We round up some of the top events in the months ahead from all over
We round up some top events in the upcoming months.
Iwate Yuki Matsuri Shizukuishi, Japan February 4 – 12
For a half-century, the Iwate Yuki Matsuri, or Snow Festival, has been held in the northeast region of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. The winter celebration is packed with snow statues, a light show, local food
Waitangi Day Bay of Islands, New Zealand February 6
The Waitangi Treaty, signed in 1840, is New Zealand’s founding document. The day is celebrated with ceremony, music, cultural performances and parades at the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds in Northland, and by ex-pat Kiwis around the world.
Dominican Independence Day Santo Domingo, DR February 27
In 1844, the Dominican Republic declared war to end Haitian rule, and every Feb. 27, the Independence Day festivities, featuring parades with outrageous costumes and masks, mark the culmination of the country’s month-long celebration of Carnival.
Almond Blossom Festival Tafraoute, Morocco February or early March
One of Morocco’s most popular festivals offers singing, dancing and wonderful Berber food. Located in the picturesque village of Tafraoute, this elusive three-day event occurs whenever the almond trees are in full blossom, so check frequently for the schedule.
South Africa Dance Festival Johannesburg February 23 – March 5
The festival celebrates its 29th year with over 50 up and coming choreographers who are challenging the conventional with new means of expression as well as showcasing traditional dance in new ways.
Find more information at danceforumsouthafrica.co.za.
Bíó Paradís, Iceland February 23 – March 3
International award winning will speak at this festival’s many events, celebrations, panels, Q&A sessions and master classes.The aim is to encourage collaboration between Iceland’s communities.
Vogue Knitting Live Las Vegas March 24 – 26
Thousands of knitting enthusiasts descend on Vegas features master-level handknitting classes, a showcase of new yarn and accessories, knitcouture fashions and a gallery of knit art.
Mývatn Open – Horses on Ice Lake Mývatn, Iceland March 1
There aren’t many places on Earth where you can take part in a horse show on ice. The annual Mývatn Open includes a riding tour on the lake, races, competitions in “tölt” (a smooth gait that originated with Iceland’s horses) and prizes and partying through the night.