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Event Category: Cultural Dance Festivals

Dance like nobody is watching – well, there’s little chance of that happening in today’s modern world with Instagram and selfie sticks. There are thousands of cultural dance festivals around the world offering such a variety of performance from contemporary to classical and traditional dance that is difficult to know where to start.

Cultural Dance Festivals around the World

How about some traditional dance, such as whip fighting in the Indonesian Island of Flores? Or if that is not your ticket, then perhaps Moldovan folk dancing is more your scene, washed down with copious amounts of wine, naturally. Or you could pop along to Staffordshire, in the UK, to see its annual horn dance. Well, it’s one up on Morris dancing at any rate. At the heart of many festival around the world there is a traditional dance element, so whether you fancy the durga puja in India or the gentse feesten in Belgium, you are bound to find somewhere to get your feet tapping.

Contemporary Dance

Fancy more contemporary dance. Once more the world is full of contemporary dance performances and festivals. One highlight of the year is the Zurich Tanzt when the Swiss city explodes into life for a festival with a very strong moral compass. Or there is the Malta Festival in Poznan, which has nothing to do with the Mediterranean country, but rather the lake just outside the Polish city where the original festival was founded.

Carnivals

And, of course, if you want to really party the night away, where better to celebrate than at a carnival. The Rio Carnival might be the most famous in the world, but if you want to avoid the massed crowds then perhaps the Trinidad Carnival is more your scene. And naturally there is the Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August in the UK’s capital, London. Whichever you choose prepare for lots of fun and little sleep.

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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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July 2019

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 include 150 programmes showcasing performance art, installations, music, film, dance, theatre,…

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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...

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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...

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Gentse Feesten 2019 (Ghent Festival) in Belgium

July 19 - July 28
All over Ghent city centre Ghent,Belgium + Google Map
Gentse Feesten Belgium

During the 10 days of Gentse Feesten (Ghent Festival), the entire city of Ghent in Belgium turns into Europe’s largest cultural open air festival with over 3,300 international and local music, dance and street theatre performances, exhibitions, fun fairs, parades, processions, circuses and much more. Dating back to 1843, Gentse Feesten have always been free and have since grown to become one of Europe’s three biggest popular festivals, together with the Oktoberfest in Munich and Fallas in Valencia. The variety…

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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

One of the largest arts festivals in the world, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival takes place in the Scottish capital from 2 to 26 August, 2019. Marking its 72nd anniversary, this year sees some 3,841 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 more than 700 free performances (as well as 404 pay-as-you-like shows), with just over 2,000 premieres, as the world takes to…

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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

Onam Festival 2019, Kerala, India

September 1 - September 13
Kerala KeralaIndia
Onam Festival Kerala, India

During the days of the Onam Festival, the biggest and most spectacular festival of Kerala, the entire Indian state goes on a spree of celebrations, music and dance performances, elaborate banquets, flower carpets, rowing competitions, and many other happenings. Usually taking place during August – September, this ancient Hindu event is also called the Festival of Harvest when nature is in full bloom and festivities are in the air everywhere.   The Onam Festival is the most significant harvest festival…

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Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2019, India

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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Durga Puja Festival 2019, India

September 29 - October 8
All over the Indian subcontinent
Durga Puja Festival India

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 September or October, this multi-day festival celebrates the victory of good over evil with elaborate displays of the goddess Durga, colourful processions, artfully crafted clay idols and sumptuous meals. Reminiscent of the spectacular Ganesh Chaturthi Festival, people place elaborately crafted idols of the 10-armed goddess Durga at prominent places in…

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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 in November 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…

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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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March 2020

Holi Festival 2020 India

March 9, 2020 - March 10, 2020
Multiple Venues
Holi Festival

Holi festival India 2020 is a riotous two-day Hindu celebration where crowds douse each other with colour and water – and is probably India’s most vibrant and fun festival.  Holi sees family, friends and strangers come together to dance, laugh and feast, celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of the spring harvest season. Most often associated with getting drenched in water and throwing coloured powders or gulal at one another, Holi Festival actually consists of two…

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Nowruz or Persian New Year 2020

March 21, 2020
Various
Nowruz - Persian New Year

Experience the opulence of Nowruz – or Persian New Year – with an abundance of food, music and hospitality in one of many Persian-heritage countries...

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