Events, Festivals and Exhibitions

Arts Festivals

Discover amazing world festivals, events and exhibitions

Beaufort 24 Triennial, Belgium

zeebrugge zeebrugge, Belgium

Beaufort 24, the Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea, returns to the Belgian coast in 2024. From March until November, 18 installations will be on display in the provinces


Bruges Triennial (Triennale Brugge), Belgium 2024

Bruges Bruges, Belgium

The Bruges Triennial (TRIBRU) is a contemporary art and architecture event held every three years in the city of Bruges, Belgium. This summer will see the fourth version of the


Stratford Festival Ontario 2024, Canada

Stratford Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Prepare to be enchanted by world-class theatre at the Stratford Festival Ontario Canada. This renowned theatre festival celebrates the works of William Shakespeare alongside a vibrant mix...

PALP Festival 2024, Valais, Switzerland

Valais Valais, Switzerland

The PALP Festival celebrates the music, culture and gastronomy of the Swiss canton of Valais in a series of events held across the summer from April to September. PALP is a wonderful Alpine

Venice Biennale 2024 (La Biennale di Venezia)

Venice Venice, Italy

From April to November, the Venice Biennale (la Biennale di Venezia in its original Italian, and in English also called the Venice Biennial) is one of the world’s most prestigious cultural happenings, famous


Interested in Arts Festivals?

The arts are as vast and varied as humanity itself. Our cultures and religions, and hopes, fears and desires are all expressed through the myriad forms of art that, just like us, keep evolving and expanding. No wonder then that arts festivals are major events in a country’s calendar.Whether it’s just to keep yourself entertained, or to enrich your understanding of a destination and its people, festivals of art will often leave you with richer and more memorable travel experiences.

Arts and Art Festivals

Sometimes arts festivals are understood as encompassing the arts at large, whereas events which tend to focus on the visual arts are often called art (in the singular) festivals or art exhibitions – or lowbrow art versus highbrow art. At Travel Begins at 40, we are no brow at all and love everything. From the fine, visual and plastic arts to the performing and decorative arts and architecture, and from ethnic and religious arts to avant-garde and experimental arts, let yourself be surprised, amused or challenged wherever you travel.

Fringe festivals

Fringe festivals are events where the style or subject matter of the arts presented are experimental, and it’s the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the world’s largest arts festivals, where the term comes from. Fringe festivals can now be found all over the world such as the Rainforest Fringe Festival in Borneo.
Art Biennale and Triennale
Occurring only once every two and three years, an art biennale and triennale sometimes make for the largest and most important art gatherings in the world, such as the famous Venice Biennale. But also some of these lesser known rare events are much worth attending, of which the Setouchi Triennale in Japan is a case in point. Make sure you plan them into your travels well ahead of time because if you miss one, it’ll be a long wait.