Tragedy Strikes Envision FestivalArticle by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus
Mon February 26, 2018 | 13:30 PM
Tragedy struck Envision Festival in Costa Rica late Sunday night. Public relations lead Graham Berry reported that an accident occurred on the beach adjacent to the festival site, and that the sudden loss of life under unknown circumstances shook the event during its fourth day.
Read the festival's full statement on the sad occurrence, as well as its emphasis on participant safety, below:
"Envision Festival organizers were shocked by an accident that took place Sunday morning, on the beach adjacent to the site where the festival takes place.
The organizers are deeply moved by the loss of a human life under still unknown circumstances during the fourth day of the event.
The safety of all who participate at the festival is always a top priority, that is why the organization has a deployment of security personnel throughout the event, with free water, harm reduction provided by Zendo, an herbal medical clinic and a state-of-the-art western medical facility. The Red Cross stays available 24 hours of the day, from the before the event all the way to the end of the festival.
Being aware of the risks associated with the beach, the security protocol of Festival Envision prohibits the exit to the beach during night hours. The access from the festival to the beach closes daily from 6 in the afternoon. With sunset, all attendees must enter the festival site, and access is kept closed until 6 am the next day.
Envision Festival reaffirms its position as an entity that promotes the protection of the environment, learning and celebration of both culture and art, supporting tourism every year in Uvita, Dominical, and Bahía Ballena."
As one of the most respected festivals in the West Coast transformational scene, Envision is undoubtedly doing everything it can to handle the situation right. We'll report on more details as they surface. Never forget that all festival-goers must look out for each other while festivaling together. That way, we can keep our favorite events happy, safe places for connection, learning, and self-expression.