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Andy Weisner <retinafunk@googlemail.com>

Letter For The Boomers | Part I
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One afternoon at the Dance Temple LETTER FOR THE BOOMERS | PART I Dear Boomer, Days are finally getting back to normality – whatever that means. Some of us are with the 'Boom blues syndrome' or PBS - Post Boom Syndrome while others are already in full swing on a daily life where the Boom memory lasts for good. Onsite we are breaking down all the beautiful structures that have been built and a sense of kalachakra mandala is present – we built a colourful Boom cosmology grain by grain and now we are tearing it apart. It is now time to say thanks to the Boom workers, to all the artists that spread the magic and to the Boomers that made this edition possible. Here we share our thoughts on some topics on how we have experienced Boom 2010, one of the most successful editions so far.

Golden Shack Pagoda and the Gamelatron The Boom 2010 Background We started the Boom production back in June 2009. The beginning was full of changes as some people left the team and others came in. Like in all transition periods, our own processes involved facing resistances from many people and at the same time getting the support of so many others. For us the most important thing was to keep the Boom psychedelic essence and upgrade some ideas while remaining faithful with the purest intention for Boom. The theme of water materialized this sense of fluidness. And our motto, "Make Change Happen" started to reverberate from this time onwards. The idea of finding a new location was the best way for Boom to go into new horizons and in November we got the new venue that has

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amazed everybody. It was one of the reasons for such a good Boom edition. Along this period one of Boom's totems, our colleague Jorge Fialho, got ill and eventually died in April 2010. It was eight months of emotional turmoil for all of us. He is an inspiration to us and we'll keep honouring his legacy: Jorge, you are always with us! On the work level, we flattened our work structure and a cooperative process of thinking about the whole festival based on a solid team from production, art and construction ignited. We all felt that for Boom to be a special moment all teams should develop art, discipline and compassion. The pre-production was an effort full of good achievements; construction period was epic: from May onwards the vibe was high onsite with an amazing spirit between all the teams. Thanks to all of you that have been with Boom Festival during this unforgettable period!

Healing Area The (Un)Popular Boom-Distances We designed the new Boom venue taking into account two sides: the Boom sector and the entrance sector (with parking lot and caravan park). We didn't want to have such a huge distance however we needed to take some measures on occupying the place of the Boom-Off as most of Boomers didn't enjoy the noise from that tecnival in 2008. It was a no-option to have them next door. Plus we were assured that there would be transfers organized by the local city council and in the end that didn't work out. The distance that people needed to walk generated a bad reaction and, despite the fact that distances are also huge at many festivals of the world, we won't repeat the same design. One thing is our priority for the future: the caravan park and car park will not be placed so far. Our intention is to put cars and caravans on the north side of the Boom venue, around the Boom Bus station. With regards to the distances within the Boom sector we do feel that by having such a beautiful place we can avoid the sense of overcrowding, which resulted perfectly at Boom. The areas had space, but at the same time there was a cosy feeling and a sense of freedom all over the venue. We can improve on the placement of the flea market though. In conclusion, the solution for cars and caravans was not the best and we will commit ourselves to solving this in time for 2012.

Inner Visions - Art Gallery The Vibe at Boom 2010 The vibe that was felt and built up this year was one of the best we ever experienced. There was a sense of tribe, a collective joy and an amazing laid back way of experiencing Boom. Collective waves of cheering and whistling could be heard everyday in a pure and simple celebration of happiness. We were happy to see how our EcoTeam cleaned the venue and how receptive Boomers were to leave no trace. Most of the people enjoyed the cultural variety and a playful vibe was felt at Boom 2010. One more example of a higher self-awareness was that we had the lowest number of cases at the Kosmicare ever.

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Many thanks for bringing so much shine and positivity to Boom 2010!

Conditions At the Caravan Park For the first time we had restaurants, water points and toilets at the caravan park. These are improvements compared with previous editions. Showers were not there as some trucks have these facilities. We opted not to put more showers on site as water is a scarce resource here and the more showers we have the bigger is our water footprint. Even so, for the next edition we feel it's imperative to build showers at the caravan park and place it nearer the Boom venue.

Sacred Fire Art: The Most Art-Oriented Boom Ever Boom has always been a festival of arts and this year we wanted to do the most art-oriented Boom ever, as art has the ability to open our creative portals *and connect us with a universal language of expression. We involved more people from the Boom team in finding the best colour codes, projects, artists and the finest materials. The notion of art was developed in many areas: bioconstruction (using bamboo, cane, clay, superadobe), land art, art installations, visuals, garden design, theatre, art gallery, performing arts, cinema showcase, to name just a few. In the end we had 780 artists at Boom and a sense of open-air gallery was fully achieved. Some of the best feedback we got so far went to: the art installation made with trash from Shrine and the Gamelatron embedded in it; the magnificent Drop and the pristine Dow Tow; the Sacred Fire stage and its gardens; the Keynote statue and the holograms at the Dance Temple; the Art Gallery with an exquisite selection of visionary art; the crate structure at the Groovy Beach; the land art that was built by the hands of Vicente Bittencourt. And, of course, the always-popular Kaleidoscope and its giant aquatic being! You can see some of the Boom art in our photo gallery on our website.

Groovy Beach Ticket Pricing: A Major Problem Back in 2008 we had the feeling that Boom had gotten too big. At the time we opted to limit the number of attendees to revive the cosiness and the sense of belonging that have always been a part of Boom. A limited number of people require an extra effort for funding the whole festival. Now we understand that our limitation of tickets increased the prices of the festival: the ticket, the prices of shops and restaurants, the

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overall pricing of vendors. It is our understanding that we are an inclusive festival and we don't want to become an elitist event where attendees can only participate through an expensive ticket. Our measures to rethink the price of the ticket are to shorten the festival's duration, reduce and downgrade some of our projects, always keeping high the quality of the program. We feel that many people were left behind due to financial limitations, so we'll make it possible for more people to participate and motivate the vendors to lower their prices.

The amazing Liminal Zone at The Drop Music: The Ups and Downs Our motto for music at Boom was to express the modern music aesthetics and explore new realms of psychedelic/trancey music in a bigger variety of genres: the Ambient Paradise for instance expressed this idea perfectly. In general we enjoyed the music that was played in the four music stages. We felt some of the DJs that played in the afternoon at the Dance Temple were not playing adequate music for a psychedelic dance floor. Besides that we enjoyed the quality of the music at Boom 2010. The Sacred Fire had a zenith with a monumental ethno-trance jam session on the August Full Moon with the likes of Ganga Giri, Hilight Tribe, Wild Marmelade, Tribal Dance and Olive Tree on stage. The Groovy Beach gave voice to all that has 0, ,been around from techno to dubstep and glitch – we enjoyed the deeper music and disliked the housier sets though. Ambient Paradise was simply amazing with the concerts of Murcof, Makyo, Antonio Testa or Cloudcycle still present in our ears. The Dance Temple revived goa trance with a massive response and mirrored perfectly the sub-genres of psytrance whilst taking into account the symbiosis between night and day music – we won't repeat some afternoon music that was too cheesy for there though. However, looking at the holograms, the amazing visuals, the colour code and the sacred geometry inspired stage and design there was a vast psychedelic universe living at the Dance Temple.

Sunset at Dance Temple

Boom Radio 2010 Podcasts Stay tuned for some of the sets of Boom 2010 with a series of podcasts available on the Boom website, click here.

Lost and Found Many people deposited items at our lost and found. We are giving back some ID cards and passports to embassies but we still have some personal belongings with us. Please contact: info@boomfestival.org.

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Boom 2010 Photo Gallery: Check the pictures and magic moments that we spent together. Click here!

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