Shambhala (music festival)

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Shambhala
Shambhala (music festival) is located in British Columbia
Shambhala (music festival)
Location of Shambhala in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°08′31″N 117°15′52″W / 49.141884°N 117.264357°W / 49.141884; -117.264357Coordinates: 49°08′31″N 117°15′52″W / 49.141884°N 117.264357°W / 49.141884; -117.264357
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region West Kootenay
Regional district Central Kootenay
Elevation 670 m (2,200 ft)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Highways 3
6
Waterways Salmo River

Shambhala Music Festival is an annual electronic music festival held during the first week of August at the Salmo River Ranch, a 500-acre (2.0 km2) farm, in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia.[1] The festival lasts 4 days and 3 nights and offers a mix of music and art in nature.[2]

The festival began in 1998 and has grown to become the largest and one of the longest running electronic music events in Canada.[3] 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.[4]

There are six 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), Nebula, and The Pagoda (previously Main Stage).[5]

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 DJ’s, people in charge, first aid attendants and others."[6]

In 2011 and 2012, Shambhala received an awards for Best Large Event at The International Breakspoll Awards.[7][8]

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