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May 2019

Venice Biennale 2019 (La Biennale di Venezia)

May 11 - November 24
Venice Venice,Italy
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 cultural happenings, famous for displaying new trends and launching the international careers of many an artist and architect. For every new edition, the management of the Venice Biennale select top curators from all over the world to organise the Biennale's pioneering art exhibitions. The first Venice Biennale was held in…

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White Nights Festival 2019 Saint Petersburg, Russia

May 23 - July 29
All over town Saint Petersburg,Russian Federation
White Nights Saint Petersburg Russia

During the period of the White Nights Festival from June to July in Saint Petersburg, the sun never sets and the city never sleeps. Russia’s cultural capital....

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June 2019

Bali Arts Festival 2019

June 16 - July 14
denpassar BaliIndonesia + Google Map
Bali Arts Festival

Bali’s cultural event of the year, the month-long Bali Arts Festival, will once again turn the tropical island into a festive and performing arts mecca for the 41st time this year during June and July. The whole of Bali will flock to Denpasar – the island’s capital – to offer dance, music, excitement and a lot of colour, including classical palace dances, forgotten village dances, trances from mountain tribes, food contests, handicraft exhibitions and much more. Hundreds of performers will…

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July 2019

Rainforest Fringe Festival 2019

July 5 - July 12
Kuching Kuching,SarawakMalaysia
Rainforest Fringe Festival Malaysia

During a period of eight days in July, the best of Sarawak’s art, music, culture, craft, photography, film, food and heritage will be showcased in the heart of Kuching, the state’s capital. Returning for a third time, the Rainforest Fringe Festival is expected to attract over 18,000 visitors. When you think of the island of Borneo, what usually first springs to mind are lush rainforests and an abundance of exotic fauna. Perhaps less so is a host of world class…

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Phi Ta Khon or Ghost Festival 2019, Thailand

July 5 - July 7
In the town’s main street Dan Sai,Thailand + Google Map
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 July 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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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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George Town Festival 2019, Penang

July 13 - July 28
George Town Penang,Malaysia
George Town Festival Penang Malaysia

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 13 to 28 July 2019. Drawing in tens of thousands of visitors from across the world, nine previous editions of the festival have put Penang on the radar of international artists. During a good half month, the George Town Festival will showcase performance art, installations, music, film, dance, theatre, photography, exhibitions, talks,…

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Candle Festival Thailand, 2019

July 16 - July 17
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 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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Boryeong Mud Festival 2019, South Korea

July 19 - July 28
Boryeong Boryeong,South ChungcheongKorea, Republic of + Google Map
Boryeong Mud Festival worldwide festivals

At the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea, everything revolves around one and one thing only: mud. During 10 days the beach of Boryeong transforms itself into a mud heaven with bouncy castles, slides, football fields and even inflatable prisons all filled with nothing but mud, turning this event into one of South Korea’s most popular happenings. Combined with live music and DJ concerts, this is the place to get down and dirty Gangnam style.

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Sapporo Summer Festival 2019

July 19 - August 17
Sapporo Saporro,Japan + Google Map
Sapporo Summer Festival Japan

Lasting a whole month from mid-July to mid-August, the Sapporo Summer Festival 2019 is packed with a variety of cultural, musical, gastronomical and fireworks events attracting both local visitors and tourists. Summers in Japan are hot and humid and not always considered to be an ideal time to visit the country, but not so in Sapporo, capital of the mountainous island of Hokkaido. Located in the extreme north, Hokkaido is blessed with mild summers making it a pleasant period to…

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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, London 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 12
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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November 2019

Pushkar Camel Fair 2019, India

November 4 - November 12
Pushkar Camel Fair Pushkar,RajasthanIndia + Google Map
Pushkar Camel Fair

The Pushkar Camel Fair is a fantastic, colourful madhouse where Hindu pilgrims, mystics, cattle traders, entertainers, tourists and camera crews mix with some 30,000 camels.  Also known as Pushkar Mela or Pushkar Fair, every year this nine-day event turns into one of the world’s largest animal fairs when this small, sacred desert town in the Indian state of Rajasthan attracts over 200,000 visitors. From genuine, age-old Indian trading practices and chanting Hindu devotees all the way to the touristy Ferris…

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December 2019

Hornbill Festival 2019 in Nagaland, India

December 1 - December 10
Kisama Heritage Village, Kisama Heritage Village
Kisama,NagalandIndia
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Hornbill Festival worldwide festival

The biggest event of indigenous warrior tribes in India’s Nagaland state, the 10-day Hornbill Festival sees singing, dance and sports performances mix...

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Rio de Janeiro New Years Eve 2019

December 31, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro,Brazil
rio de janeiro new years eve

We have all heard about the city of the carnival, but how about Rio Rio de Janeiro New Years Eve, is it the place to toast in 2019? Mike East went to discover what it is all about...

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