Join our caravan of curious travelers as we cross into a shared dream world, where we will weave together ancient folktales with modern myths, lucid dreams with mystic themes, individual inspiration with collective creation. Nomadico 2018: the second act of an epic journey. For three wild and wondrous days, Meso Creso invites you to exchange stories, express creative visions, explore rich cultural traditions, and experience deep connection. Nomadico is the unlikely fairy tale we all create and animate, bringing together wayfarers and visionaries, artists and alchemists, dancers and dreamers. Expect the global beats Meso Creso is known for, and so much more: immersive experiences and participatory art; vibrant cultural exchange and exploratory workshops; all-night dancing and live performances; yoga and healing activities; nature walks and camping under the stars; diverse theme camps; close-knit community and collaboration; and creativity without boundaries. Nomadico is a labor of love run by a team of scrappy volunteers who are spending countless hours working to turn our collective dreams into reality. Are you ready to cross into Nomadico?
The heart of Nomadico lies in the representation, celebration, connection, and anchoring of the diverse cultural traditions that many of us come from. Meso Creso, the collective behind Nomadico, was named for Mesopotamia’s Fertile Crescent, often considered the cradle of civilization. Since its founding by friends from diverse cultural backgrounds, Meso Creso has strived for cultural exchange and upliftment in everything we do: from global musical curation and traditionally inspired decor, to the art of hosting and the alchemy of food. As residents of Nomadico, we all weave our cultural tapestries into a unique and modern tradition.
Community & Participation
We value connection, collaboration, and co-creation. As a volunteer-run, intimate DIY festival, Nomadico prioritizes community and encourages all attendees to actively participate. Everyone is invited and encouraged to help build our storybook realm – all while forging deep friendships, learning new skills, and enjoying a richer experience.
The soundtrack and musical identity of Nomadico embraces and uplifts the spirit of global music, with both electronic and live acts. The musical identity of Meso Creso has always reflected the Meso Creso community at large: a culturally diverse, family of individuals from around the world.
We believe in pushing the boundaries of creative expression. As with all Meso Creso events, we seek to awaken and engage participants through multisensory, interactive experiences across Nomadico’s programming, art, and traditions. Whether enjoying the soundscape of global beats, the taste of tea and homemade treats, the sights of individual artistic flair, the smells of fragrances in the air, or the touch of earth and warmth during your sun salute – all of your senses will be tantalized.
We aspire to make conscious decisions about the impact Nomadico has on the environment, and reduce the carbon footprint of the festival. Help our caravan tread lightly on the earth by borrowing gear instead of buying, using reusable dishes and utensils instead of one-time-use disposables, minimizing the amount of disposable packaging you bring into the festival, carpooling, composting food waste, recycling and packing out your landfill waste. We support the Leave No Trace ethic, and strive to create a space where sustainable choices are supported by festival infrastructure and community culture.
Nomadico seeks to be a safe space for all sexualities and genders. We love consent-based activities, believe that altered states are no excuse for bad behavior, and have a zero tolerance policy for those who think or act otherwise. Because of this, we are proud to have Safe Space volunteers at all of our events. These individuals are trained in bystander intervention best practices and are there to provide the community with support.
Nomadico has a new and beautiful home in 2018: The Cove Campground. Nestled in Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains. Nomadico will span 25 acres within the Cove, with toilet and shower facilities, a covered pavilion, dedicated parking, and hidden forest hideaways. The site is about 2 hours from DC; 2.5 hours from Baltimore; 3 hours from Richmond; 3.5 hours of Pittsburgh: 4 hours from Philadelphia; and 5 hours from NYC.
Where is Nomadico taking place?
Nomadico’s new venue, The Cove, is located at 980 Cove Road, Gore, VA 22637. It is within comfortable driving distance of Washington DC, Baltimore, Richmond, Pennsylvania, and New York City.
Are there ridesharing opportunities?
Yes, the ride share board can be found here. In addition, we will let you know about possible group transportation options that may be available from DC, New York, and other cities.
What facilities are available on site?
Nomadico attendees will have access to on-site potable water. Ice will be available for sale. On-site showers are available near the Cove Campground front office, which is 1 mile (about a 30 minute walk) from the Nomadico site.
What about food?
There will be food and coffee vendors at Nomadico. Alcohol will not be available for sale.
Is there on-site parking?
Yes. All vehicles must have a parking pass, which can be purchased here.
Can I camp in an RV?
Limited RV hookup’s are available about a 1-mile walk from Nomadico’s front gate, outside the festival property. Please contact The Cove at 540-858-2882 to make a reservation. There will be a hook up fee (Approx. $10/day) payable directly to The Cove Campground.
Is there a swimming hole at Nomadico?
The Cove has a swimming lake with a lifeguard about a 1-mile walk from Nomadico’s front gate, outside the festival property. Cove campers can swim only while the lifeguard is on duty (from 9 am until 45 minutes before dark on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 am to 6 pm on Sundays); please keep in mind that we will be sharing this space with non-Nomadico campground neighbors and the swimming zone will be surveilled by Cove staff and not our festival-friendly safety team. There are also two fishing lakes on the Cove property where swimming is prohibited.
Is there quiet camping?
Yes, quiet camping will be available within walking distance of the festival grounds. At this time, all tent sites in the quiet camping area have already been reserved.
What can I expect?
All Nomadico dwellers can expect to find: campsites to meet your neighbors; three sound stages for you to dance under both the sun and moon; daytime workshops and activities; conscious food vendors; theme camps; art installations; healing spaces; limited showers (1 mile from camp); ample porta-potties; and other participatory magic Nomadico residents decide to create!
What kind of music, art, performances, workshops, and theme camps will I find?
In addition to all the magic that each Nomadico participant will bring to our caravan, we are assembling a wondrous group of artists, performers, musicians, workshops, and theme camps to engage, delight, and tantalize our city dwellers.
What should I bring?
Here is a short list of the necessities and some comfort items:
- Your ID (21+)
- Tent and other camping gear
- Warm clothes for the evening
- Rain gear
- Flashlight/headlamp and extra batteries
- Sunscreen and insect repellent
- First aid kit
- Reusable water bottle (no glass please)
- Reusable cups, plates, utensils (no glass please)
- Camping stove
- Blankets, chairs, and/or mats
- Trash bags
- Small container for cigarette butt disposal, if you smoke
- Cash (the closest ATM is 4 miles from the Cove)
What are the safety rules?
FIRES: There will be designated bonfires on the grounds. Please only burn untreated wood/paper, no synthetics. Please don’t start separate fires. We don’t want to leave other burn scars or pits on the grounds.
CAMP STOVES & BARBECUES: Camp stoves and barbecues are allowed in your camping areas, but please use extreme caution and be responsible. Always make sure your stove is in an area which is clear of dry grass and brush, and never leave a stove unattended while it is burning. If you are using a camp stove, make sure you bring along a fire extinguisher and have it properly placed where everyone can access it.
CIGARETTES: Cigarettes butts cause most fires and produce trash. Always put your butts out and NEVER throw them on the ground. Carry a small can or film tube in your pocket to hold your used butts. Let’s show this land how much we respect it!
GENERATORS: We strongly encourage camps not to bring generators. Theme camps will have access to Nomadico’s power grid if power is requested in advance. If your camp must have its own power, ONLY quiet generators are allowed. Please do not disturb your neighbors with loud generators.
FIREWORKS: Absolutely no fireworks, firearms, rockets, and other explosives are allowed. If you are caught in possession any of the aforementioned, you will be asked to leave the event.
What kind of accessibility is available at Nomadico?
GROUNDS: The festival takes place on natural, flat and hilly grounds. No cement walkways or otherwise have been added. The roads are dirt with gravel on top and with some deep holes. Many areas would be difficult to maneuver in a wheelchair or other motorized vehicle.
PARKING: Accessible parking is available, as long as the car being used holds a handicap parking pass. When you arrive at the festival, ask for accessible parking and you will be properly directed. Nomads will have an opportunity to drive to the festival grounds, unload their cars in a designated area, and drive to the parking area. Drivers will then be given a ride back to the festival grounds in a pick-up truck or gator. If these modes of transport will not work for your mobility needs, let the parking attendant know and they will arrange something suitable.
CAMPING: Because camping areas at Nomadico are on both flat and hilly ground, there will be a designated accessible camping area. If you need accessible camping, sign up for accessible camping here and let the front gate know at check-in – they will show you the accessible camping area. You must show your handicap parking pass or equivalent identification to demonstrate eligibility for accessible camping.
ACCESSIBLE PORTA POTTIES: Two accessible porta potties can be found throughout the grounds. You will find location information on the map once you arrive on site, as well as signs for the accessible restrooms.
SERVICE ANIMALS: Nomads with service animals must check in with the front gate and present documentation to receive a service animal pass. Only animals with this pass will be allowed on site. If at any time the animal is out of control, puts other Nomads at risk, is uncontrollably loud, acts as a threat to other patrons, or is abandoned by owner and left alone in the festival, our staff has the right to request that your animal be removed from the grounds. Service dogs must be on a leash at all times.
MOTORIZED VEHICLES / MOBILITY DEVICES: Motorized wheelchairs and scooters with 3+ wheels are allowed to be used by Nomads with disabilities. No golf carts, 2-wheel scooters, or other motorized vehicles may be used. All mobility devices should be operated no faster than walking speed.
CHARGING STATIONS: Patrons with motorized mobility devices that need to be charged may do so at the front gate (at own risk) during gate hours. If the gate is not open, please ask a ranger or staff member at the front gate for assistance.
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What kind of medical and support services will be available?
FIRST AID: Our volunteer First Aid team will be available around the clock to assist festival goers stay safe and healthy, inclusive of providing first aid materials and helping patch up Nomads in need. The First Aid team enables self-care and is not a professional medical team – we will not provide any emergency medical care. If you or another Nomad gets injured, you can find a First Aid Volunteer at the Medical Tent or find any Nomadico staff member with a radio.
RANGERS: Rangers are trained in de-escalation and will be roaming the festival 24/7 in case you need assistance. Rangers are easily identifiable by their khaki shirts during the daytime and red lights during the nighttime. You can also always find a Ranger at the Ranger station.
SANCTUARY: The Sanctuary provides a safe space for people feeling overwhelmed at the festival. Sanctuary volunteers are trained in harm reduction best practices and are available 24/7 at the Sanctuary.
SAFE SPACES: In alignment with our consent-driven values, we are proud to have Safe Spaces volunteers at all Meso Creso events. These individuals are trained in bystander intervention best practices and are there to provide the community with support. You can find Safe Spaces volunteers at the Bayt and Tamasha stages during the evening and night dancing hours – they are easily identifiable by their light-up flower garlands.
FIRE SAFETY: Fire Safety volunteers will be roaming the festival, tending the communal burn barrels and supporting the Great Circle.
SECURITY: Finally, Nomadico has a team of trained security that will be posted outside the festival perimeter during the nights, to provide an additional layer of protection. You likely will not see them except when you are coming or leaving the festival; if you need the assistance of a security guard, please find a Ranger or other Nomadico staff member to radio them.
When can I buy tickets?
Tickets go on sale January 31st!
Can I volunteer to get a complimentary ticket to the festival?
At this time, there are no discounts or complimentary tickets available for general volunteers. Nomadico is a small and intimate festival that prioritizes community and encourages all attendees to actively participate. Participation and hospitality are central to Nomadico’s culture, and we hope this brings its own rewards – forging deep friendships, learning new skills, and knowing that you contributed to building something magical.
Can children come?
While Nomadico is a playground for those of us who are kids at heart, the event is 21+ and ID will be required for entry.
Can I bring my pets?
Unfortunately, dogs and other pets cannot join the fun. Nomads with service animals must check in with the front gate and present documentation to receive a service animal pass. Only animals with this pass will be allowed on site. If at any time the animal is out of control, puts other Nomads at risk, is uncontrollably loud, acts as a threat to other patrons, or is abandoned by owner and left alone in the festival, our staff has the right to request that your animal be removed from the grounds. Service dogs must be on a leash at all times.
How many people are coming?
We expect between 700 and 1,000 wayfarers, visionaries, artists, alchemists, dancers, and dreamers.
I can no longer attend. Can I resell my ticket?
Yes, all tickets can be resold to other travelers at face value. Tickets must be resold for face value plus applicable fees.
How do I transfer my ticket to someone else?
You can update the sold ticket via Eventbrite using the following steps:
- Log in to your Eventbrite account. You can log in from the Order Confirmation email or at Eventbrite.com.
- Go to Tickets.
- Select the event you’d like to update.
- Click “Edit.”
- Update the name and email.
- Save your changes.
I'm buying a ticket from someone and they want to sell it to me for more than face value. What should I do?
Please contact email@example.com. Tickets found being sold for more than face value will be voided and released back into the ticket pool. (The original purchaser will forfeit their ticket and the original purchase price.) Do NOT resell tickets for more than face value!
Nomadico is a project of Meso Creso, a nonprofit Washington DC-based, cross-cultural arts collective that cultivates creativity without boundaries. Whether putting on our own dance parties or participating in others’, Meso Creso is known for its roving hookah and pillow lounge, highly crafted art installations, joyful whistles and hand claps, and a DJ lineup that represents the rich cultural mix of its community.