A few years ago a festival called Meadows In The Mountains came onto our radar. Run by some friends of friends it began, as many festivals do, as a tiny little, private get together and has somehow grown into a 2,000-capacity festival featuring international DJs and performers, huge art installations and a lovely grassroots vibe. This means there’s no commercial influence, just a strong, earthy, rustic feel where the sense of community lies at the heart of all that happens at the festival.

Musicians stick around for a few days after they’ve performed and often mingle with the crowd, and it’s easy to understand why when you witness the majesty of the surroundings. The Rhodope Mountains, on the Bulgarian border with Greece, are a joy to behold offering life affirming views including possibly the most amazing sunrise you may ever be likely to see in your lifetime. Here are some photos from that wonderful event…

Sunrise on the last morning of the festival
Sunrise on the last morning of the festival
Storytelling at Baba Yaga's House
Storytelling at Baba Yaga’s House
One of the festival's many fantastic hand-crafted art installations
One of the festival’s many fantastic hand-crafted art installations
Pregnant Maria Lindgren performed in style
Pregnant Maria Lindgren performed in style
View of the Main Stage
View of the Main Stage
Two of the many wonderful souls at the festival
Two of the many wonderful souls at the festival
Glitter galore...
Glitter galore…
The sky was a constant source of awe
The sky was a constant source of awe
Another one of the festival's interactive installations
Another one of the festival’s interactive installations
The local scenery was also a treat for the eyes
The local scenery was also a treat for the eyes