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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April 2022

Setouchi Triennale 2022, Japan

April 14 - November 6
Setouchi islands Japan
Setouchi Triennale Japan

Every three years the Setouchi Triennale, one of Japan’s biggest festivals of modern art, takes place in the south-west of the country. Come spring this exceptional celebration...

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Venice Biennale 2022 (La Biennale di Venezia)

April 23 - November 27
Venice Venice,Italy
€65
Venice Biennale Italy

From May 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…

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October 2022

BFI London Film Festival 2022

October 5 - October 16
london London,United Kingdom + Google Map
BFI London Film Festival

The 66th BFI London Film Festival will walk red carpets around the UK capital once more this October,  with a plethora of films including world premieres. From 5 to 16…

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Isle of Wight Literary Festival, 2022

October 6 - October 9
Isle of Wight isle of wightUnited Kingdom
Isle of Wight Literary Festival

The Isle of Wight Literary Festival is a major literary event in the south of England, that draws leading writers and thinkers from around the UK. This year, Dr Maggie…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival, 2022

October 7 - October 16
cheltenham, 109-111 Bath Road
Cheltenham,GL53 7LSUnited Kingdom
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Cheltenham Literature Festival

Could there be a more appropriate setting for The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival than the historic Regency spa town of Cheltenham...

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Berlin Festival of Lights 2022, Germany

October 7 - October 16
Berlin Berlin,Germany + Google Map
Free
Berlin Festival of Lights 2020

Each autumn the German capital becomes a city of illumination for the Berlin Festival of Lights. This year will see art works in locations spread all over the city. Many…

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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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Tokyo International Film Festival 2022, Japan

October 24 - November 2
Roppongi Hills, 6 Chome-10-1 Roppongi
Minato City, Tokyo,106-6108Japan
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Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan

Prepare yourself to rub shoulders with film stars and to discover top international movies at one of Asia’s most prestigious competitive film events, the annual Tokyo...

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Raindance Film Festival 2022, London

October 26 - November 5
Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street
London,SW1Y 4LRUnited Kingdom
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£10 – £195
Raindance Festival

The largest independent UK film festival, The Raindance Film Festival returns to London for its 27th edition in September. Describing itself as the “champion of the underdog”...

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Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2022

October 27 - October 30
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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December 2022

Wonderfruit Festival 2022, Thailand

December 15 - December 18
The Fields, Siam Country Club
Pattaya,ChonburyThailand
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PATTAYA

Within just a few years, the Wonderfruit Festival has risen to become one of the most anticipated festivals in Thailand blending music and gastronomy with wellness...

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