Boom Festival marks 20 years with documentary and book release

The organization of the Boom Festival today announced the launch of a book and a documentary about the 20 years of this “international, multicultural and independent” initiative that takes place every two years in Idanha-a-Nova.

“The documentary ‘Boom Festival 20 Anos’ summarizes not only the story rarely told of the event, but also of all the projects that have emerged from its evolution over time … The 20 years of the event also gave rise to the book’ Boom Festival 20 Years: A Visual and Oral History ‘, “the organization of the Boom Festival said in a statement.

The documentary and the book tell the story of the festival of “independent culture” that, since 1997, takes place on the full moon of July or August, and began as a party of friends in a forest between Setúbal and Alcácer do Sal, to replicate the ‘Goa trance’ movement in Portugal, and acquired the ‘international, multicultural and independent’ dimension that currently attracts Idanha-a-Nova, a public of about 150 nationalities.

“Dedicated to all Boomers, the documentary about 72 minutes, transforms 12 ‘terabytes’ of material in the history of 11 editions of the event, and all the projects parallel to the Boom, told by the originator and participated in it. .. The backstage, the team and the difficulties of organizing a festival of this size are highlighted by interviews with 34 participants and mainly members of the teams that, over 20 years, have built the Boom Festival (…) “reads the press release released today.

The Boom Festival 20 Years: A Visual and Oral History compiles testimonies of 134 people who contributed to the festival’s evolution, as well as an evolutionary perspective of the two-decade visual and graphic history of both the festival and the development of a culture of alternative festivals in Portugal and in the world.

“There are more than 500 images over 356 pages. There is also a framework text on Neo-Hellenic rituals and 3D imaging,” the organization explains.

Regarded by The Guardian as one of the top ten festivals in Europe in 2016 and by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the world’s top seven transformational festivals, Boom is now “a multidisciplinary, transgenerational and cross-cultural event” with great social impact, economic and cultural, in the interior of the country.

“These editions are thus the culmination of the celebrations of the 20 years of the Boom Festival that went through the 2018 edition of the event, as well as the author edition of two historical pieces, both cinematographic and literary level,” concludes the statement.

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