Program

Bonobo Feast

Bonobo Feast

Bonobo Feast

Humans waste a third of all the food we grow and leave nearly a billion people underfed. Bonobos, or pygmy chimpanzees, are humans’ closest animal relative: most famous for their promiscuous sex-lives and matriarchal social structure. They are less well known for their pro-social food-sharing behaviour. When bonobos have a surplus food they proactively find others to share it with, and they select strangers in preference over friends. Essentially they turn surplus food into social capital and make new friends. Think of all the friends we humans could make with the 1.3 billion tonnes of food we waste each year! 


The Bonobo Feast is an opportunity for people to share a mass free feast all made from ingredients that would otherwise be wasted, connecting physically with fellow festival-goers, and taking with them a deepened sense of the possibilities for creating communities worldwide. The word “companion” (Portuguese companheiro) literally means someone you share food with (com=with, pan=bread). This is how we can help build global communities taking responsibility for each other and the world.
Rita & Tristram recently had the pleasure of meeting with Alfredo Vasconcelos in Idanha-a-Nova; Alfredo was very keen that we should bring the Bonobo Feast to Boom in 2018.

Transformational immersive experience that creates companionship between festival-goers, awareness of global food waste and how to build global and local communities.