Shambhala (music festival)
|Regional district||Central Kootenay|
|Elevation||670 m (2,200 ft)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
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. 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. Since the beginning, it has been a family-run event and has never accepted any corporate sponsorship. In the summer months, the ranch becomes home to volunteers & event staff who contribute to repairing and adding onto the many permanent structures on site.
It has six uniquely themed stages, named The Living Room, AMP (AMPhitheater) (formerly the Rock Pit/ The Jungle Pit), The Fractal Forest, The Village, The Grove (formerly The Labyrinth, The Portal, The Inner Sanctum), Nebula, and The Pagoda (formerly Main Stage).
The Summer of 2008 marked the release of the Shambhala Music Festival DVD, showing 10 years of the festival. The documentary, directed by filmmaker Malcolm Levy, looks at Shambhala Music Festival's history, and "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."
The Shambhala Music Festival does not seek corporate sponsorship and is a festival run solely by volunteers, who input their own visions into the festival and make it what they want it to be.
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