Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Shambala 2011

Northamptonshire's Kelmarsh Hall was again the beautiful setting for this year's Shambala festival. Using the lawns and woodlands of this magnificent hall, the festival was a showcase of art installations and creative energy from not only the people involved, but also the festival customers.

 The weather could have been a lot kinder with a mixture of continuous drizzle, sunny spells and sudden downpours. I know that everyone carries on regardless of the weather, but we all know the difference a sunny day can make. Wellington boots and a waterproof outer were definitely a requirement.

There was an impressive display of fancy dress on the Saturday as many of the revellers made an admirable effort to bring a smile to everyone's face. There is something for everyone at this festival which was broken down into distinctive areas. The Meadows was a quiet chilled out area for healing, yoga and permaculture. The craft area hosted workshops galore, whilst the woodland area provided an atmospheric area for partying or just relaxing. The main arena was by far the noisiest party area where candles were being burnt at both ends.

If you love to party late into the night and require an exciting, artist and energetic environment in which to do so, you can't go far wrong with Shambala. The size of the festival is perfect for that big festival feel, yet offers the intimacy of a collectively shared experience.

 The festival was brought to a spectacular end on Sunday night with the burning of an art installation and firework display on the lawns in front of Kelmarsh Hall.