Unlike the mainstream genres of dance music, psytrance distinguished itself by creating its own scene that lives up to its hippie origins in Goa, perhaps best exemplified by the slew of sustainable festivals popular around the world. One such event is Boom Festival, a biennial event held in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal.
The festival is now in its 20th year, continuing its focus on providing a self-sustainable arts and culture gathering that draws on the transformational power of electronic music. Musically, it started out as a psytrance concert (still on the main stage of Dance Temple), but has since branched out with four other stages dedicated to house music (Alchemy Circle), chill-out (Ambient Source), world music (Sacred Fire) and general electronic dance (Groovy Beach). Dance Temple is a particular favorite because it often features natural trance music, the acoustic and indigenous forms that inspired Trance.
Like America’s Burning Man, Boom Festival operates on environmental consciousness. Beginning in 2004, it began implementing a series of sustainability projects like chemical-free toilets, wind and solar energy, recycling and free cleaning kits for participants. If all of that wasn’t enough, Boom’s organizers were recently invited by the United Nations to participate in its Music & Environmental Initiative.
One of Barcelona’s newest luxury hotels is located at the corner of modernity and tradition. As the name indicates, The Corner Hotel is situated on a flat corner in Barcelona’s L’Eixample neighborhood, a vast area of the city full of Modernist buildings and grid-like avenues.
Oaxaca is, without a doubt, a city so impressive one must experience it firsthand to understand its splendor. It is an incomparable place that will leave you in awe of its cultural wealth, a place that invites you to experience the extraordinary. In this light, Posadas celebrates the opening of Grand Fiesta Americana Oaxaca, an irresistible option for enjoying this magnificent state in an exclusive and fascinating way.
In a popular city like Barcelona, it can be easy to get swept up in the fray of the “Old City” (Ciutat Vella), where most tourists concentrate their time. But about a mile northwest of the center is a neighborhood called Vila de Gràcia, where residents are able to find a bit of tranquility away from the crowds, and therefore experience a more authentic environment for visitors.