Reasons for Being
A program of community events that advocate a peaceful convergence vibe—dovetailed on family closeness, neighborhood connected-ness, and multi-cultural harmony. Events include musical concerts/festivals, poetry readings & and other performances, filmshowings, a variety of cultural/artistic presentations (improvisational dance, street theater, traditional/cultural gatherings, food gatherings etc), and group discussions.
 To advocate a peaceful/non-violent consciousness in the community, thereby initiating venues for collective discussion towards this end.
 To raise fund for the producing organization and its nonprofit beneficiaries.
 To promote, network, and market a like-minded community organization or (independent) entrepreneurial program.
 To usher exposure to starting performers, help them to connect with other venues and market, and possibly forge business and advocacy relationships in the process.
BONFIRES for PEACE, and other programs
 Bonfires for Peace. Usually a one-day free park concert or a nighttime club music event. The Bonfires has produced/organized events of this persuasion in Asheville and Mars Hill, North Carolina (ex: an unprecedented 16 weekends in downtown Asheville in 2004, and still happening to date); Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, DC; New York City; Manila/Quezon City and Baguio City, Philippines; and Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, California.
 Vagrant Wind. Café/gallery/bookstore events that are usually a mix of poetry and singer-songwriter mini-concert, sometimes short films and discussions included.
 Wander Women. A women-produced and organized small-venue shows and gigs that promote and advocate women issues.
 Bonfires for Vampires. A fun family event (DJs, concerts, food, costume party, games etc) that is traditionally held on Halloween.
NOTE: We occasionally organize similar events—like, community/family block parties, benefit garage sales and `hood barbecue, crafts/nonprofit tabling, children’s playground (clowns, piñata, games, open mic), park musical shows, and other “fun” activities.
Both The Bonfires’ Asheville/US and Philippine networks work closely with various international, national and local humanitarian organizations. Past and present beneficiaries include: people.
Co-sponsorship and organizational/business donations are very much welcome—both in terms of financial aid, media exposure/publicity, production/events needs (sound system procurement, food, program printing). Co-sponsors business/corporate logos are prominently displayed or printed in all production banners, posters, flyers, and postcards.