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today 22/07/2022my_locationIDANHA A NOVA LAKE - ( PORTUGAL )

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“Rocks in my path? I keep them all. With them I shall build a castle”. This sentence, from a Brazilian blog, captures how we feel: challenges birth teachings which can in turn, birth beautiful things in the future. Due to the pandemic, we are, once again, unable to celebrate together in the summer of 2021; but the community is reuniting for something unique, the 25th anniversary, a quarter-century of existence of Boom Festival in 2022. It will be taking place under the auspices of the New Moon, the symbol of new beginnings, between 22 and 29 July 2022. All tickets purchased for 2020/21 are valid for 2022.



In our last newsletter, from 12 February 2021, we shared our efforts in trying to make Boom happen this summer. The most recent updates are that:

  • Numerous licenses are required for the festival to take place. Hence, we continue to be represented in workgroups alongside the Ministry of Culture, the Directorate-General of Health (DGS), among other official entities. Since December 2020 proposals have been made for the production of pilot-events, with policies and sanitary regulations that would allow the comeback of cultural activities in Portugal. However, the government response so far has been evasive, no official decision answers the actual question of whether or not it is possible for festivals to take place in the summer of 2021. And if so, under which conditions?
  • On 11 March the Portuguese Prime-Minister announced the plan to loosen the lockdown. Amidst measures to lift restrictions, he stated that from 5 May “large scale outdoor and indoor events are allowed, with reduced capacity”. He added that, in order to take place, these events must comply with the regulations imposed by the Directorate-General of Health (DGS). To the day we write you these words (23/24 March 2021), the aforementioned regulations remain a mystery. This announcement wasn’t followed by the required instructions from the DGS. Since 12 March, Boom Festival has contacted the DGS in writing four times and we have yet to receive a single reply.

The pandemic is wreaking havoc with a different beat around the world. Festivals and other events are taking place where they can. Meanwhile, an avalanche of tests, rapid, slow, nasal, anal, vaccinations, Russian, German, American, Oxfordian, prevention tactics, clinical trials and speculation as well as suppression vs expression of civil unrest is turning Covid-19 into a dynamo of social asymmetry on a global scale. A festival uniting people from 175 countries and territories such as Boom, carries an immense responsibility for the collective wellbeing of its entire community, and considering each Boomer’s condition and origin is essential for our decision making process.

Begin 22/07/2022 H 09:00
End 29/07/2022 H 09:00
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