In a normal year, visitors would be flooding into Merritt this weekend for Bass Coast, but due to COVID-19, this year is anything but normal.
Earlier this year organizers made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 festival because of the ongoing pandemic but that won’t be stopping the party this weekend as the fest goes virtual.
Bass Coast is pleased to present: Pixel Virtual Festival on July 9-11, 2020. The online programming will take place on the same dates that Bass Coast Festival had been scheduled before cancelling due to COVID-19.
The free to attend event will include DJ sets, movement workshops, panel discussions on anti-racism, workshops on mental health, and more.
“Bass Coast isn’t just a weekend festival, it’s a culture that thrives year-round. With the cancellation of all festivals this summer it’s more important than ever to gather,” says Bass Coast co-founder Liz Thomson. “We thrive on connection and Pixel Virtual Festival gives us a platform to interact with each other online while experiencing the best of Bass Coast: thoughtfully curated music and thought-provoking workshops.”
“We just felt like making a meeting point for our community was really important because it has become an annual pilgrimage that a lot of people make every year,” added Thomson.
Participants will have the option to donate to the BC Civil Liberties Association.
“They’re one of the oldest and most active human rights organizations in Canada. Their mandate is to promote, defend, sustain, and extend human liberties in the US and Canada,” said Thomson.
While this year’s fest is headed online, Thomson is looking forward to returning to the Nicola Valley for 2021.
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