22nd - 29th of July 2018

Boom Festival

Looking for something that is different from the usual summer festival? You’ve found it. The Boom Festival is a celebration of alternative culture and takes place in Portugal at the time of the full moon in August.

It is a biennial festival which is held beside the lake in Idanha-a-Nova. It was considered one of the top 10 music festivals in the world by British newspaper The Guardian and already has several distinctions and green awards given its sustainability and ecological practice.

It started in 1997 as a musical event, but has evolved over the years to a celebration of alternative culture. The environment is the focal point of this festival, such that many of the names that feature in the line-up are not disclosed during the promotion period.

Two noble aspects of the Boom Festival are that it is inter-cultural and multidisciplinary. It features the most varied artistic currents, such as painting, sculpture, land art, interactive installations, music, video art, gallery of plastic arts/graffiti. There is also a prominent place for Eastern practices such as yoga and meditation, as well as for the alternative medicine including workshops and aquatic therapy.

The contact between people of different cultural persuasions coupled with such a diverse array of activities means that the Boom is a gathering that spans generations. The festival thus already provides an area where parents with children can socialize, promoting multiculturalism from the early stage of their growth.

It should be noted, too, that a team is on hand round the clock to help look after people with special needs. From the preparation of the camping area to the specialised medical care, your goal is to ease the main obstacles which might prevent the full inclusion of all Boomers.

About the local

Idanha-a-Nova is a municipality in the district of Castelo Branco in east-central Portugal. The population in 2011 was 9,716, in an area of 1416.34 km², making it one of the largest municipalities in Portugal. The municipal holiday is the Monday 15 days after Easter.

Idanha-a-Nova has hosted the massive bi-annual Boom Festival since 2002, during which the population of the community temporarily increases more than fivefold. The present mayor is Álvaro José Cachucho Rocha, representing the Socialist Party.


√ Get to know people from different ethnicities and cultures
√ Visit Idanha-a-Velha, one of the oldest villages in Portugal
√ Go see the giant round stones at the former village of Monsanto
√ Buy some traditionally embroidered Castelo Branco bedspreads
√ Get in contact with the cosmos and the nature
√ Go see the trilobites’ fossils in the village of Penha Garcia
√ Enjoy the festival, that does not resort to enterprise marketing