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European Festivals
2014 Calendar
April, May

 

This page deals only with the months of April and May. Click below for other months.

2014 Festival dates and information

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Semana Santa procession, Seville, Spain

Semana Santa, Seville, Spain. 13 - 20 April.

 

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Calendar Dates are sometimes unconfirmed and occasionally unreliable, so check before booking. TBC/A = To Be Confirmed/Announced

 

 

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22 March -
7 April

HUNGARY Budapest Spring Music Festival - all sorts of arts, music, drama, dance, exhibitions, poetry and kid's stuff, local and international, in a fine European city. Budapest Pictures

 

7 - 12 April

AUSTRIA, Mayrhofen, Snowbombing Festival - a week long live music event, with wild bands and world-class DJs in a fantasy alpine setting. This 'Ibiza in the Snow' is regarded by many as 'the Greatest Show on Snow'. It was the UK Festival Award's 'Best Overseas Festival' winner in 2010.

 

13 - 20 April

SPAIN, Seville and Granada, Holy Week, Semana Santa - hundreds of shuffling pointy-hooded penitents, torch lit processions up to the Easter weekend in gorgeous cities. The premium time is during the night/early morning of Thursday-Good Friday.

 

19 - 20 April
Easter weekend

GREECE, Chios Island, Vrontados, Church Rocket War, Rouketopolemos - two rival churches fire around 60,000 firework rockets at each other between 8pm on Holy Saturday and 0:30am Easter Sunday. A heaven-sent art attack? Greece Guide

 

20 April

ITALY, Florence, Scoppio del Carro - festive 'Explosion of the Cart' in Piazza del Duomo on Easter Sunday, set off by a mechanical dove driven from the Altar during High Mass. What madness is this? Florence Pictures

26 April
(27 April but 26th
if 27th falls on Sunday)

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Koningsdag, King's Day (a national holiday), is an annual cerebration for their King's birthday also known as Orange Festival (former Queens Day), for lovers of the colour orange, beer and dope, this is a massive street and canal-boat dance party, starting the night before. Amsterdam Photos

 

Isle of Man TT racing, UK

Isle of Man TT street racing. 25 May - 7 June.
Original photo by Jonathan Camp

 

 

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30 April - 5 May

ENGLAND, Gloucestershire, Cheltenham International Jazz Festival - the UK's top jazz fest in a lovely location.

 

5 - 11 May
(in May 2014
due to Semana Santa is held in April)

 

SPAIN La Feria de Abril (April Fair) in Seville - Seville's best spring party with traditional dress, parades, dancing and boisterous parties in a gorgeous environment. Seville Pictures

 

Saturdays May to September in different Rhine locations. TBC

GERMANY, Rhine in Flames, down the River Rhine from Linz to Bonn on summer nights - a massive and amazing coordinated fireworks display from boats, stately buildings and the surrounding countryside. Germany Travel

 

9 May - 15 June

AUSTRIA, Vienna Festival (Wiener Festwochen) - this 5 week event offers a wide range of arts, especially music, naturally, but also dance and theatre, sometimes challenging pieces, all set in magnificent buildings. Vienna Pictures

 

12 May - 3 June

CZECH REPUBLIC Prague Spring International Music Festival - one of Europe's best classical music events, with some of world's leading soloists and orchestras in outstandingly medieval Prague.

 

14 - 25 May

FRANCE Cannes International Film Festival - the world's most glamorous film festival, every year. Festival de Cannes

 

late May - late July

RUSSIA, St Petersburg, the White Nights Festival in gorgeous, romantic and endlessly light St Pete. The "Stars of the White Nights" with a series of the world famous Mariinsky (Kirov) ballet and opera performances is the most important part of the Festival (24 May - 28 July 2014). St Petersburg Pictures

 

17 May
(same date every year)

NORWAY, Oslo Constitution Day - celebrates independence from Denmark, with folk music, parades, entertainment and people in traditional costumes.

 

20 - 24 May

ENGLAND, London, RHS Chelsea Flower Show - 11 acres of the UK's (and arguably Europe's) best flowers and gardens event, with plenty of original, even wacky ideas.

 

 

22 May - 2 June 2013
TBA for 2014

ENGLAND, Somerset Bath, International Music Festival - classical and other musical styles in this, the most classical of all UK cities.

 

24 May - 6 June

UK, Isle of Man TT Races. The ultimate event for bikers. Watch racers on 37 miles of narrow, winding, stone walled roads travelling at way over 150mph, then get out there yourself. Death is no stranger to this event.

 

26 May TBC
(Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday)

ENGLAND, Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling near Brockworth in Gloucester, Gloucestershire - dozens of brave and/or bonkers people fling themselves down a precipitous hill (1-in-2 gradient ) attempting to catch huge, rolling rounds of Gloucester cheese. Bones get broken regularly, a few people faint just watching the event, so this is a remarkable sight in the nanny state of England, but parking is a nightmare - 15,000 spectators rolled up in 2009.

 

29 - 31 May

SPAIN, Barcelona, Primavera Sound - one of Spain's biggest music festivals at Parc del Fòrum, 6km from Barcelona on the coast. Primavera is popular for line-ups focusing on eclectic, new, independent music.

 

29 May - 19 Oct
(same dates every year)

FRANCE Chaumont International Garden Festival - 30 wonderful and sometimes wacky show gardens around a perfect chateau (castle) in the Loire Valley, in a long summer every year. France Travel Guide

 

Chaumont Garden Festival, Loire Valley, France

Chaumont Garden Festival, Loire Valley, France. 29 May - 19 October.

 

 

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2014 Festival dates and information

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