Dates: 30th July - 5th August 2018
Location: Dadpuzsta, Hungary
The first Ozora event happened in 1999, and was actually called Solipse – after the total solar eclipse that was happening over the party. Since then, it has grown into one of the biggest psytrance festivals in Europe, attracting people from all over the world to come and listen to electronic beats in a beautiful part of Hungary.
Ozora has an incredibly passionate devotion to the concept of re-connecting with nature – where a psychological and emotional link to the universe is expanded in certain circumstances; with the right people and atmosphere. In their words: “A universe of openness and togetherness where we can evolve towards becoming one with cosmic energies, with nature, with consciousness, with wholeness through dance, trance, creation, invention, transformation and peace.”
This festival draws crowds from all parts of the globe, coming together to fulfill the dreams and ideas outlined above. A huge part of the festival is the idea of ‘going back to your roots’ – to consider your origins as a way of finding direction and inspiration for your future. This is expressed not just through the music, but also through the creative workshops, arts and healing methods that are explored and utilized throughout the festival. For instance, you might like to take daily yoga sessions, or study the art of batik – or simply exchange ideas and exult in your gorgeous natural surroundings.
From acid house and techno, to trance, goatrance and psytrance, as well as dub and reggae, Ozora takes pleasure in offering a wide scope of electronic music, presented by both familiar pioneers of the genre and stimulating new talent. Each of the stages are decorated in different colours, using tapestries and string art, meaning that moving around and finding your friends, and following what you want to see, is really easy, as well as aesthetically dazzling. One of the stages, the Dragon’s Nest, is a giant dragon sculpted entirely from wood, through which you can walk. There is also the Circus Tent, which will blow your mind…
In the Cooking Grove, you can go and prepare your own meals in traditional Hungarian wood burning ovens, or have a go at the gastro-technological workshops recommended. If you feel like some rejuvenating tea, go and look in at the Tea Shack, where a range of home-made herbal teas are on offer – many of which are home grown in the Seven Headed Garden. In Busyland, the area next to the Pyramid and Playground, children can come and enjoy themselves from 8am to 4pm – accompanied by their parents, of course. There is also an entire ‘Artibarn’ where you can go and get creative with heaps of different arts and crafty possibilities – even if you never had it in you before.
The location of the festival is somewhat remote; the closest village is its namesake; Ozora. Though it is a very small village, inhabited by just a few thousand, it is famous throughout Hungary for the spectacular palace built there in the 15th Century. Franciscan monks, in abode at their Ozoran monastery, have ensured the village’s “sound cultural history”. An idyllic location, it is well worth a visit if you find you need a bit of a breather from the intensity of the festival.
The campsite culture of Ozora fosters a strong sense of being part of a global family. People are encouraged to take care of each other and respect their environment. Let boutique camping take care of you when you get back from a hard day (and night’s) party – with room to walk around, space to keep your things, and most importantly, every comfort you could wish for with affordable Ozora luxury camping.