SUMMER FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD
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.