World Events Calendar 2010: August Events

May 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

The end of summer is in sight and autumn seems to be looming on the horizon, but don’t put away your shorts and t-shirts just yet. The temperature is still on the rise and some of the top world events take place during the month of August.

The Edinburgh Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland): throughout August

Despite being one of the world’s most famous festivals, there is actually no such thing as the ‘Edinburgh Festival’. In fact it is a collection of a number of different festivals, all taking place in the city during August.

The original festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, was first held in 1947 to “provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit” in post-war Britain. At the same time, several independent theatre groups came together to create the Edinburgh Festival Fringe alongside the main festival. The Fringe has since become the largest arts festival in the world.

A huge range of theatre, comedy, art, dance and music is on offer every year, with plenty of big names heading the bill. The venues are as varied as the acts, ranging from intimate studios to large theatres or even unique spaces such as swimming pools and canal boats!

Edinburgh International Festival: 13th August – 5th September
Edinburgh Festival Fringe: 6th – 30th August
Edinburgh Military Tattoo: 6th – 28th August
Edinburgh Art Festival: 29th July – 5th September

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The Rose of Tralee International Festival (Tralee, Ireland): 20th – 24th August

Each year the town of Tralee on the west coast of Ireland plays host to the Rose of Tralee, an international carnival designed to celebrate the aspirations, ambitions, intellect and social responsibility of young Irish women.

Originating from William Mulchinok’s nineteenth-century song of the same name, the competition has taken place every year since 1959. In the beginning participants had to be from Tralee itself, but the rules were later relaxed to include anyone of Irish birth or ancestry.

As well as the pageant, attractions at the carnival include a ball, a fashion show, a circus, a funfair and a procession of colourful floats.

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The Notting Hill Carnival (London, England): 29th – 30th August

Every August Bank Holiday, an explosion of colour hits West London and the city dances to a different beat. Started in 1966 by London’s Caribbean population, the Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of cultural unity in the capital.

With approximately one million spectators lining the streets each year, it is the second largest street festival in the world, after that of Trinidad and Tobago. The procession of imaginative floats and dancers in extravagant costumes extends over twenty miles, and there are food stalls from all over the world as well as plenty of music.

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La Tomatina (Valencia, Spain): 25th August

La Tomatina in Buñol, ValenciaOnce a year, for just one hour, the sleepy little town of Buñol on the outskirts of Valencia turns red. Thousands of visitors from all corners of the globe congregate in the narrow streets, and at the sound of a flare gun begin to pelt each other with over one hundred tonnes of overripe tomatoes, in what is possibly the world’s best-loved food fight. The tomatoes are driven in on large trucks and, after a second flare signals the end of the fight, the whole town is hosed down by fire engines.

The origins of La Tomatina are unknown, although locals will try to persuade you that they know the real story. If you’re thinking of heading down to Buñol for the fight, we advise you to take a pair of goggles, wear something old and be prepared to smell of tomatoes for a good few days!

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