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Artur Mendes

Member board of directors Boom Festival / Being Gathering

Born in Lisboa, Portugal. He is one of the current co-managers of Boom Festival and the Being Gathering, two transformational and changemaking festivals.

University degree in Social and Organisational Psychology (ISCTE – University of Lisboa), later started a MA in Culture Management. Studies on permaculture, ecovillages design, certification in bio agriculture, THNK School of Creative Leadership, design thinking. Sports, meditation, and culture journalism are part of his background. He is a member of the board of APEFE- Portuguese Association of Shows, Festivals and Events.

The will to support positive social change led him to collaborate with ICE – Instituto das Comunidades Educativas, Associação Khapaz, and CET – Centro de Estudos Territoriais.

Due to his love for music, he became active in the electronic music scene in Portugal since the mid 90s: involved with Boom since the early days as party-goer and production staff; organised and curated events of several genres; worked on communications and media for outlets such as NEO2, Dance Club, DIF, Zoot, LuxFrágil, LeCool, Ling, Mini International, Yorn, etc; collaborated with TV programs “Pop Up” for RTP (Portugal national TV) or “Fuzz” for SIC; co-wrote/co-produced documentaries such as “Lusofonia, A (R)Evolução”, “Boom Festival 20 Years” and the books “Boom Book” or “Boom Festival 20 Years: A Visual and Oral History”. He was part of the curation and executive production of Red Bull Music Academy Portugal, and also in music releases for Red Bull Homegroove, Buraka Som Sistema/Red Bull, Dance Club magazine to name just a few.

Representing Boom, he has been a guest speaker in events such as Web Summit, ADE Green, Nuits Sonores, Green Events and Innovations, ADE Mumbai, CTM, Talk Fest, Green Operations, MIL Lisboa, BIME, Re:Build, Tartu 2024  European Capital of Culture, among others.

His purpose as a Boom team member is to positively affect people through initiatives that transform them and regenerate the land to awaken the subversive self of the Boomers so they can transform their communities when going back home.