Boombalfestival 2017, Boombalfestival 2.0
After twelve years the festival changes direction. As of 2017 the Boombalfestival will move to version 2.0. Dance will be the central focus now. And more than ever before, we’ll build towards an even better experience for our visitors.
First and foremost, we will be getting rid of the outside stage, and replace it with a third dance pavilion. This will allow for even more and better balls and workshops than before.
A second big change will be the migration of part of the festival to ‘the orchard’, a beautiful meadow with apple- and pear trees. The orchard will be transformed into a cozy space where anyone can enjoy some good Belgian beer, properly served in a glass, and some great food. A small, intimate outside podium and dance floor will complete the picture, and be the focal point of diverse workshops and concerts selected from the wide world of bal-folk and world-music. To allow as many people as possible to enjoy the unique atmosphere, access to the orchard will be for free.
Off course, version 2.0 will not do away with established values and certainties of our festival. You can rely on meeting the top of European balfolk-scene, combined with the discovery of new talent and new styles. Our well known and loved team of volunteers will ensure ample activities for the younger visitors, making sure they too have an experience to remember.
Boombalfestival 2.0: a celebration for dancers!
The Boombalfestival is an event offering the best folk dance music in Europe together with the finest singer-songwriters from Belgium. And that’s not all. During the day, different brass bands cross the field where the festival is taking place. During the night, the lighting transforms the environment into a marvelous and enchanting setting, in which people gather around many wood fires, if they are not dancing in one of the marquees. The ambiance alone attracts many friends and families to the festival!
The setting is a big green open field, surrounded by huge poplars and old willows. Add to that the best folk dance groups, conviviality, and of course, reasonable prices.
During the day, the festival offers several dance workshops and plenty of activities for the younger visitors. In the afternoon the first dance concerts start, which continues until at least midnight. But you can of course at any time sit down and taste one of the excellent local beers, or simply enjoy the excellent live music.
Address: Boterhoek 8, 9920 Lovendegem – Belgium
From Brussels airport: From Brussels airport it’s very easy. In the airport itself on floor -1, there is a train station. You take the train to Ghent-Sint-Pieters.
From the airport of Charleroi: There is a regular bus connection between the airport and the train station (bus A to Charleroi Sud, 20 minutes). There you take the train to the train station of Ghent-Sint-Pieters (you’ll have to change at Brussels South). This journey takes one and a half hour in total. Check out belgianrail.be to get more information on the arrival and departure times and on the return route.
You can also take the bus to the train station of Ghent-Sint-Pieters at the airport of Charleroi. This journey takes one hour and 20 minutes in total. Check out the website flibco.com to get more information on prices, arrival and departure times and on the return route.
From the ‘Ghent-Sint-Pieters’ train station: Take the 65 or the 67 bus to the festival (further instructions: see public transport).
By public transport: The 65 bus and the 67 bus links the train station (Ghent-Sint-Pieters) to Lovendegem (+/-25 minutes). Ask the bus driver to drop you off at the correct location, which is called ‘Binnenslag’. You can find the arrival and departure times to and from the Ghent-Sint-Pieters train station on delijn.be. Watch out: there are different arrival and departure times for week & weekend days.
You don’t have to order your train or bus tickets in advance, you can easily buy them in Belgium. This also applies for the festival tickets, however if you order them earlier, it’s a little bit cheaper.
By car or motorbike: Take the E17 or the E40 towards Gent, Expo exit. Then, follow the R4 towards Eeklo. Take the Lovendegem-Eeklo exit and follow the N9 towards Eeklo-Lovendegem. You pass over a bridge and continue to follow the N9. After the fourth set of traffic lights, you take the first road on the right, the Bredestraat, and you follow this road for one and a half kilometers. After a sharp bend to the left, you will see the first signs of the festival.
Car Park: a very big free car park is available only 200 metres away from the festival.
Near the festival site is a large campingsite with facilities (sinks and showers (hot & cold)) which can be used free of charge for the paying visitor. The campground is open from Thursday and is closed again on Monday. Mobile homes are allowed on the campsite and also cars are allowed behind the tents.
Every morning you can enjoy a fair and delicious breakfast in the Oxfam tent. It is open from 8:30 to 11:30. For 7 euros you get juice, coffee, tea or chocolate milk, a sandwich with spreads and a pastry.
Boombalfestival 2016 is over!
It was a beautiful, sun-filled edition with many visitors from Belgium and abroad. They all enjoyed the atmosphere and cozy decor, the pool and of course all the groups and artists that played during the four days. A big thank you also to the many volunteers who made the festival possible!
Below you can find some pictures to give you an idea of the amazing atmosphere with special thanks to photographers Bernadette Peckstadt, Guy Danneels & Maarten Marchau.
You can buy your tickets for the Boombalfestival online in presale or at the entrance.
The presale starts on Monday, May 1st.
Thursday 24/08: € 15 / € 17
1 day (Friday/Saturday/Sunday): € 32 / € 36
Combi (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday): € 90 / € 110
The ticket price includes parking, camping, toilets en showers.