Our Story

Our Story

Body&Soul began with a strike of lighting, a flame in the desert and a belief in the powerful impossibilities of life.

Our creativity was set alight by a jaunt about the infamous Burning Man festival in Nevada, United States in 2003. When changing winds brought her unexpectedly back home to Ireland, she quickly set about key elements of the Burning Man experience to life: a festival that lives beyond the lineup, immersive environments that whisk you away and a damn fine party rooted in the ancient rhythms of Irish traditions.

The first Body&Soul took place in 2010, when the country was knee-deep in a recession and the likelihood of the first event surviving, let alone setting the pace for festival culture in Ireland seemed small. As with most incredible adventures, the impulse to continue in spite of daunting external circumstances prevailed and through hard work, relentless determination and envelope pushing creativity, Body&Soul was born.

Since those first long nights and even longer days, Body&Soul has grown to attract a global community of artists, thinkers and partiers from around the world and is entering its 11th year at Ballinlough Castle with profound and striking theme: Purpose.

The stakes are high, the tide is rising and each and every action is imbued with meaning.

Incredible music, immersive wonderlands, immersive art, scintillating workshops, roaming performance, electronic alcoves, holistic hideaways, gastronomic indulgences, fragrant cocktails, an award-winning commitment to sustainability and so much more await you. Show us your Purpose, Body&Soul.


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