Under the Volcano

REVOLUTIONIZE, rationalize or just plain realize that the fabric of today's society is constantly undergoing change. That's what the annual Under the Volcano Festival is all about. Touting itself as "Canada's largest annual political arts festival", the event attracts thousands of people from all walks of life. Sunday, August 13, in North Vancouver's Cates Park, the activists and activities were in full swing. Most of the events took place on the mainstage, but there was also a daylight rave, demonstrations and workshops throughout the park, including on the waterfront stage, the kids' zone, and on the Malcolm Lowry stage.

Lara Jamison (left) watched while Angie Bedard had her hair braided and wrapped.

Matthew deBoer (left) played his Australian "didjeridu" with Dustin Stonehouse and his Costa Rican "djeembe" drum.

East Van's Luke Charie was busy selling his wares alongside Hare Krishna member Melissa Purusama-Dasa who handed out hand-wrapped bundles of sage.
Crystal Potschka's wild red hair was very in style. She and Greg Smith said they enjoyed the breakdancers the best.
Tara Tree (from left), her son Andrew, Louise Wall and Emily Wall were busy promoting Prison Justice Day. "There are too many preventable deaths among prisoners", said Tara.
Jennifer Blair (left), Jennifer Goldman (centre) and Michael Peters were busy manning the Spartacus Books' stall, a bookstore that specializes in "leftist political" literature.
Just hanging out with the gang was North Vancouver's Karin Johnson (left), Mark Smith (centre) and Minko Zappa.
Deep Cove's own Roger Altenburg played his djeembe drum, which he brought from Ghana, with great skill.
Musicians Cory McLean (left) and Laurie O'Grogan were waiting for Primordial Nature to take the stage and "kick ass".
Sarah Cringle (from left), Rebecca Seari, Lauren Jeffreys and Steph Nichols brought their own health food to the festival. "It's great, everyone's so laid back," they said.
Dancer "chanti" (left) and drummer Jacques D'astous are both members of "lotuslab", a body/art collective that specializes in contact improv.
Shannon Lem (left) and Bruce Godin came from Toronto to enjoy the "music and atmosphere".

Because the larger photos take up so much memory, I have not posted them here. If you want a copy of one of these larger photos, please feel free to email me at cbarr@westvancouver.com

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