A festival, as the name suggests, is a festive thing; but not festive in the Jingle Bells and fake snowflakes sense of the word. Think colour, excitement, eccentricity, things you probably don’t usually see, “concert” food and beer, but mostly a festival is a celebration.
Consider the Rio Carnival, just before Lent. It may be a samba competition, but we all know it’s a celebration of excess and all the good stuff that needs to be shelved for 40 long days.
2011 is the year of celebration; with concerts, carnivals and festivals on the go everywhere you turn your head. Below is just a taste of what is on offer across the globe this year; plan ahead, book your leave and tickets, organise a babysitter, do whatever you need to do – just don’t miss out.
Arts and Culture Festivals:
The World Body Painting Festival (Lake Wörthersee, Austria: 27 June 2011 – 03 July 2011)
Yes, you read that correctly. But there is more to this than a naked chick having a bikini spray painted onto her lady lumps. This is an intensely creative feast for the eyes and ears. Not only will there be some thoroughly amazing things to see (such as the evening contest for UV effects), there will also be a number of international DJs and bands doing their thing, fireworks on a massive scale, BodyCircus ( the magical fantasy ball) as well as classes and workshops. Plus a whole lot more.
Check out the website for ticket information: http://www.bodypainting-festival.com/
Secret Garden Party (Cambridgeshire, England: 21 – 24 June 2011)
This independent art and music festival is all about arty, fancy dress, freedom and irreverence. Each year the event is themed and offers the “temporary community” music stages, theatre shows, workshops, films, games and art installations. This is one for the whole family to enjoy.
For more information: http://uk.secretgardenparty.com/2011/html/
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Film Fest 2011 (Online, 15 – 29 March 2011)
This year’s DOT Film Fest is hosted by Bob Isherwood, creator of the Saatchi & Saatchi Award for World Changing Ideas, and the online fest is all about showcasing the “filmmaking talents of youth living and working in developing countries around the globe” and celebrating ingenuity and creativity.
For more information about the fest and other DOT initiatives, have a look at the website: http://friends.dotrust.org/festivals/filmfest2011
Cape Winelands Film Festival (Stellenbosch and Cape Town, South Africa: 16 – 26 March 2011)
Robert Redford once said “Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us.”
The Cape Winelands Festival stands for quality films that “engage, inspire and deepen our common humanity”, ultimately connecting us, but what really sets it apart is the distinctive approach to film programming and friendly, leisurely pace – allowing you to enjoy the country’s best wines.
Check out the website to learn more: http://films-for-africa.co.za/blog/
Coachella (Empire Polo Field, Indio, California: 15 – 17 April 2011)
Coachella is a festival that offers art, culture and community but is essentially all about the music.
This three-day event out in the desert brings festival goers the ultimate music experience. With over 100 bands and musicians (from Duran Duran to Kanye West) doing their thing, you’d be a fool to miss out.
If you can’t make it this year, ensure it’s a priority for next! After all, this is the festival that put Die Antwoord on the map…
Read more: http://www.coachella.com/
The one thing that should definitely be on your bucket list is experiencing a festival in all its glory. Regardless of whether or not it’s music, art, culture or films – one thing I can guarantee is that there will be plenty to keep you amused and entertained; festivals are the best place to people watch…