A very special event will be unfolding during the Labour Day long weekend in the RM of Armstrong.
The Ledwich Family Farm, located just north of Inwood, will host its second Bring Your Love Festival this year on Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. Promising a full spectrum of electronic sound, the initially small upstart festival will offer a variety of local artists, daily workshops, yoga, a video mapped projection stage with a 30,000 watt sound system and more than 30 DJ’s.
The Bring Your Love Festival of Arts September Long Edition is the second instalment, after its first was held in June.
“My favourite part of the first BYL was the sense of community. There was an obvious sense teamwork and commitment to making it as fun of an event as possible,” said Joel Waldie, one of the many festival volunteers. “I look forward to all the ways this BYL will have grown since the last one, and hope to see happy people dancing and having a great time.”
The creator of BYL, Chris Heinrichs, told The Interlake Spectator on Aug. 20 that it was his love for art and music and their potential to bring people together that inspired him to create BYL.
“Art is love, music is love and giving people an outlet to let their true colours shine is what I’ve devoted this whole project to,” Heinrichs said. “My absolute favourite thing about the first Bring Your Love was the incredible amount of growth that took place over such a short amount of time. Reviewing the pictures from the fest lights up my heart like nothing else.”
Chris Ledwich and his wife Torrence also loved the first festival that was held earlier this year.
“There was a huge sense of love in June,” Chris said. “Everyone was so happy there was a kick-off festival. Really positive vibes.”
His wife agreed.
“My favourite part of the first festival was being apart of something new and watching it turn into reality,” Torrence said. “Seeing everyone come with excitement on their faces was an amazing experience.”
Heinrich said that the thing he looks most forward to during the September Long Weekend edition of BYL is seeing all of the beautiful smiles of “his” people.
“We are all connected,” Heinrichs said. “So seeing the pure love and joy on peoples faces is super contagious.”
The Ledwich’s said they are happy to host the festival on their farm again because of it’s atmosphere. “Everyone is very friendly and some of Winnipeg’s best electronic DJ’s play and we also have unique vegan vendors and art,” Chris said.
“It’s truly something you have to experience,” Torrence added. “It’s a very unique festival. The atmosphere is truly filled with love.”
With Derek Pang Yoga to help you stay limber so you can dance the nights away, a Love Your Buns food truck serving up food on Sept. 1 and Amerlyn vegan baking taking over food services on Sept. 2, there will be coffee, tea and fruit by donation in the mornings. There will also be guided chakra alignment meditation workshops hosted by Rainbow Body Activations, natural tie-dye and macrame workshops by Forest Fawn Creations and over 30 DJ’s booked to play all weekend.
The festival fees are $40 for a full weekend adult pass or $20 for children aged 17-and-under; $20 for an adult day-pass, and $10 for children. Day-passes are upgradable and include workshop and camping fees.
For more information, visit the Bring Your Love Festival of Arts Facebook page.