Summer is festival season! Tents, street food vendors and musicians will be popping about around the globe ready for weekend’s of celebration and partying. It’s not just all about music festivals over the summer. I’ve picked out some potential festivals with a difference that you might want to consider this year.
Although we’ve just missed it, May sees the Medieval Rose Festival in Rhodes. The Unesco-listed city of Rhodes is a delightful setting for this family-friendly fete, filled with medieval music, dancing, games, knightly re-enactments and a dragon’s quest.
Pop over to Turkey for the SunSplash Music Festival Bodrum. This musical extravagance celebrates the best of international dance music and club culture with festivals in stunning coastal settings, club nights and local parties. This year also sees the 54th Antalya Film Festival bringing together with the mission of establishing a cultural and communications platform and increasing its influence on an international level. For the sea lovers amongst us, there is also the Bodrum Cup which is an international event for classic sailing yachts. In this regatta participate about 100 yachts to sail 5 legs in 5 days.
What better way to spend long summer days than an open-air mountain cinema. Traditionally, Bansko Summer Cinema Fest takes place in the central square of the popular mountain ski resort. The National Lavender Festival will be held for the fifth year in General Tosheva near Dobrich. The event aims to promote the leading position of Bulgaria as a world leader in the production of lavender oil. At the Bourgas Park “Ezero”, immediately next to the beach, there is a tiny city built of sand figures. This year’s theme is “Myths and Monsters”.
Everyone has probably heard of La Tomatina; the Spanish Festival in August where people gather in the town of Bunol in Valencia to throw tomatoes at each other. Another of Spain’s famous festivals and definitely not for everyone is Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. Hundreds of Spanish and international visitors don white shirts and red bandanas for some serious partying. The bravest (or foolhardiest) line up to engage in a mad dash ahead of rampaging bulls careering through narrow cobbled streets.
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