BENNY ZABLE with the organiser and mistress of ceremonies for the 40th anniversary Woodstock celebrations in New York state.
BENNY ZABLE with the organiser and mistress of ceremonies for the 40th anniversary Woodstock celebrations in New York state.

New age dawns

THE times are a changin'- again.

Nimbin identity Benny Zable reckons as the world prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock today, students and young people are once again embracing the ideals of the Age of Aquarius.

Mr Zable, Nimbin's ambassador to Woodstock, spoke to The Northern Star this week from the Woodstock Museum in New York state, where he is helping to organise celebrations for the festival that ushered in the hippy era that, for better or worse, transformed the world.

“Woodstock represented a generation of people who decided not to go down the path of being fodder for the system,” he said. “People were disillusioned with the war in Vietnam and dropped out of the system.

“It has come back again because of climate change and it's being led again by the students. They are rebelling from the system.”

Mr Zable said that like the Woodstock generation, today's youth wanted to live in harmony with the environment.

“We are all people of the earth. We must be humble to that and walk softly on the world,” he said.

Nimbin is Woodstock's sister-city, a relationship built on the shared ideals of peace and love. As part of the celebrations, a photographic exhibition of Nimbin's history will be shown in New York.

The Mullumbimby community is also marking the anniversary at Durrumbul Hall, starting at 4pm today.



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