharing, education and empowerment. In collaboration with leaders in the flow arts community, Southwest Flow Festival offers three nights of family-friendly live music, fire spinning, flow arts and aerial performances, along with two full days of workshops accommodating everyone from beginners to advanced performers. Come join us at Gateway Ranch to participate in a multitude of workshops and experience professional acts encompassing your favorite flow and aerial arts.
Expand your flow arts repertoire, elevate your skills, and connect with like-minded individuals at the second annual Southwest Flow Festival!
Christina LaBlanc, Flow Artist
Here's what to expect at Southwest Flow Festival 2023!
At the Southwest Flow Festival, we bring together people who are passionate about movement, creativity, and community. Come meet hundreds of other flow enthusiasts, exchange ideas, and let's learn together. From beginner to professional, all are welcome to join us for an unforgettable weekend!
Flow Prop Vendors
Ready to step out of your comfort zone and try a new flow prop? Forgot your buugeng? We gotchu, boo thang. Head over to the Rave Circus booth and try something new!
Open Fire CircleS
With over 18 hours of open fire circles, there will be plenty of time to put your new skills to the test and connect & play with fellow flow arts enthusiasts!
Art & Wellness Experiences
Take a little break from showing off your dazzling new flow skills and join a yoga session, songwriting workshop or an ecstatic dance party. Perhaps an art or graffiti workshop is more your scene? How about a sound healing session in the Temple of Life? Maybe do it all? Whatever you do: do YOU.
The Temple of Life
Built by Mr. God himself, The Temple of Life is the perfect place for quiet reflection, rest and soaking up a sound healing session. We ask that visitors remain respectful and intentional while visiting the temple.
Camping at Gateway Ranch
SWFF is a 3 day camping event at an off-grid ranch in Northern Arizona. As such you will need to be fully self-sufficient, supplying your own food, water, shelter, and adequate gear for warm days and chilly nights. Check out the GATEWAY RANCH SURVIVAL GUIDE for tips.
Slide into the Flowasis tent for workshops by day and over 24 collective hours of open Flow Jams by night! We’ll have open decks in the evenings for our DJ friends to lay down epic flow mixes.
A hooghan is a traditional dwelling and ceremonial structure of the Navajo people of Arizona and New Mexico. The hooghan at Gateway Ranch is a gathering place for meaningful conversation, connection and storytelling.
Music & Flow Performances
This year, we are thrilled to have an incredible lineup of fire spinners, flow arts performers, aerialists, and musical artists - including headliners Asadi + XYE, Clejan, and Govinda.
Food & Snack Vendors
We’ve listened to the cries of the people. And it turns out that they’re crying for gourmet tater tots and delicious healthy snacks. Luckily the world’s finest gourmet tater tot vendor, Tot Box, lives in our backyard and was available to serve, AND Morning Glory Cafe will be whipping up delicious healthy treats throughout the weekend! All of our dreams are coming true.
CREATIVE PLAY Zone (CPZ)
He spins, he flows, he DJs, he… paints?!? What doesn’t Dean Machine do? Ask him yourself while taking an art or graffiti workshop, or freestyling your own work of art at the Creative Play Zone.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The exact schedule and artist lineup are subject to change leading up to the event. Please check back frequently to view the updated schedule of events and performance lineup.
Songwriter, Rapper/ Violinist, and Atlanta native Zac Clejan has been playing music since the age of 2. Classically trained by the second chair in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and inspired by his city's burgeoning Hip Hop scene, Clejan began writing and releasing violin/rap songs at an early age. Since attending business school to study and work in marketing, he has garnered millions of streams on his original music and grown a following of over 800,000 under his brand, 'The Trap Violinist.' His signature blend of violin, hard-hitting drums, and catchy vocals have resonated within the flow arts community, and he has immensely enjoyed partnering up with artists around the world to collaborate through sound and movement.
"When I started making music, I didn't know much about the flow movement. It has been the biggest blessing to discover my music goes so well with so many different types of flow arts, and I have immensely enjoyed learning, growing, and creating with the community. I am so stoked to play my first ever festival with you all at Southwest Flow Festival." - Clejan
Govinda is the alter-ego of Austin based producer/composer Shane Madden. He began studying violin and composition at the age of eight and went on to study classical violin at the University of Texas where he fell in love with electronic music production. It was in Madden’s pursuit of his Middle-Eastern and Spanish roots that he opened his ears to music from around the world. From experiences learning violin with mysterious masters on his journeys across the globe and his passion for modern design and technology, the current sound of Govinda was born.
Govinda has played with Thievery Corporation, Tipper, Bassnectar, Shpongle, Cheb I Sabbah, STS9 and many more and been featured on over 25 compilations such as Buddha Bar II, Asian Travels II, and Nirvana Lounge selling a combined 400,000 copies. Govinda has played at numerous festivals throughout North America including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Sea of Dreams, Shambhala, Sonic Bloom, SXSW and more. Govinda's music has had many synchs on TV and independent films and has over 5 million Spotify plays to date.
ASADI + XYE
ASADI is a Persian-American Electronic Music Producer & Performance Artist from Columbus, Ohio. He is known for his rare middle eastern influence and impressive performance ability. In the studio, his knowledge of the land of Persian Composition uniquely activates a sense of timelessness that the world can resonate with, and his instruments play a strong role in illustrating such emotion. They include the Persian Setar, Persian Tar, Persian Daf, and Italian Mandolin. He brings these delicate sounds to life when performing with his drum machine, in which he effortlessly triggers his entire rhythm section completely live on 16 electronic pads. ASADI’s artistry derived from a lifetime passion in writing songs, first learning piano at the age of 5. In high school, his parents gifted him with a drum pad and some Persian instruments he never knew existed. This flipped a switch and birthed the 10-year voyage to who he is today. From his diligent hustle on social media, from a thousand hours of perfecting his craft live, and from the constant desire to create truly extraordinary music, a precious die-hard following has inevitably grown to represent the sound of ASADI Worldwide.