Future Forest is an outdoor camping festival with a focus on electronic music and art. The festival originated in 2012 as a fundraiser for a friend and accomplished DJ, Jay Hamilton, who was diagnosed with cancer. Future Forest proudly embraces the perspective that there are no spectators at the event but rather participants who in some way contribute to the overall experience. Now in its sixth year of operation, the 2018 festival features world-renowned international musicians as well as many local and up-and-coming artists with over 140 musicians.
Located just outside of Fredericton, New Brunswick, on the side of a Little River, Future Forest immerses its participants in nature. The festival features three unique stages that are built using the natural resources the forest provides. For example, the tall trees and beautiful landscape are utilized for stage construction and the latest sound and projection video mapping technology. An entire team of artists work year round to bring the most innovative and creative stage designs to the east coast.
In addition to its focus on artistic stage design and technology, Future Forest presents a wide diversity of artists and performers. Some of these include: live painters; acrobatic and pole dancers; hula hoopers; fire spinners; aerial performers; and installation artists.
Future Forest also offers an artisan village with local vendors, many of who create their own merchandise. Some of this merchandise includes handmade clothing, jewellery, hand blown glass and much more. This year, the village will also have a small farmers market selling fresh locally grown organic food. Of course, there will also be local vendors selling their own special and deliciously prepared food for all the hungry participants.
All of these things combined are what make Future Forest unique. It is truly an empowering and fulfilling experience for participants to recognize their contributions to the festival. Contributions, whether big or small, are greatly appreciated and all add significant value to the festival in some way. Without the dedication and talents of the participants, outstanding available technology, and incredible natural resources of the forest, the festival would not be possible. Future Forest 2018 will exceed expectations and will only continue to grow in future years to come.