The Brain Workshops Information Package

Thank you for your interest in applying to present at Bass Coast Festival 2024. Bass Coast takes place from July 12-15, 2024, in Merritt, BC on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Nlaka’pamux and Syilx people.

Festivals can be a platform for inspiring learning and personal growth. The Brain is a dedicated learning space at Bass Coast Festival featuring workshops, lectures and panel discussions. Please read the following information before submitting an application.

We’re looking for:

  • Experts and professionals to present workshops, lectures and panel discussions on various topics
  • Informative presentations based on credible and evidence-based research
  • Cultural, musical, scientific or ethnographic explorations
  • Well-crafted instructional presentations on relevant skills

Facilitators will receive ONE GA ticket with Wednesday and Thursday Entry Entry ticket in return for a 60 - 120 minute workshop. If you have more than one facilitator for your workshop, please make note of it in your application. Additional tickets will be negotiated upon application approval.

Important Info:

  • Workshop Applications close on Feb 1, 2024.
  • All successful applicants will be responded to by March 15, 2024.
  • Only successful applicants will be contacted.


Bass Coast is a 19-plus-event and photo ID is required to enter the festival site. No animals are permitted on-site before, during or after the event. 

The Brain is located near the Main Stage and is a separate permanent structure. If you have an idea for a workshop that doesn’t need to be held in a structure and can be held elsewhere on the festival site, please make note of that in the application.

Prepare for all weather. We may experience extreme heat, torrential rain, severe thunderstorms or high winds. Presentations must go on, rain or shine.

Workshop facilitators receive a Wednesday and Thursday Entry ticket which includes general admission camping in select areas.

Please take a moment to read about our Accessibility services:  

Bass Coast is committed to fostering its safe and inclusive community. In order to do so, Bass Coast requires that its team, contributors, volunteers and attendees understand and agree to this Code of Conduct in relation to all activities regarding the Festival.

Please take a moment to read our Code of Conduct:

Please take on the responsibility to do your own research and educate yourself on this issue. When choosing and delivering teaching, practice, clothing and/or stylings for Bass Coast and anytime, ask the questions:

  1. Does this teaching, practice, and/or items hold traditional significance to a community or culture?
  2. Is the teaching, practice, and/or items intended to express religious beliefs or political statements?
  3. Does the teaching, practice, and/or items designate respect and or status within that culture?

If the answer is yes to any of the above (or if you don’t know), we ask you to reconsider. Bass Coast’s harm reduction strategy includes a commitment to providing a culturally safe environment for the whole community. A culture of mutual respect is a fundamental part of the Bass Coast experience. Even if you think that your specific use of a culturally significant teaching, practice, piece of clothing, and/or makeup is respectful, other community members may find it insensitive or upsetting. We ask that you avoid teaching, selling, and/or wearing  these practices and/or items at Bass Coast in order to maintain a welcoming and comfortable environment for all festival attendees.

Please take a moment to read more about our ETHOS:

Bass Coast Festival will continue to operate in accordance with provincial and local health guidelines and recommendations. The government of British Columbia’s current response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can be viewed here.

We require that all applicants are available to be scheduled to teach sometime between Thursday, July 10  - Sunday, July 14, 10 AM - 9 PM.  If you are unable to commit to these times, please note your availability in the special requests section of the application form.

Bass Coast is not responsible for any damage, theft, vandalism or any other incident regarding your workshop materials or personal property. Please take a moment to read our Liability Waiver: 

Feb 1: Workshop applications close at 11:59PM
Mar 15: Successful facilitators contacted
May 1: Confirmed technical needs deadline
July 10: Gates open for Wednesday and Thursday Early Entry ticket holders