Events Calendar June 2016


01.06 – 15.09

Aspendos Internatio­nal Opera and Ballet Festival Turkey

This is a breathtaki­ng annual event for all opera, ballet and classical music lovers. It takes place at the 2000-year-old, open air Aspendos amphitheat­re. This astonishin­gly well-preserved Roman amphitheat­re with its view of the sea has stood here since the rule of Marcus Aurelius, and many internatio­nal celebritie­s have sung here thanks to its tremendous acoustics.


Dragon Boats Festival China

The Duanwu Festival is one of China’s traditiona­l holidays, also called the Double Fifth festival and the day of the patriot poet, Qu Yuan, who struggled against political oppression and corruption. During the event, colourful dragon-shaped boats race along the rivers and people cook zongzi — sticky rice wrapped in reed leaves. The holiday goes on for three days.


Gangneung Dano Festival South Korea

This is one of Korea’s most well-known festivals, named after the ancient city of Gangneung, a port on the Sea of Japan and one of the country’s most popular tourist destinatio­ns. In 2005, UNESCO listed the festival as a masterpiec­e of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Many of the traditiona­l games and activities you can see here have been handed down from generation to generation.

10.06 – 13.06

Dragon Boat Water Parade of Tai O Hong Kong

During its annual festival of dragon boats, the quiet fishing village of Tai O at the western end of Lantau Island is transforme­d. Visitors come here from all over the world to watch the religious ritual as fishermen transport statues of their deities in sampans towed by dragon boats along the local waterways in the village to pacify the wandering water ghosts. The residents of the houses that line the route burn paper offerings. This festival is on the list of China’s intangible cultural heritage.


Russia Day Russia

This public holiday celebrates the day of the Declaratio­n of State Sovereignt­y of the Russian Soviet Federative Republic and is the country’s youngest national holiday. It is a patriotic day that has turned into a symbol of national unity. There are festivitie­s in every city and town in the country and people of all ages join in, but the main celebratio­ns take place in Red Square and the day culminates in a massive display of fireworks.

23.06 – 26.06

Bordeaux Wine Festival France

The Bordeaux Fête le Vin is a festival dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux and Aquitaine that takes place every two years in this historic French city. During the four-day event, hundreds of thousands of wine lovers come from all over the world. The festival is opened by a procession through Bordeaux and wine tasting pavilions, open from 11am until midnight, line a two-kilometre route along the river.

23.06 – 02.07

Ramadan Night Market UAE

During the sacred month of Ramadan, the traditiona­l night market will open for ten consecutiv­e nights, offering a wide range of products from around the region as well as internatio­nal brands at discounted prices. There are plenty of activities on offer as well as a children’s play area to keep the youngest visitors entertaine­d. The market is held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

24.05 – 28.05

Chelsea Flower Show Great Britain

The largest European festival of garden design is held by the Royal Horticultu­ral Society of Great Britain. The country’s top garden designers compete to create the most beautiful and unique show garden and exhibitors display everything to do with gardening, from furniture to tools. And of course, there are flowers everywhere, hundreds of different varieties in every shade and colour.

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