March 15, 2011 4:48 pm

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Dates and details of global events and spectacles to build an adventure, a holiday or a short break around:


Dublin Theatre Festival, Republic of Ireland
September 27-October 14
Details: A fortnight-long theatrical festival in the Irish capital.
Tel: +353 1677 8439,

Crave International Sydney Food Fair, Australia
October 1-31
Details: A month-long festival celebrating the rich diversity of Sydney’s food culture, from Indonesian to Italian.


Day of the Dead, Mexico
November 1-2
Details: an annual celebration in honour of the dead that mixes Mexican folklore and Catholic tradition.

Festival of Diwali, India
November 13-17
Details: The festival of light is the most important festival in the Hindu calendar


Hogmanay, Edinburgh. Scotland
December 30-January 2
Details: four days of events including the torchlight procession, street party and “loony dook” – a dip in the River Forth on New Year’s day.



Sydney Arts Festival
January 5-28
Details: three weeks of live music, art and theatre

Long Night of the Museums, Berlin, Germany
January 26
Details: Culture by night – dance, theatre, opera, all in bite-sized chunks
Tel: +49 30-2474 9815,


Venice carnival
February 2-13
Details: Annual festival famous for its traditional masks and costumes

63rd Berlinale, International Film festival
February 7-17
Details: An international film festival showing about 400 films per year with glamorous parties and cool celebrities

Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro Carnival, Brazil
February 8-13
Details: Three days of partying at the world’s biggest carnival, featuring samba, bossanova and everything in between

Chinese New Year
February 10-24
Details: China’s biggest annual event, celebrated worldwide. 2013 is the year of the snake.

Mardi Gras, Sydney, Australia
February 12
Details: Sydney’s lively celebration of gay culture, including vibrant parties and culminating in a city-centre parade on March 3.
Tel: +612 9383 0900,


Maastricht Fine Art Fair, the Netherlands
March 15-24
Major trading fair for fine art and antiques.
Tel: +31 411 645 090,

St Patrick’s celebrations, US and Ireland
March 17
Details: Large parades are held in American cities such as Boston, Chicago and New York as well as Dublin to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland


Songkran celebrations, Thailand
April 13-15
Details: National celebration, with gallons of water thrown on the streets of Bangkok
Tel: +66 22 505 500,

London Marathon

The London Marathon

Virgin London marathon, London
April 21
Details: One of the biggest marathons in the world
Tel: +44 (0)20 7902 0200,

New Orleans Jazz Festival
April 26-May 5
Details: an annual celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana


Copenhagen Ink Festival
May 3-5
Details: 150 of the world’s most renowned tattooists exhibit their art during a celebration in the Carlsberg brewery hall

Cannes Film Festival, France
May 15-26
Tel: +33 15 3596 100,

Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Sussex, England
May 16-August 25
Details: Glyndebourne offers a rare opportunity to watch open air opera – and picnic in the garden
Tel: +44 (0)1273 812 321,

Hay Literary Festival, Hay-on-Wye
May 23-June 2
Details: Britain’s biggest literary festival, on the Anglo-Welsh border.
Tel: +44 (0) 1497 821 217,

Israel Festival, Jerusalem
May 25-June 11

Details: Festival of theatre, music and dance held at the centre of the Jewish world


Opera Festival of Verona
June 14-September 7
Details: A summer of performance at the city’s Arena


Explore further by region:


North America (the US, Mexico, Canada and Greenland)


Asia & Australia

Africa (including the Middle East)

Americas (Central and South America and the Caribbean)

and by holiday type:



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