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 2021

Nabana no Sato Winter Light Festival Japan 2021

October 23, 2021 - May 31, 2022
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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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
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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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May 2022

Zurich Tanzt Dance Festival 2022

May 13 - May 29
Zurich, Wasserwerkstrasse 93
Zurich,8037Switzerland
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Zurich Tanzt

Zurich will be the home to a city-wide festival of dance in May. Held from 13 to 29 May, Zurich Tanzt assembles some of the finest contemporary dancers in the…

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Cannes Film Festival 2022, France

May 17 - May 28
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès Cannes,Alpes-MaritimesFrance + Google Map
Cannes Film Festival

Probably the most famous – and certainly the most glitzy – film festivals in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, or Cannes Festival to give its official title, is held…

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July 2022

George Town Festival 2022, Penang

July 9 - July 24
George Town Penang,Malaysia
George Town Festival

Less than a week after celebrating its UNESCO World Heritage Day, once again culture, art and heritage will take over Penang’s capital during the George Town Festival from 9 to…

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Candle Festival Thailand, 2022

July 13 - July 14
Different locations across the country Thailand
Candle Festival Thailand

Marking the start of the green (or wet) season, the Candle Festival in July is amongst the most beautiful celebrations in Thailand. Extravagant, intricately-carved candle sculptures are shown off at…

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August 2022

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022

August 5 - August 29
Edinburgh Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street
Edinburgh,EH1 1QSUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Fringe

One of the largest arts festivals in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place in the Scottish capital from 5 to 29 August, 2022. The world’s oldest fringe festival…

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Green Man Festival 2022, Brecon Beacons, Wales

August 18 - August 21
Brecon Beacons National Park Crickhowell,PowysNP7United Kingdom + Google Map
Green Man Festival

Held in the beautiful Black Mountains, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales the four-day Green Man Festival is a must for the UK’s festival lovers this…

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Venice International Film Festival 2022

August 31 - September 10
Lido, Lido di Venezia
Venice,Italy
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Venice International Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival, officially called Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, is the world’s oldest film festival. Every year you can indulge here in the best...

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September 2022

Derby Festé Street Festival 2022

September 24 - September 26
derby derby,derbyshireUnited Kingdom
Derby Feste

The streets of Derby will resound with dance, music, comedy and contemporary circus this September, as Derby Festé hits the ground running for a thirteenth successive year...

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October 2022

Durga Puja Festival 2021, India

October 1 - October 5
All over the Indian subcontinent
Durga Puja

Durga Puja, one of the most important festivals for Hindu Bengalis, is the biggest yearly event in Kolkata and known as the Carnival of the East. Usually taking place in…

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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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