From August 3rd-11th, Hungary hosted the fifth edition of Samsara festival, a week-long celebration of the free spirit, love, peace, and unity near Töreki-Siófok by the Lake Balaton.
The worldwide annual psychedelic-chill festival for yoga, music, dance, and nature lovers was once again hosted by lecturers, coaches, psychologists, and healers, along with 130 yoga workshops, seances and talks, as well as a psybient music festival with over 140 music artists and DJs performing on three stages.
This year, with new owner of Samsara, Dharma Nonprofit Foundation, and the new international production team, the festival introduced many differences from the previous years. The new team introduced their own menza, a cooperative between Samsara and the Töreki community, with fresh and organic, locally produced products and mainly vegetarian dishes, in an attempt to provide good and nutritious food for a lower price.
In the spirit of ‘Zero Waste’ movement and encouraging a more sustainable and environment friendly lifestyle, everyone received a 10€ garbage bag with a barcode upon arrival, which visitors were required to give back upon departure to get the 10 euros back. Samsara audiences were also encouraged to bring their own cutlery in order to get rid off the huge amount of plastic waste a festival usually produces. Those who forgot to bring their own cutlery were able to purchase or rent biodegradable cutlery for a low price.
We have compiled a photo album of the best moments of the Samsara Festival with pictures of Vivien Cher Benkő: