Wereld van de Witte de With/ Contemporary Art Festival

Witte de With, Witte de Withstraat, Centrum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
11 Sep 2015 -13 Jun 2015

This festival aims to be an international and innovating visual arts festival; showcasing both international and Rotterdam visual arts talent, facilitating artist collaborations and organizing network activities for art professionals. With performance art and visual art, featuring fashion, music, design, photography, video art and interventions in public space. The festival attracts as a showcase festival, Rotterdam art and artists in the neighborhoods, on expedition. Art manifests itself in public spaces, streets, alleys, squares, buildings, houses and undeveloped locations. The art institutions in the Witte de play an important part in the program and its free open.

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Gibraltar Literary Festival

Garrison Library, Gibraltar
12 Nov 2015 -15 Jun 2015

It is an international literary festival that brings together a world-class array of celebrated novelists, writers, biographers, food writers and public figures to Gibraltar. Some of the festival events take place in buildings with real heritage and deep historical roots; the main focus being on the beautiful Garrison Library. Some top musical talent also come to Gibraltar for the three days of the festival. Food is a central feature of the festival, with talks and meals, events for children. To summarise, three days of food for the mind, the soul and the body.

More information: http://gibraltarliteraryfestival.com

Hanse Sail, Rostock

Rostock, Germany
06 Aug 2015 -09 Jun 2015

The Hanse Sail in Rostock is the largest maritime festival in Mecklenburg (Germany) and one of the largest in Europe.

About 250 traditional sailing ships of all types and sizes from a vast variety of countries visit the coast off the city of Rostock every year during the second weekend of August. Today, the Hanse Sail forms part of the joint Baltic Sail, which takes place in several countries bordering the Baltic Sea during July and August. Every year about 1 million visitors visit the Hanse Sail. Even though it is accompanied by other cultural events, the ships remain the center of the festival. Besides watching ships, it is also possible to sail on them or enter them while they are anchored. There are also sea planes and a helicopter parallel to the festival....

The Oldenburg International Film Festival

Oldenburg, Germany
16 Sep 2015 -20 Sep 2015

The Oldenburg International Film Festival covers since 1994 the international movie scene in all of its aspects. This open minded approach leads to an inspiring mix of great premieres, surprising discoveries and original independent productions. Off beat innovation and ideas against the grain are the trademarks of the festival.

Staro Rīga festival of light & Independence day celebrations

Rīga, Rīgas pilsēta, Latvia
18 Nov 2015 -21 Nov 2015

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/

Cēsis Town fair & Cēsis Art Festival

18 Jul 2015 -08 Aug 2015

This festival offers a music, cinematic, theatrical, and visual art events programme that promotes an understanding of the processes behind contemporary culture across the world. The festival is unique and offers to a wide range of viewers creative expressions by excellent and highly-recognised artists. It is a celebration of art in the city throughout the whole month, which reaches its culmination in the open-air opera performances that take place at Pils Parks (Castle Park). It is visited not only by Latvians but also by art lovers from all around the world.

New Year’s Festival, Dublin

Dublin, Ireland
30 Dec 2015 -01 Jan 2016

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.

Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival 2015

Derry, United Kingdom
27 Oct 2015 -31 Oct 2015

Welcome to the world famous celebration of Halloween , the largest in Europe. Experience creepy GhostBus tours, night-time markets, thrills and spills galore, with a week-long hive of devilish activities that everyone will adore. Ghoulish fun, ghastly frolics and thrilling events, all leading up to the main extravagant suspense. Key highlights of this festival include the world famous spooktacular carnival parade and the spine-chilling fireworks cascade.

For more updates about this year’s festival visit http://campaign.derrycity.gov.uk

Temple Bar Tradfest 2016

Dublin, Ireland
28 Jan 2016 -01 Feb 2016

The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the 2008 and 2009 Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland.


Our festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad and folk artists while also providing a...

C.S Lewis Festival

Belfast, United Kingdom

The author of some of the most widely read books in the English language, Clive Staples Lewis, was born in Belfast in 1898, and this year, the C.S. Lewis Festival recognises and celebrates both his life and his legacy to the world. Best known for his children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis’s career encapsulated academic writing, science fiction, poetry and theology.

Through films, theatre, tours, workshops and talks this Festival is an opportunity to explore more about the person and ideas of this extraordinary individual.

For more updates about this year’s festival visit http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/cs-lewis-festival-2015

Bram Stoke Festival

Dublin, Ireland
23 Oct 2015 -26 Oct 2015

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....

Féile an Phobail /West Belfast Festival

Belfast, United Kingdom
30 Jul 2015 -09 Aug 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...

Galway International Arts Festival

Galway, Ireland
13 Jul 2015 -26 Jul 2015

The Galway International Arts Festival, founded in 1978, is a multidisciplinary arts festival producing and presenting an international programme of theatre, spectacle, dance, visual arts, music, literature and comedy. The Festival takes place each July in Galway, Ireland. This Festival is a showcase for Irish arts and international arts.

For more information visit http://www.giaf.ie 


Dublin, Ireland
09 Jun 2015 -16 Jun 2015

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. The day involves a range of cultural activities including Ulysses readings and dramatisations, pub crawls and other events, much of it hosted by the James Joyce Centre in North Great George’s Street. Enthusiasts often dress in Edwardian costume to celebrate Bloomsday, and retrace Bloom’s route around Dublin via landmarks such as Davy Byrne’s pub. Hard-core devotees have even been known to hold marathon readings of the entire novel, some lasting up to 36hours.