Event Category: 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.

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October 2022

Nabana no Sato Winter Light Festival Japan 2022

October 15, 2022 - May 15, 2023
Nabana no Sato, 270 Urushibata, Komae
Kuwana City,Mie511-1144Japan
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Nagoya, Japan - Mar 16, 2018. Giant led light tunnel in Nabana No Sato Park.

Nabana no Sato, a botanical garden in the Japanese prefecture of Mie, is home each year to one of the country’s best and biggest winter light festivals. During several months,…

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December 2022

Harbin Ice Festival China Extravaganza

December 23, 2022 - February 28, 2023
Harbin Harbin,China + Google Map
Harbin Ice Festival

Once mostly a regional affair, the Harbin Ice Festival, China - or the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival...

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January 2023

Broadway Week 2023, New York, USA

January 17 - February 12
Broadway New York,NYUnited States + Google Map
Broadway Week

One of the Big Apple’s most popular events, Broadway Week, takes place in late January to early February coinciding with a plethora of other offers, making New York much more…

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February 2023

Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2023

February 14 - February 19
Bristol Bristol,United Kingdom + Google Map
Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should virtually head to Bristol this March for Slapstick Festival 2021, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more. Now in its…

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Hong Kong Arts Festival 2023

February 16 - March 19
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Hong Kong Arts Festival

International top artists giving world class performances ranging from the classical to the avant-garde, and the familiar to the surprising – the Hong Kong Arts Festival is this vibrant city’s…

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Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale 2023

February 16 - February 26
Berlinale Palast, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1
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Berlin Film Festival

The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, takes place every year and is one of the most important and most visited film festivals on the planet with…

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March 2023

Surrey Hills Spring Festival 2023, UK

March 25 @ 10:00 am - March 26 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0
Rural Life Living Museum, Reeds Road, Tilford
Farnham,SurreyGU10 2DLUnited Kingdom
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£10 – £12.50
Surrey Hills Spring Festival

Held over a weekend in March at the Rural Life Living Museum, the Surrey Hills Spring Festival will celebrate the arrival of spring and include the finest in Surrey's cuisine,…

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May 2023

Guernsey Literary Festival 2023

May 10 - May 14
Guernsey Literary Festival, PO Box 174,
St Peter Port,GuernseyGY1 3LGUnited Kingdom
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Guernsey Literary Festival

The Guernsey Literary Festival is a vibrant celebration of the world of literature set on the beautiful Channel Island in May. One of the leading literary festivals in the UK,…

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Hay Festival 2023 Wales, UK

May 25 - June 4
HAY-ON-WYE,WalesHR3 5PJUnited Kingdom
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Hay Festival

The Hay Festival in Wales is the leading book festival in the UK. Held in the beautiful Welsh town of Haye-in-Wye towards the end of May, the 2023 Hay Festival…

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August 2023

PALP Festival 2023, Valais, Switzerland

August 5 - August 20
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PALP Festival at Becs de Besson

The PALP Festival celebrates the culture and gastonomy of the Swiss canton of Valais in a series of events held across the summer from April to September. PALP is a…

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October 2023

Frieze Art Fair London, 2023

October 11 - October 15
The Regent’s Park London,NW1 4NRUnited Kingdom + Google Map
Frieze Art Fair London

Frieze Art Fair London is one of the most influential contemporary art fairs in the world. It is held in October in The Regent’s Park. It only focuses on living artists…

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Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2023

October 18 - October 22
Various venues in Ubud Ubud, Bali,Indonesia
Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali

The Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (often called the Ubud Writers Festival), one of the best literary festivals in the world, is held in the central Bali town of Ubud…

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