I was asked to create an image to promote Nibana festival before the first edition took place.
The goal was to trigger curiosity, express diversity and emotions, encourage freedom and sexual exploration, convey a sense of safety and security, raise a sense of community and give room to inner space and meditation.
I decided to compose an illustration with a variety of characters. A central figure extends its hand inviting you to enter the world of Nibana, hands in hands with a string of dancing creatures that fades away into the horizon.
"Play. Reflect. Repeat."
Nibana is a small extravagant festival based on exploration without intoxication. A place where pretty much everything is possible and you can experiment with different sides of yourself.
GIVING IT A
The colours evoke the feeling of a cheerful atmosphere in a daytime outdoor sunny environment, I chose shades of different earth colours with hints of bring reds, yellows and blues.
GARDEN OF EDEN
TIPI OF SILENCE
THE SACRED FIRE
Nibana take place on a beautiful green terrain in the French countryside. It's small enough to be cozy, yet big enough to wander off. The various playgrounds on the terrain each cater to a different mood..
For the map I used a sketchy style to show the geography of the terrain and created 6 more detailed illustrations for the different playground locations.
6 TYPES OF EXPERIENCES
At the festival you can find different kind of activities, aimed to explore yourself or others.
The two-color icons that I made are paired to a description of the experience,
Your body is a magnificent instrument through which you interact with the world. Connect with your body in new ways, learn its language and listen to its wisdom.
We all have an inner world full of desires, fears and habits. Becoming more aware of these and create insights that lead to personal growth.
Expressing yourself by creating something new is a great way to step out of your routine and out of your head.
Sexuality is a big part of life; so present, yet often suppressed. Exploring sexuality in controlled setting can be a very liberating experience.
DANCE AND MOVEMENT
Tap your foot or twirl around like a child. Dance by yourself or with others. The universal language
of dance has always connected people.
The community aspect is a significant part of the festival. Attend with friends or by yourself. We've created plenty of natural ways to connect to those around you.
Initiator of Nibana: Sander Koppelaar
Co-conspirator: Bart-Jan Dokter
Web designer: Marieke Schoutsen
Designer, illustrator: Francesca Barchiesi
Logo designer: Vlad Cristea
Website research: Justyna Krakowiak
Programming team: Marlies IJsvelt
Photos: Sacha Post