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Positive Renewal in 2022

Boomstream music sets available, reforestation, new Alchemy Circle, Applications & more

The Anthropocene in three recent facts: part of the world frozen in fear of Covid (the extreme levels of panic are now rebranded as ‘The Great Resignation’); Cop-26 resulted in disillusionment, a sign that leaders do not think long term and greenwashing is systemic; never in human history has anything controlled so many people: social media algorithms have more power over billions of people than any dictator in human history.

It was looking at our relationship with the virus and the current zeitgeist that we refreshed the Boom identity with 10 brand new humorous characters that depict bizarre moments of the pandemic through caricature.  

Revamp Boom 2020/22 identity

 

This has been one of the ways of dealing with a changing reality: continuing to work for the community through projects such as Unite, the Liminal Podquests, the Boom Festival Bazaar or Boomstream.

The sets of the latter, a unique site-specific audiovisual production that we broadcasted in July 2021, are available in video and audio. You can relive Boomland memories with these unique and explosive sets!

Maya Garden: an example of the regeneration process at Boomland

Another endeavour that has been non-stop are the improvements at Boomland. The reforestation season has started and we are planting species to improve biodiversity like the Weeping willow (Salix babylonica); European nettle tree (Celtis australis); Stone pine (Pinus pinea);  Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua); Sycamore maple (Acer Pseudoplatanus); and shrubs such as Coastal rosemary (Westringia fruticosa) and Perforate St John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum).

Snapshot: collaborative session that originated the Alchemy structure

We’re also in awe with the finishing of the Alchemy Circle structure. Inspired by the shape of a heart, its wooden architecture now appears imposing and beautiful, integrated into the landscape with its biomimetic shape.

The architecture creative process began in a collaborative session in July 2019 in Lisboa. Several elements of the Boom Team together with four Portuguese ateliers developed a flow that is now materialised in wood structures of The Gardens (former Chill Out Gardens) and in the Alchemy Circle.

Alchemy Circle at Boomland, November 2021

Thus our work has been round-the-clock. We are confident that the festival will take place in 2022. The dominant society forces of doomsday and fear are strong, yet with the right caretaking measures and knowledge-based decision making, we don’t see a reason for the Summer of 2022 not to happen in full swing.

And you too can participate in the 25th anniversary of Boom. Follow this link to check which applications are still open.

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The Winter Solstice is upon us. Let’s celebrate community, the Sun, and the renewal of our inner self. Let’s draw strength from the light and the bright forces that come with this special date, as the human species continues to face the streams of fear that abound amid a pandemic.

May you land positively from 2021 and welcome 2022 with your best self.

See you at Boomland!