It’s 2012 and they’re building the most sustainable festival in the history of the Boom. It takes a bunch of crazy adventurers to do it over the years and come from all over the world to experience it, but that’s exactly what drives the spirit of the Boom: pure adventure!
Boom is one ARTivist event and is being sculpted like a work of art that demonstrates the infinite possibilities of sustainable survival.
As a result, the meticulous production of the Boom pivots around an intense environmental program, which ultimately aims to take the entire festival completely off the grid. However, an intelligent understanding of the environment and its location is critical to the festival’s permaculture and environmental program, which is based on the context of a bioregional framework.
The festival takes place in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal, situated within the Geopark Meseta Meridional – a bioregional area containing a complex eco-system of its own soils, landforms, watersheds, climates as well as native plants and animals.
BOOM OFF THE GRID: A new eco-project 2012
Taking one giant leap towards this goal, this year, Boom takes both its Healing and Sacred Fire areas completely off grid – that’s 25 percent of the entire festival. We are implementing more solar and wind energies all around the Boom 2012.
Launched in 2010, the Boom Lab built five photovoltaic stations – a move that helped bring the festival even closer to becoming independent of the mainstream electrical matrix. [link]
WATER: Every Drop Counts
Boom’s system for recycling water has been in place since 2008 and is based on plants, bioremediation and evapotranspiration. The 2010 edition saw the launch of the STAR water treatment unit, based on bio-remediation and evapotranspiration, treating 100 percent of all waste water at Boom. A total of 5.5 million litres of wastewater was treated. [link]
The power of art is most profound when created with nature. Vast gardens become works of art as environ-artists work with natural materials, demonstrating sustainable and creative ways of connecting with nature.
The Boom Ecoteam comprises a total of 150 volunteers that collect all the waste and recyclables on site. The team works around the clock collecting rubbish for the waste conversion facility, which compacts everything to send to the municipal system. There is also a system in place to recycle compost organics. They use composting toilets – the cleanest most odour-free toilets to be found at a festival of this scale. They use no water and no chemicals. Built from scratch on site, they generated 70,000 litres of organic, high quality liquid fertilizer for agricultural production.
BIO-CONSTRUCTION: A Boom passion
All structures across the site built using sustainable materials including adobe, cane, stone, bamboo and straw-bale.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The Boom Bus
In 2010, 3,500 people travelled to Boom on the Boom Bus from Lisbon and Madrid. We estimate that by counting an average of three people per car, we have prevented some 1,150 cars from driving into to the Boom – therefore contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
LOCALISM, FAIR TRADE & BIOREGIONALISM
Basics such as fruit, vegetables, animal products, olive oil, water, local beer (made from natural ingredients) and materials for building and construction, are locally sourced. Boom supports fair trade, opting for local brands and small companies.
AWARDS: CONSEQUENCE OF A COMMITMENT
Boom’s dedication to creating an environmentally sustainable festival has reaped the following awards:
• Greener Festival Award in 2008 and 2010 (for Outstanding Prize)
• European Festival Award 2010 (for Green ‘n’ Clean Festival of the Year)
Permaculture principles drive the Boom, allowing choices that enhance the ecology, economy and culture of the place while serving as a solution to the temporary resource shortfalls that many of us have experienced around the world.
PARTICIPATE AT BOOM
Until 3 July you can get your 3rd Phase Boom ticket. There are several pricing systems:
– Regular Pricing
– Social Pricing
– Developing Country
– Free Boom Ticket (Mexico, Guatemala)
Get your ticket both online or in the Boom Ambassadors.
BOOM FESTIVAL 2012
15 Years Edition
FULL MOON, JULY 28 – AUGUST 4
Idanha-a-Nova Lake, Portugal