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March 2019

Japan’s Cherry Blossom Season 2019

March 18 - April 22
All over Japan
Cherry Blossom Japan

The Cherry Blossom or sakura is one of Japan’s top highlights every year when locals and visitors gather to admire the stunning, blooming cherry trees in parks and streets. The entire 3,000-km-long country turns topsy-turvy with lots of hanami or flower viewing picnics taking place underneath the spectacular cherry trees. This explosion of colour is a true national treasure in the country and is the pride of every Japanese. The red and white flowers during the famous Cherry Blossom come…

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April 2019

Kanamara Matsuri, Japan Penis Festival, 2019

April 7
Kanayama Shrine, 2 Chome-13-16 Daishi Ekimae
Kawasaki,Kanagawa210-0802Japan
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Japan Penis Festival

The Japan Penis Festival is arguably the country’s most amusing event when tens of thousands of revellers roam the streets of Kawasaki city pay tribute to fertility in an age-old ritual, amidst thousands of phalluses of all sizes, shapes and colours. Kanamari Matsuri means Festival of the Steel Phallus and is becoming more and more popular every year amongst Japanese and foreigners alike, to whom it is more commonly known as the Japan Penis Festival. The modern day purpose of…

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Songkran, Thailand Water Festival, 2019

April 13 - April 15
thailand Thailand
songkran worldwide festivals

Songkran 2019, or Thailand's water festival, is an occasion of great fun especially in the major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The whole country grinds to a halt as people are sprayed with industrial water guns or whatever comes most easily to hand. Celebrated from April 13 to 15, it's best to turn up in swimming gear and wrap your fun, money and credit cards up in plastic so as to fully participate in the festivities. Songkran Water…

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Setouchi Triennale 2019, Japan

April 26 - May 26
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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May 2019

Rocket Festival Thailand (Bun Bang Fai) 2019

May 10 - May 12
Isaan region Thailand
Rocket Festival Thailand

Home-made rockets roaring into the skies, dirty humour, cross-dressing parades, mud fests and lots of rice wine – the centuries-old Rocket Festival Thailand, or Bun Bang Fai, held in May is amongst the country’s most memorable events. When the local population of Thailand’s north-eastern region of Isaan come out to honour Phaya Taen, the god of rain, no holds are barred. The airspace above the region is closed while hundreds of home-made rockets are shot high into the sky, a…

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Bury St Edmunds Festival 2019, Suffolk

May 16 - May 26
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Bury St Edmunds Festival

Nigel Kennedy, Rick Wakeman and The Puppini Sisters headline the Bury St Edmunds Festival which will take place for the 34th time from 16 to 26 May, 2019. Spread over 11 days, in 13 different venues and with 50 different events across the pleasant Suffolk town, the locations for the scheduled activities range from the very modern and flexible Apex to the 800-year-old Guild Hall, the Theatre Royal – the last working Regency Playhouse in Britain – and The Abbey…

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Barbados Celtic Festival 2019

May 21 - May 26
Bridgetown, Barbados Bridgetown,Barbados + Google Map
Barbados Celtic Festival

The Caribbean island of Barbados is to host the Barbados Celtic Festival, one of its most spectacular festivals and one of the foremost Celtic festivals globally, from 21 to 26 May, in Bridgetown.  (Details of the 2019 Barbados Celtic Festival will be printed below when announced) A three-day fun-packed event of entertainment, folk music and food, The Barbados Celtic Festival  features talent from Ireland, Scotland and Barbados. Hamish Stuart and Molly Duncan from the Original Average White Band headline the festival…

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June 2019

Sheep Shearing Festival, Khut Armenia

June 8
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Khut Sheep Shearing Festival, Armenia

If sheep shearing is your thing then the village of Khot in Syunik, Armenia is the place to head for in June. There the Sheep Shearing Festival sees the local people of Vayoc, Dzor and Syunik keeping alive their tradition of honouring all things ovine as well as giving their companions a short, back and sides. The highlight is a shearing competition where speed and accuracy are the main criteria, but there is also a healthy sampling of the local…

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Phi Ta Khon or Ghost Festival 2019, Thailand

June 21 - June 23
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Phi Ta Khon Festival Thailand

The immensely popular Phi Ta Khon Festival – also known as the Ghost Festival – is the best reason to visit Loei, a Thai province rarely frequented by international tourists. This three-day event in June is a combination of masked processions, old traditions and raucous parties where large, traditional ghost masks take centre stage. Phi Ta Khon is a joyous and outrageous festival that is attended predominantly by Thai visitors. Its colourful procession is more or less comparable to the…

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Inti Raymi, Cusco: Festival of the Sun

June 24
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Inti Raymi

The Inti Raymi is considered by many to be the most famous festival in Peru and celebrates the Inca Festival of the Sun. It was suppressed by the Spanish colonialists and the Catholic church. Only beginning again in 1944 when Inti Raymi was recreated for a film. Inti was the sun god; the Inca ruler was believed to be the living representative of him. The festival takes place in Cusco, the former Inca capital on 24 June every year and…

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Taiwan International Balloon Festival 2019

June 30 - August 13
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Taiwan International Balloon Festival

Not quite yet reaching the 99 Luftballons of Nena’s 1980s hit, this year will see a record 39 participating balloons taking off during the Taiwan International Balloon Festival in Taitung on the island’s southeastern coast. Balloons of all shapes, sizes and designs will grace the skies in a colourful fiesta for everyone to enjoy. Lasting more than 40 days, the festival will also boast the longest hot air balloon activity in the world. If you have never taken to the…

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July 2019

Winchester Festival 2019

July 6 - July 14
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Winchester Festival 2018

One of the cultural highlights in southern England's summer calendar, the Winchester Festival 2019 returns to Hampshire for its 22nd year in July, with music, drama, talks, the visual arts and guided walks around the historic town. (Information below from 2018 Festival will be updated when details of the Winchester Festival 2019 are announced.) In the opening concert, local chamber choir, Southern Voices, joined by singers from the Choir of St Katharine’s Church, Braunschweig, Germany, Bach Magnificat, will perform in Winchester…

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George Town Heritage Celebrations 2019

July 6 - July 8
George Town World Heritage Site George Town,PenangMalaysia + Google Map
George Town Heritage Celebrations

When on 7 July 2008 UNESCO granted World Heritage status to Penang’s capital George Town, the local government marked the event by declaring it a public holiday and the July George Town Heritage Celebrations have kept on growing ever since. To honour UNESCO’s recognition, a community-centred festival is held each year around the old streets of the city to celebrate its buildings, culture and history. Since 2014 events are centred around a cultural theme and this year’s is 'Let's Celebrate: Rituals…

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Candle Festival Thailand, 2019

July 16 - July 17
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 colourful, fun parades with music, dance and lots of other festivities. The traditional Candle Festival takes place during Asahna Bucha and Khao Phansa days, two important Buddhist events that celebrate respectively Buddha’s first sermon and the beginning of Khao Pansa or Buddhist Lent which lasts for three months. The events…

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Ventnor Fringe, Isle of Wight 2019

July 23 - July 28
Ventnor Exchange, 11 Church Street
Ventnor,Isle of WightUnited Kingdom
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Ventnor Fringe 2018

Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019, the Isle of Wight's award winning arts festival, Ventnor Fringe is held from 23 to 28 July, 2019. The Ventnor Fringe 2018 had over 100 events ranging from street piano performances to pop up cinemas, gigs in local houses, intimate church performances and mystery tours, featuring emerging talent and future stars in a line-up of the most exciting emerging artists from the UK and overseas. Film In The Woods - just one of the many…

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August 2019

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019

August 2 - August 26
Edinburgh Fringe Box Office, 180 High Street
Edinburgh,EH1 1QSUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018

One of the largest arts festivals in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place in the Scottish capital from 3 to 26 August, 2019. Marking its 72nd anniversary, this year sees some 3,548 shows performed in the world’s oldest fringe festival, that runs alongside the Edinburgh Festival 2019. Expect theatre, cabaret, musicals, circus, comedy, dance, spoken words and almost 400 free performances, as the world takes to the streets of Auld Reekie. Last year headliners from the world of…

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Edinburgh Festival 2019

August 2 - August 26
Edinburgh Festival The Hub, Castlehill
Edinburgh,EH1 2NEUnited Kingdom
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Edinburgh Festival 2018

Featuring 2,750 artists from 31 countries, the Edinburgh Festival, or Edinburgh International Festival, kicks off on 2 August, 2019. This year’s programme features some of the best and emerging contemporary artists from around the world. Last year resident theatrical company Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord takes centre stage with three original pieces, including a re-working of The Beggar’s Opera, while Peter Brook presents his new play The Prisoner, and Katie Mitchell has adapted Duras’ La Maladie de la Mort. There…

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Notting Hill Carnival 2019

August 24 - August 26
Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Grove
London,W10United Kingdom
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Notting Hill Carnival

The iconic Notting Hill Carnival returns bigger and better this year over the August bank holiday weekend as usual. Starting with the Panorama event on the Friday, Saturday is family day, and the main parade brings the carnival to a grand climax on Bank Holiday Monday. The Carnival is Europe’s largest free street festival and a culinary spectacular. It is a vital date in the diary for any Londoner and visitor to London, featuring a spectacular parade that showcases London's rich and…

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September 2019

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, 2019

September 2 - September 11
Mumbai Mumbai,India + Google Map
Ganesh Chaturthi festival worldwide festivals

September 13- 23: The spectacular Hindu Ganesh Chaturthi festival is a 10-day affair of colourful festivities, involving singing, dancing and theatre honouring the birth of the elephant-headed deity...

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2019

September 28 - October 7
Phuket Phuket,PhuketThailand + Google Map
Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Thailand is certainly no stranger to everything that’s quirky and out of the ordinary. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival – also known under its more Taoist-inspired name Nine Emperor Gods Festival – is no exception. It’s considered as the number one auspicious event on the southern Thai island of Phuket, and may as well be one of the country’s most eccentric and extreme festivals. If you’re a vegetarian who’s averse to blood being spilt and who needs his or her daily…

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