Frequently asked questions
Who is SHABLISS for?
SHABLISS is for anyone that has either experienced many different festivals or have never experienced a festival before. If you like camping, meeting new people, engaging with community, experiencing Shabbat in a unique way, listening to great live music, dancing, exploring spirituality for your mind body and soul.... then SHABLISS is for you. Whether you are single or you have a family, there is something for everyone at SHABLISS!
What will I need to bring to SHABLISS?
This is a festival with camping, glamping and indoor accommodation options. If you are camping we recommend you bring poles, tarps and other infrastructure to create a shaded snug campsite. With Melbourne weather you just never know ! At SHABLISS 2017 there was rain, lightning, sunshine and wind so regarding the weather ...come prepared ! Its a good idea to bring snacks for you and your family to enjoy (and share with others !) , hats for sun protection and mosquito repellent just incase.
What is SHABLISS?
SHABLISS is a 3 day Shabbat & Music Festival that aims to be inclusive of people from different walks of life, providing people with an opportunity to find their own expressions of ‘bliss’ in the context of a holistic communal festiva over Shabbat. SHABLISS features live performances from local artists, workshops, yoga, meditation, market stalls and children's activities.
How do I get there if I don’t have a car?
You can take the regional train from Southern Cross Station to either Wendouree or Ballarat. Ballan station is on the way to both these places. Check the Public Transport Victoria website (https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/) for directions and journey information. Phoenix Park is 2.7km from Ballan station.
How much does it cost?
Sell tickets online and event registration
Will tickets be available at the gate?
Unless sold out we will have tickets available at the gate at the festival. Unlimited sunday tickets will be available also at the festival for day passes.
Are there volunteer opportunities?
There will be opportunities to volunteer at Shabliss. We are looking for responsible, reliable, fun, and energetic volunteers to help in the lead up and during the festival and encourage anyone that wishes to get involved to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I purchase tickets ?
You can purchase tickets by following this link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=412626&
What are the ticket categories?
There are 3 day passses and Sunday-only passes for adults (18+), infants (0-2), children (3-17) and families of 4-7 members. The 3 day passes include complimentary camping as part of the ticket.
Are there accommodation options available?
Yes there are tickets available for people to book dorm rooms, glamping or eco houses.
Can I buy a family ticket and bring someone other than my partner?
Yes. A family ticket can be purchased for any 2 adults and children that would like to come to SHABLISS.
What are the site opening and closing times?
The gates will be open on Friday morning from 10am and closing on Sunday at 6pm.
Can I bring a campervan?
Yes there are powered sites available and the facilities are big enough to cater for motorhomes and fifth wheelers.
Will we be able to camp next to our vehicle during the festival?
Yes people will have the opportunity to camp next to their vehicle for the duration of the festival. We remind you that there will be lots of people walking around, including children, and that you drive slowly and with great care at all times. We also ask that there is no driving once you have setup your campsite until you leave at the end.
What amenities are there on site?
Besides the dorm rooms and exo houses, Phoenix Park has two toilet/shower blocks, a kitchen/lounge/dining room and a games/band room. The site also has drinking water but you may consider bringing your own just to be safe.
I want to camp but I don't have a tent. What shall I do?
Will there be food & drinks provided or should I bring my own?
Outside of shabbat hours (8pm Friday - 9pm Saturday) there will be stalls selling food and drinks. On shabbat you can bring your own food from home OR place an order with one of the kosher catering services we partner with to deliver your order directly to the festival in time for shabbat.
Will there be access to a fridge for me to keep my food cool?
Yes there will be a fridge on site where you can store your food. We also recommend you bring an esky which allows you to store your food close by making it more accessible for those that are camping. For those storing their food in a fridge, make sure it is in a container that is clearly labelled with your name to avoid confusion, and as always be mindful and respectful of other people’s things.
What times will the music be playing?
There will be music playing on Friday until prior to the commencement of Shabbat (official Shabbat start time is 8pm on 23/11/18) , then again straight after Shabbat (9:04pm) on Saturday night, and throughout the day on Sunday.
How late will the music go on Saturday night and will it be loud if I'm trying to put children to sleep?
The music will go until midnight at which point the speakers will be turned off. The music should not be disruptive for children after that point. If you are concerned about this we recommend you either camp further away from the stage or bring headphones or white noise makers available as apps on phones to minimise the disruption.
How will I be able to enjoy the music on Saturday night and stay close to my tent where my children will be sleeping?
We appreciate the challenge of being able to enjoy the music when you have your children asleep in a tent. Possible solutions could be to setup a roster with people camping nearby so you have supervision at all times without having to miss out or possibly setup a mobile phone monitor system.
When will the program be released?
The schedule will be released closer to the event once the schedule has been finalised.
Is there a strict adherence to halacha (Jewish law) at SHABLISS?
SHABLISS caters to a wide range of people and upholds a halachic observance of Shabbat. We recognise that people have different perspectives and attitudes towards shabbat and we do not enforce this in any way onto festival-goers. Everyone is free to find their own expression and create their own experience of shabbat. We ask that people are mindful and respectful of others and that we can build a community that share mutual care and concern for one another.
Will there be an eruv?
Yes there will be an eruv around the perimeter of the campsite and carrying will be permissible throughout the site.
Can I break shabbat openly by listening to loud music, cooking on my gas burner, etc?
SHABLISS is for people of all denominations to enjoy. All we ask is that you are respectful and tolerant of other people and their beliefs.
I have more questions what should I do?
Please send us an email email@example.com and will get back to you.