DrugLawReformPanelRainbow Serpent Festival is Australia’s premier electronic music and alternative lifestyle festival. It’s where around 20,000 Australian and global psychedelic citizens come together to share, laugh, dance and be very, very merry indeed.

10927214_10152779005888051_2081668294918818135_oThe following is our totally biased suggestions of two events you should etch into your memory to attend, once the beautiful chaos of Rainbow begins.

A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin

WHEN: Saturday 9:30pm – 11pm
WHERE: Lifestyle Village
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: EGA, PRISM and MYTHAPHI
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A New Understanding explores the treatment of end-of-life anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients using psilocybin, a psychoactive compound found in some mushrooms, to facilitate deeply spiritual experiences. The documentary explores the confluence of science and spirituality in the first psychedelic research studies with terminally ill patients since the 1970s.

The movie screening will be followed by a discussion panel on the state of psychedelic science in Australia and the world.
Panel hosted by PRISM Vice President and MYTHAPHI founder Steve McDonald and includes PRISM President Martin Williams, NDARC researcher Dr. Monica Barratt and clinical psychologist Dr. Stephen Bright.


Drug Law Reform in Australia

WHEN: Sunday 1pm – 2:30pm
WHERE: Lifestyle Village
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: PRISM, DanceWize & Harm Reduction Victoria
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Sniffer dogs, car searches, unfair drug testing regimes on the roads and in workplaces, new drugs and black markets. The world of drugs is becoming more complex and prohibition has all but failed. Where are we now?

Australia previously lead the drug activist and harm reduction-charge, being the first country in the world to introduce needle and syringe programs ‘NSP’ during the 1980s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Australia’s approach to drug policy has stagnated in recent years, with efforts to introduce practical approaches experiencing a range of barriers, including limited funding, an oppressive-emphasis on enforcement-led strategies, and popular misconceptions that focus on drug use as a matter of morality, rather than a pressing health and human rights concern.

Enpsychedelia host Nick Wallis will be playing emcee for this panel and will be joined by panelists, Steph Tzanetis co-ordinator of DanceWize, Greg Denham from LEAP Australia and the Yarra Drug and Health Forum, Dr. Monica Barratt from NDARC, Dr. James Rowe from RMIT, PRISM Vice President Steve McDonald and Dr. David Caldicott, emergency physician at Calvary Hospital and the man behind ACTINOS.
We’ll also be playing AIVL President Annie Madden’s speech from the 2015 International Harm Reduction Conference and speaking about drug law reform activism in Australia.


Both panels will be recorded for later broadcast on Enpsychedelia, so don’t stress too much if you miss them. But I will be editing them. And it won’t be the same. So if you ARE at Rainbow Serpent Festival this year, put these in your Rainbow MUST-SEE schedule.