This year’s rendition of the Bass Coast Electronic Music and Art Festival marks its return for the first time in three years, with pandemic restrictions from previous years hampering Bass Coast’s ability to hold in-person gatherings.
While the rhythmic electronic music could be heard beyond the festival grounds, one feature of this year’s celebration that was not visible to the public was the presence of BC’s largest temporary art installation. More than 57 works of art have been carefully preserved in the wooded area of the park, as well as throughout the festival. Eight different artists staged demonstrations of their craftsmanship for onlookers.
“Bass Coast has supported installation artists since 2008 through its Art Grant program, which provided $200,000 in funding,” said Zan Comerford, media and marketing manager for Bass Coast.
This funding has enabled the largest large-scale art installation since the festival’s inception in 2008, with a number of abstract, modern and contemporary artworks on display. Giant robots to sit and chat with, “ice” sculptures that never melt, and a number of large-scale murals are just a few of what the facility had to offer.
2022 Bass Coast Art
Thousands of festival-goers descended on Merritt for the weekend of July 8-11, dancing with the musical performances and viewing the multiple art exhibits. Ticket sales for this year’s festival were due to launch on November 15, 2021, the day of the atmospheric flooding of the Merritt River. Instead of throwing their tickets, they started a fundraiser that raised $21,000 for flood relief.
“Returning to Bass Coast’s original community of Merritt is amazing. The Bass Coast community is thrilled to come together again in person to celebrate art, music, creativity and connection,” Comerford added.
For more information about the festival, visit www.basscoast.ca