The Boom Festival is a biennial festival which takes place in Portugal. The festival features music, paint, sculpture, video art, installations cinema, theater and a concept of crosspollination of different art forms. The first Boom Festival happened in 1997 with a large influence on electronic music, but nowadays Boom is a multidisciplinary event. Initially a psytrance festival, the first Boom had two stages: a dance floor, and a chillout area. Boom now incorporates a ‘Sacred Fire’ stage, for world music, acoustic sets and live bands, and 2008’s Boom debuted the ‘Groovy Beach’, a stage for contemporary genres of electronic music, including Dubstep, Breakbeat, Techno and Minimal. As well as expanding musically, Boom also encouraged different media to flourish, including an art gallery, natural sculpture, street theatre, fire-dancing, and the Liminal Village contains a large shaded space housing lectures, yoga, films, meditation and discussions.
Boom’s main focus is to develop a sustainability ethos while providing a wide array of arts and culture line up. The Boom is known worldwide for its non-corporate approach on entertainment.
One of the noble aspects of this festival is to be multi-cultural. The Boom has a vast worldwide network of ambassadors and attracts audiences of all continents. This causes a contact between people of different cultural matrices, therefore encouraging the overthrow of inter-ethnic stereotypes.
Unlike the norm for international festivals of this size, Boom festival does not rely on any commercial sponsor. The objective is not only to keep the precinct free of any visual pollution as well as to defend the public against any marketing strategy.
The Boom is an inter-generational multidisciplinary event, built on love, energy, knowledge and other sustainable resources.