Insomniac, host of the annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), has partnered with eBay and local charity Culture Shock Las Vegas to raise money for charity through an innovative program that provides one-of-a-kind experiences for festival attendees. A 10-day online-only auction, running from May 5-15, allows visitors to bid on festival experiences, with the proceeds going to Culture Shock Las Vegas, a nonprofit street dance troupe that offers opportunities for young people in Las Vegas to get involved with the music industry.
EDC is offering over 50 experiences for bid on eBay, ranging from VIP access to various shows to opportunities to meet artists in person and pitch your own music. The opportunities include a helicopter ride, access to a private cabana, backstage passes, the opportunity to participate in a Cirque du Soleil rehearsal, and more.
Culture Shock Las Vegas will use the money raised to support their program, which uses dance and leadership training as a way of keeping kids away from drugs and into positive activities. Developed in 1995 under fitness expert Darryl Thomas, the organization aims to expand opportunities for lower-income youth in the Las Vegas area. The program only has the capacity at present to support 25 students at a time, but with more funding, they could increase that number, as well as augmenting the programming.
“Our fans have an incredibly generous spirit and so much passion for the music, that it makes perfect sense to give them special access to the festival, its artists, and dozens of exclusive events in the name of charity,” said Pasquale Rotella, founder of Insomniac. “Culture Shock’s message of positivity and community aligns perfectly with the spirit of EDC, and I’m so glad that we can offer one-of-a-kind experiences while bringing attention to an organization that is doing amazing work in Las Vegas.”
This year’s EDC will be June 19-21.