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Lajkonik Festival: guide to celebrating folklore in Krakow, Poland

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Krakow, Poland.

‘Kościół Mariacki w Krakowie‘ by Klearchos Kapoutsis. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Rynek Glówny, Krakow, Poland Date: Thursday after Corpus Christi. 6 June 2013; 26 June 2014; 11 June 2015. Level of participation: 1 – watch Lajkonik do the legwork According to Polish legend, when the head of Krakow’s defensive raftsmen defeated a Tatar marauder in the 13th century, he slipped into […]

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El Colacho: tips for witnessing the baby-jumping festival of Burgos, Spain

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Burgos Cathedral. Spain.

‘Catedral de Burgos‘ by El coleccionista de instantes. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Location: Castrillo de Murcia, Burgos, Spain Date: Sunday following Corpus Christi. 2 June 2013; 22 June 2014; 7 June 2015 Level of participation: 5 – if you’re a baby Spain begins to corner the European market for bizarre festivals with this gem. Grown men dress up in red […]

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Feast of St Anthony: a guide to Lisbon’s sardine festival

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Alfama. Lisbon. Portugal.

‘Alfama – Lisbon ‘s oldest district ‘by detengase. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Alfama, Lisbon, Portugal Dates: 12–14 June Level of participation: 2 – snack on sardines On the feast day of St Anthony, patron saint of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital goes sardine crazy. The winding streets and steep staircases in Alfama, the city’s oldest quarter, fill with the smell […]

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Isle of Wight Festival: a guide to one England’s largest music festivals

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Isle of Wight. England. Festival. Music. Spectators. Audience.

‘View from the Virgin Radio area‘ by David Jones. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight, England Dates: The second Thursday in June for four days: 13-16 June 2013; 12-15 June 2014; 11-14 June 2015 Level of participation: 3 – pitch your tent and soak up some sounds The music event on one of Britain’s best-known satellites has […]

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Riding of the Marches: a guide to summer festivities in the Scottish Borders

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Selkirk. Scotland. Street. Church.

‘Selkirk ‘by yellow book. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Scottish Borders, Scotland Dates: from early June Level of participation: 3 – cheer the riders and stomach a skinful The Riding of the Marches, or Common Riding, takes place throughout the summer in major Scottish Borders towns. Like many Scottish festivals, it has ancient traditions, dating back to the Middle Ages, when riders […]

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Duanwu Jié: tips for watching the dragon boat festival in Húnán, China

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Húnán province, China. Boat. River. Fenghuang.

‘Wooden boat‘ by magical-world. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Location: Húnán province, China Date: fifth day of the fifth lunar month. 12 June 2013; 2 June 2014; 20 June 2015 Level of participation: 1 – watch the dragons race During the Dragon Boat Festival, China’s rivers fill with colourful crafts decked out to look like dragons, from fearsome snout to […]

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Top 10 reasons to love Copenhagen

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Surprising, artistic, experimental and cosmopolitan, the Danish capital overflows with cafés, culture and history. As if Copenhagen‘s hosting of the 2014 Eurovision song contest wasn’t enough to grab your interest, here are 10 more reasons to love the city – as picked by Oliver Berry of Lonely Planet Traveller magazine. 1. The Danes know how to […]

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Top 40 rock ‘n’ roll travel sites countdown (20-1)

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On the rock ‘n’ roll tour, we’ve rolled through half of the list and we’re getting close to the end of the road. What’s the #1 rock ‘n’ roll destination in the world? Read on to find out… The top 40 starts here, with #40-#21 20. Budokan, Tokyo In 1966, the Beatles broke the martial […]

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Sónar: a guide to Barcelona’s dance music festival

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Barcelona. Sonar. Spain. Dance Floor. Dancing. Legs.

‘Vodafone tent‘ by Matt Biddulph. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Location: Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain Dates: starts on the Thursday, the third week in June. 13–15 June 2013; 12-14 June 2014; 18-20 June 2015. Level of participation: 1 – turn up and tune in to electronica Billing itself as a festival of progressive music and multimedia arts, Sónar began […]

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Summer Solstice: a guide to celebrating the longest day of the year

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Stonehenge. Wiltshire. England.

‘Stonehenge From Inside 5‘ by dannysullivan. Creative Commons Attribution Location: Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England Date: 21 June each year Level of participation: 3 – stay up until sunrise Summer solstice is a subject of much controversy. Having inspired ancient druids to perform rituals at stone circles and Burning Man founder Larry Harvey to incinerate an effigy, its very name causes discord. […]

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