7 Wildest Transformational Festivals

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Where: Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

When: August 11th to August 18th

Why go: Held every two years since 1998, BOOM is a throwback to the bohemian and spiritual vibe of the 1960s, mixed with the phenomenal food, music and performance art of the Iberian Peninsula. The Liminal Village is the cultural hub of the festival with daily seminars in topics like mythology, activism, ecology and alternative science. The music on four stages at BOOM is decidedly mellower than many other music festivals, featuring laid-back trance, chill-out and other gentler electronic styles. Circus acts, street theater, jugglers, fire dancers, film screenings and a host of other talents bring the region's creative energy to the festival. And an award winning environmental program focuses on clean energy, sustainable and biodegradable products and other low-impact practices like compostable toilets, free water stations and group transportation to the festival site.

Official website: boomfestival.org/boom2016/home

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