Believe the hype, Symbiosis Gathering is one of the best music festival / gatherings a person can attend. Not only does Symbiosis host one of the top tier musical lineups on the west coast festival circuit but it hosts a plethora of one of the greatest elements on the planet…water. The Woodward Reservation Regional Park allows for a near 360 degree water wonderland. Most of the stages are set on an arm of the cacti-shaped peninsula. Lower that body temp and jump in that reservoir!
Back to the lineup, wow, could it be anymore stacked? It’s awesome to see so many female headliners bringing in the mix this year. Watch out for the band, Warpaint, to steal the show in this electronic heavy lineup. Euphoric’s very own, PartyWave, will also be holding it down this year on the Family Circus Stage. Should make for an exciting weekend!
Lineup Includes: FKA Twigs, Gramatik, RL Grime, Santigold, Ta-Ku (Live), Warpaint, Beats Antique, Claude VonStroke, Balkan Beat Box, FKJ, Gaslamp Killer, Hundred Waters, Justin Martin, Lee Foss, Oh Wonder, Opiuo, Ott & The All-Seeing I, Pan-Pot, Rising Appalachia, Seth Troxler, Shiba San and MORE!
Performance has become a pillar of the Symbiosis experience, offering attendees glimpses into distant realities created by the theatrics and on-stage environments crafted by these artists. Some of the nation’s most acclaimed circus troops, pyro-artists, and installation ensembles come together throughout the immaculate lakeside grounds to further captivate fans and bewitch passerbyers. The curation of these immense talents provides an essential platform for this growing contingent of outlier performers in the community- a totally unique take on awe-striking, thought provoking entertainment.
Symbiosis attendees may wander upon top Circus and Dance troupes like Vau de Vire Society, Zoe Jakes’ House of Tarot, Flynn Creek Circus, Wanderlust Circus or Mystic Circus Sideshow before being entranced by the fire ritual performance of Vatra Amidzich’s Pyronauts or Blaze. One may be treated to a lakeside beatboxing session with the Fungineers, only to find the high-flying Rose-City Acro Devils building a human skyscraper behind them. An evening spent exploring the grounds may lead to a comedic journey through poetry slams, rap battles, open mics, and circus crafted by the infamous Tourettes Without Regrets. It is such spontaneity that makes these performances an essential part of the Symbiosis experience, creating the container for laughter, awe, and inspiration.
Symbiosis Gathering does not only cater to the musically inclined. Like many festivals, Symbiosis offers an abundance of non-music oriented activities.
Performers include: Vau de Vire Society, House Of Tarot, Tourettes Without Regrets, Flynn Creek Circus, Wanderlust Circus w/ Band, Traveling Spectacular, Fou Fou Ha, Metamorphosis Ballet, Pyronauts, Mystic Circus Sideshow, Rose-city Acro Devils and more!
The Symbiosis Gathering Speakshops and Luminaries series will draw on some of the principal mentors and masters from a range of studies like environmental and political activism, food security, permaculture, lucid dreaming, and emergent technology to offer insightful guided discussions and lectures across the five days of the event. These talks and presentations offer the Symbiosis community the opportunity to fully embrace the ethos of the event in a constructive and immersive environment.
Headlining presenters include Indian author and activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, anthropologist Wade Davis of the National Geographic Society, indigenous activist Winona LaDuke, Rising Appalachia’s Leah Song together with Jasmine Fuego of the Permaculture Action Network, TECHGNOSIS author Erik Davis, visionary dream group Oneironauticum founder Jennifer Dumpert, shaman scholar Mateo Magee, intentional communities advocate Cassandra Ferrara, and ecological consultant Meghan Walla-Murphy. Additional discussions will explore facets of hacking, permaculture, space research, along with many more intriguing topics.
Symbiosis Gathering also announced the return of Elemental Alchemy for 2016. Taking place in the week leading up to ‘Family Tree’, Elemental Alchemy is an immersive educational program that in past years has brought together trailblazers in Permaculture, Yoga, and Visionary Art to lead intimate multi-day workshops. This year, Symbiosis Gathering will evolve the program further by introducing Ancestral Arts and Ritual & Performance as dimensions of study, offering new avenues for participants to engage in the universe around them.
The Symbiosis experience, defined by cutting edge musical and art programming, will include countless art installations and multiple collectives of live painters, forward thinking musical acts spread across distinctly varied stages, plus a first of its kind art boat program. Symbiosis Gathering: Family Tree will not only be a time for celebrating the reunion of families and memories from past years, but will serve as a precursor for what may be the burgeoning brand’s most important event to date: Symbiosis Gathering Oregon Eclipse 2017.
A few photos of Symbiosis 2015 courtesy of Jason Abraham…
Billboard: “an ideal location for a festival that celebrated the coming together of people and the elements — a central theme to the event.”
Huffington Post: “There was no shortage of physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental nourishment at Symbiosis Gathering.”
Thump: “Symbiosis proved, yet again, that hippies party harder, better, and smarter than most scenes associated with electronic music.”
Mixmag: “the transformative festival exceeded expectations, from event newbies to Symbiosis-veterans alike.”