Meadows in the Mountains in Bulgaria
Music festival Meadows in the mountains is the Bulgarian grand-child of Woodstock. It could be subtitled: “3 days of peace love and music”. The spirit of 1969 is not dead and it is revived each year since 2010 in the small village of Polkovnik Serafimovo.
Meadows in the mountains is said to be the place “where the land touches the sky and the sun cuddles nature” – and trust me on this one, this is absolutely true. The place is breath-taking. The festival sets in the middle of the Rhodope mountains, a stone’s throw away from Greece. The entire town gets together to settle everything. Some villagers offer their home as accommodation to festival-goers. It is also possible to camp in fields and enjoy the view from the mountains in the early morning. There are some drinks and food booths all around the village so you can quench your thirst anytime!
The actual festival takes place at the top of the Mummar mountain. The road leading to the entrance is rocky which makes the way back a bit difficult when you are tipsy. There are several stages and one of them is called the sunrise stage, this is the best spot to see the sunrise in the early hours of the day. There are plenty of things to do at Meadows in the mountains : discover new artists, dance your soul off with incredible DJ sets, take part into different workshops, shop some different kinds of arts and crafts, have a look at the art installations, show your talents in the carajam, have a rest in the trees…
I had never seen such a festival before Meadows in the mountains. The crowd is the most amazing one. There are people from all over the world! Most of them are British but we met people from Sweden, Germany, Canada, the US and even Uruguay! People are friendly and tend to connect with each other.
Not only the place is unique but the experiences are too. I joined a workshop called “Introduction to the art of offering”. We were about ten people gathered in a circle. We made various offerings to a bundle in the center of our circle. The offerings were made in a particular order, according to the cardinal points. Each point represents something and is materialized through a whistle and the ring of a bell. When all the offerings are made, the bundle is burnt into the sacred fire. This ceremony has a Native American background and it was quite interesting to be part of it.
Music wise, Meadows in the mountains offers some talented yet unknown artists. I personally loved discovering Cosmo Sheldrake. Listen below:
Overall, I loved Meadows in the mountains. The uniqueness and untouched land, the music, the people, the art, the experiences… It takes time to set it up and to disassemble but the festival is eco-friendly. There are no plastic whatsoever, and organizers believe in the “leave no trace policy” which makes it respectful for the environment and the village.
If you felt appealed by this article, have a look at the Meadows website. We will probably meet there next year!
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