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SUM­MER FES­TI­VALS AROUND THE WORLD

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Ilove fes­ti­vals and have been to many. From Mi­ami’s Ultra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val to Elec­tric Daisy, New York’s Re­nais­sance fair and many oth­ers, there is a plethora of events not to miss this sum­mer. Here is this years must-see fes­ti­vals around the world.

JULY NAADAM WHERE: ULAANBAATAR – MON­GO­LIA WHEN: 11TH-13TH JULY 2017

Naadam is a lively Mon­go­lian fes­ti­val held ev­ery year in the cap­i­tal city of Ulaanbaatar. Naadam trans­lates as “three manly games,” in this case archery, wrestling and horse rac­ing. The com­peti­tors in the rid­ing events are all chil­dren be­tween the ages of five and twelve. It is claimed that eques­trian skills such as these are what won Genghis Khan an em­pire that stretched from the

Sea of Ja­pan all the way to Europe. In re­cent times, women have been al­lowed to en­ter some of the com­pe­ti­tions and they now par­tic­i­pate in two of the three events: horse rac­ing and archery. While it was once a re­li­gious cer­e­mony, the fes­ti­val now for­mally com­mem­o­rates the 1921

revo­lu­tion when Mon­go­lia de­clared it­self a free coun­try.

JUST FOR LAUGHS WHERE: MON­TREAL - CANADA WHEN: 14 - 30 JULY 2017

The Just for Laughs Fes­ti­val, pre­sented by Videotron in as­so­ci­a­tion with Loto-Québec, re­cently an­nounced its lineup for its 2017 edi­tion which fea­tures Jerry Se­in­feld,

Judd Apatow, and Ali Wong. The an­nual fes­ti­val fea­tures gala events, stand-up per­for­mances, pan­els, and live tap­ings. In ad­di­tion, Va­ri­ety Mag­a­zine will present its an­nual “10 Comics to Watch” panel and per­for­mance, along with a cock­tail party to cel­e­brate the hon­orees.

Au­gust ED­IN­BURGH FES­TI­VAL FRINGE WHERE: ED­IN­BURGH – SCOT­LAND, U.K. WHEN: 4TH-28TH AU­GUST 2017

The Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val Fringe is the world’s largest arts fes­ti­val. In 2016 it spanned 25 days and fea­tured over fifty thou­sand per­for­mances with over three thou­sand shows in 294 venues. Es­tab­lished in

1947 as an al­ter­na­tive to the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val, the Fringe takes place an­nu­ally in Scot­land’s cap­i­tal and guests are wel­come take part or cre­ate their own show!

TOMORROWLAND WHERE: BOOM - BEL­GIUM WHEN: 21-30 AU­GUST 2017

Tomorrowland, an elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­val

first held in 2005, has be­come one of the world’s largest and most no­table mu­sic fes­ti­vals. It now stretches over 2 week­ends and typ­i­cally sells out in min­utes. Much like the Ultra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Mi­ami, the fes­ti­val fea­tures top DJs from all over the world and is renowned for its camp­ing sites and dream-like stage scenes.

READ­ING FES­TI­VAL WHERE: READ­ING – ENG­LAND, U.K. WHEN: 25TH-27TH AU­GUST 2017

The Read­ing Fes­ti­val is the world’s old­est mu­sic fes­ti­val still in ex­is­tence and has hosted many of the U.K.’s most fa­mous acts over the years, in­clud­ing The Rolling Stones, Fleet­wood Mac,

The Kinks, Pink Floyd, Deep Pur­ple,

The Who, and Cream. The fes­ti­val has pro­gressed through var­i­ous mu­si­cal phases dur­ing its life­time, but the twin-site era, rock, al­ter­na­tive, in­die, punk, and metal have tended to dom­i­nate.

BURN­ING MAN WHERE: BLACK ROCK DESERT – NE­VADA, U.S.A. WHEN: 27 AU­GUST-4 SEPTEM­BER 2017

Burn­ing Man takes place in the Black Rock Desert of Ne­vada. Ev­ery year, tens of thou­sands of peo­ple gather to cre­ate Black Rock City, a tem­po­rary me­trop­o­lis ded­i­cated to com­mu­nity, art, self-ex­pres­sion, and sel­f­re­liance. Burn­ing Man isn’t your usual fes­ti­val. It’s a city in which al­most ev­ery­thing that hap­pens is cre­ated en­tirely by its ci­ti­zens, who are ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in the ex­pe­ri­ence.

LA TOMATINA WHERE: BUÑOL, VA­LEN­CIA - SPAIN WHEN: 30 AU­GUST 2017

La Tomatina is a fes­ti­val that is held in a Va­len­cian town lo­cated in the East of Spain, 30 km / 19 miles from the Mediter­ranean, in which par­tic­i­pants throw toma­toes at each other in a mas­sive fruit fight purely for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wed­nes­day of Au­gust, in the midst of week­long fes­tiv­i­ties in Buñol. La Tomatina spawned from a po­lit­i­cal protest in which two men be­gan throw­ing toma­toes with reck­less aban­don at peo­ple and places in Buñol. The spirit of the bat­tle con­tin­ues to this day, though defini­tively for en­joy­ment rather than protest!

Once a year, tens of thou­sands of peo­ple gather in Ne­vada’s Black Rock Desert to cre­ate Black Rock City, a tem­po­rary me­trop­o­lis ded­i­cated to com­mu­nity, art, self-ex­pres­sion, and self-re­liance. In this cru­cible of cre­ativ­ity, all are wel­come.

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