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Inside the Mystical Solar Eclipse Party You Missed This Weekend

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Inside the Mystical Solar Eclipse Party You Missed This Weekend
Symbiosis has been called Burning Man’s more hip cousin, and in many ways, it is. Unlike most music festivals, Symbiosis focuses on human connection, both to the Earth and to each other. The festival thrives on novelty—and events are only held when the producers see fit. This year, Symbiosis produced Oregon Eclipse, a six-day gathering that brought global collaborators and festival goers to a remote, private prairie five hours south of Portland, Oregon, to celebrate the total solar eclipse on August 21.
By Emily Zerella
Photo by Emily Zerella
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    Earth Stage
    Earth Stage, one of five stages at Oregon Eclipse, was just one of the many spectacular architectural pieces designed for inspiration and expression.
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    Solar Temple
    Prior to the eclipse, One Nation, consisting of native groups from around the world, held a ceremony at the Solar Temple, to honor the event.
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    Sky Stage
    During the day, workshops and classes were held, but at night, the stages came alive. The Sky Stage always promised a night of bass-heavy music, which ensured that the audience would be dancing well into the early morning.
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    International Fire Collective
    The famed International Fire Collective performed every night at the Solar Temple, and the audience was stunned by their ability to fearlessly spin flames.
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    Carnival activities like baton tossing and hula hooping are some favorite ways to interact with music among festival goers.
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    Sky Stage Dance
    Festivals are meant to be celebratory, a place to dance and dress for the occasion.
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    Artwork was scattered in every corner of the enormous festival grounds, and nearly all of it was designed for interaction.
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    Attendees had a week’s worth of dusty desert sunsets, enjoying daylight until 8:30 p.m. PST.
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    On August 21, the eclipse began at 9:07 a.m. PST and reached totality at 10:20 a.m. PST, with totality lasting two minutes. The entire eclipse finished at 11:42 a.m. PST.
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    Music festivals like Symbiosis often create a cultural microcosm that encourages interpersonal connection, something that keeps people coming back again and again.
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