Open Source 2020 Open Source 2020


9 - 13 December 2021

Vortex Open Source celebrates the summer solstice: a time of ascension, passion, and new beginnings. It is the time for inviting in the light, the fire of creativity and transformation. Our team of visionary artists and producers collaborate through an Open Source style of ethics of sharing the collective wisdom to support our conscious evolution in giving without expectation,  maintaining open hearts and minds thus making what is possible for one possible for all.

The diverse global psychedelic trance and electronic music culture hold a unique space for the vital role of dance and transformation – an immensely important aspect humanity have carried with us for centuries. We have the potential for change, and the power and responsibility for unity, harmony, and respect. By engaging our psytrance family through an open-source philosophy with the highest intentions, we hope to unlock our collective potential as a catalyst for radical change. These may just be the seeds of change: but every element, every interaction, every smile, and every frequency has the potential to manifest into more. 

We have worked for more than two decades together, with like-minded visionaries from across the planet and co-created a community we love and are loyal to. What better way to express this global TRANCEmogrification than through an international psychedelic Music and Arts Gathering, Vortex Open Source… With a deep conviction in the awakening potential of creative psychedelia, we carefully curate a selection of the leading visionary artists of our times. Through music and décor, light and intention, we usher in the psychedelic renaissance and remember our roots in Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect


Although we are well, our situation during the lockdown is becoming critical. No need to rehash the impact of COVID 19, I am sure all of humanity has been affected by the pandemic. The reality is that all of us are facing similar financial hardship & a very uncertain future.

YOU are the party & your 𝒗𝒊𝒃𝒆 & 𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒈𝒚,𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙩 & 𝙙𝙚𝙫𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 have been our biggest motivation to do what we do. Right now Vortex needs your help & support, something we have always relied on in the past, and we hope, into the future. Together, we have created unforgettable memories and shared inspiring moments on the dance floor and believe together we will overcome this crisis.

Vortex has always run as a non-profit organization, “By the community for the community”. We sincerely believe that the money YOU spend to attend is the Trance Families, not ours & is given to us in YOUR trust to create a place to gather & express our love for Trance.

We have without fail put any profit back into improving the production and venue facilities where we hold our festivals. Our policy has never been about growing numbers, but always about quality versus quantity by allowing an organic growth of like-minded people.

We believe implicitly that in some way or form, we will dance again & will continue to work on our new Festival home in Stormsvlei, The Circle Of Life. As many of you may know, we moved here last year to be able to develop the festival site hands-on. This is the most amazing venue we have ever found & we intend to pour all our heart, soul & experience into it.

The majestic, giant trees on the Circle Dancefloor are just mind-blowing & to be on an island with rivers flowing in a complete circle around you is truly special and strikes a feeling within you that is carried home with you when you leave. The development of the Festival site into a comfortable and stimulating psychedelic playground is our number one priority. We are continuing to work as if we will be allowed to dance again at any minute in anticipation of having you all back.

You can help Vortex simply by buying a ticket to Vortex Open Source 2021 ( )or, if you are able, you can donate to our Crowd Fund that we have set up. All funds we receive will go into the development of our new festival home in anticipation of seeing you all again. Ticket sales are our only source of year-round production funding & are without fail put into the production of the festival.

The festivals generate a modest payroll for 4 full-time employees. We start work on the next festival on the very day we close the gates of the last. With no Festivals possible presently we are in a position where we can no longer cover basic production & running expenses. We have made the promotion of Trance our lives & without your help, may well be the end of our loyal service to the Psychedelic Trance Community.

In Love, Light, Faith & Trust