July is one of those month’s that can amplify your travel plans . With a plethora to festivals and activities to choose from across vivid destinations , it’s THE month to travel. Eventours Travels lists out some of their favorite annual festivals that you can travel to. And don’t worry if you missed this year, you know what to do next year and who to go to.
The Rainforest World Music Festival
This year the RWMF or the Rainforest World Music Festival will be held from 13th July till 15th July in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. RWMF is an amalgamation of music, ambiance, vibrancy and lively crowds. What will keep you engaged is the hashtags of the festivals all across Kuching Town. You can have a look at their promo video Awakening of the rainforest here. Rainforest world music festival 2018 has an amazing line up of artists from across the globe – Grace nono, Oyme, Balkanopolis, Alberto Marin, Shanren and tons of more interesting acts. With occasional meal & free passes to the festival, you might just get lucky, as long as you arrive there on time.
Surrounded by jungles, green pavements, water bodies, the ambiance is a serious rainforest affair. And with the expected rains, the atmosphere just gives into nature. There is a serious vibe of tradition, culture, wellness and local cuisine in the festival. No wonder Eventours Travels , who are focused into authentic #alternativeexperiences across the world, have included this festival in their annual list.
The RWMF is located at Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai Beach, some 40 minutes from main Kuching city center. Kuching , by the way is approximately 1 hours forty minutes by flight from Kuala Lumpur.
World Body Painting Festival, Austria
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The World Body Painting Festival is a traditional summer event since 21 years in Carinthia, the south of Austria. The many international artists are attracting every year thousands of visitors with their mind-blowing work. The venue Goethepark surrounded by the state theatre and galleries such as the art house are the perfect scenery for the art form. The perfect sound from morning till after midnight is provided by national and international bands and Disc Jockeys.
While traditional creative artists might not admire body painting as an art, what makes WBF find its way to Eventours Travels list of curated alternative experiences, is the uniqueness of the festival. No wonder artists from over 50 countries participate in this 3 day event in South of Austria. After a week of new experiences and impressions, all 12 categories including amateur and make-up competitions are awarded during the main days. The legendary World Awards winners’ ceremony on the final day concludes 3-day program full of spectacular art, amusement and shows. Each year the World Bodypainting Festival gives an opportunity to thousands of visitors to enjoy Carinthia and stroll through the colourful paths of Bodypaint City.
MIDI festival, South of France
The South of France is an artist’s dilemma. It is an embodiment of style and sophistication. A plethora of interests be it history, landscapes, culture , food or beaches attracts people to South of France. So what happens after several memorable concerts from 2011 to 2013, the MIDI Festival is back at the Hyeres Beach Hippodrome?
For three days from 20th July – 22nd July , what we have is the best of world music scene in French Riviera. The Midi Festival is a three-day event hosted in beautiful Toulon, France. The impressive lineup of popular French and international music acts perform in unique venues such as the Art Museum of Toulon or Opera de Toulon. Have a good time there.
LUCCA Music Festival , Tuscany
“They look so relaxed, so happily engaged in the present moment, these four women drinking cappuccino and savoring the creamy cannolis.”
― Sophia Bar-Lev,
Some say Tuscany is perhaps the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. There is so much to do in Tuscany, that finding a starting point and an ending point is always difficult. The Lucca Summer Festival represents the main event in Tuscany, taking place every year in the historical center of Lucca in Piazza Napoleone and boasting the presence of some of the most influential international artists of the current musical panorama. It starts normally at the end of June and it runs all July long. This edition has, once again, a fabulous program, with important names on the national and international scene: Queens of the Stone Age, Hollywood Vampires, Gorillaz, Ringo Star and Noah Jones.
DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL, CROATIA
Dubrovnik Summer Festival is undoubtedly the largest and most representative cultural manifestation, not only in Dubrovnik, but in all of Croatia. It is held since 1950 and lasts every year from 10 July to 25 August. This is what Wikipedia says about the festival :” The idea of founding the Dubrovnik Summer Festival’ in 1950 was 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.”
And this is what Eventours Travels says about the festival: ” Dubrovnik Summer Festival is an amalgamation of artists and culture . It is a month-long art project, set up on the back-drop of a beautiful country. The festival is a stage artist’s delight, a seasoned traveler’s muse, a vacationers’ perk and a travel agents’ nightmare. Yes indeed, to chalk out a perfect itinerary that gives the best of the festival is an art itself”
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE BENICASSIM, Spain
FIB 2018, is from 19th July to 22nd July 2018. The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim , commonly abbreviated to simply FIB, is an annual music festival which takes place in the town of Benicàssim, in the Valencian Community (Spain). It focuses mainly on pop, rock and electronica artists, as well as having other elements including short films, fashion shows and art.Benicassim has a reputation as being among the best on the international festival circuit.
Usually people fly to Alicante, Barcelona or Valencia and then there are special buses that shuttles you to the festival. While the option of camping is always there, the area is filled with hotels of all categories. Needless to say that the festival is massive and totally consumes the town, the bars and restaurants are buzzing in the day, the beach (also massive) transforms itself into a huge sandy bed for the late, late night revelers and a great place to chill and tan up. The sea also offers a nice cooling off option as its boiling there in the summer (clearly).
Whether you’re going to camp or glamp, one thing is for sure, this is a fantastic way to do a festival, waking up to spend the day in the sunshine and then spend the night listening to top drawer music, repeating for the four days and nights until done.
Singapore Food Festival – Singapore
Local food culture, Singapore’s brightest culinary talents and multi-sensory dining experiences come together at the Singapore Food Festival, where the best that our island has to offer will thrill and delight even the most discerning palate.
It’s not just about great eats though. At the 25thanniversary of this annual festival, you’ll find a treasure trove of culinary experiences to expand your horizons, from food-inspired art and immersive workshops to insights and fresh new takes on local dishes. Whether you’re a lover of Mod-Sin cuisine or an admirer of traditional flavours, the Singapore Food Festival is bound to sate your appetite
COMIC CON INTERNATIONAL,San Diego, California – USA
Comic-Con International: San Diego began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans — including the late Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, and Richard Alf — banded together to put on the first comic book convention in southern California. Comic-Con started as a one-day “minicon,” called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, on March 21, 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The purpose of this singleday event—which included two special guests, Forrest J Ackerman and Mike Royer, and drew about 100 attendees—was to raise funds and generate interest for a larger convention. The success of the minicon led to the first full-fledged, three-day San Diego Comic-Con (called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con), held August 1–3, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, with guests Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, and A. E. van Vogt. Over 300 attendees packed into the hotel’s basement for that groundbreaking event, which featured a dealers’ room, programs and panels, film screenings, and more: essentially, the model for every comic book convention to follow.
With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years—in a convention center facility that has maxed out in space—the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.
Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators science fiction and fantasy authors
, film and television directors, producers, and writers and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. The event has seen an amazing array of comics and book publishers in its Exhibit Hall over the years. Over it ’s fourand-a-half decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience. That love of the comics medium continues to be its guiding factor as the event moves toward its second half-century as the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world.
JUST FOR LAUGHS,Montreal – Canada
JUST FOR LAUGHS announces their mission on their website in 3 words – Make People Happy.
Just for Laughs was founded in 1983 by Gilbert Rozon as a two-day French language event. In 1985, Andy Nulman joined the festival’s staff and introduced English language events as well; under Nulman’s stewardship, the festival increased to a full month, with French-speaking performers during the first half, and English speakers in the second half. International and non-verbal acts (acrobats, pantomimes, etc.) are scattered throughout the program. In 1999, Nulman left the festival’s full-time employ; however, he directed its major Gala Shows at the Saint-Denis Theatre every July, and remained on the board of directors of the festival’s parent company. After an 11-year absence, Nulman returned to Just for Laughs in July 2010 as president of Festivals and Television.Each day, performers, “New Vaudevillians” and other acts both vocal and visual perform throughout the city, particularly in the “Latin Quarter”—an area known for its theatres, café and boutique shopping. In the evenings, the nightclubs and live venue theatres offer special programs supporting the performers. Although Just for Laughs attracts spectators from around the world, many of those in the audience are talent scouts, booking agents, producers and managers from the entertainment industry. Performing at the festival is one of the biggest opportunities for undiscovered talent to showcase their act in front of industry professionals. The festivals website incidentally is www.hahaha.com
Agitagueda Art Festival, Portugal
Every year, in the month of July, hundreds of colorful umbrellas float above some selected streets in Agueda, Portugal. When looking up from the ground, it seems that the umbrellas are floating all on their own like colored balloons in the festive sky. Just three years ago the first umbrellas ever were hoisted above popular streets as part of the ongoing Agitagueda Art Festival. Surprisingly, it became an instant hit and since then it has become a tradition. In fact, the umbrella shaded streets has become so popular that, today Agueda Art Festival has become internationally famous.
AgitÁgueda makes an unparalleled contribution to the cultural landscape of the city. Since 2006, some 500 music groups and artists have been on stage. Thefestival’s mission is rooted not only on presenting established artists but also on the promotion of new musical projects while organising “Talentos AgitÁgueda”, a competition aimed at promoting the participation of new national artistic projects.
OTOK OBONJAN, CROATIA
Obonjan Island, just off the coast of Šibenik in Croatia, is a 136 acre private island immersed in natural beauty, offering unspoilt views out over the Adriatic Sea. From yoga at sunrise and stargazing after sundown, to cocktails by the pool and sunset beach parties, Obonjan offers a perfect blend of experiences in one of Europe’s most blissful and picturesque settings. What is included in your ticket price? – This price covers your choice of accommodation. While on the island you’ll have free access to the daily programme of music, talks and workshops, all group yoga and wellbeing sessions, comedy and cinema, but excludes individual spa treatments, healing sessions, excursions, water sports, some workshop materials and all food and drink.
Zadar and Split Airports are the closest to Obonjan, with a journey time of 45 minutes to the port of Šibenik. From Šibenik, you can catch the ferry or a private boat to the island. There are also buses running from across Croatia into Šibenik bus station, while trains run from Split and northern Croatia into Šibenik railway station, with international connections available.
Werchter Rock Festival BELGIUM
Rock Werchter has become one of the largest and most well-known pop-rock festivals in the world, since the first edition of the annual event took place in 1976. Make more of your Rock Werchter experience and stay at the popular festival camping: ‘The Hive’. Rock Werchter 2018 takes place from July 5 – July 8.You’ll have to face some big lines in order to get in…but once you’re in you’ll find that everyone is pretty much easy-going and you’ll have a lot of fun hanging around at the camp site and at the festival with all the concerts.
This is what Escapism Magazine say about the festival : ” The Belgian version of Reading festival, this super-festival that started way back in 1975, takes over a tiny village for four days and turns it into fields of screaming fans, mud, weird and wonderful costumes and everything else you’d expect with a flood of 85,000 people per day. While music lovers are well served with three stages that roll through some of the biggest bands of the year, there’s not a huge amount of more ‘fringe’ activities here. That alternative edge that makes British festivals so eclectic doesn’t seem to translate abroad. This is a mainly camping only affair, although there are a few hotels in nearby town and all food and drink needs to be bought through a voucher system which you can purchase ahead of time to save queueing on site. A nice touch however, is the price of the ticket includes your public transport from anywhere in Belgium to the site (we love those sensible Belgians).”
Running of the Bulls — Pamplona, Spain
Pamplona is located in the middle of Navarre in a rounded valley, known as the Basin of Pamplona, that links the mountainous North with the Ebro valley. It is 92 km (57 mi) from the city of San Sebastián, 117 km (73 mi) from Bilbao, 735 km (457 mi) from Paris and 407 km (253 mi) from Madrid. The climate and landscape of the basin is a transition between those two main Navarrese geographical regions. Its central position at crossroads has served as a commercial link between those very different natural parts of Navarre.
The fiestas of San Fermin are celebrated in Irunea/Pamplona, in the region of Navarra, every year from the 6th to the 14th of July. They have become internationally known because of the running of the bulls, where the bulls are lead through the streets of the old quarter as far as the bull ring by runners.
The fiestas are celebrated in honor of San Fermin, patron saint of Navarra, although the religious aspect would seem to have taken on a secondary role over the last number of years. Nowadays, the fiestas are seen as a mass gathering of people from all the corners of the world and where the partying, the fun and the joy of it all are the most outstanding ingredients.
What is not allowed in the bull run
- People under 18 years of age, who must not run or participate.
- Crossing police barriers placed to ensure that the run goes off smoothly.
- Standing in areas and places along the route that have been expressly prohibited by the municipal police force.
- Before the bulls are released, waiting in corners, blind spots, doorways or in entrances to other establishments located along the run.
- Leaving doors of shops or entrances to apartments open along the route. The responsibility for ensuring these doors are closed lies with the owners or tenants of the properties.
- Being in the bull run while drunk, under the effects of drugs or in any other improper manner.
- Carrying objects that are unsuitable for the run to take place correctly.
- Wearing inappropriate clothes or footwear for the run.
- Inciting the bulls or attracting their attention in any manner, and for whatever reason, along the route of the run or in the bullring.
- Running backwards towards the bulls or running behind them.
- Holding, harassing or maltreating the bulls and stopping them from moving or being led to the pens in the bullring.
- Stopping along the run and staying on the fence, barriers or in doorways in such a way that the run or the safety of other runners is jeopardized.
- Taking photographs inside the run, or from the fences or barriers without due authorisation.
- Carrying objects that are unsuitable for the good order and security of the bull run.
- Installing elements that invade horizontal, vertical or aerial space along the bull run, unless expressly authorised by the Mayor’s Office.
- Any other action that could hamper the bull run taking place normally.
Kuala Lumpur Festival – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia’s population practices a variety of religions, with Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity taking centre stage, and as a result you will find that a lot of Kuala Lumpur festivals and events are based around religious occasions – with many national holidays to celebrate these auspicious occasions. The biggest and grandest festivals in Kuala Lumpur are Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Deepavali and Christmas, with festivities that include friends and family from all races and religions, turning them into colourful, harmonious proceedings. Besides that, there are also ‘mini’ cultural festivals that take place, such as Awal Muharram, Chap Goh Mei, Thaipusam, and Easter. It is important to note that while most Kuala Lumpur festivals have fixed dates, others are dependent on the lunar calendar, resulting in dates that vary annually. Besides spiritual celebrations, other special events in KL range from kite flying (Pasir Gudang World Kite Festival) and bicycle competitions (Le Tour De Langkawi) to the Malaysian Grand Prix. We recommend that you check the dates of major festivals before your trip as it can get difficult to find a room in KL during that time.
BEATS, BEER AND BOOGALOO, CROATIA
he Garden and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club are very proud to reveal Croatia’s brand new festival for 2017 – Beats, Beer and Boogaloo. Taking place in one of the region’s most beautiful locations – the coastal idyll of The Garden Resort in Tisno nestled along the stunning Adriatic coastline – the festival is a unique fusion of craft beers from around the world and a lineup of amazing funked-up live music and DJs curated by Craig himself.
Featuring boat parties, club nights at the legendary Barbarella’s, street food, tutored drinks tasting and much more. BBB are setting out to offer something truly different for not just Croatia but the entire region. After the 10th anniversary of The Garden Festival in 2015 – The Garden Brewery in Zagreb was launched, which now produces 17 different beers shipping to 25 EU countries and was named the best new brewery in Croatia for last year by RateBeer.com. The combination of Craig wanting to do his own festival in the sun and The Garden missing the buzz of producing festival was too good for the guys to miss, and they set about planning Croatia’s newest festival for 2017. The collaboration feels like natural unity, bringing together The Garden guys’ many years of expertise, Craig’s encyclopedic knowledge of music and the thriving brewery.
The legendary actor, host and broadcaster is one of UK’s most beloved Funk and Soul DJs. Craig has now grounded himself as a Funk & Soul icon after 10 years of broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their primetime Saturday night show… And adding a range of international beers from micro-breweries and producers to savour plus the sublime Croatian summer climate creates the inaugural Beats, Beer and Boogaloo.
Full Moon Party Thailand
This July it’s on 29th. Koh Phangan Full Moon Party has become a world-famous institution, but its ancestral home remains the crescent cove of Haad Rin Beach on the southernmost tip of Phangan Island in Thailand. More than 12 powerful sound systems turn the 800-metre beach into possibly the most popular open-air nightclub in the world once a month, with a lively festival-like atmosphere, great music and huge quantities of alcohol. This one-of-a-kind event is routinely listed on bucket lists as one of the essential experiences in Thailand which absolutely must be seen to be believed. As many as 30,000 party people gather on the famous strip of sand to party in the glow of the Earth’s nearest celestial neighbour, right through the night and into the dawn. Due to the cost of cleaning up after such carnage, the local community implemented a 100 baht entry fee to access the beach on the night of Koh Phangan Full Moon Party.
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