After twelve years, the festival is setting a new direction. Edition 2017 will be a Boomball Festival 2.0!
More than ever dance music is central to the festival. This year we go for more dance comfort and that for the first time in 3 dance temples.
You can dance non-stop on the better ball folk music of these groups:
La Machine – Tukki Bukki – Zigo – EmBRUN – Clément Rousse – Zef – I Fratelli Tarzanelli – La Compagnie d’Elias – Duo Porto (Thébaut / Claranbaux) – Trio Brotto-Lopez-Raibaud – Variomatic – Sons Libres – Deya – Vandenabeele-Thézé – Cecilia – Pablo Golder – Parasol – Duo Laloy-Le Tron – Naragonia – The Bass Explosion – Les Zeffeurs – FMR – Claranbaux-Geerinck – KV Express – Ciac Boum …
Part of the festival moves to ‘the orchard’ which used to be the campsite of the festival. A beautiful meadow full of apple and pear trees, decorated as a cozy place where you can enjoy a delicious glass of beer or a nice bite. A small intimate stage with outdoor dance floor completes the picture and forms the decor for a various range of workshops and performances within the wide range of folk and world music.
The sympathetic children’s animation ensures that the festival is also a fantastic experience for the youngest visitors. In addition to the jump castles and carrousels there are also theater and music shows for children.
To allow as many people as possible to enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Boombal Festival, the orchard is free for everyone.
Tickets for the dance temples can be found here.
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.
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.
Sleeping & Campsites
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.
In the area there are different b&b’s en hotels where you can stay. Contact ‘Tourism Meetjesland’ bij phone (0032 9 37786 00) or go to their website.