The Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces. Attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, the festival features leading international and UK artists alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and newly commissioned artworks by emerging Scottish artists. The mostly-free-to-attend festival includes exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks and guided tours.
With its origins dating back to 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival is aptly dubbed “the granddaddy of all American music fests”. It once served as the stage for jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. This year’s line-up will include Herbie Hancock, Common, Diane Reeves, Ethan Iverson, Corrine Bailey Rae and The Bad Plus.
The annual Alice Springs Camel Cup is certainly one of the Outback’s wackiest traditions since 1970 when it was first held in the dry bed of the Todd River. This year’s edition, to be held at the Pioneer Park Racecourse, is set to draw thousands of curious spectators from across the globe. Nine unique races promise loads of excitement for guests, complemented by other activities such as belly dancing and rickshaw races, along with an array of F&B options.
(Photo courtesy of Alice Springs Camel Cup)
A MUST for admirers of classic music, the Munich Opera Festival is extremely rich in tradition and draws visitors from around the globe to the Germany’s capital. Held over five days across various locations, the spectacular musical event offers more than 30 opera performances, evening song recitals, concerts and ballet productions in breathtaking settings. It first took place in 1875 with operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and musical dramas by Richard Wagner. These days it’s organised by the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet.
Fuji Rock is without question the biggest music festival in the Land of the Rising Sun, drawing crowds of between 100,000 and 150,000 people each year. First held in 1997 at the base of Mount Fuji (hence the name), the three-day fest features more than 200 Japanese and international musicians – along with activities such as nature walks and exploring hot springs. The 2019 line-up includes The Chemical Brothers, Death Cab For Cutie and Sia.
First held in 1978, the Great Texas Balloon Race has since become one of the premiere ballooning events in the world, attracting the very best competitive pilots and teams from across the United States and beyond. Thousands of spectators flock to the East Texas Regional Airport near Longview each July to witness the numerous hot-air balloons – including special-shape delights – take to the skies like a kaleidoscope of colourful treats.
(Photos courtesy of Great Texas Balloon Race)
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