Epitomising the phenomena of a global gathering, Portugal’s biennial Boom Festival kicks off once again for its ninth edition, taking place around the stunning shores of a lake at Idanha-a-Nova from 28 July until 4 August. The event invites some 30,000 people from across the globe for an eight-day experience as it celebrates its 15th anniversary, bringing together some of the very best in alternative culture, music and art alongside addressing environmental and human concern. Its meticulous production pivots around an environmental program, geared towards taking the whole event completely off grid. Initiatives including composting toilets, waste vegetable oil-powered generators and development of photovoltaic stations have reaped it awards such as: European Festival Award 1010 (Green ‘n’ Clean Festival of the Year) and Greener Festival Award 2008 and 2010 (Outstanding Prize).
The Liminal Village at Boom 2012 presents a program of workshops, interactive talks, discussion panels, presentations and paradigm films; a platform for films and documentaries revolving around the themes of ecology, ethics, love, activism, economy, psychedelica and science, as well as a gallery for visionary art the ‘Third Eye Gallery’. The Healing Area is a place to re-balance and re-connect with a series of workshops comprising: daily yoga, meditation, chakra balancing, reiki, sound journeys, massage therapy and a host of other holistic practices.
The Sacred Fire is a world music stage, with healthy restaurants, awesome live music featuring organic, indigenous sounds and a spirited ambience makes it an inviting space for both contemplation and communication. Boom also has eclectic works from digital alchemist, Android Jones; design and construction mavericks, Bamboo DNA, ARTivist, Dadara, visionary artist Luke Brown and French collective Moulin Aux Chimeres and dynamic graffiti artist Ram. For full line-up and ticket info, just click the link: http://www.boomfestival.org