The idea behind the Boom in Portugal, is to create a space in this time continuum where people from all over the world can live an alternative reality. It’s a festival dedicated to all free spirits. It’s a celebration of intuition and telepathy as we watch how communication changes along these few days and how in the end there is no more need for words. We are re-born again into a reality of being in constant Universal Trance, in this state all changes are possible, the Universe is “at our fingertips”… we can mould it! The aim is to join a huge worldwide family in the present time continuum and in together allowing the Culture, the Love, the Sacred Earth and the Art to melt and mingle and eventually… Boom! We all take one big step together …
Every culture is expressed by its Art, emanating through the many expressions and shapes it assumes. A cultural event as a means of expression does not just focus on one of the aspects of the Art, but on the whole. Boom is an Art event, born from a culture which has long grown in the margins of mainstream culture reaching new expressions and visions. A whole world of people involved in the alternative, psychedelic and independent culture get together to show and share what they have found inside the Conscious Fractal, the Wholeness, the Oneness, the Truth.
Thoughts, music tracks, sculptures, paintings, clothes, films, photos, ideologies, experiences, communication, philosophies and lots more, all enhancing the possibilities of our life’s experiences. All adding to the Universe. The Full Moon of August has always been our guide as far as the Boom calendar is concerned. It’s an ongoing tradition with a few years now (2010 it is the 8th edition) and this has decreed the dates of the Boom festival since its birth in ´97. Boom festival, due to its conscious shapeshifting and mutating properties, happens every two years in sync with the truth of impermanence, in sync with the Full Moon.
Theme Boom 2010
While travelling the world all members of our team faced an inspirational pulse towards water. Not only the physical element itself, but also the symbolism and that which is invisible in water. It’s amazing adaptation to external conditions and continuous cycles. How its energy is directed downwards in connection to the Sacred Earth. For 2010 we decided to pay homage to water.
Water is essential for all dimensions of life. The water we use today has been around for hundreds of millions of years, and the amount available probably hasn’t changed very much. Water moves around the world, changes forms, is taken in by plants and animals, but never really disappears. It travels in a large, continuous cycle. In this sense water stands for a continuous reusing and recycling, a metaphor for one of Boom’s paradigms, the sustainable ethos.
The 8th edition of Boom Festival is in a new location. It is held in the lake of Idanha-a-Nova but in a new venue full of shade, which is flatter, greener, and has better access routes. This change was motivated by the need for offering our public better conditions to party.
Under the theme of Water, we are expanding our minds to feel the hidden dimensions of nature in a new venue.
Amazing views. Beautiful. Astonishing. These have been some of the words used to describe Boom’s venue. Since 2002 Boom Festival occurred 4 times at the same venue on the shores of the lake of Idanha-a-Nova. However in 2010 we are changing location. Our main goal is to provide you with a better and more comfortable place to party!
Due to the increasing numbers of public, some of the limitations of the old venue started to arise.
History / What is Boom?
It’s a hot summer in Portugal, the morning of August 16, 1997 and 3,500 people share a place in a Mediterranean forest. The air is warm and filled with the smell of pine and cork trees. Art, color and people emphasis the landscape as music paces the day.
Seated in a chai shop, a couple in their 30’s speak in a freestyle manner, recreating themselves with the game of word association, they laugh. Around them people are happy with that special joy of living something for the first time. Indeed they were living it: it was the Boom Festival. It was not just men, women and children that were experiencing something new, the festival organization – Good Mood Productions – moved by the idealism of joining the worldwide trance communities under the same sky, was also on the adventure of walking down an unknown path.
Founded by Diogo Ruivo and Pedro Carvalho, Good Mood and the Boom Festival were visions shared by these two young people and their closest friends. Supported by dozens of unknown activists, they began to build a collaborative event platform to create and develop new ideas envisioned by people from different artistic and cultural backgrounds. This special confluence of ideas, art and culture transformed Boom into more than just a music festival over the years. In 1997 Boom was an electronic music event, featuring Goa Trance to be precise.