Europe is not a continent that lacks for festivals, having been host to so many diverse cultures for such an extensive period of time. Willing tourists may find themselves at any number of gatherings throughout the year, in celebration of just about any time period, musical genre or national holiday.
Norway hold some fantastic festivals in both the North and the South our pick of the bunch for 2018 is the Palmesus Beach Festival a sun and music filled extravaganza that is attended by around 30’000 people each year. You can stay in a great little place Yess Hotell in Norway right in Kristiansand where the festival is held. See you on the beach for cocktails and dancing.
Spain’s International Festival of Music and Dance takes place in late June until early July. The Granada-based celebration of human emotion, as expressed through artists, orchestras and dance companies, reaches a crescendo with performances in the centennial gardens and palaces of the Alhambra. In addition to outstanding performances, visitors are able to enjoy the summer nights and rich culture of the “Gateway to the South.”
Besides providing enriching entertainment, the International Festival also places an emphasis on education, which is brought to fruition via the Manual de Falla international courses. These educational offerings attract hundreds of students each summer, giving young people necessary tools to better their knowledge of music composition, dance and stage photography.
Germany’s Carnival of Cultures takes place in July this year, and promotes the cultural and ethnic diversity in Berlin. The event developed as a result of political, economic and cultural shakeups occurring after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
The first Carnival of Cultures parade came about in 1996, drawing a crowd of about 50,000 people, and shedding an entirely new light on Berlin’s modern culture and diverse ethnic communities. The following year, the celebration was made richer with the addition of a street festival.
Austria’s Salzburg Festival, which dates back to 1920, is one of the event highlights of the European summer festival season. From July 20 until September 2, some of the greatest living classical musicians arrive in Salzburg to play on the famous Festspielhaus stage.
Thousands of musical talents have shown off their extraordinary skills portraying Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s “Everyman,” a number that has been played every year at the festival since its inception. Hallein’s Perner Island, found in the Salzach River, acts as the go-to center for the festival’s contemporary theater performances.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that festival dates may change. Before you travel, check official festival websites for any updates regarding new dates or cancellations.