O.Z.O.R.A is Europe’s biggest psychedelia-focused event, and unabashed in its love for Psy Trance and Goa Trance. Its roots snake all the way back to the free-loving sixties, and across the 16 areas you’ll experience everything from 24 hour Psy DJ sets to crystal therapy and head-bobbing 6am dubtastic sets to a 10,000-people letting out an almighty collective ‘Ommmm’, as the festival seeks to create what it calls “A universe of openness and togetherness where we can evolve towards becoming one with cosmic energies.”
Situated in the village of Ozora, some 136km from Budapest on a 100-acre estate deep in the Hungarian countryside, the festival site offers total respite from the rest of the supposedly-free world. Despite its remote location, the Ozora crowd is hugely cosmopolitan and you’ll find representatives from every continent dancing up dust and beckoning you into their spiritual family.
The lineup pulls in the biggest names on the psychedelic scene, including the likes of Ace Ventura and E.Clip, while, last year, dub pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry got behind the wheels. Mixmaster Morris and The Orb have also had the crowds in raptures in years past.
As with all the really great festivals – the music is only a small part of the bigger kaleidoscopic picture, and you’d have to be bereft of imagination to not find a multiverse of distractions. The Artibarn has a plethora of interactive arts and craft workshops, whilst the Chambok House has a packed schedule of speakers opining on everything from building your own eco-community to the perspective-altering potential of psilocybin.
Naturally there’s an abundance of massage on offer, whilst if you’ve ever had a hankering to try your hand at acro-yoga or even tribal belly dancing this is the place.