The Peace Festival in Goa takes place this year on the weekend of September 21-22 . Goa being Goa and all, the Peace Festival is probably one of the most laid-back festivals in the world. The aim is to help everyone share the peace and love of the crowd who gather to watch street performers, artists, jugglers, magicians and anyone who can entertain do their thing. There are no ‘headliners,’ no ‘main stage’ and no line-up at all because the whole vibe of the Peace Festival is that it welcomes travellers of the world who have something to add to the mix. For any street performer or musician who wants to have the friendliest audience in the world, Goa is definitely the place to be.
Getting to Goa
Goa is a very popular destination year-round with a fabulous climate and a culture that owes something to India, something to Portugal and with a dash of Latin America thrown in for good measure. It was ‘discovered’ by hippies in the sixties and has never quite lost that chilled out feeling. It’s since become more of an organized tourist destination so if you are not a seasoned traveller there is no need to worry. Flights from Heathrow to Dabolim International airport are frequent and there are often great deals, so it pays to shop around. Make sure you check out individual holiday providers as well as comparison sites. First Choice feature deals that aren’t always listed on comparison sites. With a nod to its hippy heritage, many of the things to do on Goa are based on animals and being in tune with the land. And this is very much the message of the free Peace Festival.
Where to Stay in Goa
Goa has a huge range of places to stay, from beachfront shakes to bed & breakfasts and big hotels. There are few budget hostels which are basic (expect cold water showers) right up to five star hotels. The prices are almost unbelievably wide to those who normally holiday in Europe, with safe & secure hotels with pools starting at as little as £10 per night.
If, on the other hand, you fancy something rather more upmarket there are hotels at almost forty times the price – but if you choose one of these you are likely to be rubbing shoulders with some famous A-listers. Many visitors to Goa treat themselves to one night at a really high end hotel, just to see how many famous faces they can identify, before moving down the scale to something more affordable. The thing about visiting Goa for the Peace Festival is that the atmosphere is all about bonding with your fellow man and listening to world music.