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World Festivals and Events
2015 - 2016 Calendar Dates



Burning Man Festival Pictures, Nevada, USA

Burning Man Festival, explosive pyrocussion music, Nevada desert, USA


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Why go to see a crowded, noisy festival?

Festivals and indigenous culture events are a superb time to visit interesting destinations as the extra colour added by historic or peculiar costumes, portable shrines, fireworks, angry bulls, local music, excitable locals and more can't fail to add a new dimension to an already fascinating location. Think Italy's Venice Carnival, Japan's Takayama Spring Festival, America's Burning Man and consider basing your next vacation on not just a place, but a place blazing with kaleidoscopic colour, traditional activities and marginal insanity.
Festivals backpack checklist.


What to do

These are the busiest times of the year for these locations unless it happens to be the monsoon season, so book accommodation well in advance of dates.
Ask permission before taking pictures or videos if possible, festival participants are human too, well, most of them. That being said it's easier to take photos of locals going loco at these times than normally.
Festivals tend to be crowded and pickpockets may well be lurking, so keep valuables to a minimum and money in a zipped or buttoned pocket. Read the Travel Safety section.


Best Festivals and Events in the World

A giant Mantis on the Promenade des Anglais during Nice Carnival, Côte d'Azur, France

If you're lucky it'll be blue skies, flowers and monsters during the Nice Carnival in the south of France for two weeks around February/March.


Best Art Festivals Calendar

These are events that focus on music, dance, drama and other art-oriented activities, usually set in pretty, interesting locations, often in Europe.
These festivals can be expensive; accommodation and even tickets will need to be booked well beforehand. Similar to European festivals (see below), but focusing on the most outstanding events worldwide.


Snowbombing music festival, with wild bands in a fantasy alpine setting, Austria.

Snowbombing music festival, with wild bands in a fantasy alpine setting, Austria.


Best Music Festivals Calendar

The best and sometimes the biggest musical events.



Best European Festivals Calendar

Happenings in Europe that tend to be of the Art and Music Festival variety, though exotic flourishes of colourful expression still exist, especially around Carnival time February/March.


Mt. Hagen 'Gathering on the Clans' Festival, Papua New Guinea.

Mt. Hagen 'Gathering of the Clans' Festival, Papua New Guinea.


Best World Festivals Calendar

Outstanding, colourful events in superb locations, often exotic heritage events that usually include a variety of activities, but mostly focus on local people in local dress doing traditionally loco things to the amazement and delight of visitors.


Glastonbury Festival, England

Glastonbury Music Festival, England.


Best English Speaking Festivals Calendar

World class festivals and events in English Speaking Countries; these may be art-oriented, colourfully odd happenings or extraordinary sporting occasions.


Festivals backpack checklist

(For large gatherings, day/multi-day outdoor events when the weather is iffy)

• comfortable walking shoes.
• compact cold and rain protection.
• hat, sunglasses and sun block.
• painkillers and plasters/band-aid.
• mosquito repellant?
• lightweight, large water bottle and possibly booze/energy drinks transferred to plastic bottles.
• a distinctive flag to find yourself later (!)
• wind-up or solar phone charger.
• a handkerchief for wiping sweat, dabbing mud off the camera or naff but light headgear and more.
• tissues.
• some compact protein for energy maintenance. Nuts? Beef jerky? Roll mop herrings?



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