The height of the summer. Much of the region is on holiday – most people in France and Italy take their annual vacation this month – making for packed resorts, quiet cities and traffic jams on coast-bound roads.

Feast of the Assumption, Regionwide

Celebrated on 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption is the busiest holiday day of the year. Across the region, beaches are jam packed, cities slow to a standstill, and everyone basks in the summer sun.

Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia & Hercegovina

Since it was inaugurated in 1995, the Sarajevo Film Festival has become one of the largest film events in Europe and a major showcase for southeastern European movies. Commercial and art-house flicks are screened, almost all with English subtitles. For details see

Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, Italy

At the end of the month, movie big shots alight at Venice for the world's oldest film festival. The focus of attention is the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido, a small slither of an island in Venice's lagoon.