6 Cultural Festivals To Look Forward To In 2016
Have you planned your yearly travel itinerary? Or are you the type to just wing it? Well either way, if you are looking for a reason or a destination to travel, festivals would make a great trip. Though, a festival vacation, is not a restful vacation, but it can make you will feel somewhat reinvigorated or rather, it could replenish your love for life.
There are so many festivals that happen around the year annually that if you miss one this year, you could always try to go next year. Here, we have chosen 6 festivals to look forward to in 2016.
1. International Festival Of Pyrotechnic Art – Courchevel, France
We're going to start with this one because this festival is at one of our favorite destinations and that is Courchevel, France. The festival starts on February 11th, 2016 and will last until March 3rd, 2016.
Courchevel in particular is famous the world over for its many events and parties that happen throughout the year, we decided to choose this one because it happens during ski season.
The festival is a competition that was started in Courchevel in 2003 and sees participants from around the world battling it out with fireworks displays in the skies. Notable participants include Smart Pyrotechnics from the UK and Scarpato from Italy that have been in the fireworks business since 1784.
The competition is judged on quality and content of the display as well as pyrotechnics choreography and music selection. You will see the skies light up in amazing firework displays during the period of this competition.
If you are in the area between the festival dates, check out their schedule for the shows here.
2. White Nights Festival – St. Petersburg, Russia
The White Nights Festival is celebrated annually at St. Petersburg, Russia. It is an international arts festival that is held during the season of the midnight sun (approximately around 21 June). This festival is for the more cultured among us as it consists of series of classical ballets, operas and musical events.
Russian performers, dancers, singers, musicians and actors as well as international stars come together for the celebration of art.
Part of the festival is the Scarlet Sails celebration, which is the biggest and most famous public event of the White Nights Festival. The celebration includes spectacular fireworks, numerous music concerts, and a massive water show. In 2010, 3 million people attended the festivities and the entertainers included Cirque du Soleil, the Mariinsky Ballet and Antonio Banderas, among others
The White Nights Festival starts in May with the “Stars of the White Nights" at Mariinsky Theatre and ends in July. However, performances take place before and after the official dates.
3. Carnival of Venice – Venice, Italy
The history of this festival dates back over 900 years and is one of the most beautiful festivals in the world, one of the more intriguing ones as well. This year the festival is from January 23rd – February 9th. The carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent.
This festival is world-famous for the elaborate masks and costumes that people wear during the celebrations. Venice comes alive with bands, jugglers and entertainers everywhere, the canals will be filled with colorful boats, and the nights are about parties and balls. It's a Renaissance-like festival that is really worth a visit.
4. Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – Mexico
This one is also another world-famous festival. So much so that the traditional dress of the day has found its way into the western celebration of Halloween. If you had watched Specter recently, then you would recognize the scene in the beginning of the movie as being the festivities of the Day of the Dead.
It is a holiday in Mexico and celebrated throughout the country, especially in the Central and South regions of the country. People that are of Mexican decent living elsewhere like in the US, also celebrate the occasion. The whole idea of the holiday is focused on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and to remember those who have passed on and to help their spiritual journey.
Prior to the 16th century the celebrations actually took placed in summer. However, it has gradually become associated with the dates of October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd to match the western counterpart of Halloween.
You will see many decorations that are very traditional and colorful, other traditions during this time also include building private altars, sugar skulls to honor the decease, marigolds and many more.
5. Ultra Music Festival – Miami, Florida
This one is for the party goers! If you're one to look out for parties, this one would be one to go to. Held annually in Miami, Florida, the Ultra Music Festival is an outdoor electronic music festival in March.
Held in Downtown Miami in Bayford Park, it has evolved from a one-day festival in 1999 to a three-day festival 2012, and was also held over two consecutive weekends in 2013. This year (2016) it will be held on Mach 18th, 19th, 20th and their line up announcement so far includes headliners such as Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Chet Faker, The Prodigy, Tiesto and the list goes on. They will be having a phrase 2 announcement really soon, so keep an eye on that if you are interested.
Though, 92% of tickets have already been sold, so if you're planning to go, buy them now.
6. Food and Wine Classic -Aspen, Colorado
Okay, so I thought I would list one in for the grown-ups. Though I think that even the younger ones among us can still enjoy this festival. The Food and Wine classic takes place in the gorgeous Aspen,Colorado, in Summer.
Unlike the others, this is a festival with an easier going pace and is all about the culinary delights available. Last year (2015) they had over 80 cooking demos&wine tastings and was attended by over 5000 people. Celebrity cooks such as Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Bobby Flay and Michael Symon were among the chefs that had demonstrations. Love watching the food channels? Then this is your festival.
The festival will be taking place from June 17th- 19th this year and you can already buy your passes here. A consumer pass is $ $1,450.00 USD each and will be increased to $1,550.00 after March 15th 2016.