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Glastonbury Takes a Breath: 7 Minutes of Zen Amidst the Mosh Pits with Marina Abramović.

Imagine Glastonbury – a chaotic symphony of pounding bass, belting voices, and enough glitter to blind a disco ball. Now imagine that very same festival holding its breath for seven whole minutes. Buckle up, because that's exactly what happened on Friday, thanks to the boundary-breaking artist Marina Abramović.

Known for performances that test audience endurance more than a particularly spicy vindaloo, Abramović orchestrated a unique "collaboration" called Seven Minutes of Collective Silence. Forget crowd surfing and belting out anthems – this was about harnessing a different kind of energy, a universal one of quiet contemplation.

Whispers swirled around the festival faster than spilled beer at a beer pong tournament.

Could a crowd primed for musical mayhem truly embrace tranquility?

Abramović, a fearless explorer of the artistic frontier, wasn't deterred. She donned a powerful symbol of peace – a garment that would make even a hippie jealous – and launched into a passionate speech.

The message? We're living in a world on repeat, a broken record of violence and negativity. Here, on this hallowed festival ground, she proposed an alternative: a collective act of love and present-moment awareness.

With a touch of Glastonbury magic (and maybe a silent prayer or two), the crowd obliged. Aside from a few rogue shouts,the only sounds were the wind whispering secrets through the fields and the faint thump of music from distant stages.

Seven minutes might seem like a blip in the festival's grand scheme, but for those who participated, it was a profound moment of shared humanity, a testament to the power of quietude in a world that often screams.

This wasn't just a random hush, though. It echoed the artistic spirit of Glastonbury itself. Think Beyoncé's infamous "mute challenge" on her tour – a fleeting glimpse of collective quietude amidst the roar of the crowd.

Abramović, ever the artistic daredevil, wasn't afraid of potential failure as she perceives failing to be a dish best served with learning. And even if the silence wasn't absolute, the attempt itself was a powerful statement.


Words by AW.

Photo courtesy of Yui Mok/PA.


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