Awesome! That's my description of the Creative World (Arts and Justice) Festival! Nine of us from Mosaic attended the August event in Mission, B.C., on the site of a former Indian Residential School - an apt location that got us thinking about justice issues straight away. After arriving and pitching camp, we were welcomed onto Sto:lo land by an elder who launched the weekend's festivities.
One of the event's key themes was art, and musicians were among the most prominent artists involved. Listening to Aaron Strumpel's worship lifted our heads and spirits, along with everything from breakdancing to Reggae music, as well as several bands - including three that our friend Chris Lemky played bass for(!). The high point for me was Aaron Leakey's (a.k.a. DJ Samson) spinning â€“ we danced the night away in total abandon.
There were also many opportunities to reflect on justice in several workshops. In the justice tent, Don Cowie and Jodi Spargur spoke on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's work. In the spirituality tent, Brander McDonald shared on Indigenous theology. Australian Joel McKerrow proclaimed his own particular brand of challenging poetry. Joyce Rees and Aaron White both gave very moving messages about sin its victims. The festival tried to have as little environmental impact as possible, to be just toward our planet.
It was a really amazing experience for me â€“ my first camp-out festival, and I even slept well! I loved the sense of community that grew up around the Mosaic tents: we had many visitors, partly because we'd brought delicious food! Getting to know each other more was special, and one of the biggest blessings for me was the encouragement of meeting like-minded people who were on the same journey. I would thoroughly recommend going to the festival next year.