Festivals

We visit some of the most compelling festivals on the planet, events that showcase the local culture and bring an added intensity to your holiday.

The Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival

Morocco is a land with a rich and varied culture which has consistently inspired musicians, writers and other creatives across the world for decades. The Rolling Stones were drawn to the allure of Marrakech, while Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and … Continue reading

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Video of the week – the Harbin Ice Festival

  If you’re planning a trip over the festive season, it might be an idea to check out the festivals and events that take place across the world. Not everyone has a Santa Claus! (Shh… don’t tell the kids!) One … Continue reading

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The Dragon Boat Race Festival 2013

June is fast approaching and China is gearing up for the annual Dragon Boat Festival, a colourful cultural display featuring traditional dancing, rhythmic music, and exhilarating boat races. As one of the oldest festivals in China, the history of the … Continue reading

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Duruthu Perahera Festival – Colombo

By guest blogger Carla Dobson-Elliott. Just over 100km from the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka has a rich and diverse culture that is most in evidence during the island’s festivals.  The country is enjoying a huge surge in tourism … Continue reading

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Hidden Gems: White Night at the Museums

In the early summer months in St Petersburg, the sun doesn’t really set. The city is so far inside the Arctic Circle that it enjoys weeks of virtually continuous daylight. Russians call this time of year the season of the … Continue reading

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Festival Spotlight: Chinese New Year

Although we’re only a few weeks into our own new year, Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Read about how the Chinese celebrate, and what might be in store for you in 2013… Chinese New Year takes places … Continue reading

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A different kind of New Year – Tet Festival in Vietnam

Although we’re still in the midst of our own festive season, other cultures around the world aren’t there just yet. In Vietnam for example, people are gearing up for the annual Tet Festival. Tet Festival (or Tet Nguyen Dan, meaning … Continue reading

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Video of the Week: Time of Rio

At a time when we’re reviewing the year that has passed and looking forward to a year that’s about to begin, there really is no better time to be inspired to get out there more and see amazing new places … Continue reading

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Revelry at the Rio Carnival

Once a year, the streets of Rio de Janeiro erupt in colour and sound for the Rio Carnival – one of the world’s most famous parties. Read all about it right here and find out what you’re missing. As far … Continue reading

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Diwali – India’s Festival of Lights

Once a year, the streets of India (and around the world) erupt with colour and sound as the Diwali Festival is celebrated. But what’s it all about? Read on to find out more about this vibrant festival. Celebrated around October or … Continue reading

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