A truly psychedelic global gathering of music, arts, culture & hands-on sustainability
Boom is a psychedelic global gathering, a contemporary ritual to the rhythmic beats of a timeless drum. It’s a joyous summit of free spirits who arrive from every corner of the world to converge by the shores of a sparkling lake, and with the blessings of the full moon, to celebrate life, freedom, peace, love and respect of nature. In other words: the finest things that make us human.
As the festival enters its second decade of existence, we deepen the vision and reinvent ourselves to be in service of a truly life-changing event, which in support of thriving life, aims to inspire both individual and collective transformation.
Out of daily routines, away from our comfort zones, every two years, we dive into the unknown to dance, laugh, love, learn, play, listen, support, create, participate and evolve.
Psychedelic: consciousness expanding, mind manifesting, channeling new visions through art and music.
The ingestion of mind altering substances is no prerequisite to feeling and knowing what it is to be psychedelic. It goes beyond that. This is because it is an evolutionary process that each of us experiences in every day of our lives.
So for Boom, to be psychedelic is to be free. It means free to think. Free to create. Free to respect one another. It is to be awakened to the fact that all beings are interconnected elements of the universe.
It’s also about feeling empowered to redirect age-old patterns of our behaviour that no longer serve us and about walking in the shoes of others to see their perspectives too as we go above and beyond the egoic mind. The very nature of existence is psychedelic. This is the meaning of psychedelic for Boom.
TO BE ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE
This is one of the core components of the Boom vision.
As a species we have the power to prevent our own self-destruction. Awareness of our impact is a good place to start. So we go back to basics: eating, sleeping, shitting, disposing. Poo, food, rubbish: Everything comes from the earth and everything should be part of a restorative cycle with zero waste.
Permaculture design is the key to transforming our relation to nature and forms the foundation of Boom’s Environmental Program.
In fact, to this day, Boom is the only large scale event to implement 100 per cent compost toilets. This also goes for on-site water treatment facilities, several off-grid energy solutions, bio-construction, permaculture gardens, vegetable oil generators and much more.
These are just some of the groundbreaking projects that have granted Boom international recognition in sustainable environmental practice.
A BORDERLESS WORLD
There are no borders at Boom, which is why the festival is a no-flag zone. Ever since its inception in 1997, the event has bloomed and become home to a global family that continues to grow. Attracting people from the furthest reaches of the globe and from every continent on the planet, it has become one of the most incredibly diverse, multicultural events on the festival circuit.
We are all one. Outside of the festival parameters, we are still all one. Yet it is borders that have made millions of refugees across the world feel we are not. And it is saddening to see them caught in the crossfire with nowhere to run.
So a borderless world is what we envision: we say no to borders, no to illegal occupation, no to neocolonialism, no to neoliberalism and no to war. A borderless world brings freedom to the oppressed. What does freedom mean to you?
TRANSCENDENCE THROUGH MUSIC
Music is sacred and dance floors are temples for transcending the limitations of our egos. Music and dance reconnect us to our divine essence and synch us with the beating heart of the planet.
The Dance Temple is the heart of Boom. It’s where psychedelic trance - Boom’s very first love - has continued to thrive, even more than two decades on.
However, we go beyond Psytrance too… From classical and acoustic to electronic beats and pieces: a diverse range of music spreads across four epic stages.
Live sets, concerts, DJs, bands and solo acts: performances explode through the seams of the festival and the music doesn’t stop. It breaks barriers and unites; and at times, it can feel as if it's all we’ve really got in this crazy world of chaos. In music we trust!
We have this inherent capacity to reflect each other’s emotions and personalities. We also have this innate ability to bring out the best in each other in order to tune into humanity’s higher mission as stewards and protectors of the planet.
This is why Boom is transformational. It is a space in which to meet and engage with incredible beings from all walks of life.
So we celebrate the elders, the youth, the healers, the midwives, the mothers, the teachers, the visionaries, the farmers and the guardians of nature. We rejoice the artists, the scientists, and the advocates of human rights, justice and environment. And we bring on the anthropologists, philosophers, the environmentalists and the truth seekers.
The possibilities are infinite. And this has helped cultivate a space in which to collaborate, exchange knowledge, fertilise different ideas and apply new ways of doing things in our everyday lives.
In our search to escape capitalism, we have made sure there is no room for corporate logos at Boom. We have persevered with the creation of our own independent operation, where you, the Boomer, help fund the festival by purchasing a ticket. This is the reason why every Boomer is a VIP, and why every single Boomer deserves the best festival experience possible.