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Shambala’s Hopeful Utopia

We were on our way to Shambala, a festival promising ‘meaningful hedonism’. To be honest, we were not sure quite what that meant but we were soon to find out…

Hollyhocks and thistles with a double rainbow against a stormy sky in Surrey.

Double rainbow day with hollyhocks and thistles.

 

Hollyhocks and thistles with a double rainbow against a stormy sky in Surrey.

A good omen before Shambala Festival.

 

Tree trunk covered with knitting and material with the quote 'Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.' Installation by Lunar Rising at Shambala Festival

Installation by Lunar Rising at Shambala Festival

 

Looking out across the lake to Shambala Festival beneath the Tree4Hope copper branches.

Gazing out across the lake with the Tree4Hope at Shambala Festival.

 

The free Rocket Stove workshop at Shambala Festival

Rocket stove workshop at Shambala Festival.

 

Tent at Shambala Festival with patchwork sign which reads SEW OVER IT at Shambala Festival 2012

You try 11 festivals in a row ;)

 

Goblin Boobs Lady wearing a Band4Hope wristband at Shambala Festival 2012


Band4Hope tag hanging from the Ttree4Hope at Shambala Festival reads 'I hope that in my lifetime... one love, one people, one planet. Love.' overlooking the lake and mansion

Collecting hopes.

 

Rosa Bloom's shop front at Shambala Festival

Roll up! Roll up! Rosa Bloom's boutique of curiosities!

 

A hot air balloon landing behind Band4Hope Tree4Hope at Shambala Festival

Hot air balloon landing behind the Tree4Hope at Shambala Festival.

 

An Upcycle sign at Shabala Festival 'Take what you need, give what you can'

Upcycle philosophy - imagine if we all lived by this.

 

Upcycle Tetra Pak Tetrashacks Tetrashaks at Shambala Festival with the Band4Hope Tree4Hope

Upcycle operate from shacks created from used Tetra Pak containers - Tetrashacks!

 

Upcycle Tetra Pak Tetrashacks Tetrashaks at Shambala Festival detail

These Upcycle Tetrashacks are light, waterproof & inspire us to be more conscious of the waste our consumerist lifestyles produce.

 

Upcycle sign 'Swap your trash for treasure' at Shambala Festival

The Upcycle Free Shop is an interactive recycling centre. Bring your trash, leave with an upcycled treasure.

 

Band4Hope tag tied to the Tree4Hope reads 'I hope that in my lifetime... the Earth will learn to breathe again' at Shambala Festival

 

Runa handmade jewellery under a big tree at Shambala Festival

Runa's wonderful shop beneath a tree at Shambala Festival.

 

Wonderful display inside the vintage tent at Shambala Festival

Vintage browsing at Shambala Festival.

 

Fox musicians with Elvis outside The Last Picture Show cinema at Shambala Festival with the Band4Hope Tree4Hope 2012

Elvis and some foxes with the Tree4Hope outside The Lost Picture Show cinema.

 

Fox musicians with Elvis outside The Last Picture Show cinema at Shambala Festival with the Band4Hope Tree4Hope 2012

We've met the foxes at a few festivals. They told us that every hope they've added to the tree thus far has come true!

 

Two ladies dressed as spies wearing macs and with newspaper with eye holes for disguise at Shambala Festival 2012

We had a strange feeling that we were being watched at Shambala Festival.

 

Band4Hope tag reads I hope that in my lifetime... I will be happy with the choices I make hanging from the Tree4Hope at Shambala Festival 2012

 

Lachlan outside the Jazzification Station at Shambala Festival 2012

JazzHands at the Jazzification Station. The glitter train stops here!

 

Sangita helping to collect hopes at Shambala Festival 2012 by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope

Sangita helped us collect hopes.

 

Inside The Lost Picture Cinema at Shambala Festival 2012

The Lost Picture Show is a sumptuous travelling cinema which evokes the golden era of movie-going.

 

Jester wearing a tutu by the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at Shambala Festival 2012

If you ever need a tutu, a pair of wings or some nipple tassles, Jester is your man.

 

Lachlan McWilliam with a crowd of people around the Band4Hope Tree4Hope at Shambala Festival 2012

Hope gathering.

 

Band4Hope tag written by young boy reads I hope that in my lifetime I'm not in the war at Shambala Festival 2012

A young boy's hope :'(

 

Lucie Galt of Band4Hope holding little girl called Sangita by the Tree4Hope at Shambala Festival 2012

Sangita, our Shambala helper.

 

Lachie & Lucie with the Tree4Hope at Shambala Festival

At Shambala Festival with the Tree4Hope!

 

Lights leading to the campsite in the evening sunset at Shambala Festival 2012

Sunset at Shambala Festival.

 

The musician foxes posing at Shambala Festival 2012

One last hope tied to the tree for this year and the foxes strike a pose.

 

Fireworks over the water with a dragon statue at night at Shambala Festival 2012

Shambala Festival firework reflections.

 

Bonfire at Shambala Festival 2012 by giant tulip sculptures at night

Bonfire amongst the giant tulips.

 

Graffiti of spray can saying always say yes at Shambala Festival 2012 at night

ALWAYS SAY YES - graffiti wisdom.

 

Graffiti of three ghosts at Shambala Festival 2012 at night

Graffiti ghosts.

 

Upcycle Tetra Shak Shack made of Tetra Pak cartons at Shambala Festival 2012

'Waste' is a purely human construct signifying our disconnection from nature & our loss of balance in the flow of life. Upcycle aims to readdress this balance.

 

Lachlan McWilliam with eco-rangers Christopher Hardy and Steph Li of Upcycle at Shambala Festival 2012

Upcycle Eco-Rangers! These umbrellas have been saved from landfill & are going to be used to create the new Band4Hope tree!

 

Pile of rubbish bags to be recycled at Shambala Festival 2012

There's a lot of rubbish left after a festival. Thankfully, Shambala Festival make sure it's all recycled.

 

Lachlan McWilliam Band4Hope co-founder jumping off the Hope Truck defender at Shambala Festival 2012

Packed up & ready to go, so long Shambala Festival! Thanks for having us!

 

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One Response to “Shambala’s Hopeful Utopia”

  1. brittany says:

    What an incredible find! Where is this Shambala Festival? And wonderful photos by the way, that goblin boobs lady was something else!

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