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“La Familia” Festival Ends with Psychotropical Tunes

by Pinar Istek

Danit Gigi slowly washed her face with some river water under a beautifully warm afternoon light on the last day of La Familia (The Family) festival on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Rio Rosario in Pachamama. She was just “ calming down after an exhausting day.”

The festival was hosted by Pachamama, a community and a place “to dive into a transformative spiritual voyage (journey), rejuvenate the body, connect with nature and celebrate life,” according to their website.

While washing small pieces of rocks and dry leaves in appreciation of their beauty, Gigi could still get a glimpse of children playing and swinging off of the trees and hear the tunes coming from the main stage, located just above the riverbed, as Sonambulo, a Costa Rican pscyhotropical band, prepared for their stage.

Sonambulo was chosen to be the final band in the line-up for the five-days-long festival because of the good communication between the band and the community. Lino Vardan, the organizer, said, “they are similar to us. They do beautiful work in many ways for the mother earth.”

With their members from Costa Rica, Cuba, Colombia and El Salvador, Sonambulo brought dynamic tunes to the Pacific jungle. As soon as their music kicked in, the mellow tone of the festival left its place to a crowd who danced nonstop into the night.

The band’s motto for their music is “self-expression and inhibited dancing,” was fulfilled when two people joined them on stage, singing along and dancing with them.  

Although it was “the project of the whole family”, Lino Vardan, who has been living in the community for 11 years, was in charge of the organization. According to Vardan, the idea behind La Familia was “to bring the kids and adults form different communities together to get to know each other and have a good time together.”

Participation of almost 400 adults and children made the organizers happy about the turnout. Vardan commented, “it brings a lot of the innocence. It is not about coming together and getting drunk. It makes it more pure. It is like the celebration of this tribe. This is how we welcome the new years.”

When the children took the stage for an hour and half to DJ for their own party,  Vardan was proud to see the fruits of his work, as he was the one who trained them. Eshana Butterworth, one of the participants, who live in the community 6 months of a year, said, “it was amazing to see how kids evolved at this festival this year.”

At the end of their performance, Daniel Cuenca, of Sonambulo, commented “we really liked it. The energy was very nice.”

After seeing the success of first La Familia, Pachamama community wants to organize this festival annually. “Maybe not as long as this one but a shorter version every year,” Vardan said.


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