Cumberland’s annual interdisciplinary celebration of all things fungus is almost here! Join the Cumberland Community Forest Society, Harmonic Arts, Cumberland Brewing Company, Elevate, and artists and presenters from across the Salish Sea for 3 days of forest, mushroom, lichen and slime mold immersion. The 3rd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest takes place September 29, 30 and October 1st in the legendary Village of Cumberland.
Thursday evening is the festival’s special kick off event “Magical Mushrooms, Elves, Pixies and More…” Join forest ecologist, author, mycologist and story weaver Andy MacKinnon for this special event at the Cumberland Museum. Fairy rings, elfin saddles and witch’s butter…enter an enchanted realm! Doors at 7, Talk at 7:30. Event by Cumberland Forest, Bar by Cumberland Museum. Opening night tickets are available at https://cumberlandforest.tickit.ca/
Friday and Saturday is filled with talks, participatory workshops, kids activities, specimen tables, bioblitz, panels and more! General Fungus Fest Passes are only $25 and include admission to all the on site events at Harmonic Arts and the Cumberland Cultural Centre and a link to limited guided walk registrations (guided walk spots are going fast!).
Presenters include mycologist Dr. Kent Brothers, Master Herbalist Yarrow Willard, biologist and Forij founder Jennifer Dou, forest ecologist and educator Andy MacKinnon, forester and mycologist and Foraged founder Ali Ballantyne, Ingrid Brown from Weird Church, psychedelic harm-reduction and integration specialist Adrian Oberg, naturalist and artist Dawn Copeman, Cumberland Forest Executive Director Meaghan Cursons, forester Heather Soo, nature educator and explorer RootZ, and death companion Madeline Christie!
General Fungus Fest Passes also provide admission to the much anticipated “Fungus Bazaar” from 7 pm till 11, the culminating event of the 3rd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest featuring vendors, art, craft, food, drink, music, dance performance, and fungus loving fun with friends! Special Musical Guests include DJ Selector Sproutsonic and Avro!
Avro is a New Wave Synthpop duo featuring singer & keyboardist Megan Rose and singer & composer Atom Percy. Avro is a nod to the avian dream of a technological future that was swiftly halted by the weight of the past. Their recent album ‘Futuretroactivism’ is bristling with powerful synthesized tones, galloping rhythms, and ethereal vocals. Lyrically Avro merges myth and fantasy with the dystopian dream of the not too distant future, seamlessly combining dancefloor ecstasy with thoughtful introspections. The $25 General Fungus Fest Pass is required for admission to the Fungus Bazaar, limited tickets MAY be available at the door. The Fungus Bazaar Craft Market is just outside the Cultural Centre and the general public is invited to drop in and shop anytime between 7 and 10 pm.
The 3rd Annual Cumberland Fungus Fest is a project of the Cumberland Community Forest Society, who’s continuing mission is to explore the natural world, seek out sensitive ecosystems for purchase and protection, and to boldly go where no community conservation organization has gone before! Fungus Fest takes place on the territory of the K’ómoks First Nation and the Pentlatch, Ieeksan, Sasitla, and Sathloot people. The Cumberland Community Forest Society is grateful for the privilege to live, work, play, and participate in the stewardship of land and waters in this unceded territory.
For the full festival schedule and ticket links visit – https://www.cumberlandforest.com/fungus-fest/
To go straight to the ticket store visit https://cumberlandforest.tickit.ca/events/16716-3rd-annual-cumberland-fungus-fest
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