It’s time to pack your bags and head to these festivals happening around the world.
An event dedicated to fusions of oriental dances. The festival is primarily an opportunity for original artists to present their latest creations or experiments at a single annual meeting. The BellyFusions festival aims to make a wider audience discover various dance forms and offers an eclectic programme of workshops over three days led by French as well as international teachers. The festival is open to a variety of styles such as Contemporary Oriental Dance, Oriental Flamenco, Gypsy Fusion, Oriental Salsa, Bellywood, Modern Jazz Oriental Fusion, Indian Fusion, Bellypopping, American tribal Style, Tribal fusion, Gothic fusion, Burlesque Cabaret and more.
2. Igloo Fest
From Jan 16 to Feb 8
An annual outdoor music fest that takes place in Old Port, Montreal, Canada draws thousands every year. The event that started in 2007, is co-produced by Piknic Electronik and Quays of the Old Port brings electronic music fans at Quays of Old Port of Montreal. With its decor made of ice melting steel structures, programming drawing from the best local and international DJs, the Igloo Fest is back with more12 nights of electronic music and party in its 7th edition that will extend to February as well. Some of the artists this year are Richie G, Romeo Kardec, DJ Sneak and Scott C to name a few.
3. National Voodoo Day
Jan 1 – 14
Local believers of the festival slaughter chicken to make voodoo sacrifices and it’s an important public holiday. Believers gather to watch voodoo priests sacrifice chickens by tearing their throats and drinking their blood. It’s best to stay at a safe distance and watch the ritual. There is also the Voodoo Museum in Ouidah where the visitor can go. It’s called Museé d’Histoire de Ouidah. Followers also gather at a beach known as the point of no return, where slaves once departed on ships bound for the Americas. Attendees in colourful local dress dance, drum and pray as animals are sacrificed in ceremonies which honour the spiritual forces of natural phenomena such as water, fire, earth and air.
4. Oregon Truffle Festival
This is the first festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to sharing the experience of the chefs, foragers and fans of Oregon’s wild truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table. The Festival offers a multitude of ways to participate in workshops and exclusive packages. All events are located in and around Eugene, Oregon. Some of the events that one should look forward at this festival are Truffle Growers’ Forum, Truffle Dog Training, Villa Evening, Grand Truffle Dinner and Sunday Marketplace.
5. Sydney Festival
Started in 1977, Sydney Festival is Australia’s major art festival that runs for three weeks and features more than 100 events from local and international artists which includes music, dance, circus, drama and visual arts. It was established by the Sydney Committee, the NSW State Government and the City of Sydney with a view to attracting people into the city centre during the summer holiday month of January. It is also the celebration of the city itself with all that it has to offer and even includes events like vintage car rallies, face painting, Chinese scarf dancing and more.
6. Dubai Shopping Festival
Jan 2- 2 Feb
Dubai Shopping festival was organized for the 1st time by the government of Dubai, in the year 1996. This world famous festival is known as a shopper’s paradise where you can view the best retail products. This festival is organized in order to promote trade and commerce in Dubai. Dubai Shopping festival is something that has made Dubai proud. Film festivals, special events for youngsters, impressive street splays, night fireworks, International fashion shows, and many others are some of the cultural and entertainment programs that are organized for visitors
7. Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival, a program of the Sundance Institute, is an American film festival that takes place annually in Utah. The festival is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. Sundance began in Salt Lake City in August 1978, as the Utah or US Film Festival in an effort to attract more filmmakers to Utah. The festival comprises competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature-length films and short films.
This Cape town Carnival features marching troupes dressed in colours of satin, sequin and glitter. The festival is also known as the Cape Town New Year Karnaval. This festival dates back to the 19th century, when slaves in the city were allowed their only day off for the year on 2 January. Today the look of the festival is entirely different with face make-up, colourful costumes and ribald song-and-dance routines. The main parade of the festival starts in front of Old City Hall and ends at the Green Point Stadium. At the actual competition, troupes are judged on their singing, dancing, and costumes.
9. Harbin Ice Festival
Jan 5-Feb 5
Harbin Ice Festival provides travellers a new world of ice and snow. The 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be from January 5, 2014 and will last for over a one month. The Festival was established in 1985. This is China’s greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world. Some of the activities in this festival are ice-skating, skiing, snow mobiling or a sleigh ride.
10. Canyon Music Festival
Grand Canyon Village
Canyon Music Festival is a festival that happens on the Grand Canyon University campus. This time there are about 60 bands scheduled to play on five different stages. The 2nd annual music festival features artists such as Family Force 5, Britt Nicole, Tedashii, HeeSun Lee and Paul Wright. The event will also include special ticketing options to get close with select bands and includes a meet and greet opportunity.
11. Niagara Icewine Festival
January 10 – 26th
The Niagara Region is transformed into a Wonderland during this icewine festival. The festival begins from the Xerox Gala evening on January 10th, to wine and food pairings, outdoor activities along the famed wine route. Included in the festival celebrations is the Discovery Pass program featuring special events and tastings at Niagara wineries. The festival is also known as Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival.