Dates: Returns 2020
Location: Idanha-a-Nova Lake, Portugal
Boom Festival, one of the biggest psytrance festivals in the world, aspires to be more than just about the music – they aim to combine an explosion of electronic music, arts and culture with an awakening of a collective consciousness towards the environment, sustainability and society. Situated beside a stunning lake in Portugal, people from all over the world have been coming here to free their minds and lose themselves in a dynamic, psychedelic experience since 1997.
Boom is said to be beyond a mere event; in their own words: “Boom is not only a festival, it is a state of mind. Inspired by the principles of Oneness, Peace, Creativity, Sustainability, Transcendence, Alternative Culture, Active Participation, Evolution and Love, it is a space where people from all over the world can converge to experience an alternative reality.”
They have won awards for their environmental consciousness as an event, and believe that they have a responsibility to enhance people’s connection with their ecosystem and achieve positive results through education and “knowledge of all.” This is achieved by surrounding people in an atmosphere of vibrant creativity – from music, to culture, to arts. Within this space can people connect to a reality beyond their normal life – a truly transformational encounter.
The festival is made up of six or seven main areas; Dance Temple (for psytrance and organic trance), the Alchemy Circle (for ‘alternative’ psychedelic culture), Sacred Fire (for world music and live music performances), Nataraj (dance music), the Being Fields (for healing and spiritual growth) and the Museum of Visionary Art (a gallery cataloguing Boom’s visual history). There is also the Chill Out Gardens; a testament to the architectural brilliance achieved as a result of the relationship between art and gardens; where you can get a massage or just relax with friends old and new.
On top of this one can hope to find performers, art installations, projections, and sculpture; the importance of visual manifestation is prominent, inspiring self-reflection and new perspectives. Performers might range from a herd of dinosaurs roaring across the dance floor to circus troupes and fire artists. All these imagistic prompts encourage people to continue the journey into themselves and the world they live in.
Children are, perhaps surprisingly, also welcome at Boom – at BabyBoom – this a quiet and soothing area of Boom where children and their parents can relax – there is lots of them to do and enjoy here too – from reiki and making your own toys to cinema evenings and alternative education.
The area of Portugal in which Boom is located, near the Spanish border, is a region immensely rich in cultural history and natural wonders. The flora and fauna are breathtakingly diverse, and its human history fascinating – some of the villages and small towns nearby are extremely old and an example of how well societies can resist change, preserving ways of life that are rare to find in this day and age. The nearby village of Monsanto, on top of a mountain, is by all accounts a visit well worth making, and as unforgettable as a night at Boom.
Due to the high heat and dusty location, you would be well advised to make sure your sleeping situation is top notch – just so you can go back out there every day with just as much vigour and energy as before. Why not treat yourself to a little comfort at night – and allow your mind to continue its expansive voyage in a state of relaxed wellbeing in luxury tents.