When you plan your future vacation why not to think over such original and thrilling entertainment as visiting festivals. Nearly all countries organize such events all the year round, the choice of them is so wide, everything will depend only on the country, you would like to go and your own interests. Some festivals last for several days, others for much longer but most of them imply an unforgettable atmosphere of endless holiday and what can be more refreshing after the tough daily routine? We would like to suggest your attention the brief information about some types of festivals:
Political festivals: The Green Festival is a two-day party with a serious purpose: to accelerate the emergence of a new economic paradigm that is life-affirming and life-restoring. Together people are cultivating a culture of sustainability and social equity that honours the interdependence with all life. Green Festival unites green businesses, social and environmental groups, visionary thinkers and thousands of community members in a lively exchange of ideas, commerce and movement building fun. You will be able to attend lectures and workshops by thought leaders, business visionaries and community activists shaping the green movement.
If you're not feeling the love around town yet, go check out some of the fantastic Art festivals: Featuring overseas and local artists of renown in an eclectic array of music, theatre, dance, popular entertainment, film and exhibition programmes, the Festival offers a three-to-four-week-long cultural feast annually all the year round. The Festivals also serve as a catalyst to arouse wider public interest in the arts and to encourage artistic dialogue and cultural exchange.
These Festivals provides a broad spectrum of programmes, ranging from classical fare to other innovative and stimulating art forms. Indeed, the organisers not only make every effort to engage world-famous artists to perform in the Festival, but also bring in accomplished artists who display their talent in less familiar media.
Musical festivals: The range of choice is very wide indeed, with multi-arts festivals, concert and vocal music festivals, chamber music, jazz, folk music and dance, rock and pop, dance, theatre, literature and visual art festivals
If you are interested in feeling the atmosphere of dolce vita, seeing the stars of cinema and theatre and of course be the first to see the recently shot films from famous directors - think about visiting Cinema festivals.
The Berlin International Film Festival is acknowledged to be an official film fest by the International Federation of Film Producers (FIAPF) since 1956, one of the most important film festivals in Europe and the World. It is held annually in February (in 2005 from February 10 until February 20).The jury always placed special emphasis on representing films from all over the World, from the former Eastern Bloc Countries as well as from Western countries. The awards are called the Golden and Silver Bears (the Bear is the symbol of Berlin). Also the Berlinale is usually marked by the attendance of numerous stars: Milla Jovovich and Bono, George Clooney and Ice Cube, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, Leonardo DiCaprio and many, many others.
The Cannes Film Festival is the world's most prestigious film festival, first held from September 20 to October 5. Given massive media exposure, the non-public Festival is attended by many movie stars and is a popular venue for movie producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe.
The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film; this is sometimes shared by multiple films in one year
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Religious festivals: Buddhist Festivals are always joyful occasions. Typically on a festival day, people will go the local temple or monastery and offer food to the monks and take the Five Precepts and listen to a Dharma talk. In the afternoon, they distribute food to the poor to make merit and in the evening join perhaps in a ceremony of circumambulation a stupa three time as a sign of respect to the Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha. The day will conclude with evening chanting of the Buddha's teachings and meditation.
It will be very interesting for your children to visit Children's festival. Packed with music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, circus arts and much more! What unforgettable impression they will get!!!!
For example the Vancouver International Children's Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. Presenting acclaimed Canadian and international professional performances, plus numerous hands-on arts activities, the Festival provides children ages 3-11 and school groups with a valuable cultural and educational experience. Each year in May the Festival welcomes more than 50,000 children, parents and educators
Food & beverage festivals: The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is a perfect marriage of wine and culinary tourism.
For the first four days in May each year, it offers a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves fabulous wine accompanied by fine cuisine. During this festival, experience vineyard tours, lunches, dinners education and the fall wine harvest .The summer wine festival offers unique wine seminars, great evening entertainment, a foot stomping musical outdoor wine tasting and wonderful presentations by local artists! Enjoy gourmet meals, wine education seminars, a unique consumer wine tasting and a wide variety of on-mountain activities.
Food is on everyone's lips - and so is Alnwick Food Festival! Food is a subject close to everyone's heart , here you'll find all the right ingredients for a good mood:
v Over 150 free cooking lessons, food talks and demonstrations
v Hundreds and hundreds of FREE food and drink samples to taste
v Oodles of expert advice
v Thousands of new and unique products to buy to take home-at special Festival prices
The colourful festival of Holy is celebrated in most parts of India during February-March. The celebrations vary depending on region and local traditions but the common part is exchange of colours. On the day of the Holy, people (men and women) irrespective of caste and creed mingle together and exchange colours. The celebrations can get wild and rowdy -- it is one of the few occasions of the year that the sexes are allowed to mix freely. People use tools and tricks to spray, paint and drown friends and relatives in colour as the accompanying picture exhibit will demonstrate.
Festivals around Tokyo in summer include a traditional ceremony to pray for good health and longevity and a purification ceremony of floating of lighted lanterns on the water. The performers wearing dragon masks present a dance, which is followed by fireworks display.