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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.

Kate Lesta and Matt Krall are the folks behind Communikey.
Kate Lesta and Matt Krall are the folks behind Communikey.

"We're different," she concludes, "but we're the same people. We should know each other."

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Arina
Arina

We need more people like Kate Lesta and Matthew Krall to bring a community closer together.

 

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