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The world’s 7 best boutique festivals for 2017

For festival-hungry travellers, each year presents an astounding choice of events all around the globe. If you’re after a novel and special experience, here Booking.com presents the best up-and-coming or boutique festivals for you to attend.

Take your pick from this mix of family-friendly and relaxed events alongside electronica and dance parties for a rare and unforgettable festival holiday.

Festival n0. 6 is a riot of colour in Portmeirion, North Wales

Festival n0. 6 is a riot of colour in Portmeirion, North Wales

Festival n0. 6, Wales

Held annually in the pretty village of Portmeirion in North Wales, Festival n0. 6 is a five-year-old art and music festival that spans several musical genres. Whether you’re into poetry readings and literary talks by the likes of Caitlin Moran, or techno and house, there’s genuinely something for everyone. And, working with independent charity ‘Attitude is Everything’, the festival has also made accessibility a priority, despite the isolated location.

A beautiful morning in the Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria

A beautiful morning in the Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria

Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria

Six years ago, the Sasse family created a small but carefully-crafted festival high up in the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. The two stages, the ‘creative space’ Appy Place where you can do workshops and learn crafts skills, the wooden cabins; everything is sustainably sourced from the surrounding forest. There’s a mix of techno, hip-hop, and house by night, and live soul and funk by day. A tiny festival, with fewer than a thousand attendees, Meadows in the Mountains feels more like a private party – in a ridiculously beautiful setting. The sun rising over the mist with Bulgarian’s wild mountains peeping through is a highlight.

Communikey actively encourages creativity and interaction, Colorado

Communikey actively encourages creativity and interaction, Colorado

Communikey, USA

An innovative organization born in Boulder, Colorado, Communikey is not your average festival. Each year follows a different theme to encourage creativity and interaction and the event focuses on blurring the boundaries between sound, design, and technology. But even though the festival does prioritise development of the local arts community, at the same time it manages to book headliners like Nicolas Jaar.

Forest camping at Labyrinth Festival, Japan

Forest camping at Labyrinth Festival, Japan

The Labyrinth, Japan

This is a festival for techno-lovers, on a grassy mountainside in Niigata, Japan, with views out over verdant forest and great soundscapes. With just one stage, and only a few thousand people in attendance, the geniusly-assembled line-up is an impressive two-day roster of experimental artists.

Dancing on the beach at Worldwide Festival, France

Dancing on the beach at Worldwide Festival, France

Worldwide Festival, France

Worldwide has a very civilized side, it’s not necessarily as hedonistic as you might expect a week-long electronic music festival to be. Revellers stay in accommodation around the small town of Sète in the South of France – book early as demand tends to outdo supply. Drinking French wine and sunbathing while enjoying downtime from dancing on the beach to the likes of SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, and The Cinematic Orchestra at the Theatre de la Mer stage is pretty magical.

The miniature festival of Træna, Norway

The miniature festival of Træna, Norway

Træna Festival, Norway

If you really want to go off the beaten track, this miniature music festival in Norway is a great choice. In the remote village of Husøya sits a tall, rocky cave – the festival’s main stage. Getting here is half the adventure but the obscure and talented acts are just as much fun.

The three-day Strawberry Fields Festival, Australia

The three-day Strawberry Fields Festival, Australia

Strawberry Fields, Australia

Only six years old, Strawberry Fields has already garnered a loyal following in Australia. Just skimming the border of New South Wales and Victoria, next to the Murray river, this three-day electronica and dance festival is a heady experience. Dancing in dappled sun underneath whistling eucalyptus trees to ethereal mixes is pure escapism.