>> Sunday, August 31, 2008

OKTOBERFEST! It's the German word for fun! Well, that may not be the actual translation, but to the folks attending Helen's Oktoberfest every year it may as well be. Oktoberfest in Helen may have started out small in the 70's, but over the years, and through word of mouth, it has grown into the biggest party in the Southeast. And this, is not one of those one-week festivals; this celebration lasts 2 months! The north Georgia mountains make a great vacation spot year-round, because of the unparalleled beauty and mild weather; however, during Oktoberfest Mother Nature kicks it up a notch. Deep azure skies and color splashed mountains surround a picturesque "alpine" village, making the days as inviting as the nights. During the day, you may decide to browse the shops, relax in a beer-garden, or simply enjoy Helen's perfect weather and beautiful scenery. At night, however, all paths lead to Helen's massive Festhalle. Located within walking distance of most hotels, the Festhalle is the spot for authentic German bands, food, beer, and fun. You can either spend the evening dancing the Polka and the chicken dance, or you can relax in the adjacent beer garden and enjoy the crisp night air. Whichever section of the huge Festhalle you like best, be sure to sample the fresh cooked wursts, and large variety of German beers. So, if you've never been to Helen, or just never been to an Oktoberfest, be sure to book your hotel room early and plan to be at Helen's Oktoberfest. We're sure you'll want to come back year after year. Prost!!



The Mayor’s Thames Festival is a spectacular, free celebration of London and its river. Taking place over the middle weekend in September between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, the festival brings Londoners together in the very heart of the capital to dance, make sculptures, listen to music, watch movies, drink, eat, enjoy performances, sing, play on the beach, sail on the Thames and dance in the streets.
Essentially, we want to provide a celebration for London and its river, a city centre party if you like, one that is free and open to all. We want to close roads and bridges and transform them with culture. We want to educate and transform people’s ideas about the river, too. Most of all, we want people not just to be spectators, but to be active participants in this spectacular London event.
The Mayor’s Thames Festival is an annual free event celebrating our city’s greatest natural asset, the River Thames. The Festival takes place right in the heart of London, between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, on the river banks and on the adjacent riverside walkways and public open spaces.
The Festival commissions high-profile, cutting-edge arts events for unique environments on and around the river. It also showcases the best in street arts, with pyrotechnics, illuminations, art installations, river events, street theatre, massed choirs, circus and music.It has grown to become the capital’s largest free, open-air arts festival.
The 2008 Thames Festival will take place on the 13th and 14th September - 2008 marks the festival’s 10th Anniversary.


Salsa Kingdom 2008

>> Saturday, August 30, 2008

Salsa Kingdom is held over the Friday 5th to Sunday 7th September and is a latin music & dance festival, happening at 14 different locations in the grounds of Park Hall Hotel, near Chorley, in Lancashire.
Kingdom's congress line-up features dancers Maria Torres, Tito& Tamara, Adrian And Anita, Susana Montero And Leon Rose, Chachi, Sekou Mcmiller, Rafael De Busto, Mauricio Reyes, Luis Salgado, Kelvin And Lori, Mo Flex, Iresol Cordona, Carol Ann Stephenson, Jermaine Browne, Maritza Reveron, Mo T, Mel C, Franklyn & Brigitte, Simon Taylor, and many more. The festival also features Eddie Palmieri & The New Swing Sextet and DJ's include Henry Knowles, Lubi, Julian The Duke, Mauricio Reyes, Pepe Bassan & Recardo.
Salsa Kingdom features dancers from films 'Dirty Dancing 2'‚ 'l Cantante' and 'Dance with Me'‚ also from Broadway Musicals 'Swing', 'Mambo kings' and off Broadway 'Celia'. Plus Choreographers from pop videos for Jay Lo, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.
Tickets are priced at £135. There are day tickets available, a Saturday All Events pass is £60 and Sunday is priced at £50. There are also evening party passes (Evenings Only from 8pm) and a 3 Night Party Pass is priced at £60, Friday and Sunday party passes are £25, and a Saturday night party pass is £35.
On Sunday Evening 7th Sept Salsa Kingdom is having a firework display. Fireworks will be launched in to the Sky over Park Hall Lake and Theme Park. Note that there is no accommodation included in the ticket price. More information will be here when available.
source: http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/others2008/salsakingdom/


Grassroots Festival 2008

From hip-hop to ska to folk to rock to indie to....... who knows? Line-up includes:
Zubzub, Tarantism, Subsource, Joe Driscoll, Lazy Habits, Opaque, Los Tropicales, Keltrix, Point of Origin, The Richard Hall Band, Blue Mary Jane, The Winter Kings, Columbian Necktie, The Gangsters, Lunatic Crash, Point Seven Pistol, Double Handsome Dragons, Mr Zed, The Sunlight Factory, James Warner Prophecies, Angry Man, Wayne McArthur & the Universal Players Band, and Bijoumiyo & Lingua Franca.
A calm, relaxed but elegant and theatrical space with wonderful décor/surroundings, beautiful visuals and amazing original music to suite everyone's tastes. Line-up includes:
MC Xander, Rebecca Clamp, Soy Un Caballo, Peter Conway, Moony, Vince Freeman, Nurture the Flame, FreePeace, Andy Whittle, Rob the Rob (Sunday Sounds Crew), Stuart O’Connor, Dan Raza, James Chadwick, John Litchfield, Pip N Phil, Mark Roberts, Kerry Devine, Alfie & Kimmy, Julian Stone, Gren Bartley, Karmadillo, Charlie Alexander, Tres Cojones, Bex, Jez Hall, Sam Kirk, Gwildor, Richard Hall, Phil King, Jules, Magnificent Revolution, Palava, Cornelius, Joseph Watkin, and The Hooleys.
THE PLAY PEN (Dance Stage)
Many flavours and styles will be on offer over the weekend including psy-trance, breaks, house, electro, techno, drum & bass and breakcore. Line-up includes:
Tron (live), Far Too Loud, Erb n Dub (Urban Takeover/Finn People/Urbanism/Back to Basics), Cai (live) (Primitive Records), Hedflux (Sinister Recs/Breakin Even), Organismic (live), Phono Brothers (Raindance/Dig Deep), WOEF (Indigo Children/Newfoundland Festival), Han (Teethout), Shaggy (Psy-Breakdown), DJ Urb (World Record Breaker/System Abuse), Enwyn (Kill Electro Kill), Revolution-Arry, TDM (Dreadnought recs/Hertz), Selecta (Dreadnought recs/Audio Breakdown), Komplex (Foundation/Hertz/Hijack), Bidbod (Sin-Thesis/Playskool), Luvlea (Tripycyty) psy-trance, Local (Playskool), Instinct (Psy-Breakdown), Danz Music Terraizt (live) (BOP Productions), Magic Lamp (live) (Playskool/Glo-bug), Kendo (Sin-Thesis/Playskool), Shaggy (Psy-Breakdown/Playskool), Local (Playskool), Surj (Bish Bash Bosh), Manga, DJ Skyway (Club Bad), Yeti (Mug the Goat), and Aesthetix.
THE CIRCUIT TREE (Alternative Dance/Chillout)
A wonderful wild mix of musical madness & beauty, from spaced out sounds, blissed out ambient, techno, dub, brakcore & tech-house. Line-up includes:
FRIDAY: (visuals by VJ Gumbo)
Day Glow Joe (Glass Onion/Grassroots), 3dm, Stuart Lowman (Outlet Collective London), Droids, Mindtours, The Fez, and KEY (live).
SATURDAY: (visuals by Lukus)
Abid (Dub), The Emo Hunter, Broca, OSKM (live), Local (Tech live), Micromattic (Tech house), Sam Greenwood (Tech house), Arthur Barr (Tech house), Soundhacker (Electronica, live), Screenager (Breakcore), Le jockey (Tech live), Jim Masters (Techno), and ITAL TEk (live).
Asthetix (Dub breakfast), Tim diagram (Electronica), Sleepwalker (Dub), Lukus (Deep roots), Peddlebreaker (Breaks), Loki23 (Summer techno), Stuart Lowman (Techno/Electro), Hazel (Techno), Sys-Ex (Techno Live), and Static Noise (Techno live).
IRIE STYLIE (Acoustic/Poetry/Spoken Word/Food)
A magical solar powered stage hosting acoustic artists, bands plus spoken word and poetry. The line-up includes The FreakyFest Show, Attila the Stockbroker, Rachel Pantechnicon?, Pint of Poetry and dash of Drama, Nick Boldock, Locality, Sophie Burrows, Yanny Mac, and The Librarian Girls. The tent will also be providing a wide range of delicious vegan and vegetarian foods.
THE DRAWING ROOM (Open Mic/Piano/Acoustic)
This Victorian designed marque holds a unique presence with a variety of Jazz sessions, jam sessions, acoustic performances, ‘the jazz hour’ and so much more...
A fun filled creation station, providing a safe space for all future Davinchi's. Children, parents & adults alike can get involved in arts, crafts & workshops. Come & Play!
BREATHE EASY (Healing Area + Workshops)
Sound Therapy, Yoga, Reiki, Massage & Mantra Therapy.
Tickets are on sale, priced at £30 before 30th July, then £40 in advance or £45 on the door. Children under 10 are FREE, children aged 10-15 are half price and children 16 and over pay full price. To buy tickets click here.
There will be a collection of stalls selling a variety of fair-trade clothing, jewellery and bric a brac and a wide variety of organic, vegetarian, vegan and fair-trade food and drinks.


Bestival 2008

The dates for the fifth Bestival, again at Robin Hill Country Park on the Isle of Wight, are Friday 5th until Sunday 7th September 2008.
My Bloody Valentine are confirmed as the Friday night headliner (an English festival exclusive), with Amy Winehouse headlining Saturday, and Underworld headlining Sunday. Also playing are: Aphex Twin (English Festival Exclusive), The Breeders, CSS, George Clinton And Funkadelic/Parliament, Gary Numan, The Human League (exclusive two performance concert), Pendulum (live), 808 State (live), Foals, Lee Scratch Perry, Baaba Mal, The Wedding Present, The Cuban Brothers, Transglobal Underground, King Creosote, Chas & Dave, Red Snapper, Micah P Hinson, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, and many more.
There's also DJs: DJ Yoda, Layo & Bushwacka, Annie Mac, Slam, Rob da Bank, Mark Moore, DJ Hype, Bailey, TC, Sub Focus, Chase & Status, Kevin Rowland, Yuksek, Touché, Digital Mystikz and Sgt Pokes, Loefah, Kode 9 and Space Ape, Freestylers, DJ Derek, Sombrero Sound System, and many more.
BBC Introducing will have a stage at Bestival. The BBC Introducing stage plays host to the best new UK artists, nominated by new music shows from across the BBC. The stage will be showcasing a host of up-and-coming bands including; Subgiant, Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong, The Duke Spirit, Teenagers, Tawiah, Fuck Buttons, Cage The Elephant, Ladyhawke, Metronomy, Ox Eagle Lion Man, These New Puritans, Lets Wrestle, Little Dragon, Imperial Leisure, Gideon Conn, Zombie Zombie, George Pringle, The Restaurant, Vessels, The Ghost, Peter Von Poehl, St Vincent, and Six Nation State.
As well as the music, Bestival has the world's biggest fancy dress party - this year with a theme of "30,000 freaks under the sea", so get out your underwater fancy-dress garb - plus the Bollywood cocktail bar, Laughter Clubs, a Farmers market, Kids area, Morris dancing, magical moments and more, as one of the most colourful events on the festival calendar.
The car park will be open from 9am on Thursday 4th Sept, with the box office opening at around 11.30am and the campsites will open at midday. On Friday 5th September thew Box office opens at 9am. On Monday 8th September the car parks and campsites close at midday. There is no entry into the site after midnight on any night (that's Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun).


Perth Fashion Festival 2008

THERE is just 37 days until fashion fever takes its hold over Perth.
Today the official countdown to the Perth Fashion Festival began with an intimate and sophisticated champagne breakfast at the WA Art Gallery.
Festival sponsors and media braved the wet and wintry weather conditions to catch the first glimpse of the bursting festival program that will start on September 4.
Guests were treated to a ‘fashion moment’ – a parade down the gallery's spiral staircase, showcasing the designs from our newest and most successful WA designers, which included Ruth Tarvydas, Aurelio Costarella, United Constructions, Antipodium and Morrison.
The festival celebrates its 10th birthday this year, and there to help celebrate were eight of the 10 festival faces. 2007 face, Chadwick model Fabienne Vanderhaeghen is currently in New York and 2004 Amy Finlayson is currently travelling to Bali.
Bestival 2008of over 100 WA designers to an anticipated audience of 16,000 people.
The three hottest tickets on the Perth Fashion Festival schedule are indigenous swimwear label Kooey’s collection launch, the new-look WA Fashion Awards, and of course, the opening night cocktail party where Pierucci will celebrate 25 years in fashion.
The 2008 Perth Fashion Festival will be held from 4-12 September.


Planetlove Festival 2008

Planetlove Festival 2008
Planetlove celebrates its 10th birthday weekend by happening for the first time over two days on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th September at Shanes Castle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
On Friday 5th September Planetlove will host Tiesto in Concert, as part of his 'In Search of Sunrise Tour'. Then on Saturday 6th September Planetlove plays host to nine Arenas including Polysexual, Meganite, and Q Dance. The line-up released , so far is as follows:
Love Arena
Ferry Corsten, Eddie Halliwell, Judge Jules, Marco V, Sander Van Doom, Richard Durand, Second Sun (live), Aly & Fila, Giuseppe Ottiviani, and Chris Davis.
Live Outdoor Stage
Pendulum (live), Sebastien Leger, Trophy Twins, Rank 1 (live), Katherine Ellis (live), Marcela Woods (live), Glenn Morrison, and Jordan X.
Meganite Arena
Maro Picotto, Dave Clarke, Slam, Danilo Vigorito, Riccardo Ferri (live), Gabry Fasano, Phil Kieron, Daniele Papini, Athos, Psycatron, and David De Valera.
Q Dance Arena
Technoboy, Luna, Dana, Headhunterz, Balistic, Zany, Mark EG, Tizer, Chris Rox, Bob Sealey, hosted by MC Ruffian.
Rendevous Arena
Yves Deruyter, Ramirez, DJ Demand, Sharkey, The Rhytmic state, QFX, Trix & Cyanide, Xray/Sci, Modelle/Cuffy, Binman/Storm, MCs Go and Johnny M.
Lisa Lashes, Tidy Boys, Alex Kidd, Kutski, Mallorca Lee, Amber D, Mark Sherry, Karim/BK, Adam Lab 4 (live), Mark H, and John Gibbons.
10 Years Of Love
Marcel Woods, Matt Hardwick, Gleave Dobbin, Hemstock & Jennings, Woody Van Eyden, John OO Flemming, Agnelli Nelson, John Ceccini, Mark Wesley, and Dave Pearce.
Love @ Home
ryan Blair, Marc Audio, Mark Cowan, Dale Hooks, Kieron McAuley, Mulgrew, Major 12 inch, Tina Hart, Venusrollergirl, Carl Bryant, Conor Maxwell, and Craig Campbell.
Planet love has a new and bigger event site, with camping, chill out area, over 130 live acts & performers, a traders village, bungee amusements, funfair, double sized fully licensed bars.


DaDaFest International 2008

From Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th September DaDaFest International 2008 brings to the heart of Liverpool a brand new fusion of the best and brightest of cutting edge Deaf and Disability Artists offering audiences a wealth of UK and International talent, with events this year including performance, comedy, dance, music, sculpture, film, photography, and poetry.
Premiers and exclusives include Ninja Mat, Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz with 'Beauty and the Beast'. Award winning Scottish dancer and performer Claire Cunningham will be showing her new Aerial work 'Mobiles' and dance piece 'Evolution'. Liverpool favourite Laurence Clark comes hot wheeled from the Fringe with his new comedy show 'Spasticus Fantasticus' whilst poet, playwright and Performer Julie MacNamara presents the first showing of her Merseyside inspired drama 'Crossings'.
At St. Georges Hall Denise Leigh will be presenting her new recital work 'Horizontal Heroines' and a programme of early music with Ukrainian musical virtuoso Stefan Andrusischyn.
In complete contrast crazy sign dance disco diva collective The Alexandras will be high kicking up a storm at an open air stage, whilst American photographer Kevin Connoly will be bringing his acclaimed 'Rolling Exhibition'.
With artworks from Ju Goslin, Gus Cummins and newly commissioned works from Aaron Williamson, Tanya Raabe, Wolfgang Temmel and Martin Bruch, clubnights from Frogtastic and DaDaLesque, the Oska Bright Film Festival, Feature films including the Northern premier of Richard Butchins BAFTA banned 'The Last American Freakshow'.
Children's events includie Neslysim Divadlo from the Czech Republic, Comedy with the delightful Lamada and Voizeux from France, new plays including Tyst Theatre from Sweden and plenty of hands on opportunities to meet the artists and explore new ideas and creations.


Toast Festivals 2008

Toast Festivals is inspired by the culture of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand and takes place from Friday 26th until Sunday 28th September with each day celebrating a different culture. It is the largest celebration of the Southern hemisphere within the UK.
The three day series of events includes performances from Just Jinjer, Freshground, Supergroove featuring Che Fu, jacSharp, Op Shop, The Fluids, Tyrone Noonan, Brooke Supple, Mahalia Barnes, and Jimmy Barnes. As well as music there's a selection of traditional foods, wines, and home-grown comedy from the likes of Paul Snodgrass.
Note this event is indoors and does not have camping, there are plenty of accommodation option in the Hammersmith area.


The Arts Council’s 30th Annual International Folk Festival

>> Friday, August 29, 2008

“When we dance in the streets, we dance together, regardless of color, race, status, enjoying ourselves and sharing a love for great music, food and fun!” Trinidad poet
Fayetteville has a rich and long history of celebrating its multicultural population. Years ago, a group of forward thinking citizens got together to create the International Folk Festival as a celebration of our diversity. Now in its 30th year, the International Folk Festival has become a three day celebration and has been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Festival for three consecutive years.
Friday, September 26
7-9 p.m.
301 Hay Street

Saturday, September 27
Parade of Nations, 2:00 P.M.
Hay Street
5:30 Concert in Festival Park featuring B.I.G and the Spam All Stars

Sunday, September 28
Noon to 6 p.m.
30th Annual International Folk Festival
Food, art and fine crafts, entertainment on multiple stages!
Festival Park and surrounding area


19th Annual MAYBERRY DAYS, Thursday - Sunday, September 25-28, 2008

Mayberry Days is the annual festival of the Surry Arts Council that brings fans and friends from all over the county together in Andy Griffith's hometown of Mount Airy, North Carolina. This year's special events are described below, along with all the traditional events in the Mayberry Days Primer.

Mayberry Days is a festival for the whole family with activities and events for the fans to those who long for the days when life was simple and the Sheriff didn't carry a gun. Enjoy a bottle of pop while playing checkers, relax to music from many local bands playing the same songs that Andy grew up with in Mount Airy and be sure to get your picture with the TV Land statue of Andy & Opie. There is so much to do during the festival, but there is always time to slow down and enjoy what Mayberry means to you.


Benson Mule Days

Benson, North Carolina celebrates Benson Mule Days® the 4th Saturday of September each year. The kickoff concert is held on Thursday night in the Benson Singing Grove (located Downtown Benson).
This festival, which draws 60-70,000 people, is filled with family fun and activities for everyone young and old. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more.

The parade alone draws about 20,000 people. This festival is considered one of the largest festivals in North Carolina and the parade has hundreds of horses, mules, buggies, and unusual entries. Visitors come from as far away as Alaska, Germany and California.

Benson Mule Days® was inducted into the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in May of 2000. This festival was submitted by Congressman Bob Etheridge who attended the 50th celebration and served as a parade judge. The Chamber prepared information which will be on display at the Library of Congress and on their web-site.


The Wild Georgia Shrimp festival

Brought to you by the Jekyll Island Authority and the Wild Georgia Shrimp Association Shrimp & Grits: The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival is the only festival dedicated to celebrating two southern favorites – Shrimp and Grits! If you are a chef, join in the signature Shrimp & Grits cooking competition. If you are a seafood lover, warm up your taste buds for some delicious shrimp and seafood dishes brought to you by several local restaurants. All shrimp served will be FRESH Wild Georgia Shrimp.
To round out the festival experience, there will be great music, a Family Fun Zone and a vendor area complete with arts, crafts, antiques and collectables. In addition, take your family on a shrimping excursion or explore a real shrimp boat.
Set amid Jekyll Island’s picturesque historic district, the Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival will open on Friday, Sept. 19, at 5:00 p.m. It will be open during the remainder of the weekend, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.



September 18 - 21, 2008 - Charlotte, North Carolina
For over 40 years, this annual festival has been delighting local Charlotteans as well as visitors from around the globe with good music, good art and good times. Held in Freedom Park, near uptown Charlotte, festival fun includes over 150 artists and artisans demonstrating and displaying their arts and crafts, plus almost a thousand entertainers and performers providing ongoing entertainment. Attracting an estimated 100,000 visitors, this popular Charlotte event is known for its relaxed, yet stimulating, celebration of the arts.



Celebrating One of the World's Finest Spirits in the
Bourbon Capital of the World

Since 1776, the people of Bardstown, Kentucky have been making Bourbon. Their dedication to the fine art of distilling eventually gave Bardstown the title of Bourbon Capital of the World. Come celebrate this passion and history at The Kentucky Bourbon Festival.
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival gives you a weekend full of smooth Bourbon, delicious food, and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It's a wonderful five-day event full of activities for the whole family.
Beautiful Bardstown is a historical treasure nestled away in the Kentucky countryside. There are shops, fine restaurants, trains, museums and of course the distilleries that have made Bardstown famous the whole world over. Come celebrate the spirit of Kentucky at The Kentucky Bourbon Festival.



>> Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The 15th Doc/Fest will be held in Sheffield from 5-9 November 2008
Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in November. Doc/Fest is a film festival, industry session programme and market place, offering pitching opportunities, controversial discussion panels and in-depth filmmaker masterclasses, as well as a wealth of inspirational documentary films from across the globe.
In 2008 Sheffield Doc/Fest will continue to produce Crossover Labs, an international programme designed to explore the creative and the commercial challenges of developing content and services for digital media. Crossover is a unique series of creative ‘laboratories’ in which experienced and talented professionals from different sectors of the audio-visual industries work alongside international experts and mentors to develop ideas for innovative cross-platform programmes, products or services.
Doc/Fest is the only place in the world where you will meet all the British documentary industry under one roof. It is the perfect place to launch your latest documentary, pitch new ideas, meet future co-production partners and get insider tips from some of the world’s best documentary makers. It is a relaxed and friendly place to hold meetings with producers, commissioners and distributors, learn about the latest trends in production and discover new innovations and emerging talent.
Dates: 5-9 November, 2008


Canary Wharf Film Festival

28th - 31st August 2008
The second edition of the Canary Wharf Film Festival (CWFF) will host a unique and free programme of feature-length and short films. Screenings will be held within the E14 area, focusing on the diverse local culture and history as well as showcasing UK filmmaking talent through it’s call for submissions. This will culminate in a closing night Awards Ceremony commending films in the categories of Animation, Comedy, Docklands, Documentary, Drama and Music Video.


Up Coming Events in EUROPE

Now, regardless or whether you will be traveling in a Camper Van Rental or Motor Home Rental, or using commercial transportation, here is some travel advice for popular destinations, from which you can plan your itinerary.
Let’s start with England. They have so many attractions in London alone, you could spend an entire month there and still not take them all in. Tower of London, London Dungeon, Tower Bridge, The Castle, The Thames, The Museums, and Trafalgar Square are just a few of the popular destinations. And many people prefer to use the subway, called the underground, even though it does travel above ground in some places. Outside of London they have military museums and such that will be interesting to see.

While in that part of Europe, why not motor (or whatever means of transport you choose) up to Wales and Scotland? Wales has some of the most beautiful countryside this side of Heaven, and who can forget Nessie (The Loch Ness Monster) and the other attractions (Castles and the Blarney Stone) to be found in Scotland? And while there don’t forget to try some Haggis!
Okay, you have finished your trip through that area, and now want to move on. How about using the Chunnel, the underground, and under water, tunnel that goes from England to France? When you reach France, consider some points of interest, such as Paris itself. The Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triumph, the roadside sidewalk cafes, The Louvre, The Seine, Notre Dame, and even Disneyland, to name a few. When you leave Paris, be sure to plan to go through the wine country and enjoy some of the locally produced wines. They have been making wine for a very long time!
Next you can take in Spain, Italy, or Germany, or all three or just two. If you omit Spain (Bullfights and more), then I would suggest Italy and then Germany.
In Italy there is so much to offer. They have the Rome, Naples, Florence, and Venice to name a few areas. In Rome you can see the Vatican, the Coliseum, and much more. Sample some of their food and wine as well. Make sure to include Venice in your tour for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

In Germany, be sure to make a stop in Berlin, the re-united city. A lot of history from the last century came from there. While there be sure to see the Brandenburg Gate, and visit some of the museums that abound in the region. You can also visit the location of Checkpoint Charlie! And while in Germany, try some of their beer and sausages which they are famous for. A trip to Auschwitz would not be something to forget when touring this country with a long history of strife and conflict!
Continuing in our line of travel, the next country we come to is Poland. Places of interest there include Warsaw and Krakow. Poland was the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, the only Polish Pope. Poland is also the site of what was considered one of the changing revolutions, not only for that country, but for all of Europe, and the Soviet Union in particular. An interesting place to visit is the Holocaust Memorial at Majdanek, a former Nazi concentration camp near Lublin.
About 30 miles south of Krakow is the location of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. At least 1.5 million Jews, Roma (Gypsies), homosexuals, political prisoners, and others were killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland during World War II (1939-1945). Auschwitz was the largest such facility established by the Nazis, and came to be a symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust, and its name has become forever associated with genocide.

Following our itinerary, we come to Russia, land of the Tsars and Red Square, the Kremlin, St. Petersburg and St. Basil’s Cathedrals, The Ural Mountains, Siberian Tigers, Gum Department Store, Home of Tchaikovsky, composer of the famous 1812 Overture, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn the famous writer and dissident who was exiled and later returned upon the fall of Communism. This country is so rich in history which shaped the world as we know it today, and it has a lot of culture to be observed. Their industry is one of the strongest, and their country is the largest in Europe.
Next we come to Finland, with the capitol city of Helsinki. They have both ultra-modern buildings and old, walled castles. One castle of note is the Kastelholm Castle, located in the Åland Islands, Finland. Another is Olavanlinna Castle, the centerpiece of Savonlinna, a small city in southeast Finland, built in 1475 on what was then the border between Sweden-Finland and Russia. Founded in 1639, the scenic town of Savonlinna today attracts thousands of visitors annually to a prestigious opera festival held in the old castle.

Much of the country is located with the Artic Circle, and the country has many beautiful lakes, and thousands of small, mostly uninhabited islands. In the Artic region, they have almost continuous daylight from May through July, which attracts thousands of tourists. The Sauna, or Finnish Steam Bath is something that needs to be experienced. This is also the country of Reindeer, Ptarmigan, Snow Bunting, and Golden Plover. What is called The Great Church, can be found in Helsinki, the Capitol and chief port, political, commercial, educational, and cultural center of Finland. It is also an important industrial center of the country.
Next we come to Sweden, with the capitol city of Stockholm. This is the home of the famous Vikings of long ago, and Visby’s Ruins, located on the Swedish island of Gotland. Tower ruins in a residential neighborhood are a reminder of past glory at Visby. Visby reached its apex in the 12th century, when it became a key European trading center. Today the walled city is known for its dazzling rose gardens and centuries-old edifices.

It is also the home of Abba. After winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo,” the Swedish pop group Abba went on to become one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1970s. The group recorded songs in English to reach a wider audience. The band members were Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Benny Andersson. If memory serves me right, they were two married couples who later divorced, but remain friends.
The Swedish fishing village and popular seaside resort of Fjällbacka is in the Bohuslän region, which extends from the city of Göteborg to the Norwegian border. For years, fishing was an important source of income here. Recently, however, tourism has gained ground. Kalmar Castle, on the southeast coast of Sweden, has played an important role in Scandinavian history. Built in the 12th century in the city of Kalmar, the castle was the site of an agreement uniting Sweden, Denmark, and Norway under a single monarch. Initiated in 1397, this alliance helped protect Scandinavia from hostile neighboring countries. Today, the castle houses an archaeological and ethnological museum. And there are many museums and libraries of interest.

Last on my Must See itinerary is Norway, often called the Land of the Midnight Sun, with the capitol city being Oslo. Vikings are a part of the historical past culture of this country. Like it’s neighbors, much of it is within the Artic Circle. In 1397 Norway became a province of Denmark and was dominated by that country until 1814, when Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden. The union was dissolved and it became an independent nation in 1905.
This is the place where the legendary Lemmings plunged into the sea. The story is partly true in that they live mostly in the higher areas of the country, but when overpopulation caused a scarcity of food, they went to the lower areas looking for food, and some accidentally ended up plunging into the sea.
One place of interest is located in the southwest town of Borgund. There you will find a 12th-century Norwegian stave church, with its pagoda-like interlocking roofs, constructed entirely of wood, and the best preserved of those remaining.. Hundreds of stave churches were built in Norway during the 11th and 12th centuries, but only about 30 remain standing today.

Norway has produced some of the world’s most famous explorers. The fearless Vikings preceded pioneers such as Fridtjof Nansen, who in 1888 was the first person to cross Greenland, and Roald Amundsen, who was the first to navigate the Northwest Passage and, in 1911, to reach the South Pole. In 1947 Thor Heyerdahl set out to prove his theory that people from South America had settled the islands of the South Pacific Ocean. He drifted 6,920 km (4,300 mi) from Peru to Polynesia on a balsa raft called the Kon-Tiki.
Norway was also known for Erik the Red, a Norwegian-born explorer Erik Thorvaldson, was the first person to explore Greenland, and he founded the first community on the island in about 985. The explorer began his journey to avoid a manslaughter charge in Iceland, where he had settled with his family. He became known as Erik the Red because of his red hair.
That concludes my list of places to visit and things to do when you are taking your Camper Van Rental or Motor Home Hire in Europe. If I have left anything out, it is simply because there is so much to see, and so many places to visit. But my list should get your started. Feel free to add or delete, as your interests may dictate. But, whatever you do, enjoy your tour of Europe in your Camper Van Hire or Motor Home Rental of Europe!


Upcoming Events in USA:

USA Blues Barbecue and Fireworks
Fireworks and barbecue! What could be better than this? On August 24 at Pier 54 witness the majestic Brooklyn Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the amazing fireworks display. Catch free live blues by the water at Pier 54, part of the Hudson River Park’s annual summer of fun. Top bands play at this one-day mini festival and, to get things really sizzling a barbecue is thrown in too……..read more

USA Sloss Furnaces Stokin’ the Fire BBQ and Music Festival
The Sloss Furnaces Stokin’ the Fire BBQ and Music Festival has something for everyone! See chefs and amateurs battle it out for the best BBQ! In addition to the BBQ battles, everyone can enjoy local music at the Stokin’ stage, purchase BBQ from nationally acclaimed BBQ vendors, and enjoy global grilling demonstrations by chefs from the best restaurants…….read more
The USA, or the United States of America (America for short), located on the North American continent, is comprised of 50 States, 48 of them contiguous, or connected by borders, as I am sure most people who know anything about America understand. Everyone has knowledge of the vast size and diversity of the many states, and what they have to offer. Some of the more popular states for tourists are California, Florida, and even New York. America offers vast forests, parks, museums, cultural and industrial centers, amusement parks, sports facilities, camping parks, and so much more. But because of its vast size, and the distances between locations, the best way for you to see America is what we are offering you. Regardless of what state or states you choose to visit, Camper Travel USA offers you the perfect way to get the most out of your holiday. Renting a motorhome with Campertravel will allow you freedom of movement, as well as the luxury of a kind of portable home-away-from-home environment that will help you to make this the vacation you deserve. Picture yourself in your Motorhome RV - Hire USA, driving in perfect weather, through the hills, forests, and small towns of America. Can you imagine the excitement you will feel at gazing upon the lush and beautifully peaceful forests. Can you picture the quaint and interesting scenery in those small towns you will encounter when traveling in your USA RV rental.

One of the most interesting museums in the country is located in the Capitol region of Washington, District of Columbia, and is called the Smithsonian Museum. It is not one building, but a series of buildings where you can spend endless days touring, while using your Camper Travel USA rental vehicle as your base of operations. But there are interesting museums in every state, delicious food, festivals and events, and most major cities in America.
But let us suggest a couple of alternatives to those “most frequently visited” states and places where the majority of tourist go, and a few camping parks. There are two states we would like to offer for your consideration, and the best way to see them is in your USA campervan rental vehicle. One is Pennsylvania, and the other is Utah. There is much to see and do in these two states, and the number and combinations of destinations is endless. That is why we recommend using a Camper Travel USA rental.

First is Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, one of the Middle Atlantic States, and one of the 13 original states of the United States. Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia is its largest city. In Pennsylvania you can see and explore the world of a unique group of people, the Amish. They dress in a severely plain style, using hooks and eyes instead of buttons to fasten their clothes. They ride in horse-drawn buggies instead of automobiles, and the adult males wear beards. Religious services are held in homes; foot washing is practiced in connection with the communion service; discipline is enforced by shunning; and marriage with outsiders is condemned. The Supreme Court of the United States agreed that their right to the free exercise of their religion is protected and that the state’s concern for compulsory public education must yield to that consideration.

Tourism is virtually the only industry in the Pocono Mountains, along a popular resort area. In the more rugged woodlands of the Alleghenies several summer and winter resort areas have been developed, including a number of ski resorts. In addition, Pennsylvania’s many historic sites attract millions of visitors yearly. Picture yourself in your USA motorhome rental, touring through those mountains and maybe even taking in some of the resorts activities, including seeing one of their shows.
The state’s three major navigable waterways, the Delaware River, the Ohio River, and Lake Erie, have helped make Pennsylvania an important trade and transportation center since colonial times. What better way to see them, and travel around the marvelous waterways than in your USA RV Rental.

The other location we would suggest is the state of Utah, which is a state in the western United States, partly in the Rocky Mountains. Its great variety of landscapes includes high wooded mountains, lakes, valley oases, barren salt flats, deserts, and a wild plateau country with strange rock formations and rainbow-colored canyons. Imagine touring these in your motorhome. For the nature lovers, or the hunters, this state offers mule deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, bison (American buffalo), black bear, cougar, Rocky Mountain goat, and Rocky Mountain bighorn.
A number of museums in the state have exhibits pertaining to state and Mormon history, including the Mormon Church-affiliated Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City and the Pioneer Village Museum in Farmington. The University of Utah has museums of fine arts and natural history. Other museums in Utah include the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park in Vernal, the Children’s Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, and the Fairview Museum of History and Art in Fairview. Again we suggest the use of your RV hire USA vehicle as the perfect way to interact with all these attractions, which are spread over a wide area.

You can marvel at all these and more thrilling destinations and sights for the family and even activities for the kids when using a USA campervan rental. Anyone can adjust to driving in America with our USA Motorhome driving information. Enjoy a unique, memorable and stress-free vacation when you rent or hire a camper van, RV, or Motor Home from campertravelusa, you can travel at your own pace and leisure and you can save a considerable amount of time and money and even on petrol.
At Camper Travel we are proud to offer our customers the best service in the industry. We give prompt responses to our customers’ enquiry; we have got the friendliest, most honest, and reliable reservationists; our prices are the most affordable in the market; and to top it all off, we provide our customers’ with the most comprehensive quotes and motorhome-RV driving guides and travel information on current events, exchange rates, and more.

But the perks of renting or hiring a motorhome from campertravelusa do not end there. We have a large selection of vehicles to suit your needs and preferences. We could also give you further suggestions on other interesting places to visit on your trip. So why not let your next vacation begin and end in the most enjoyable way by using Camper Travel USA as your agent in setting you up with a trip which will allow you to fully enjoy the exciting sights and rich culture America has to offer.


Upcoming Events in New Zealand

Whitianga Scallop Festival
When we think of scallops, we think of pure indulgence! Prepare yourself for a weekend long celebration of Coromandel seafood and cuisine. But seats to this delicious morsel are limited though, there are tickets available online. Better get them quick!….read full story Rally New Zealand
The New Zealand Rally Championship will be held on 28 -31 August 2008. Headquarters is at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton which includes the Super Special Stage where the family can get close to the action. The event travels through the picturesque Waikato, Franklin, Pirongia and Waitomo regions….read full story
New Zealand Waikato Draught Tough Guy and Gal Challenge
Test your guts this 16th of August. The off-road running event continues to grow in popularity and status. Get down and dirty while you tackle thecourse that includes water trails, a spider’s web net climb, mud slide, crawl under barbed wire, beautiful native bush trails, swamp crossings andmore mud….read full story
Aotearoa, in Maori, The Land of the Long White Cloud, as translated in English, and more commonly, New Zealand, to most of us. Located in the southern Pacific Ocean, and composed of two major islands and a number of smaller islands, New Zealand should definitely be your next stop for that dream vacation you have always wanted. Relax and spend your vacation surrounded by the beauty only New Zealand can offer.

Imagine breathtaking mountains and lush green hilltops on New Zealand’s South Island as you cruise around with your Motorhome rental New Zealand. One notable destination is the majestic ice-capped Southern Alps, which form a natural dividing range along the entire length of the island. Aoraki/Mount Cook is the Southern Alps’ highest point measuring 3754 meters (12,283 feet) in height. Caravan parks and various protected national parks are located in the area, each with sights as equally stunning as the next. These include the Westland National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park, and the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Lakes and glaciers abound in these national parks. In fact, the Southern Alps has some 360 glaciers, the largest of which is the Tasman Glacier – 29 kilometers in length – located in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

Another must-see when traveling with your Campervan Hire New Zealand Rental in the South Island of New Zealand is Fiordland, considered a World Heritage Site by the UN in 1986. Well-known as the home of Mitre Peak, Mildford and Doubtful Sounds, be lured in and experience the peace and serenity Fiordland has to offer. Adding to the uniqueness of the South Island’s geography is its coastal plains in Canterbury and Southland.
The adventure does not stop there. Travel to the North Island with your Camper Van New Zealand Rental and tour New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, or its capital, Wellington. And if you prefer being closer to nature, travel to the heart of North Island where the exhilarating Lake Taupo beats with magnificence and beauty.

Immerse in Auckland’s rich culture, home to the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. Experience the annual festivals, the fun and vibrant life as you wine and dine with an array of food and delicacies in what is aptly known as the City of Sails as its harbor is dotted with hundreds of yachts.
Travel around the capital, Wellington, which incidentally is not only the country’s political center, but is also the country’s arts and cultural capital, as well as the centre of the nation’s film industry.
Get away from it all and take in the splendor of New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo. With your New Zealand campervan rental, witness first-hand the grandeur of this area’s snow-capped mountains, the pristine blue and emerald lakes, the untouched native forests, steaming cliffs, mud pools, relaxing mountain streams and rivers, and the volcanic valleys all in good and pleasant seasons and weather. There are plenty of activities for kids and all ages.

You can marvel at all these thrilling sights and more when using a New Zealand Camper Van Rental. Anyone can adjust to driving in New Zealand with our New Zealand motorhome driving information. so you can enjoy a unique, memorable and stress-free vacation when you rent or hire a camper van, RV, or motorhome from CAMPERTRAVEL With a campervan, RV, or motorhome hire new zealand you can travel at your own pace and leisure and you can save a considerable amount of time and money and even on petrol.
At Camper Travel we are proud to offer our customers the best service in the industry. We give prompt responses to our customers’ enquiry; we have got the friendliest, most honest, and reliable reservationists; our prices are the most affordable in the market; and to top it all off, we provide our customers’ with the most comprehensive quotes and travel information.

But the perks of renting or hiring a camper van from CAMPERTRAVEL NEW ZEALAND do not end there. We have a large selection of vehicles to suit your needs and preferences. We could also give you further suggestions on other interesting destinations and sights to visit on your trip and local information like current exchange rates.
Begin your travel with the ease and convenience only Camper Travel can offer. Soak up the rich culture and the exciting sights of New Zealand and enjoy every moment of your vacation! Travel with Camper Travel!



Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe
It is said that some ancient cultures valued chocolate above gold.
Who can blame them? From chocolate chess to chocolate fountains and a gourmet chocolate dinner, Latrobe’s Chocolate Winterfest explores all aspects of this wickedly delicious food.
Come to Australia for the Chocolate Winterfest. Drive up to Latrobe for a seven minute drive from Devonport. Heads turn at the mention of chocolate during winter, and in Latrobe you and your whole family can indulge, be amused and be entertained. Feel the warmth of chocolate during winter. Have a chocolate experience on the Central Northern Coast of Tasmania.
Chocoholics unite where chocolate is made. Eat chocolate, drink chocolate and even play in chocolate. This July 13, dine and wine with the simplest pleasure that everyone loves. Don’t deny yourself of pure chocolate goodness in the cold of winter.
Australian Festival of Chamber Music
What are you up to from the 4th to 12th of July?
Don’t miss out on the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. The Australian Festival of Chamber Music is an international chamber music festival held over nine days each July in Townsville, North Queensland. New talents pop up at the Festival and every year up to 20 music students attend and participate with festival artists and perform concerts within the program.
The Festival has partnered with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Institute of Marine Science and the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre based in Townsville. There will be exclusive events, cuisines, a selection of award winning wines and entertainment by some of the Festival’s world class artists. Simply a festival with a good cause, come on over and support, have fun and be entertained!

Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta
Darwin invites you to the 34th Annual Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta. On 13th July 2008, Mindil Beach, Darwin NT Australia . This is a great family day where there are beach events for all ages and the water events! The Darwin Beer Can Regatta started unusually because of the devastation caused to Darwin by “Cyclone Tracy” in 1974. Because of the damage caused by the cyclone, materials and manpower from interstate were brought to Darwin to assist in the rebuilding of the city. Many of the work force personnel that were rebuilding the site were from the southern states, and were not used to the humidity, therefore the consumption of canned beer increased dramatically. As a result, there are empty beer cans littering the around Darwin and eventually became a litter problem. Thanks to Lutz Frankenfeld, he came up with the suggestion that Darwin should hold a boat race fabricated out of beer cans. It’s a chance to clean up the place and have some fun as well. Then after that it became an annual event known as the Darwin Lions Clubs, Beer Can Regatta. Join in on the fun with your family and check out the imaginative boats and entertainment.

City of Perth Winter Arts Festival
Since the start of June until the 31st of August of this 2008, anything’s possible in Perth this winter as the artistic and creative offerings from Western Australia showcases the 2008 City of Perth Winter Arts Festival. Every year, Perth celebrates performances, exhibits and events including new talents! Instead of hibernating, Perth cooks up the Winter Arts Festival, where theater, music, dance and arts come alive! Perth honors the masterpieces, saluting seasoned classics, exploring the unorthodox and embracing new talent. Ignite your senses and warm your mind this winter with the Black Swan Theatre Company, Festival Baroque, opera, the list goes one! If you’re planning to go through Perth, don’t fear the weather, the city will warm you with entertainment and fun all throughout!

Race the Rattler
If you are the type that likes the challenge, then surely you’d be in for a treat this June 9, 2008. Gympie is an old mining town on the Fraser Coast. Also known for the Country Music Muster festival and the Gold Rush Festival. We suggest, this June, take your time in Gympie, Dagun. Catch the 18.5 km race against the famous “Valley Rattler” Steam Train. This includes individual or team challenges. Try and outrun, try and race the Rattler! It’s muscle versus the machine. It’s a test of human muscle against cold steel. Care to take the challenge? Registration is on June 8th. The train departs the train station at 8 o’clock with the first 300 runners. The first runners usuall cross the finish line after 10:30 in the morning, and at the old Gympie Station, there will be entertainment throughout the day for the whole family and incoming visitors.

Riverland Balloon Fiesta 2008

On June 7 until June 9, 2008 in Australia will be a long weekend. This year, the Queen’s birthday is on June 9 in all states and territories except in Western Australia.
Also, on the June long weekend of 2008 the Riverland Balloon Fiesta will take place. Hot Air Balloon flights and demonstrations are open for all ages to see and experience. And a huge must-see of this event is the hot air balloon night glow, where during at night, the balloons are tethered and inflated and makes amazing photo opportunities. The balloon pilots offers to demonstrate how hot air balloons are packed for transport, unfurled and repacked and how the burner functions and everything else. So spectators won’t only take photos, they can learn as well, especially for the kids. The hot air balloons will be launched from Oval 2, the local Remark hockey field for twice a day, and the community is invited and encouraged to spectate. Commercial rides will also be made available to the adventurous public and also to those who wish to take in some spectacular and unique views of the mighty Murray River and Riverland.
Weather conditions and wind speeds determine the best location for the launch of the hot air balloons. You can take your campervan hire over to South Australia for the long weekend!

Fraser Coast Show
This 2008, the Fraser Coast Show will run for two days, on the 22nd and the 23rd of May 2008, May 23 being a public holiday. This time, the theme is “Regional Unity”. With less than a few days to go, the event will have something for everyone this year. This year’s entries will beat the last year’s line ups. There will be horse events that includes show jumping and led events. Also, wood chop and chainsaw competitions are set for the show. You think you got what it takes? Put those arms and muscles to use and join in on the fun. Driving along Maryborough and Hervey Bay at this time of May? Drop by and enter the event. The Fraser Coast Show is a celebrated highlight of the Maryborough Park calendar every year. This community event for thrill seekers welcomes one and all, friends and families, walking or driving in with their four-wheel drives or campervans.

King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge

Come to Murrurundi, a rich town full of character with breathtaking scenery and art. And also come to Murrurundi during this first weekend of May and witness the King of the Ranges Stockman’s Challenge. See Oz’s Stockmen compete on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May 2008. Inspired by Archie “Bung” McInnes, the “King of the Ranges” was known throughout the Northwest Region of NSW. He was a true bush legend and every year his story lives on with this event. The lovely town hosts the event every year where the quintessential skills of the rider and his horse compete in numerous events. Activities include whip cracking, packhorses, cross country, bareback obstacle course, shoe buckling and stock handling events. Finalists will compete with a stock saddle buckjump and a brumby catch. The two final events, the buckjump and the brumby catch, will be on the 4th of May.

Celebrate all things Celtic at the Australian Celtic Festival
Heading down from Brisbane or heading up from Sydney? Drop by Glenn Innes. This lovely place is home to the Australian Standing Stones. On May 1 to May 4, 2008 celebrate the great traditions of Celtic culture. The four day festival provides everyone with entertainment, song, dance, history and, of course, food. The Australian Celtic Festival celebrated in Glen Innes, NSW displays a spectacular range of entertainment and history. Thousands pour into Glen Innes to experience the Celtic experience and Australian Standing Stones, the festival’s main venue. Imagine rising at dawn and listening to the eerie sounds of pipes in the autumn mists at the Standing Stones. Quite a Celtic experience that one should not miss. The festival includes street parades, ceremonial roles performed by re-enactment groups, Celtic Strongman events, bands, children’s entertainment, dancing, market stalls, and Celtic foods. Anyone can partake in Celtic music and dance at one of the four stages at the Standing Stones or in one of the many concert venues in the town of Glen Innes. Mingle with the locals in pubs, clubs or restaurants. In Glenn Innes, there is something for everyone.

2008 Dirt and Dust Festival
This April 4-6, head to Oz for the Julia Creek Dirt and Dust Festival. This celebration, for fourteen years, brings people together from Queensland and all over for QLD’s must-go event!
Since 1994, the community has been trying to put Julia Creek on the map. Then in 1997 the event grew when the number of competitors grew every year! It has now become a professional series that even Queensland’s hottest climate can boast of. The event does not only host the annual triathlon. Attractions include musical talents, amateur boxing, cultural performances, fire works display, tobacco rolling contests and many more! Men, and even women, can test their skills. The men you see taking on the bulls at the Dirt and Dust Fest are the best in Australia. These men are Professional Bull Riders! This year, the event will run from April 4 to April 6. The 2008 Dirt and Dust will start off with the welcoming events followed by free rides, bull rides and dance parties. On the 5th and 6th, live bands, sports and the triathlon will commence. But the list of event goes on! All you have to do is to drive down to Queensland in your campervan hire Australia, and you’re ready to join in on the fun!

Australia World Youth Day

The World Youth Day is the largest youth event in the whole world, and this year the event will be held in Sydney from July 15 to July 20, 2008. Every two to three years, since the conception of the event by Pope John Paul II, the Catholic Church gathers all the youth from around the world to build bridges of hope and friendship between continents and cultures. Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the event to be hosted by the Australian State when he announced it last August 2005. WYD08 will be the first visit to Sydney, Australia of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Young people throughout the world will make this pilgrimage to Australia with their faith to rediscover the beauty of the Gospel. If you are traveling to Sydney at that time, be sure not to miss this event with the company of the youth, the Pope, the beauty of Sydney, and the hospitality of the Australian people!

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne’s highly unpredictable four-seasons-in-one-day and often gloomy weather is not the only thing that keeps this place on its toes. In April, the Victorian capital plays host to The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. For more than 20 years, this has been the center of comic relief! With over 1,000 comedians performing in hundreds of shows for over three-and-half weeks, this is surely a laugh-till-you-drop festival. With a few days to go, the nation’s funnies will bring the state down with female comics, debates over nothing, rarities, and more! The 22nd Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from 19 March - 13 April 2008.
The raw comedy gigs that has been taking place in the capital will sure to be a hit . Attending the festival for the first time this year, the biggest dilemma (notwithstanding how to fit an umbrella, raincoat, two jackets, gloves and a scarf into our luggage) is deciding who to see. Take that needed break and drive to Melbourne along with 400,000 spectators which tagged the state one of Australia’s largest cultural events! It is hard to think of a better place to be than Melbourne in April - and that’s no joke!

Rugby World Cup 2008

This 2008, the Rugby League World Cup concludes the Centenary of Rugby League in Australia. The event that started back in 1954 features the top ten RL nations. The 2008 RLWC will be the 13th World Cup that is scheduled to take place between October 25 and November 22, 2008 in Australia. Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and other great cities and states will host the RLWC. Oz as tournament co-host have entered the cup twelve times and already secured nine tournament victories, including the 2000 World Cup. Australia, England, Fiji, France, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Ireland, Scotland and Samoa will all rally for the cup. Each nation played each other on a number of occasions, both on a home and away basis. Passionate rugby fans ,including campervan hire tailgaters, travel from all over to witness this spectacular sport with more than 50,000 seats per venue. The Kangaroos (Australia team) won 40 - 12 during the 2000 RLWC Finals against NZ with an outstanding performance. With less than three hundred days left until the opening, who do you think will win this 2008?

Mardi Gras Parade!
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras began in 1978 as a parade down the city’s Oxford Street to mark International Gay Solidarity Day (in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in New York’s Greenwich Village). The following year, the event became known as the Mardi Gras and has grown year on year to become one of the biggest gay and lesbian festivals anywhere in the world. The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras will show Sydney what it means to come of age as this iconic event returns for its 30th anniversary in 2008.

The festival will kick off on Saturday, February 9
with a commemorative tree planting ceremony in Centennial Park and will culminate in the world-famous parade along Oxford Street on Saturday 1 March. Huge crowds turn out for the procession on the final Saturday, which sees colourful floats carrying bands and participants in outrageous costumes making their way along Sydney’s Oxford Street.


Festival celebrating world culture

>> Thursday, August 21, 2008

BEIJING, June 10 -- In a circular letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dated April 2, 1906, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games invited members to an advisory conference to determine "to what extent and in what form the arts and literature can participate in the celebration of the modern Olympiads".
Coubertin's version of Olympism - what the Olympic Movement aspires to be - is inextricably linked to the arts and humanities "harmoniously joined with sports". Thanks to his vision, his work has been as applicable to host cities of recent Olympic Games as it was to the nascent Olympic Movement of 1906.

In 2003, Norbert Muller, Manfred Messing, and the Research Team Olympia of the University of Mainz (Germany) studied the meaning of the cultural program to spectators. Research from the 2002 Salt Lake Games showed 84 percent of respondents agreed with the statement - "The Olympic idea combines sport and art." This significantly high response compares with 72 percent for the 2000 Sydney Games, 23 percent for Atlanta in 1996, and 40 percent for Barcelona in 1992. The research shows a trend in the growth of awareness of the significance of cultural and arts programs in Olympiads and Olympic Arts Festivals.

"The arts were always at the center of Coubertin's vision for the Olympic Movement. In the years of preparation required to deliver a credible Olympic cultural program, I have found that Coubertin's unflagging belief in the power of music, dance, and words was sustaining," Raymond T. Grant, the artistic director of the 2002 Olympic Arts Festival and managing director of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee writes in his article Contrast, Culture and Courage: A Cultural Administrator's tribute to Pierre de Coubertin. To inherit the cultural legacy of Coubertin and highlight the value of cultural programs within the Olympic Movement - and the connection between artists and athletes - Beijing will host 2008 Meet in Beijing Arts Festival to celebrate the achievements of athletes alongside the accomplishments of artists.

China Arts & Entertainment Group (CAEG) launches the Meet in Beijing Arts Festival every April to May. This year, under the direction of the Ministry of Culture, the festival has been postponed and expanded upon. It will start on June 23, International Olympics Day, and run until mid-September. "Sports, culture and education are the three main ideas of Coubertin, who is both a sport and arts administrator. The Beijing Olympics Games is a rare party for Chinese people to communicate with friends from all over the world. And, of course, the cultural and art events are an important part of the party," says Ding Wei, assistant to the Minister of Culture. "With the principles of Olympism - peace, friendship and progress, Beijing will provide a platform for locals and visitors to share culture and arts with each other and celebrate the accomplishments of artists from all over the world," Ding says. "Arts and sports both are universal languages that bridge people from different countries and backgrounds. I believe the cultural events will create a magic and harmonious atmosphere for the Olympic Games," says Zhang Yu, general manager of China Arts and Entertainment Group.

Some 260 shows ranging from music, dance and theater, and 160 exhibitions of visual arts from 80 countries, will run at the festival. Every year, the Meet in Beijing Arts Festival has a main guest country. This year, the focus will be on Greece, the birth country of the Olympic Games. At the Great Hall of the People on June 23, the festival will kick off with a ritual performance by some 40 Greek musicians and dancers along with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra and dancers from the Beijing Dance Academy. The show is directed by Lambros Liavas, artistic director of the Greek National Opera, and choreographed by Artemis Ignation, who created the flame-lighting ceremony for the Beijing Olympics. It is a theatrical version of how the Olympic flame was lit at the Temple of Hera in Olympia. "Traditional Greek music and Chinese music have much in common, for example they are all five-tone scales. I believe we can understand each other better and easier through music," says Liavas who is also a professor of musicology at the University of Athens, and the founder and director of the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments.


Headliner Concert 2008

The full programme for the 2008 Festival of World Cultures is now on line. This year’s Festival offers a cultural cavalcade of music and arts, with a stellar line-up of headline musical acts including the infectious rhythms of Tiken Jah Fakoly, the etheral Sa Dingding, the legendary Ethiopiques, the original salsamuffin architect Sergent Garcia and the exquisite Yungchen Lhamo. A galaxy of musical talent and showcase acts from Algeria, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco and many more.


Reading Festival

>> Tuesday, August 19, 2008

This year is special being festival’s 20th birthday and the starting line-up reflects that. Across the stages we have every new buzz band you have read about this year, every band you want to hear play across the twin sites and three headliners of such colossal size and importance they are probably visible from space. All exclusive performances, you won’t see our headliners on any other festival stage in England, or indeed the UK in the case of two of the three.
Away from the Main Stage expect some real surprises on the NME / Radio One Stage, the A to Z of punk, hardcore and ska that is the Lock Up Stage and the headliners of the future on the smaller stages. Last year was a secret gig by the Kaiser Chiefs at Leeds, the irresistible rise of The Enemy and The Pigeon Detectives on the NME/ Radio One Stage as both bands moved on to platinum album sales, a Kate Nash show on the Carling Stage that was packed to the rafters and three of the biggest bands in the world headlining the Main Stage. The Reading and Leeds Festival has always been the moment of the summer when bands rise to prominence and last year was no exception.Over 3 days, over 150 acts, this is the Reading and Leeds Festival, back again to make the summer worthwhile.



>> Monday, August 18, 2008

Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesh Festival is an occasion or a day on which Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees. It is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi in Sanskrit, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. It is the birthday of Lord Ganesha. The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). This typically comes sometime between 20th of August and 15th of September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Ananta Chaturdashi.
Teacher's Day
Teacher's day in India is celebrated on the birth anniversary of the second president of India Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan. School students commemorate this day by conducting various academic activities and celebrations as an act of thanks and remembrance to their teachers. On this day, children offer cards and gifts to their teachers as a token of love and appreciation.
Onam is the annual harvest festival celebrated in the State of Kerala. It falls during the month of Chingam, the first month of the Malayalee calendar, and lasts for 10 days. People send special Onam gifts like jewellery, flowers, apparel, aesthetic indoor decoration, and cards to each other to celebrate the occasion.

Grandparent's Day Grandparent's day is a secular festival that is celebrated to honour and strengthen family values and the role that grandparents play in the family. People celebrate this festival by giving gifts and cards to their grandparents.

Durga Puja - 29th September - 9th October 2008
Durga Puja is celebrated with pomp and splendour all over India especially in West Bengal in worship of Goddess Durga. People purchase new clothes, jewellery, and other finery to participate in the Durga Puja celebrations.

Navratri - 30th September - 9th October 2008
Navratri, meaning nine nights, is the worship of nine forms of Shakti, or divine energy of the Goddess Durga. This festival lasts nine nights and is celebrated during the commencement of Sharad Ritu - i.e the winter months of September and October. People purchase new clothes like chaniya cholis, jewellery, and other finery to participate in the Navratri celebrations.

Id-ul-Fitr is a festival that commemorates the end of fasting during Islamic holy month of Ramadan or Ramzan. This festival lasts three days and beings the day after Ramzan ends. The commencement of this festival is verified by the sighting of the new moon. Muslims buy new clothes and exchange sweets as part of the gaieties.

Boss's Day - 16th October 2008
Boss's day is celebrated to thank bosses for their motivation and encouragement to their staff and employees. People celebrate this day by giving cards and gifts to their bosses.

Dhanteras - 26th October 2008
Dhanteras is an auspicious day is celebrated on the 13th day of the dark fortnight (shukla paksh) of the month of Kartik. It is celebrated either in worship of Goddess Lakshmi - the Goddess of wealth or in the honour of Dhanavantari - the physician of the Gods. On this day, Hindus purchase auspicious items like gold, silver, jewellery, utensils, and other precious metals in keeping with the traditional convention. People also send gifts like sweets, silver coins, crockery and utensils, jewellery, and cooking accessories to each other as part of celebrating Dhanteras.
Diwali - 28th October 2008
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights. It is celebrated to commemorate the return of Lord Ram and His wife Sita to Ayodhya after 14 years in exile. On this day, people light lamps and burst crackers. It is symbolic of the victory of good over evil. People also send gifts like sweets, dry fruits, gift hampers, diwali decor, diwali puja thali and such to each other.

Bhai Dooj - 30th October 2008
Also called Bhaiya Dooj, this festival is celebrated two days after Diwali in the Hindu month of Kartik. Sisters apply auspicious 'tikka' on their brother's foreheads and brothers promise to protect them and keep them away from harm. Towards the end of this custom, they exchange gifts and sweets for each other.

Children's Day - 14th November 2008
Children's day in India is celebrated on 14 November 2008 - the birthday of India's first Prime Minister - Jawahar Lal Nehru. Celebrating this day means giving children the right to enjoy their childhood and grow to become healthy and educated children of the country.

Thanksgiving Gifts - 22nd November 2008
Thanksgiving Day is a traditional North American Holiday, which is a form of harvest festival. It is celebration as a way of thanks for whatever one has at the end of the harvest season.

Christmas - 25th December, 2008
Christmas is traditionally celebrated on 25th December of every year with aplomb and much gaiety as the birth of Jesus Christ. Although a Christian holiday, it is also observed as a cultural holiday the world over. On this day, Jesus was born in a manger. He has millions of followers all across the world. People celebrate Christmas by attending mass in churches and giving Holy Christmas gifts to each other.

New Year - 1st January, 2009
New Year day celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of another year. New Year is celebrated by many cultures and countries around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and India.

Lohri - 13th January, 2009
Lohri is an annual thanksgiving Indian festival at the end of the harvest season that is celebrated with much joy and gaiety especially in Northern India.

Makar Sakranti / Uttarayan - 14th January, 2009
Makar Sankranti celebrates the transition journey of the sun from the Saggitarius to Capricon (Makar Rashi). This festival is celebrated in various ways in many states across India. In Gujarat, people celebrate this occasion by flying kites. In other states, people exchange sweets made from jaggery, sesame seeds, and puffed rice. This festival is also known as Uttarayan - the transition of the sun towards the northern hemisphere.

Pongal - 15th January, 2009
Pongal is the annual harvest festival in southern India, especially in the Southern State of Tamil Nadu. It marks the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan - the transition of the sun towards the northern hemisphere. This festival lasts four days.

Valentine's Day - 14th February, 2009
Valentine's Day is a cultural holiday on which lovers express their love for one another by sending greeting cards and gifts to each other. It is essentially a western festival and is celebrated by western and western influenced cultures. Recenty, the trend of celebrating St.Valentine's day is picking up in India as well. Historically, it is the name of several martyred saints of ancient Rome.

Gudi Padva / Ugadi - 6th March, 2009
Gudi Padva is an auspicious festival celebrated by Hindus in the Maharashtra and Konkan region. This day marks the end of one harvest and the beginning of another. It also signifies the beginning of Chaitra - the month signifying the beginning of spring. This festival essentially venerates Lord Brahma - the first mentioned in the Hindu Trinity. On this day, a Gudhi - flag of Brahma is hoisted prominently in many Maharashtrian and Konkani households. On this day, people exchange gifts and sweets with each other.

Holi - 11th March, 2009
Holi is the festival of colours celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Phagun, which falls in late February or early March according to the Gregorian calendar. On Holi eve, people burn a bonfire of Holika. According to legend, Holika was King Hiranyakashyap's sister who was endowed with a boon that she would remain protected even if she would enter fire. King Hiranyakashyap hated his son who was an ardent devotee of Lord Narayan. Despite cajole and persuasion, Prahlad continued his devotion for the Lord. Therefore, King Hiranyakashyap convinced his sister Holika to enter the fire with Prahlad on her lap. However, Prahlad was saved, but Holika had to pay for this sinister deed with her life, because the boon only worked if Holika would have entered the fire alone. Thus, the festival of Holi gets its name from Holika. Holi also celebrates the legend of the antics of Lord Krishna spraying and applying colours to Radha and other devotees. The second day of Holi is celebrated as Dhuleti, when people spend the day splashing and spraying colour on each other signifying the arrival of spring. On this day, people exchange sweets, traditional and modern gifts like flowers, sweets, toys, apparels, and Holi gift hampers with each other.

Mother's Day in UK - 2nd March, 2009
Mother's day in the UK is the equivalent of Mother's day in other countries. It is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This festival is celebrated since at least the 16th century. It is a time when children honour their mothers by giving them gifts and cards.

Mother's Day in USA - 10th May, 2009
Mother's day is a secular festival that is celebrated to honour motherhood and the positive contribution of mothers to American society. On this day, children give cards and gifts to their mothers as a token of appreciation.

Mother's Day in India - 10th May, 2009
Mother's day is celebrated to honour motherhood and the positive contribution of mothers to Indian society. People take this day as a time to reflect the positive difference that mother's day makes to their lives and present gifts and cards to their mothers.

Mahavir Jayanti - 7th April, 2009
Mahavir Jayanti is the celebration of the birth of Lord Mahavir, who was born on the the 13th day of the rising moon in the Hindu month of Chaitra. It coincides with late march of early April according to the Gregorian calendar. On this day, Jain temples are decorated with flags and the idol of Lord Mahavir is taken for a procession after a morning ritual called 'abhiskek' in which the idol is bathed and offered milk, rice, fruits, and other auspicious items.

Easter - 12th April, 2009
Easter is commemorated as the day on which Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. On this day, people gift Easter eggs, cakes, pastries, Easter baskets, and other gifts to each other.

Baisakhi - 13th April, 2009
Baisakhi is celebrated as the beginning of the solar year and the harvest festival of Punjab. People visit Gurudwaras, attend processions and take part in social gatherings on this day.

Father's Day - 21st June 2009
This is a secular festival that commemorates fathers and forefathers. It is related to mother's day and it celebrates parenting by fathers and guardians. It is celebrated in many countries including India. On this day, children exchange gifts and cards with their fathers.
Parent's Day - 2009
Parent's day is celebrated as the fourth Sunday of July every year. This festival honours mothers and fathers for their devotion and sacrifices made to provide a secure and promising future for their children. On this day, children give gifts and cards to express their love and honour for their parents.

Source: www.infibeam.com



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