SYMBIOSIS GATHERING FESTIVAL RE-CAP Photography and Festival Re-Cap by: COLBURN JUNUS
The Gathering takes place just outside of Oakdale, California at the Woodward Reservoir. Thousands of tents are scattered around a lake, which was filled with DJs performing on art boats and attendees on floaties. Further into the main reservoir recreational area are the festival grounds. A star-studded musical lineup with great performances from the likes of RL Grime, Ta-Ku, Shiba San, Ekali, Justin Martin, and many other dance music artists with distinct sounds really got the party vibe going. There were other acts from visual performers; circus acts on a whole other level, burlesque shows by the Mystic Circus and flashy fire wielding performances by the Pyronauts. Symbiosis did well to curate such a diverse lineup of performances. Large tents and canopies provided space for more than just a musical experience. Teachers, speakers, and artists were brought in to help enlighten the masses. Panel discussions were held on a vast array of topics from dieting, to festival production, sustainability and spiritual enlightenment. Yoga and dance teachers also held classes to help further push the mental and physical boundaries of the attendees. A sense of community has been an essential element of this gathering. Sections like Kidzbiosis, which was especially for children, was an encouragement for families to come. Next year Symbiosis will be collaborating with several other festival organizers in Oregon for a gathering to witness the solar eclipse from August 17 â€“ 23, 2017. Be sure to check out Oregon Eclipse right here.