Here is a list of must include festivals and events that should be part of your itinerary if you plan to travel abroad this coming season. Yes, the travel experience will be slightly different than on any other occasion. But there’s something special when traveling for festivals. The atmosphere is different, the people are friendlier, the destination somehow feels more alive, more energetic, more…fun.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Dubrovnik, CROATIA
July 10th – August 25th
It was at the beginning of the 50s, when there were many theatrical and musical events springing up all over Europe, that the Dubrovnik Summer Festival was founded. However, the idea of harmonizing the renaissance and baroque atmosphere of Dubrovnik and the living spirit of drama and music, actually derived from the intellectual way of life of the city itself, from its living creative tradition, which has bestowed upon Croatian cultural and scholarly history, especially in theatre and literature, many great names and works, and kept it continually in touch with contemporary currents in western Europe.
Sitting along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia is the city of Dubrovnik. Nicknamed the Pearl of the Adriatic, the old city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.The city was founded in the seventh century and is considered one of the ten best medieval walled cities of the world. Each summer a festival known as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is held in the city. The festival is 45 days long and involves concerts, games, and live plays. Now 66 years old, to say walled city Dubrovnik’s Summer Festival is something of an institution would be an understatement.
Tomorrowland , Antwerp, BELGIUM
Tomorrowland is one of the biggest electronic music festivals held in the world, taking place in Boom, Belgium. The town of Boom is situated in Belgium, between Antwerp & Brussels. Travel, together with the People of Tomorrow, from every corner of the world, all united in a once in a lifetime travel experience that brings you to Tomorrowland.
All paths at the venue, placement of bins and shops all across Boom, signs with directions, the staff. The decoration, absolute top notch. With many hidden details, cool small stages and so on. The sound system is absolutely massive, immense bass and clear highs. The main stage itself was a gigantic, firework spitting, hell castle that couldn’t have been done much better. The decoration, absolute top notch. With many hidden details, cool small stages and so on. The sound system is absolutely massive, immense bass and clear highs. The main stage itself is a gigantic, firework spitting, hell castle that couldn’t have been done much better. Tomorrowland is such an experience! It really isn’t all about the music. Tomorrowland is about embracing the beauty of your surroundings and enjoying it with the happy people around you.
La Tomatina, Valencia , SPAIN
La Tomatina is a food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Bunol near to Valencia in Spain. Here are a number of theories about the origins of the festival ranging from the bizarre to the believable, but La Tomatina celebrates Spanish joie de vivre over and above everything else. The whole festival is a sea of white. Make sure you wear clothes and shoes you are willing to discard. Rest assured, you will NOT be able to wear them again. Join the crowds as they walk towards the focal point of La Tomatina – a greased pole with a ham at top. Try to get as close to the pole as possible. Find yourself a good ‘fighting spot’ and wait for the fun to begin.
The event is held every year as part of the festivities of Buñol (Valencia) and its origin traces back to around the year 1945, when some local youths went down to the town square to see the parade Giants and Big-Heads figures. Apparently, one of them inadvertently stumbled and dropped a participant, thus giving rise to a fight between neighbors, who started throwing tomatoes at each other. The following year the group of kids staged a fight back and the rest is history. Today the Tomatina attracts young people from around the world, who gather in the streets of Buñol and hurl the fruit at each other.
Oktoberfest, Munich, GERMANY
Every year a huge park in the centre of Munich called the Theresenwiese is transformed into what appears to be the world’s party central. Half of the park is filled with amazing rides, side shows, food stalls and Schnapps tents. The other half boasts 14 beer halls. Like everything about the Oktoberfest the beer halls or beer tents are huge. They sit over 4000 people inside and more in the beer gardens. In fact around 100,000 people can be seated at Munich Beer Festival tables! You are served steins (1 litre jugs) of the local brew by the frauliens, entertained by Oompah bands – the atmosphere is fantastic. The Oktoberfest always finishes on the first Sunday in October.
Munich’s Oktoberfest started a long time ago; in 1810 to be exact- in the form of a horse race to celebrate the royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to the event and most of them ignored the races and took advantage of all of the drinks and food that was available. The following years they started including agricultural shows, carnival booths, parades, etc, and the horse races were soon history. Fortunately, they’ve conserved the best part of the festival! Every year, around 7 million people visit Munich to celebrate “Wiesn”, the world’s biggest party.
Hongkong Winterfest, Hongkong, CHINA
Hong Kong WinterFest is the series of events sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board which takes place from mid November to January 1st. Christmas might not be a typical Chinese holiday but the territory certainly embraces any chance to celebrate, shop and enjoy great food, and Hong Kong is clearly a magnet to visitors during this season. Celebrate the best of the season with Hong Kong’s unique Christmas festivities. Make it a one-of-a-kind Christmas holiday with Hong Kong’s WinterFest. Throughout the season, you can participate in Christmas-themed events all around the city. Head up to Hong Kong’s sky100 Observation Deck for a spectacular 360-view of the city all decked up in its Christmas finery.
During WinterFest the public spaces of the city are transformed into winter wonderlands and performance spaces, with spectacular light shows throughout the season, culminating in a fireworks display over the New Year period. Victoria Harbour is the centre of attractions, and Hong Kong’s famous skyscrapers will be emblazoned with gargantuan Christmas lights. This typically over the top display of bling encapsulates the spirit and lifestyle of Hong Kong, and makes it one of the best places in the world to celebrate Christmas.
Meviana Festival, Konya, TURKEY
Konya is bracing itself for one of the most important events of the year and that is the annual celebration of Rumi and the whirling dervishes’ festival. From the 10th of December to the 17th, thousands of people will descend on the Turkish city of Konya. This is a journey to commemorate the death of a poet and his works that still continues to exist in the society.
Throughout the festival, the dervishes dance their famous whirl, but it’s the final night – 17 December – that’s truly special, with the dervishes dancing to commemorate Mevlâna’s wedding night.
The entire ritual has four parts, and after bowing to each other, the dervishes begin their spiritual journey by starting to spin. They turn in ever-increasing speed, always from right to left. Their arms, which at first are folded over their chests, stretch out, the right hand pointing heavenwards and the left towards the earth in a symbolic gesture to guide enlightenment from God towards us earthbound mortals. During the entire three-hour performance, nothing but the soft tapping of ever-faster spinning feet, the swish of billowing skirts, and the mesmerizing instruments waft through the mausoleum. Today, the chance to witness this sema draws more than one million people to the Anatolian city of Konya for the Whirling Dervishes Festival, which commemorates Mevlâna’s death on 17 December 1273, the Date: now known as his ‘wedding night’ with Allah.
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