Festival Harmonic

harmonic festival france

There’s a strong bias among English-speaking people to go to English-speaking festivals. So jump out of your comfort zone and go to hang out with some French hippies at the Festival Harmonic in the south of France! The festival organisers say (via Google Translate): ‘It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that the whole team […] » read more

World Bodypainting Festival 2017

world bodypainting festival, Austria

Whatever else the modern world may be, it’s certainly an interesting place for the artist who no longer has to limit their creativity to the canvas but can even take their brush to the human body, painting images that both accentuate and disguise the natural; daubing images on to the skin that play with texture, […] » read more

Being Gathering

being gathering in portugal (was b-in)

The Being Gathering (formerly known as the Be-In Gathering, perhaps a throwback to the 1967 San Francisco Be-In for the hippie historians among you) is organised by the same team that makes the Boom Festival every two years, and is held in the same location by a lake in central Portugal. We were a bit […] » read more

Ancient Trance Festival

ancient trance festival in germany

To be honest, we know nothing about Ancient Trance Festival except that many people seem to love it. The organisers say: ‘The Ancient Trance Festival is always in search for organic trance music. Once a tiny indoor mouth-harp festival it grew organically with a family-like community of visitors and guests. Musicians from all over the […] » read more

Buddhafield Festival

Buddhafield festival uk

With 3000 people, Buddhafield hits a sweet spot between a small, cosy festival and an event big enough to have a lot going on. Infused with the philosophy of Buddhism, this is a very conscious festival without alcohol or drugs. Buddhafield Festival from Clear Vision Trust on Vimeo. The festival organisers say: ‘The Buddhafield Festival […] » read more

Gaia Tribe Family Summer Camp

gaia family tribe summer camp

Small and cosy, the Gaia Tribe Summer Camp is a family-friendly gathering with care taken of the decoration and mood in the surrounding woodland. The usual workshops, music and fun. The festival organisers say: ‘We will be having discussion groups on world cafe, fracking, building sustainable culture, sharing our stories, the work that reconnects etc. […] » read more

Irish Aerial Dance Festival

aerial dance fest, Ireland

The Irish Aerial Dance Festival looks amazing. It’s held in Donegal, which is the most remote and rainy part of Ireland, and along with a bunch of shows there are tons of classes in aerial dance with fabrics and swings and trapeze and hoops and all that circus jazz. The organisers of the festival, Fidget […] » read more

Travel Storytelling Getaway

Following their Travel Storytelling Festival last year, there’s now going to be a Travel Storytelling Getaway in February. We guess that’s like a more intimate version of the previous event with talks, jams, films, music and plenty of travellers, voyagers, vagabonds, new age nomads and maybe the odd tourist. The organisers say it’s: ‘An awesome […] » read more

Free Tree Open Air Festival

free tree open air festival in austria

To be honest we’re not sure what this festival in Austria is all about but it was heartily recommended and seems small and groovy enough to make the list. A friend described the festival as: ‘a Green Event with lots of different Music Acts of all genres, poetry Slam, Travel Stories, Workshops. Organized with much […] » read more

The Old Saw Mill Garden Party

The Old Saw Mill Garden Party is held in a secret location and there are only 500 places available. Details of what the festival is about are few and far between but isn’t it nice to be surprised? The festival organisers say: ‘Dust off your top hat, call the vicar & prepare the lawn for […] » read more

Snow Surf Contact Jam Festival

ukraine contact improv festival

We love this one. Contact improv in the Carpathian Mountains of the Ukraine. Looks like a really cosy, intimate, special CI festival at a time of year when not much else is going on! The organisers say: ‘Seven days of contact impro jams and laboratories, snowboarding, skiing, music, bodywork, sauna singing, tea ceremonies, art and […] » read more

Roztoc Circus Festival

roztoc festival, prague

Fire acts, juggling, eclectic musical performances and all kinds of crazy, creative people hanging out, camping for super cheap prices and in a quirky, scenic locale. Looks great. The organisers say: It is a non-commercial event made by artists for artists, dedicated to contemporary forms of dance and circus, together with live concerts, music jams […] » read more

Nomads Gathering

nomads gathering hitchhikers

Whereas many travellers are anxious to distinguish themselves from tourists, ‘nomads’ have gone one better and are earnestly trying to create an identity as dumpster-diving, hitchhiking, couchsurfing, telecommuting wanderers who come together every now and then to share tips and stories of living on next to nothing in the First World. Not a cow, goat […] » read more

What Is Music? Arts Gathering

what is music arts gathering in spain

If you’re a musician and you’re free in July you should be in the What is Music Gathering in the north of Spain. Imagine being with a whole troupe of creative people from musicians to artists to dancers doing workshops on flamenco rhythms, clowning, creating music with the voice, Indian melodies and more. Looks like […] » read more

Wild Heart Gathering

wildheart gathering sussex

Wild Heart Gathering has grown enough of a following to sustain two events each summer with the first in Sussex in May, and the second in Devon in August. Taking a look at the website you feel really a sumptuous festival with an emphasis on workshops and music, electic performances and conscious community. There are […] » read more

Spark Liberosis

For many of us the original Burning Man in the US is just a bit too far away and perhaps there’s a feeling that we wish we’d gone 20 years ago… Much of the founder Burning spirit might be found however in the regional Burns which now reach as far even as Austria where the […] » read more

Yiddish Summer Weimar

yiddish summer weimar

Yiddish culture gave us not just Woody Allen and Seinfeld but was once an integral part of Europe and the Yiddish Summer Weimar has a month of activities to keep the old traditions alive. There’s also a festival week in the beginning of August where you’ll hear some great klezmer music. The organisers say: ‘Yiddish […] » read more

Space of Love Festival


Space of Love Festival takes place on the beach and features a whole cast of teachers running workshops on anything from family constellation to yoga to African dance. ‘Every year since 2003, people gather on the white-sanded shore of the Swedish island called Öland. There we celebrate and create, meet new and old friends, and […] » read more

Es Amor Festival


The Es Amor Festival (You Are Love Festival) has the motto Explore Explain Express and is unusual as most festivals go in that the only tickets are moneyfree – you register and you get a ticket but no money changes hands. Set outside an ongoing community project in Portugal, it’s the usual mix of yoga, […] » read more

HeartBeat Festival

Yes, there are lots of festivals in Europe in August but if you’re in Germany and feel to connect to the New Age scene in a picturesque location, HeartBeat Festival could be for you. The organisers (courtesy of Google Translate) say: ‘That in a  held beautiful castle with a huge enchanted garden, centuries-old trees and […] » read more