2-6 August 2017
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Billed as the biggest music and camping festival in Greece and now in its 39th year, River Party has become the annual meeting place for over 50,000 people for almost four decades. Six days of events take place in Nestorio, at the foothills of mount Grammos, close to the headwaters of Aliákmonas River – the longest in Greece at almost 300kms. Incorporating Happy People Dance Festival, attending River Party effectively gives festival goers two for the price of one, boasting … Read more

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There aren’t many large-scale music festivals in the world today that are completely free toattend. Woodstock in Poland is one ofthem, which almost certainly guarantees the festival’s mantra of “Love, Friendship andMusic”. Inspired by America’s famous Woodstock of1969, the Polish decedent’s runaway success and massive European popularity is due to the festival’s very simple approach that one of act of kindness will surely lead to another andanother. Organised by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity … Read more

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9-13 August 2017
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Born in 1981, Boardmasters is a five-day grassroots outdoor summertime surfing and music fest, that takes place along the Cornish coastline in the UK’s premiere surfing mecca of Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. Offering music-led parties that continue until late night and beautiful beaches upon which to relax and recover during the day in preparation for the next evening’s festivities, as well as the partying Boardmasters celebrates the region’s beloved watersport with numerous professional surfing … Read more

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Billed as “Four Fabulous Days of Free Fun”, Bristol’s annual hot air balloon extravaganza takes place in the delightful surroundings of Ashton Court Estate, which was once the gracious home of the Smyth family, and is now a historic 850-acre park just 10 minutes from the city centre in beautiful South West England. North Somerset’s annual hot air balloon extravaganza is Europe’s largest yearly meet for ballooning enthusiasts, attracting more than 150 hot air balloons … Read more

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NewsFlash - OBON


13-15 August 2017
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An occasion to commemorate one’s ancestors and celebrated in Japan for more than half a millennia, Obon is based on a Buddhist legend that tells of the spirits of the deceased returning to earth to visit their families. The main Awa Odori part of Obon lasts for three days every 13-15 August at Tokushima on Shikoku Island. Obon involves the rituals of hanging chochin lanterns in front of houses to guide in the ancestors’ spirits, … Read more

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NewsFlash - IL PALIO


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Deeply rooted in religion, for two days every year Italy’s most famous annual sporting event, Siena’s Palio, takes over the city with its epic horse race. As much about pageantry, civic identity and Sienese pride as it is about bareback horse racing, whilst the three-lap race lasts for barely a minute-and-a-half the celebrating lasts for days. But the sight is truly epic and worth seeing at least once in your lifetime. The 16th August race … Read more

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NewsFlash - ONAM


25 August – 6 September 2017
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According to popular legend, Onam harvest festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the beginning of Chingam, the first month of the Hindu Malayalam calendar, at a time when – after three months of heavy rains in India – the skies become clear and blue again, forests turn a lush deep green, lakes and rivers overflow and lotuses and lilies are in full bloom. People put flower … Read more

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30 August 2017
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Now in its 72nd year and attended by approximately 30,000 people annually, La Tomatina basically involves participants hurling more than 100 tons of overripe Spanish tomatoes at each other. Held in the pretty Valencian town of Buñol, on the east coast of Spain, La Tomatina is essentially a giant food fight held on the last Wednesday of August. The firing of a water canon heralds the start of the tomato throwing, and exactly one hour … Read more

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NewsFlash - CURE SALÉE


September 2017
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The Cultured Traveller rounds-up the unmissable events and summer festivals happening around the world in August and September 2017, including Siena’s epic horse race IL PALIO, northeast Niger’s spectacular male beauty parade CURE SALÉE, the 72nd annual LA TOMATINA in the pretty Valencian town of Buñol, and the world’s largest annual Volksfest, the 16-day OKTOBERFEST in Munich.

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6-10 September 2017
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During five days towards the end of summer, what is billed as “the largest sound system culture festival in Europe” brings together some of the biggest names from the most vibrant and cutting edge hip-hop, grime, reggae, techno and dub music scenes in a celebratory fusion of musical genres. Held in the abandoned 19th century Fort Punta Christo, perched over the dazzling Adriatic Sea close to the historic city of Pula in Croatia’s northern region … Read more

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16 September – 3 October 2017
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Feast on traditional Bavarian foods (including 15-inch pretzels), drink beer by the litre, be entertained by live brass bands and carouse away the days and nights with hundreds of other revellers from all over the globe at the world’s largest Volksfest, held annually in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is a 16-day folk festival running from mid September through to the first weekend of October, held in the Theresienwiese area (often called the Wiesn for short) located … Read more

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NewsFlash - ANIMASYROS 10


27 September – 1 October 2017
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For the 2017 tenth annual outing of the Greek island of Syros’ popular animation fest, Animasyros is dedicated to the animation narrative for Europe. This theme will be activated via a special screenings programme and a roundtable highlighting the current state of affairs in the European Animation Industry, within the common framework of the EU. The artistic programme will be completed with special tributes, screening events & curatorial programmes celebrating the 10th anniversary of the … Read more

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