July 12 (TravelAndy): Vancouver is home to a large number of international events that celebrate diversity and the LGBTQ2+ community.
Here are some of them taking place over the next few months.
The Really Gay History Tour
July 3 – October 28, Sundays
Explore from downtown to the historic Davie Street Village with Forbidden Vancouver to discover the stories, landmarks, and icons of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community. Guests will visit the sites of police raids, bookstore bombings, the “Kiss-Ins” of Granville Street, Imperial Court coronations, and the gayest beer parlour in town. It’s a 2.5 hour long adventure into the stories of a community that fought back against oppression, police brutality and media hate campaigns to make Vancouver today one of the most queer friendly cities in North America. Continue reading Vancouver’s Rainbow events schedule
July 5 (TravelAndy): The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF), the city’s largest annual free public art celebration, kicks off August 6th and will end with an outdoor concert on August 11th.
New this year, from 6 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m., Live Nation Canada will host an outdoor concert at Jonathan Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant. The family-friendly “Celebration” concert will feature both local artists and international talent (a lineup hasn’t been released at this time).
Prior to the outdoor concert, the venue will also have an afternoon program that will feature activities and programming related to arts and culture. The venue will have a capacity of 5,500 and tickets are expected to be between $25-30 (free for children under 12 years old). Continue reading Vancouver Mural Festival from August 6
June 11 (TravelAndy): Celebrity chefs Adam Liaw and Marion Grasby will headline this year’s Shinju Matsuri (festival of the pearl) to be held August 25 – September 2 in Broome – the pearling capital of Australia in WA’s North West.
Shinju Matsuri is the much loved festival which encapsulates everything that is Broome and the surrounding areas of the Kimberley region. Featuring an incredible kaleidoscope of events, Shinju Matsuri pays tribute to their heritage and culture.
Celebrating four diverse cultures that have come together in Broome for pearls – Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Indigenous Australian – Shinju Matsuri features a unique dining program in extraordinary locations. Continue reading Broome in Western Australia gears up for Shinju Matsuri
November 20 (TravelAndy): Manipur is celebrating its first Cherry Blossom Festival this December.
The festival will take place at Mao Gate from November 25 to November 27.
Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh will be chief guest at the opening of the festival that will also have a competition section.
Apart from the cherry blossom festival, a flower festival in general will also be organised. Continue reading Manipur’s first cherry blossom festival
September 2 (TravelAndy): From the Iron Age to the Roman Empire, from Vikings to Jacobites, from epic battles to great escapes, September will be a month of historic proportions with a jam packed calendar of events celebrating Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Borders Heritage Festival will kick-start the September celebrations with their opening weekend set to acknowledge the region’s spectacular heritage through light, music, storytelling, theatre and performance. Lighting the Borders (1-3 Sep) will use a variety of lighting at a range of historical sites including Neidpath Castle, Duns Law, Riddell Tower and Hume Castle, to form a chain of light across the landscape at dusk each evening.
The opening weekend will continue with Mary Queens of Scots Festival (2 & 3 Sep) set to take place in Kinross. The event will commemorate Mary’s life as Kinross poignantly marks the 450 year relationship with the Castle on Loch Leven Island where she was held captive and where she spent some of her most troubled years, and the end of her reign in 1567.The programme will include living history encampments, music, food and drink as well as children’s entertainment. Continue reading Join Scotland’s Year of History celebrations
September 1 (TravelAndy): Shinju Matsuri (festival of the pearl) has always been a festival based on Broome’s unique community spirit, cultural diversity and vibrant history.
The festival celebrates the four diverse cultures which have come together in Broome over the past century for pearls: Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Indigenous Australian.
Shinju Matsuri will always encapsulate the values of the Broome community, running annually since 1970. Continue reading Shinju Matsuri starts in Broome from Sep 2
March 13 (TravelAndy): Holi, the festival of colours, is being celebrated in India and various places around the world today.
Though the festival has Hindu origins, this festival, which is associated with the arrival of Spring, has in recent times transcended religious and political boundaries and is celebrated by people in many countries of the world.
In India, the festival is mainly associated with people colouring each other up with coloured powder (gulal) and water-based colours. Many also associate the festival with the drinking of bhang, an intoxicant that is typically mixed with milk shakes. Continue reading Holi, the festival of colours, today
January 4 (TravelAndy): In a bid to promote tourism, South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh is getting ready to host a series of festivals along the eastern coast of river Godavari.
The three major festivals include, Kakinada Beach Festival scheduled at the NTR Beach in Vakalapudi from January 12, 2017. Similarly, a four-day Konaseema Festival will be hosted on the banks of the Godavari at Muramalla from February 22 and the three-day ‘Manyam Jatara’ in the Agency area from March 26, said The Hindu.
“These festivals provide a platform to display the rich culture of the district. Food stalls will serve exclusive cuisine of local flavours, while the handicrafts and handlooms of the local artisans will also be on display,”said N. Chinarajappa, deputy chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Continue reading Festival boost for Andhra tourism
November 10 (TravelAndy): The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Poush Mela festival, celebrated at Shantiniketan in east India’s West Bengal state, to be concluded within three days of its commencement.
This order has been passed to control the growing pollution left by the stall owners and visitors, which harm the environment of the place in a significant way, said The Times of India.
The festival is scheduled to begin on December 23, 2016 and conclude on December 26, 2017. Continue reading Poush Mela to be 3-day affair: Green body
October 31 (TravelAndy): Scores of visitors are expected to flock the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, which is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, California, today.
The festival will take place today from 18.00 to 23.00 at the Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.
While the street party is free and open to the public, it is recommended to leave the kids and pets at home, said the official West Hollywood (WeHo) website. Continue reading West Hollywood Halloween carnaval kicks off
October 30 (TravelAndy): India is celebrating the festival of Diwali today.
The primarily Hindu festival celebrates the victory of Good over Evil.
The festival is marked by the lighting of diyas (earthen lamps) and display of fireworks.
This year, there are a large number of voices on social media calling for the abandoning of noisy crackers citing the distress they cause to babies, the elderly and animals. Continue reading Diwali, the festival of lights, today
October 1 (TravelAndy): India’s Uttarakhand state will host Tehri Festival at Koti colony on the eponymous lake on October 15 and 16.
The two-day festival will have adventure activities such as river rafting, canoeing, paragliding, parasailing and kayaking. Tourists can take part in all the activities and watch experts demonstrate their skills.
Additionally, the festival will showcase high-octane music and dance along with exhibition of firework on the concluding day. Continue reading Water sports galore at Tehri lake fest