March 15, 2011 4:48 pm

Travel calendar

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

OCTOBER

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

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. www.cravesydney.com

NOVEMBER

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

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

DECEMBER

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.
www.edinburghshogmanay.org

2013

JANUARY

Sydney Arts Festival
January 5-28
Details: three weeks of live music, art and theatre
www.sydneyfestival.org.au/info

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, www.lange-nacht-der-museen.de

FEBRUARY

Venice carnival
February 2-13
Details: Annual festival famous for its traditional masks and costumes
www.carnevale.venezia.it/?slang=en

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
www.berlinale.de/en

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
www.rio-carnival.net

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

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, www.mardigras.org.au

MARCH

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

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
www.st-patricks-day.com

APRIL

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

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, www.virginlondonmarathon.com

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

MAY

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
http://www.inkfest.dk/en-GB/NEWS.aspx

Cannes Film Festival, France
May 15-26
Tel: +33 15 3596 100, www.festival-cannes.com/en

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, www.glyndebourne.com

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, www.hayfestival.com

Israel Festival, Jerusalem
May 25-June 11

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

www.israel-festival.org.il

JUNE

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

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