Fifteen Years of Sun Baked Goodness
Fifteen years ago, a group of creative types sat on Starbelly beach and dreamed up a Starbelly jam: a festival that would bring together the community and remind everyone of how awesome everything is. Or something like that. The sun, the sand, the idealistic creativity gave birth to what is now a cultural summer mainstay on the east shore: Starbelly Jam.
The Awesomeness is Rampant
Starbelly Jam is a little bit hard to define. It’s been around for fifteen years, and is a rite of passage of sorts for the
community: camping for the weekend, getting together with friends, celebrating summer and the good life: the “slow life” maybe. As the festival managers remind us, they’ve deliberately made sure that the festival stays just the way Goldilocks would like it: neither too big nor too small. There’s some great food, entertainment and, of course, music, all in a gorgeous environment with a beach people rave about & so many things for both adults and kids to do that it has become a place for families to congregate and rekindle friendships. It’s a celebration of the sort that seems to sometimes get forgotten in modern life.
Starbelly Jam exists for the community: No one should be excluded, and opportunities to volunteer are many. If buying a ticket is too difficult, there is a simple, straightforward process to volunteer hours to the festival. And making sure children are well taken care of is also a big part of Starbelly Jam success: Not only do kids 12 and under get in free, but the festival takes place in a park (an old-school park, too) There is a craft-tent stocked full of stuff to make hats & things, there is a parade, fancy sprinklers and much more (including jugglers & magic).
Starbelly Jam Schedule
The fun starts at 5:00 pm Friday night and goes full swing until Sunday night. Events include poetry, music, parades, workshops and so much more. Bands come from as far away as Hilo, Hawaii, Toronto, Portland, Mexico City, San Francisco, and, of course, Nelson.
Add in the workshops, and you’ll be waking to yoga, trying out hoop meditation, practicing a bit of African dance fusion workout and maybe some bubble blowing, too (there are tons of workshops for kids and adults alike).
Starbelly Jam runs from Friday, July 18th to Sunday, July 20th at Crawford Bay Park. Tickets are available through the Starbelly Jam website, with advance tickets available until July 17th. After that, prices go up, but are
available at the gate.