Jam Sessions at Shankra - Get in the Groove
23 févr. 2021 | Shankra Switzerland

Music unites everyone.

At Shankra Festival, we have a broad spectrum of music that goes beyond electronic sounds, psytrance rhythms and loopy psychedelic grooves. At our venue, everyone is welcome to bring out their inner talents and emotions, expressing themselves through body, voice and movement, resonating with the rhythm of the festival.

We believe that music is universal and non-hierarchical. The idea of gathering for daily jam sessions allows not only musicians but also our Shankra guests, including kids, avid listeners and unrestrained dancers to mingle with each other, and move to the sounds of improvised music with trumpets, bongos, percussions, guitars, spin drums, tambourines, expressive voices and much more!

Musical improvisations happen when creative sounds are combined with instrumental techniques, and a one-of-a-kind connection happens between musician and listener or between other musicians, producing magical and unexpected interactions. A shift from harmony to many other dimensions of music, including timbre, melodic intervals, rhythm and spontaneous sharing between players, creates new and unique performances, rendering the perfect atmosphere to enjoy music and manifest love towards one another.

Sustainability in Switzerland
27 janv. 2021 | Shankra Switzerland

Switzerland is not only the land of immense mountains landscapes, clean lakes, crystal-clear rivers and unspoiled nature but also belongs to the world-best categories when it comes to sustainability, an integral part of the country’s identity.  

Gentle tourism, meanings conscious travelling that carefully minimizes climate impact, keeping in mind environmental protection through little changes and support of the local economy has been on demand for many years. Switzerland’s guests and inhabitants pay attention to their behaviour concerning ecology and mindful travel. 

Pure Drinkable Water

Drinking water can be found anywhere around Switzerland and is the product of natural resources: 80% of it originates from natural springs, glaciers and groundwaters, while the rest comes from lakes. Strict regulations result in the highest standard of hygiene and safety when it comes to the quality of water, demonstrating a balanced ecology for Swiss tap water. With an average rainfall per year of 60.5 inches, the country has superior natural reserves compared to other European countries. The majority of water is accumulated in the artificial lakes and dams, where electricity is also generated. This means that these fascinating hydroelectric dams produce more than half of Switzerland’s electricity, creating both renewable energy and CO2-free resources!

On-Time with Sustainable Mobility

Swiss transports are known for their punctuality, just as their population: the railway network, one of the most environmental-friendly transportation, offers a train every 12 minutes, with a total of 9’000 trains underway each day. If you want to explore one of the highest-altitude rail routes in Europe, hop on to the Bernina Express, offered by the Rhaetian Railway. Using 100% of hydropower for their properties, they work on an ongoing basis to improve the energy requirements on trains and railway stations: be it to minimize CO2, adopt renewable energy for heating or innovative recycling approaches!

Waste Management

Switzerland could be seen as one of the world leaders when it comes to waste management: Swiss citizens like to separate and recycle both organic and reusable waste: international studies such as the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) are a confirmation of a country that ranks amongst the first places in waste recycling.

Be it aluminium, old paper, glass, batteries or plastic, every Swiss citizen collects around 300 kilograms of recyclable material each year. At the same time, more than 300’000 tonnes of organic waste is turned into compost!

Preserving Biodiversity & Forest Legislation

Thanks to the varied habitats and mountains range, different weather conditions and soil types, Switzerland benefits from exceptional abundant biodiversity, protecting more than 45’000 surveyed species. Swiss legislation ensures that one-third of the country comprises woodlands and forests that remain unchanged from unnecessary clearances or wood-cutting. Woods provide a green and healthy environment, collecting CO2 greenhouse gas in biomass, thus diminishing harmful greenhouse gas in the atmosphere!

Open call for submissions

If writing is your passion and you wish to share your knowledge with our community, send us your feature topic articles by mail to info@shankrafestival.org with the subject “Article Collaboration”

Embrace the Unexpected - Poetry
14 janv. 2021 | Shankra Switzerland

Embrace the unexpected...our magical Lostallo Valley in Switzerland is covered in snow these first days of 2021 ❄️

From the boundaries of the sky rolling to the perpetual stream of life,

lofty mountains made of ice and rock, 

bursting splendour and ethereal clouds, 

sounds of steps resonating through the vales, 

together we are in a ceaseless motion, 

an harmony of a kind, 

blooming under the soil, 

snowy, restless, silent, 

feeling deeply universal minds, 

beaming growth getting louder and louder, 

and sighs as 

music begins. 

Home, 

when feeling understood

Overthrowing the limits of feeble dreams, 

flowers, fields and trees standing tall, 

relentless beats of presence, 

birds from far coming back,

coming anew, 

flying over mighty hollows,

secret lands of abundance, 

where stillness and motion

Embrace the unexpected. 

Through winter, Nature enhances introspection and suggests us to preserve our energy. 

With the beginning of a new year, we are faced with a chance for renovation, to prepare ourselves to bloom again and again ✨

 📝 Poem by @poetical.being

Your Life is Your Message

Shankra Festival 

Shankra Switzerland 2020 postponed to 2021
4 déc. 2020 | Shankra Switzerland

Dear Shankra Family,

We started this festival five years ago with a simple dream: to fill our valley with kindness that psychedelic music generates in people. From the very beginning, and during all these years, we have received an immeasurable amount of trust in response to our work. This has always been our main drive to do what we love to do.

Today, in this critical situation, we are asking you to take, once again, a big leap of faith in us.

Hope can be the source of both our biggest strengths and weaknesses. We had an unshakeable faith that our Festival could happen this year. Unfortunately, our assumptions and hope were misplaced: sooner or later we will be back to our daily life, enjoying and appreciating all the small gestures that the world has to offer, but it will take time and patience and, most of all, our individual and collective responsibility.

Your health is imperative to us and we will not compromise on it. Gathering up thousands of people from all over the world may jeopardize all the efforts and sacrifices that we are being through in this moment.

After briefing with every group of interest, with local and national authorities and with all the other festivals in the psychedelic scene, we have decided that the most responsible act is to postpone our event to 7 – 11 JULY 2021.

All the ticket holders will be granted access to Shankra 2021, which will host the exact same artistic value as we were planning to offer this year.

Shankra is entirely financed by ticket revenues, we always have been sponsor-free for a greater cause.

Ticket sales have been funding everything that goes into the production of our 2020 edition.

We will be working constantly to create, with our 6th Edition, the opportunity be together once again and to share the values for which stand for.

Your understanding and support in this unexpected situation will be much appreciated and vital.

If you have any inquiry or any reclaim, we kindly ask you to write to support@shankrafestival.ch

Your Life is Your Message

Shankra Team

The Musical Journey at Shankra Switzerland
2 déc. 2020 | Shankra Switzerland

Setting up for an interesting travel in the realm of Psychedelic sounds?

Take the first step, discover the various musical genres at Shankra Festival Switzerland!

SHANKRA FLOOR

Psychedelic Trance in its main facets: Psytrance, Progressive, Goa Trance, Full-On, Forest will fill up the valley with acid, melodic, intense sounds from 76 different artists, for the first time including live concerts and shows.

HORIZON FLOOR

While the sun follows its path, 72 musical projects at the Horizon Floor will celebrate it with a diverse spectrum of genres, from Techno to Progressive, welcoming the night-time with Dark and Hi-Tech.

LOTUS FLOOR

Sounds from the forest, river, lakes and relaxing places will bounce between the trees, summing up experimentation from 72 Chill Out and Ambient musicians. As the moon rises, the party will deepen its intensity with Deep House, Trip-Hop, Tropical Bass sounds.

Get ready!

It Always Starts with A Simple Action...
2 déc. 2020 | Shankra Switzerland

Dear Shankra Family,

the present is same for everyone, its loss is same for everyone and a brief instant is all that is lost. 

We can’t lose either the past or the future, how could we loose something that we don’t have?

Looking back and connecting the dots. Brief instants, one by one tied together: 10’000 soul’s intention merged and created a 5-day psytrance musical experience, filling our valley with gratitude and a profound sense of what we always aimed to demonstrate: in a gentle way, you can change things. 

It always starts with a simple action, a brief instant…

Our heartfelt thanks to every single one of you who constributed to our 5 years of musical celebration.

Learning is an infinite process, please send your suggestions and critics to: feedback@shankrafestival.ch

Your Life is Your Message

Shankra Team

Shankra Festival