Featured Event: Shambhala Music Festival
The Shambhala Experience
At Shambhala you check your left brain-processes at the door. It’s a place where ‘rational’ becomes a curse word and your ability to reason only hinders and confuses you. The festival itself is more than just a music platform, it’s an art-coated, multi-sensory stimulant: an apparent context for liberated expression. It’s a place where a naked middle-aged man in a unicorn mask is somehow turned casual, and self conscious dancing is discouraged. Working on the festival media team, I’ve been lucky enough to watch this from behind a camera.
The natural environment, a large family-owned farm in Nelson, compliments and ignites the music. But it’s the people that fill it with a multifaceted soul. That soul can scare you, inspire you, or simply provide a front row seat to some quality people-watching.
Bikini-clad ravers turned mystical
People Watching at Shambhala
Irregardless of calling it Canada’s Largest Electronic Music festival or a Farm of Dancing Hippies, Shambhala provides a peak at humanity behind the constructs and presents a world of characters.
The people at the festival range from your average keen college dub-stepper to your 70-year-old new age hippy. Your seasoned burning-man attendee, to your fist pumping, Dr.Pepper guzzling brother-in-law. The nudist philosopher to the socialite who silently dances in a costume made of moss. The eclectic DJ. The soulful rapper. The tie-dye hemp-hearted lovers. Beautiful women who turn themselves into pieces of art. The men who get creative with their chest hair. In any case, Shambhala seems to represent a break from the cold breath of normalcy, praising and fostering a sense of connection as well as human caricature.
Pierre Noel: Canadian Hippy Edit
There is a tree each year they call “The Wish Tree” where you can spend hours reading good intentions
The life of the party
- March 17, 2014