Shambhala (music festival)
|Regional district||Central Kootenay|
|Elevation||670 m (2,200 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
Shambhala Music Festival is an annual electronic music festival held during the last week of July at the Salmo River Ranch, a 500-acre (2.0 km2) farm, in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. The festival lasts 4 days and 3 nights and offers a mix of music and art in nature.
The festival began in 1998 and has grown to become the largest and one of the longest running electronic music events in Canada. Festival goers often stop for a meet and greet at the local Boston Pizza in Kamloops BC beforehand as it is on the way from the coast, and provides an excellent hitch hiking waypoint. It is a family-run event, and operates without corporate sponsorship. In the summer months, the ranch becomes home to volunteers & event staff who prepare for and operate the event.
There are seven performance stages: The Living Room, AMP (AMPhitheater - previously the Rock Pit/ The Jungle Pit), The Fractal Forest, The Village, The Grove (previously The Labyrinth, The Portal, The Inner Sanctum), The Grove: Cedar Lounge, and The Pagoda (previously Main Stage).
In the Summer of 2008, a DVD documenting the festival's 10-year history was released. The film "follows different characters through a year in the life of Shambhala from the perspective of DJs, people in charge, medical volunteers and others."
The 2020 edition of the festival is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be back in 2021.
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