Light, Colours and Crowns
Great events abroad this month
Festival of Lights: Berlin, Germany
Lights on! For twelve nights the German capital’s landmarks such as the Cathedral (above), squares and streets glow gold, blue, red and yellow. Besides the spectacular illuminations you may also get a glimpse behind the scenes of selected Berlin institutions that otherwise remain closed. So off to Berlin from October 9 to 20.
Coronation Ceremonies: Kremlin Museum, Moscow
Come and marvel at Russian imperial regalia and precious coronation costumes. Many of the precious objects are displayed for the first time. The unique exhibition will be open till January 22, 2014.
Biennale: Venice, Italy
This is the hottest installation of the prestigious art exhibition. The “Colour Field” by Bolivian Sonia Falcone is made of pepper, chilly, curry and other spices from around the world. Until November 24 you can find plenty more stunning works of contemporary art in 88 national pavilions.
The Relief of Leiden: Netherlands
On October 2 and 3 it’s party time in Leiden. The Dutch town commemorates a crucial moment in its history—the relief from Spanish siege in 1574. Marching bands, a costume pageant and funfair festival are there for your entertainment. You may also try the food citizens enjoyed back then after months of starvation: herring, white bread and hutspot, a stew of carrots, onions and meat.
Pilar Festival: Zaragoza, Spain
The regional capital of Aragón comes alive with parades, music, concerts and fireworks from October 5 to 13 when it celebrates its patron saint, the Virgin of Pilar. Join in flamenco dancing, or better still, learn to dance the jota, the folk dance native to Aragón.