It's like being in a bubble at Parc Jean-Drapeau this weekend. Festival-goers seem to have left their worries at the entrance to the venue, ready to indulge in their carelessness and the melodies of the 33 artists on the program.
Osheaga organizers have urged caution, days before the festival begins, although all would have liked to ignore the elephant in the room that is the seventh wave of COVID-19. However, no sanitary measures were imposed on the 40,000 people gathered, and it was necessary to look for a long time to find a person wearing a face covering.
“Since the event is outside, we feel more at home. ease, notes spectator Jessica Aqui, who was having her first experience at a festival. For 30 minutes I wore the mask and took it off… but I'm still thinking about the pandemic. At the same time, it's nice to see an event like this where people can leave it all in the past. »
Jessica Aqui and Jenny Mai were excited, they who were at their first festival.
Diversity, inclusion and color
This carelessness was shared by all the festival-goers questioned, who seemed to breathe a sigh of relief after three years of uncertainty.
“With the pandemic in recent years, we just want to forget, enjoy with our friends and find all the festivals and events as before,” corroborates Zineb Boukkad, his face covered in glitter.
The Osheaga festival has been hammering a message on its signposts since its opening: be yourself and don't hesitate to show your colors.
The participants followed this advice to the letter, donning outfits as colorful as they are provocative, at times.
“There is a nicemix, observes Alexe Simard, visiting Parc Jean-Drapeau with his friend Justin and their friends. There is a lot of diversity, there is everything! [And] there are fewer children than in other years, which I appreciate! »
Festival-goers over 35 and under 18 were indeed rare. Open-mindedness and inclusivity – key values of Generation Z, at least in Montreal – were therefore in order.
“I think it's great that everyone dresses as they want , continues Zineb Boukkad. It's nice to see a lot of color at a festival like Osheaga.
According to his accompanist, British native Kate Spree, this attitude is specific to Montreal, and not only to the festival.
“It's very welcoming, everything everyone has good energy and seems happy. I come from England, and when I arrived here, I noticed that Montrealers wear what they want. There is no discomfort. This is not Cassandra Carreiro's first visit to Osheaga, declaring herself in love with Montreal.
“I love Montreal, concludes Cassandra Carreiro, who was not on her first visit to the Quebec metropolis. [Osheaga] is still a safe space. »