The Shambhala tradition continued this month, celebrating its 22nd year of music, nature, and community in the BC Kootenays.
Unlike most North American summer music festivals, which rely heavily on performers to attract their attendees, Shambhala provides a unique atmosphere promoting love, creativity and a plethora of other artistic avenues which served to make the music sound that much better. Yoga in the mornings, a dip in the crisp waters of Salmo River, and various art workshops were just a few of the activities one could take part in during the daytime before the nightly festivities began.
The festival did seem to be missing something though…
Since its inception in 1998, the organizers of Shambhala have prided themselves in putting on the festival without any financial aid. This results in a weekend with the sole intention of providing a transformative experience for attendees, without the b.s. of other businesses. The festival has grown in size, however its core foundation remains strong and true to the Shambhala family. Talking with many of the attendees revealed the high frequency of returning ones, who all mention the improvement of the festival over the years without losing its initial allure which brought them there in the first place.
Along with supporting some of the most talented emerging artists, Shambhala featured some of the biggest names in electronic music, including Diplo, Jauz, Nero, Anti Up, Bonobo, and many more. With six main stages each consisting of a unique sound, there was something for everyone.
Check out this year’s photos below!