Montreal Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival held in Montreal, Quebec that holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world’s largest jazz festival. Every year it features roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries, more than 650 concerts (including 450 free outdoor performances), and welcomes close to 2.5 million visitors (34% of whom are tourists). The festival takes place at 10 free outdoor stages and 10 indoor concert halls. A major part of the city’s downtown core is closed to traffic for ten days, as free outdoor shows are open to the public and held on many stages at the same time, from noon until midnight. Shows are held in a wide variety of venues, from relatively small jazz clubs to the large concert halls of Place des Arts. Some of the outdoor shows are held...
Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of Confederation, when Canada became a country separate from the British Empire. Parliament Hill is the focal point for Canada Day celebrations, with a giant stage featuring Canadian performers throughout the day, the noontime playing of Oh Canada and a flyby by Canada’s Snowbirds aerobatics team and other military aircraft. The celebrations spill over from Parliament Hill to venues on both sides of the Ottawa River, including Major’s Hill Park and Jacques Cartier Park in downtown Gatineau, with fun and activities for people of all ages. The day is capped-off with a massive fireworks finale visible from any vantage point downtown.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a summer folk music festival held in Birds Hill Provincial Park, near Winnipeg, Manitoba. It features a variety of folk artists from around the world, as well as a number of local artists, contemporary singer-songwriters, and children’s performers. There’s also a Food Village with an emphasis on local, organic, and fair trade ingredients and the Hand-Made Village which celebrates the long-standing history that folk art and crafts share with folk music festivals and features artisans from all over Canada and the United States.Camping is a popular at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the festival operates two unserviced campgrounds with late night animation and jams.
For more information, please visit http://winnipegfolkfestival.ca
The Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival is a festival that takes place in mid-July on Sir Winston Churchill Square, in the city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It has showcased street performance artists from around the world since 1985. While Comedy Cares (Proving that laughter has the power to heal, Festival cast members use their diverse talents to bring smiles, chuckles and giggles to patients, family and staff in local hospitals and long-term care facilities during the festival and year round) is definitely a highlight but as multifaceted as the Festival has become, it still comes down to one simple thing: to put smiles on people’s faces presenting the best street performers.
For more information, visit http://edmontonstreetfest.com
The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world’s largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions. Organized by thousands of volunteers and supported by civic leaders, the Calgary Stampede has grown into one of the world’s richest rodeos, one of Canada’s largest festivals and a significant tourist attraction for the city.
For more information, please visit http://www.calgarystampede.com
Cowboys and cowgirls from around the region gather for the annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, which is held at the city’s Cariboo Memorial Arena. This three-day event is the BC Rodeo Association’s second largest rodeo, and it delivers heart stopping competitions and top cash prizes.
In addition to time-honored rodeo events such as calf roping and bareback riding, the entertainment includes clowns and a drill team – a group of horseback riders showcasing high-speed patterns and maneuvers in rhythm to music. Pancake breakfasts, live music and dances keep visitors entertained from day until night.
For more information, checkout http://www.williamslakestampede.com
Brighton Pride, the UK’s biggest Pride festival celebrates 25 years in existence.
Loved locally and acclaimed nationally Brighton & Hove Pride is a celebration of all that is great about the city and its vibrant LGBT community.
To mark this important milestone & recognise the wonderful diversity of Brighton & Hove’s community, the theme for 2015’s Brighton Pride is ‘Carnival of Diversity’.
Festival N°6 is an annual art and music festival held at Portmeirion, Wales. The festival presents a wide range of music genres, including rock and roll, folk, house, techno and dance. It can be qualified as a family festival, as specific places are organized to welcome whole families, as No.6’s Mischief Meadow for children and a designated family camping area. Working with ‘Attitude is Everything’, the festival is also adapted to disabled people.
For more information, visit http://www.festivalnumber6.com
This Lifestyle Festival is an annual event held in Cornwall, South West England, usually held over four days in mid-August. The event is a combination of live music and surfing/skateboarding competitions in and around the town of Newquay. The Fistral Beach site, where surfing in the UK began, plays host to the best in action sports including surf, skate and BMX competitions.
The party expands to the Festival site at Watergate Bay. Known throughout the land as Cornwall’s festival; Boardmasters Festival delivers a laid back festival atmosphere designed to bring out the inner surfer in everyone. This themed festival offers a tailored music offering across eight stages on arguably the most beautiful festival site in the UK.
For more information, visit http://www.boardmasters.co.uk
Hundreds of Rothenburg’s townsfolk are members of historical reenactment groups, reviving a bygone age or re-establishing a traditional profession. Thousands of yards of fabric are worked to reproduce the original fashions of the day, old equipment is brought out of retirement or reproduced in loving details. Preserving and revitalizing the past – this is the motto of the Imperial City Festival. On Friday evening there is a grand torch-light procession by the various historical groups to the Market Square. With thundering cannons and a glittering display from the brand firework spectacular in the Tauber Valley, the town sinks into darkness on Saturday night, only to continue the light-hearted festivities next morning, celebrating history as never before…
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The Rüdesheimer wine festival has a unique atmosphere in the Rüdesheim, Germany. Cheerful winemakers get together with guests to show the gastronomic highlights of the region accompanied with live music, from noon until late, giving the right rhythm for young and old. Events include the Coronation of the Rüdesheimer wine queen.
For more information, visit http://www.ruedesheimer-weinfest.de
Staro Riga festival of lights is an annual traditional festival. The event usually lasts 4-5 days, and its timing coincides with the Latvian Independence anniversary celebrations.
Staro Rīga Festival allows locals and visitors to view unique light art objects. Just a few nights on the streets, in parks, squares and on specially illuminated façades can be viewed in different techniques-generated art objects and light shows encouraging to see the famous city of Riga in a new light.
All event objects a free and accessible to all age groups.
For more information visit http://www.staroriga.lv/013/en/
Experience the New Year’s Festival in Dublin as the city comes alive over 3 day’s for fun filled New Year’s festivities. Bringing together some of the country’s best talents, NYF Dublin offers you a host of free and family friendly activities and events guaranteed to entertain. Enjoy live gigs across the city at the NYF Music Trail. Watch how they bring the city streetscapes to life with cutting-edge 3D animations, discover the city at the Spoken Word Festival or follow the NYF Arts Trail or Dublin Discover Trail. Get active on Resolution Day by joining the New Year’s Day Fun Run from Dublin Castle, or take part in free exercise classes in Dublin city parks and fitness clubs.
As part of the growing worldwide fascination with Bram Stoker and his most iconic creation, Count Dracula, the descendants of Bram Stoker have taken an active role to provide historically accurate information about Bram Stoker and his life, to collaborate with individuals and entities of like purpose, to raise international awareness of Bram Stoker as an Irishman, from Dublin, the city of his birth and where he spent the first half of his life.
The festival takes the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel Dracula as inspiration. The festival incorporates a range of events from large-scale spectacles including a gothic ball, to intimate performances in unusual spaces and a whole range of film and literary events to whet the appetites of all. The 2015...
Féile an Phobail (The Community’s Festival), also known as the West Belfast Festival is a community arts organisation known for its August Féile (Festival).
The festival was established in 1988 as a direct response to the conflict in Northern Ireland.
It aims to celebrate the positive side of the community with an eclectic mix of arts, culture, language and sports events included in the celebrations.
The festival takes place on and around Falls Road in Belfast. This ten day festival presents a wide range of arts and cultural activities over the first two weeks in August, including music concerts, comedy, exhibitions, discussions and debates, youth events, literary events, dramas, family, out door and community events, street performances, carnival parade, international food...