Dance music creates a feeling of community and Emilie McGlone has shown us the philanthropic power the culture possesses!

Parties 4 Peace, a production group founded by Emilie McGlone, uses music events to spread insight on environmental awareness, human rights, and global sustainability.  For the past five years McGlone has been concerned with the effects global warming has had on Patagonia, the vast region at the southernmost point of South America.  Filled with numerous fjords, glaciers and lakes; the area spans across Argentina and Chile and is cited as a “treasure box of life” for housing some of the purest water sources in the world.  The deterioration of the glaciers has tripled over the past ten years which prompted McGlone to collaborate with the non-profit organization Peace Boat to create the PATAGONICA collective in 2009.  Each year the group tours Chile with a team of international DJs, focusing on a campaign to help inspire the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize Patagonia as a World Heritage Site.

Parties4Peace volunteers and artists at the glaciers in Patagonia

In celebration of its fifth year, the PATAGONICA Tour enlisted the talent of Tamaki Maruta, a DJ/producer from Tokyo, to accompany Chilean DJs on their ten day journey from the southern tip of Patagonia to the capital of Santiago.  Before performing however, the artists travel through the region of Patagonia to enlighten themselves on its beauty and the importance for sustainability.  The tour puts on music events in many cities such as Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Concepcion, Vina del Mar, Valparaiso, and Santiago to name a few, providing more than just entertainment to the locals.  While these events encompass a party atmosphere, the message of saving Patagonia is very clear.

DJ Tamaki in Chile at Club Ipanema

Exciting things are coming for Parties 4 Peace in 2014.  The tour will continue for its 6th installment along with a new project.  The Music & Art Peace Academy (MAPA) will bring together a group of talented artists to join a segment of the Peace Boat’s voyage around the region.  Working together, P4P, Peace Boat, and MAPA will raise awareness for social and environmental issues affecting South America.