September Festivals Around The World

One of the best ways to get an insight into a place is to be there for a music or arts festival and most times you get to know the culture and pulse of the people by just being a part of a special event, an art showing, a live music concert, or even a food and beer festival. This September, take a music or cultural voyage with for a taste of distinctive celebrations and local attractions!

Bangalore Ganesha Utsava 2012Bangalore Ganesha Utsava 2013
September, Bangalore, India

A mega cultural event that expects more than one million visitors this year commemorates Ganesh Chaturthi and is a magnificent representation of music, dance , drama, art that showcases art from across the country for eleven days. Streets are splashed with Rangoli designs, there is a 30 feet high sand Ganesha, a mammoth ladoo weighing 6000 kg delivered as Prasad, thousands of Diyas to Light up places of worship, hundreds of classical dancers. Some of the events are Ranga Rang, Deepotsava, acts by Shankar Mahadevan, Illayaraja, Sharukh Khan, Aromas of Karnataka, Visarjan etc.

Expo Centre Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa

A four day health, sexuality and lifestyle exhibition and public event, it deals with aspects of health, adult entertainment, sexuality and adult lifestyles.  The exhibition sells products relating to sex and educates about safe practices. With a broadening exhibitor base the festival has attracted companies over fields like wine tasting, marine sports, spa pools Sexpo 2012and fitness equipments to increase its appeal. Some of the events are Allure- an acrobatic duo of Suzie Q and Toby J, guest stars like Jesse Janes (actress with the hottest body and entertainer many times since 2003), Riley Steele, The Vertical Vixens- a duo of Julie Swart and Alicja Gralewska  dedicated to the evolving art of pole and aerial hoop (lyra). Some of the famed exhibitors this year are Playboy, Pharaohs,  Baci, Sexy Revolution and Adult Toys.   There are attractions like the Men’s Lounge and Ladies Lounge, Pricasso, Male Troupes Like Pulse, Body Art (artworks on nude bodies),

Arts Alive
Johannesburg, South Africa

Come to the annual Arts Alive Festival in Johannesburg on September.   It’s an assorted feast of arts and culture that showcases some of the best performances in local theatre, dance, music, visual art and general entertainment. Be a part of this vibrant arts festival that celebrates the cultural ethos of Johannesburg. The festival will take place in various avenues across the city and will feature home grown theatre, dance, music, and visual art. There will also be international collaborations to look forward to as well as Joburg institution Jazz on the Lake at Zoo Lake on September 6.    The festival’s focus is giving exposure to artists and art and reaching out to the people.

Berlin Music Festival
Berlin, Germany

Conducted at the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin the Berlin Music Festival is one of the most awaited this music festival is one of the most awaited music festivals in the country.

Musicians perform genres like pop, rock, jazz.  Some of the musicians who will be performing this year are Adam Greene, Jose Gonzalez’s, Trichy and Bizzarro. It’s a regret if you are there and miss the live performances by The Killers, Paul Kalkbrenner, Sigur Ros and Franz Ferdinand. At Club Xberg @ Arena some of the musicians who will be playing are Junior Boys, The Magician, Modeselektor, Mostly Robot, Simian Mobile Disco, Totally Enourmous Extinct Dinosaurs and more.

Munich, Germany
September – October

Gear up for the time of your life at Oktoberfest in Munich as it ensures a steady flow of Golden Brew at the famous beer festival. Oktoberfest is an annual beer festival that lasts for 16-18 days from late September to first weekend in October. If you are in for lots of music, beer and special events then head for this festival. This is one of the famous events in Germany and has been held since 1810. The Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries includes 1000 participants in decorated carriages, the magnificent horse-drawn drays of the Munich breweries, waitresses on decorated floats and all the beer tent bands.   A big band open-air concert of all Oktoberfest bands with some 400 musicians takes place on the second Sunday of the festival.

Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto, Canada

With more than 300 films from more than 60 countries the Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF is the major film festival in the world. It’s a rare treat for film lovers and an ideal place to catch your favourite movie. One can come and watch the exclusive screening of a movie before its world premiere albeit it’s on the list.    The festival begins on Thursday night after Labour Day and lasts eleven days.   Beginning as a collection of the best films from film festivals around the world, it had an inaugural attendance of 35,000.Ironically however, Hollywood studios withdrew their submissions from the festival due to concerns that Toronto audiences would be too parochial for their products. In the years following, the festival continued to concentrate on bringing the best films from around the world.

Pesta Raya, September

Also known, as the Malay Festival of Arts is the Pesta Raya. The festival comprises of a range of international, regional and local acts and boasts a line up of Malay artists who present dance, theatre and music including ticketed and free performances.  Come and explore the refinement of human spirit through the performances showcased in the festival. This annual cultural festival follows the festivities of Hari Raya Aidilfitri that celebrates the Malay arts and heritage. Experience the events like Konsert Bahasa Terindah, an evening of songs for the soul; Balada Tun Fatimah, Teater Kami’s 100th play about inspiring icons of the Malaccan empire. Some of the other events are Night Dances, The Ballad of Tun Fatimah, The Homecoming etc.

Dimensions, September

Experience Underground electronic Music in an Abandoned Fort.  Dimensions, an underground electronic music festival takes place at  Fort Punta Christo,  a legendary site. Held within the Fort’s Grounds, the festival features best underground sounds in electronic dance music from across the globe.  The fort built in the 1800’s is a stunning locatio and is located on a peninsular land surrounded by ocean across the bay from Pula and is a destination for beach parties and water boat parties. In the evening the Fort turns into a celebration ground and has one of s kind sound system and technical supports. It is also considered to be one of the ideal places to enjoy music that range from electronica to dub step and minimal. Taking off from the harbour there is plenty to see and do in the beach sessions where you can relax and rejuvenate.

Sunbeatz, Ibiza

Nothing if not the world’s biggest drum and bass festival, Sunbeatz   gets one into the party groove where with boat parties, beach activities and free barbeques at designated venues and there are many outstanding performers like Groove rider, LTJ Bukem, DJ Hype, Logan D and Hazard. You can jive to their beats and artistry as you sip into the amazing array of drinks and food on sale. Some of the performers this year are Crissy Kiz, Darren Jay, Darren Zero, Funsta MC, Shabba D, and Subculture etc.

Aloha Festival, September

This is the largest cultural festival in Hawaii dedicated to the preserving the history and cultural traditions of Hawaiian people. On September 15 the Waikiki Hoolaulea takes place and this event showcases entertainers from all over the islands and street dancers that make merry. There is also a Floral Parade that takes place on September 22 where there are beautifully decorated floats, lots of flowers and garlands, marching bands and hula girls.

Alternative Press Expo
October, San Francisco

The APE returns to Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco and anyone who is present there will witness the magic of the comic world. In 2011 it had more tan 5,500 attendees and this time too it showcases publishers and artists from all over the country with a giant exhibit hall featuring the very best in comic art. This is its 19th year in the SF Bay Area and it will have a full programming schedule that would include panels and workshops with focus on the special guests as well. Some of the guests this year are Aragones, Eric Drooker, The Hernandez Brothers, Gilbert, Jaime, Mario (celebrating its anniversary of Love & Rockets), Ben Katchor and Jim Woodring.

A3C Hip Hop Festival
Atlanta, Georgia

Entering its 8th year this 2-day and 3 night event has become the largest hip-hop festival in South Eastern United States with more than 15,000 visitors last year. It is the premier gathering place for MCs, DJs and producers that make hip hop and have lot of participants and fans. This year some of the artists who are playing are Tech N9ne, Paul Wall, Ab-Soul, Harmony, Muzi, Kevin Lester, League of Extraordinary G’s, Retro Sushi, Substance, SM City, Mush Millions and many more.

Cyprus International Film Festival
October, Cyprus

The Cyprus International Film Festival will take place at Nicosia. Promoting upcoming and talented directors aim CYIFF at strengthening the film innovation and culture.  There are Feature Films, Short Films and even Sci Fi Movies.  The festival takes place under the umbrella of Cine@ART magazine. The internationally oriented film festival offers new and upcoming directors in sectors such as feature films, dance, experimental films and video art. CYIFF promotes Cypriots artists living abroad through film category Nostimon Imar and is a meeting ground for Cypriots and foreign filmmakers.  There is also a prize known as “ Golden Aphrodite” that is judged by a distinguished member from the panel of experts in the international industry.

Dalton Defender Days
Coffeyville, Kansas

Dalton Defender Days celebrates the fateful day of October 5, 1892   when the Dalton Gang was defeated in Coffeyville Kansas. The gang attempted to rob two banks in Coffeyville and most of them were shot dead in the encounter with the townspeople many of whom gave their lives to save Coffeyville. This year there will be a Dalton Defenders Re-enactment, Street Dance featuring Retro Rockers, Old Fashion Cakewalk, Pie & Corn on Cob Eating Contest. There are also events like the Barrel Racing Competition, Team Roping Competition etc.

Shanghai Jazz Festival
Shanghai, China

Jazz music festival is a annual jazz fest of Shanghai and it provides anchorage to a range of music related products and industries. Jazz Shanghai is one of the most powerful Jazz Cultural History Organisation in China.  Some of the artists who are performing this year are Yu Gong Yi Shan, Ron Carter Quartet, Yellow Jackets, Terri Lyne Carrington . There will be events at the Green Note Park as well.

Pharaons 2013
September & October

Head for rallies and passion with more and more expertise every year.  It’s a multi national team with a range of competencies and knowledge of rallies. The objective of Pharaons is to offer   the best quality among all races in the Cross County Rally Competition. The structure is expanded in Egypt and France while maintaining the traditional team in Italy for relations with the international staff and partners, including hotels and visas etc.

2013 Norwich Beer Festival
October – November

Organised by the Norwich and Norfolk Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale this festival is held every year at St. Andrew’s & Blackfriars Hall operated by the Norwich City Council. The 35th Norwich Beer Festival has over 200 casks conditioned Real Ales from Britain’s independent brewers along with drought and bottled beers from Continental Beers from across Europe. There will also be large range of traditional ciders and perries  with over 40 varieties from East Anglia, West Country and elsewhere.

The Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt, Germany

This book fair is a meeting place for industry experts from publishers to authors.  It is the most important market place for books, media, rights and licenses.  It is also considered to be the most important marketplace for books, rights and licenses worldwide and sees over 7,400 exhibitors from 106 countries and more than 10,000 journalists. There are German collective stands at the world’s most important fairs, book collections with titles from the German publishing industry that reflect people’s current concerns, book Information Centres and German Book Offices in Beijing, Moscow, New York and New Delhi.


Lord of Miracles Procession
Lima, Peru

The Lord Of Miracles Festival or El Senor de los Milagros as it is also known is a Christian festival that centers on a painting of Jesus Christ, which depicts his crucifixion and includes the figures of St Mary Magdalene, the Virgin Mary, the Holy Spirit and God. During the 17th century a black slave painted the picture, which gained in reputation after it, survived intact after a terrible earthquake that destroyed much of the city. To this day the legend of the painting continues to inspire the belief of great hope and protection amongst its faithful followers who come to Lima in their thousands in adoration of this religious Icon.  The painting is carried on a silver litter from its resting place at Las Nazarenas Church around the streets of Lima.  Walking in front of the painting are Catholic sisters wearing purple robes who are accompanied by faithful followers also dressed in purple clothing in respect to the Lord of Miracles. Many of the participants wave burning incense, sing hymns and pray during the procession.

Nelson Arts Festival
Nelson, New Zealand

From October, the city of Nelson will be hosting the Nelson Arts Festival 2013 at venues like Founders Park, the Suiter Theatre and new Theatre Royal. The festival spread over 17 extra ordinary days when the festival showcases some great musicians and performers. Every year the Nelson Arts community helps to shape the cultural identity of the people and inspires visitors. Some of the events are International Theatre, Dance, Cabaret, Music and Talks and also a Nelson Masked Parade with more than 4,000 participants that takes place on October 19. There are also choreographed performances like Return of Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen Cabaret Noir.

Powerco Taranaki Festival
October- November
Taranaki Garden, New Zealand

The festival has evolved from a regional celebration of gardens and attracts visitors from around New Zealand and the world. It is one of the longest running garden festivals in the country and has flourished into a world-class event hat showcases gardens created by Taranaki gardeners and also include Spring Fashion Show and Secret Dining. Also some the guest are Midge Marsden and media personalities like Lynda Hallinan and Tony Murrell.  The main focus this year is the beautiful Landscape Design Project: The Peranakan Lights that provides a fusion of the Peranakan Culture through a series of illuminated shapes displayed within the magnificent Pukekura Park.

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