Bootsea once again attracts a lot of partygoers to Ostend: “Everyone can just be themselves here” | Ostend

Ostend1,800 revelers descended on the ACEG Wellington Hippodrome on Thursday afternoon for the fourth edition of the Bootsea dance and experience festival for people with intellectual disabilities. DJ Jack, better known as Jaimie from Down the Road, got the party started.

People with intellectual disabilities are entitled to a fully-fledged festival where they can be themselves, enjoy the necessary space and freedom and where they can fully express their urge to explode. That is the starting point of the Ostend organization Duinhelm to organize its own festival. Bootsea is now ready for the fourth edition and the fame is gradually growing. “There are 1,800 revelers at the appointment. People come from all over Flanders and even the Netherlands. We see a lot of large and small groups, but there are also many individual visitors. We have created a high-quality line-up that brings people from far away to see artists such as Camille, De Bromeo’s and Kobe Ilsen at work with Viktor Verhulst”, explains Wim Rogiers of Duinhelm.

There is also a lot of animation on Bootsea © Benny Proot

Independent

The advantage of the festival is that it is fully adapted for people with mental and physical disabilities. “We would prefer all festivals to be accessible to people with disabilities, but we also think it is an added value to provide a high-quality offer ourselves. For example, we consciously work with a small and well-organized festival site. The prices of the drinks are clearly indicated and understandable for everyone. This means that everyone here can enjoy the party independently. We still set the bar very high. It really is a festival and we are very proud of the line-up”, says director Saskia Verelst. Bootsea does not only focus on dance but also on experience. Visitors can also enjoy extensive entertainment on site, such as a silent disco, a chill room and even an art bar.

Bootsea Ostend © Benny Proot

Camille

The party was started by DJ Jack, better known as the Ostend Jaimie Van Kerschaver from Down the Road, who already gave a lot of performances after the program, including at Dranouter and Kamping Kitsch. Now he was even allowed to open the festival in Ostend. On Thursday afternoon ‘Fireworks’ blared through the speakers at the festival site and Camille skipped across the stage. The audience danced to their hearts’ content and enthusiastically waved their arms in the air. A familiar sight when the Flemish top singer is reviewed. There were a lot of fans around who were overjoyed to see her live. “Camille is a real winner. I’ve been looking forward to this so much. She really is that nice. I’m even friends with her on Facebook,” says Mike.

Mike thoroughly enjoys Camille's performance.
Mike thoroughly enjoys Camille’s performance. © Benny Proot
Bootsea Ostend
Bootsea Ostend © Benny Proot
Bootsea Ostend
Bootsea Ostend © Benny Proot
Bootsea Ostend
Bootsea Ostend © Benny Proot
Bootsea Ostend
Bootsea Ostend © Benny Proot
Bootsea Ostend
Bootsea Ostend © Benny Proot


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