Festival fun: 5 events on this weekend
From one of the oldest flea-markets in the world in Tokyo, to one of the oddest traditional harvest festivals in England, this weekend presents a few interesting options one wouldn't expect in January. Here are 5 interesting events taking place this weekend:
And if you're looking for something really very different this weekend, scuttle down to the Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival in Cambridgeshire. The tradition comes from the Fenland plough festivities when locals dress up in straw to look like bears and parade around the village. It looks as daft as it sounds, and like all the fun in the world.
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London is hosting its annual Lumiere festival, that takes place as soon as the soon goes down, from 6:30 pm until 10:30 pm. Organised by Artichoke, the festival is a celebration of light installations and monuments. Iconic London sights will be lit up, from Mayfair and King’s Cross to Oxford Circus, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Westminster.
This weekend will see huge celebrations take place around the world for Martin Luther King Jr Day. Harlem will be hosting its famous walking tours, stopping off at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Harlem Hospital Center, where the reverend was treated in 1958 after being stabbed with a letter opener in a bookstore. It is a huge event in NYC where people gather to celebrate the civil rights activist day and night.
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Setagaya Boroichi, Tokyo's wonderful 400 year-old flea market is on this weekend. It happens only twice a year, and attracts tens of thousands of visitors. Set in the beautiful thatched-house surrounding of Setagaya Daikan Yashiki, the old, local magistrate’s residence, it is an event not to be missed.
Champagne Life is the exhibition celebrating the Saatchi Gallery's 30th birthday with an all female cast of artists. It represents some of the best of the Saatchi collection and tastes, as well as some of the top female talent at the moment.