Daylight Firework Compilation
from around the world, a very different display. If rain or hurricanes are putting a damper on your Independence Day pyrotechnics, check out Sergio Paolelli, Festival San Trifone - Adelfia 2013
for a spectacular 25 minute daylight show with a breathtaking finale. Also from Adelfia 2013, a grounds-eye view of the wild Batteria Sanseverese
Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now
as voted by 'a panel of writers, industry figures and artists'. [more inside]
"Shut Up and Dance’s 1991 hardcore LP ‘Dance Before the Police Come’ was released at a time when the UK authorities were struggling to contain the massive explosion of raves. Thousands of people each weekend were playing a cat and mouse game with the police to party in fields and warehouses, and if the state was often outwitted by meeting points in motorway service stations and convoys of cars, it tried to keep the lid on the phenomenon by staging high profile raids."Dance before the police come
: a social history, covering UK (and US) raves, queer activism, morality police (both figurative and literal) and racial discrimination. [more inside]
Avast ye dogs of the North Americas: Arr, clear the decks of yer calendar for July
, for ye've some skivving to do
. Curs of the crown need not apply
. [more inside]
The "Matador at 21" festival is streaming live.
The indie-rock ticket of the year is this three-day festival celebrating 21 years of Matador Records
, and featuring notable Matador stalwarts of the past -- reunited Pavement last night, reunited Superchunk tonight, reunited Guided By Voices tomorrow. Didn't get tickets? Watch at home
The 31st Annual Eelpout Festival
wrapped up in Walker, Minnesota, last weekend. The eelpout
is an large, ugly, slimy
freshwater cod. [more inside]
Top Events USA
lists their top 20 events across the USA, the top 10 events and festivals for each of the United States, and lists of the best annual events and festivals by category or theme. [more inside]
Moving Image Source
is devoted to the history of film, television, and digital media. It features original articles
by leading critics, authors, and scholars; a calendar
that highlights major retrospectives, festivals, and gallery exhibitions at venues around the world; and a regularly updated guide to online research resources
. [more inside]
"We need sperm donations... you need festival tickets... wanna strike a deal?" Ireland wants your sperm
Diwali: the festival of light
. Go ahead, light a diya
(no, not that Diya
) or something a bit more festive
. Burn a few firecrackers
, but be careful not to harm
yourself. And be sure to have a taste of those mouth savouring sweets
Looking for somewhere to go and see how humanity celebrates
Or maybe you're just interested in nettle eating, a parade of the unmarried women, wife carrying championships, sand sculpture or kinetic sculpture. If you're gonna make an omlette, you have to break some eggs.
Sweetwater Texas Rattlesnake Roundup!
An annual tradition since 1958, people from miles around come to look at the thousands of collected rattlesnakes, join in the hunting
, watch them get milked, killed, and skinned, and then eat them.
Check out Chris Hamilton's engaging b&w photo essay.
Renaissance Festival Books.
The British Library has digitized 253 books
about European festivals and ceremonies
that occurred between 1475 and 1700. "From marriages, coronations and births
to official visits and saints’ days, celebrations staged by the royal courts of Europe were occasions to be remembered. Festival books could be compared to souvenir programmes, or magazine accounts, documenting through eye-witness accounts and philosophical reflections the key events in the lives of princely and elite folk – the celebrities of the day."
The collection is aimed at both lay and scholarly types
Ever noticed how silly those people dancing in music videos start looking when you turn the sound off? Next June, see that live as a spectator at the Glastonbury festival
, which will feature a Silent Disco this year in an effort to sidestep noise curfews
Ongoing mobile phone cam coverage from the
rainy mud Lowlands Festival
taking place this weekend.
The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival
The temperature in Harbin, China reaches forty below zero, both Fahrenheit and centigrade, and stays below freezing nearly half the year. The city is actually further north than notoriously cold Vladivostok, Russia, just 300 miles away. Rather than suffer the cold, the residents of Harbin celebrate it, with an annual festival of snow and ice sculptures and competitions. The main link actually shows the 2003 sculptures; here are some from this year
for several Asian cultures, is the Mid-Autumn Festival
. People gather to watch the full moon
, tell stories
, and eat mooncakes
. San Francisco Chinatown is holding its own Moon Festival
Ever had the urge to don a pair of tight pants
, oil yourself up
another man? Then you should head on over to the Kirkpinar Greased Wrestling Festival
, held each year at the end of June. But beware
; the moves can be highly dirty and involve battering your opponent around the head
, pulling their ears
and even pushing your hand into your opponents shorts and squeezing their testicles
. This sure isn't your father's wrasslin'!
Hoorah! Fairy Congress '03
is almost upon us. With the admiral goal of Promoting Quality Human & Fairy Relations and special guest Dotty Maclean
of Findhorn Community
fame who apparently has done more than any other person in the 20th century to popularize the idea that humans can communicate with devas
, in attendance you'd be crazy to miss it. Sure looks
The Hay Festival of Literature
begins tomorrow. Lasting for ten days, and touted as the world's largest literary festival, it is
located in Hay-on-Wye
(Y-Gelli), the world's first booktown
and self-proclaimed Independent Kingdom
Hay-on-Wye is a booklover's paradise (or hell, depending on the state of your credit card), with over 40 incredibly well-stocked bookshops
(in a small town of only 2500 people, this means about three bookshops per block). This year's Festival
offers a chance to hearfrom the likes of DeLillo, Atwood, Said, Childish and Hitchens, and while some are obviously on-tour and will be standing next to a table of their newest product, the events aren't free. Would you pay to hear
your favourite authors read? Has hearing an author changed the way you read his/her book? Which authors have been as entertaining in person, and which have turned you off reading their books forever?
It's finally here. You're certainly familiar with the festivals in New Orleans and Rio, but what about Haiti
, and Watertown, Tennesee
? Also called Shrove Tuesday
, Mardi Gras has ancient origins
with links back to Lupercalia
and other pre-Christian celebrations. Carnival translates as "farewell to the flesh," which speaks to the surrender of beloved things during the season of Lent
So, what will you do for beads
is Japanese and means Festival for a prosperous year
There are many festivals
in Japan. But this one
is quite different
. Not many Japanese know about this Matsuri, and they are very surprized
[QuickTime video] when they hear about it for the first time. Well, what
Retro-Garage, Proto-Punk, Rock-Boogie, Glam-Rock, Alternative Hip-Hop ?
From the NY Times [reg req] review of the third annual Coachella Art and Music Festival in Indio, California "...with music slightly further out on the cutting edge than predecessors like Lollapalooza and the Woodstocks of the 90's." Is so much "new" stuff really going on, or is this just reviewer's fever?
"...there has been an attempt over the past few years to hijack the Olympic spirit, to minimize national pride and turn the events into a UNICEF-style celebration of global harmony and cooperation. The organizers are trying to turn the Olympics from a series of sporting contests into a multinational festival..."
My Mom just got back from the Ionesco festival
in New York. It sounds cool - it's usually hard to find stagings of even Ionesco's most famous plays, but these people seem to be doing everything.
The World's Largest Music Festival
starts today and runs until next Sunday. With acts ranging from Wilco
to the artist once again known as Prince, there's usually at least one band worth seeing for everyone. Plus it's cheap, if you go at the right time. But the question remains, what events do you look forward too each summer?
Maha Kumbh Mela from space
I know it has been covered, but this kinda thing always gives me goosebumps...
about (presumably) religious practices again...
for an Australian concert series akin to Lollapalooza
over here in the states, has one of the coolest flash intros I've seen. I love those clouds.