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The festival's socially conscious agenda and diverse programming also bring together broad cross-sections of music fans from the academic world, the underground, the overground and the party scene — disparate groups that Lesta believes "are ultimately trying to do the same thing" in terms of effecting positive social change and fostering a renewed sense of community. With this festival, community is key, as it were.
And Lesta and Krall are clearly big parts of that community, having forged a unique partnership with the city, the university and local businesses and inspired a small army of volunteers to help make the event possible. Speaking with them, you get the all-too-rare sense that you are in the company of people who care deeply about their community and what they believe in: "respect and support for electronic music as a vital part of our culture," as Lesta puts it.
"We're different," she concludes, "but we're the same people. We should know each other."
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