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“The Festival de Cannes is a celebration of cinematographic art. We exist to showcase the new writing, new genres and new visual innovations of our time. Every year in May, Cannes gives a sort of snapshot – both ephemeral and lasting, when one adds up the years – of what constitutes the art of cinema.”
Thierry Frémaux and Pierre Lescure speaking before the French National Assembly’s Commission for Cultural Affairs on 1 April 2015.
Month : July/August
Place : Italy
Famous For : Opera Festival
Attractions : Open Air Theatre.
Puccini Festival is celebrated to present the operas of the famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. Popularly called the summer opera festival, it’s held every year in July and August. The epicenter of these celebrations are concentrated at Torre del Lago, a town located between Lago di Massaciuccoli and the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is situated at a distance of 18kilometres from Pisa and Lucca – Puccini’s birthplace in Italy.
For the grand celebrations of this festival, an outdoor theatre has been built on this spot, with a view over the Massaciuccoli Lake. Since 1930, this permanent theatre has portrayed Puccini”s best loved works, including a selection from Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot and La Boheme. In presenting four or five performances of up to four operatic productions each season, the Festival attracts about forty thousand spectators to its open-air theatre, the Teatro dei Quattromila. This theatre is located very close to the house which the composer had built in 1900 and in which he lived and worked on his major operas – “Villa Puccini”. Puccini is buried in a small chapel inside the Villa, along with other members of his family, in a room transformed into a mausoleum after his death. Besides this, other events relating to Puccini and his poetic stories are held around the lake to coincide with the festival, which has also become a platform of Puccini”s works.
Opera is a combination on libretto and musical score which is a great combination of dramatic work with text. Opera is part of the Western classical music tradition, an art form where singers and musicians perform a dramatic work typically in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble. The most renowned figure of late 18th century opera is Mozart. Opera has many features of spoken theatre, such as acting, scenery, and costumes and dances.
Opera started in Italy at the end of the 16th century and later spread through the rest of Europe. Pop Music. Today Opera Music Festival is organized all over the world and music art lovers never miss these festivals.
Month: Late July
Place: Salzburg, Austria
Attractions: Movies, Plays, Opera & Classical Concerts
Attractions: Opera performances of Richard Wagner compositions
Savonlinna Opera Festival
Place: Savonlinna, Finland
Vienna Opera Ball
Place: Vienna, Austria
Attractions: Dress Codes, Horse-drawn Carriages, Walzers.
Month : July
Place : Santiago de Cuba
Famous For : Traditional Festival
Attractions : Street Musical Parties, Whole city plays music.
The Santiago de Cuba Carnaval is a popular celebration amongst Cuban masses. It”s actually a large public celebration dating at least, in Santiago de Cuba as far back as the 17th century and are common throughout Cuba. However, among Cubans, the Carnaval of Santiago de Cuba enjoys a special status with its popularity and fun frolic moments. In Santiago de Cuba during Carnaval in the month of July, people come out into the streets for a huge musical party.
The Santiago de Cuba Carnaval traces its origin to be in connection with Africa. But many of the practices and events within carnival culture are deliberately and consciously framed to connect to Africa. This has been a result of over one hundred years of multicultural Cuban history. Carnival has always been an expression of shifting power negotiations among various aspects of Cuban society. The carnival was brought to Cuba by Hispanic colonists – Perez I in the year 1988 and has been the basis for traditional celebrations in Cuba ever since. However, the present has evolved out of the summer festivals formerly referred to as the Fiestas de Mamarrachos.It”s a time when everyone plays music, everyone grabs anything that will make noise and they go out into the streets to play and dance the conga. It is impossible not to be caught up in the frenzy of this infectious music.
Month : August
Place : England
Famous For : Street Festival
Attractions : Carnival Parade, Music, Dancing and Singing
The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most awaited celebration in United Kingdom. It’s an annual event held during the month of August on the streets of Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, UK. The two day event is led by members of the British African-Caribbean community, particularly the Trinidadian and Tobagonian British population or ‘Trinis’, many of whom have lived in the area since the 1950s. The carnival is tagged as the second largest street festival in the world.
The carnival traces its roots from two separate but connected strands. The Carnival began in January 1959 in St Pancras Town Hall as a response to the depressing state of race relations. This carnival organised by Claudia Jones (a “Trini”) was a huge success, despite being held indoors. The other important strand was the “hippie” London Free School inspired festival that became the first organised outside event in August 1966. The prime mover was Rhaune Laslett, who was not aware of the indoor events when she first raised the idea. This was a more diverse Notting Hill event to promote cultural unity. A street party for neighbourhood children turned into a carnival procession when Russell Henderson’s steel band went on a walkabout. In recent years, the event has been much freer from serious trouble and is generally viewed very positively by the authorities as a dynamic celebration of London’s multi-cultural diversity. The main focus is the carnival parade, numerous floats working their way along Ladbroke Grove and around with dancers brightly attired, great music, dancing and singing. In the side streets the partying is just as intense- music stands are everywhere.
Shopping in Denmark is always a double-edged sword – it’s no secret the prices are high, but the quality of craftsmanship is often beyond compare. The Danish, like their Nordic compatriots, are world famous when it comes to furniture. It was out of this industry that Denmark found its defining export – the Lego block. One of the world’s premier toys for children of all ages, they are popular enough to warrant their own
With special permission, shops and stores have been granted 8 Sundays during the year on which they are allowed to open for business. Currently, they are: April 2, May 4, Jun 15, as well as December 3, 10, 17, and 21 (last 4 Sundays before Christmas).
Department Stores: In the center of Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, there are two large department stores: Det Ny Illum and Magasin du Nord. Det Ny Illum is situated half-way down Stroget, at Amagertorv. Magasin du Nord can easily be found across the Royal Theatre.
Going to the Shopping Malls: Copenhagen has two popular, large shopping malls. One of them is Fisketorvet, situated beside the harbor, on the outskirts of the city center. Here are shops and great restaurants in abundance, and a movie theater offers entertainment as well. Situated in the Copenhagen area called Frederiksberg is the Frederiksberg Centret Shopping Mall. It is approximately 10 minutes by bus from the City Hall Square. Frederiksberg Centret is a fun, modern mall with a variety of shops with clothes, shoes and accessories.
Shopping for Designer Fashion:
Strøget & Købmagergade are the longest shopping streets in Copenhagen (Stroget even is Europe’s longest!). International fashion from Prada, Louis Vuitton, Cerutti, Mulberry, Chanel, Boss, and many others are found at the Kgs. Nytorv end of the Strøget.
For lower prices, head further down to clothing stores like H&M. On the side of Amagertorv lies Købmagergade, featuring small independent shops with clothing and eyewear.
Flea Markets in Copenhagen:
In Denmark, there is definitely a passion for a nice stroll around local flea markets. No matter if you’re driving through a large city or walking through a small town, you are unlikely to miss one on summer weekends. In Copenhagen, there are three major players. Frederiksberg and Israels Plads flea markets offer great value. Gammel Strand, however, is unique with its canalside setting and outdoor coffee shops. The flea market season in Denmark starts in late May and ends in early October.
Place: Aalborg, Denmark
Famous For: Spring Celebration Carnival
Attractions: Grand Parade, Battle of Carnival Bands and Children’s Carnival.
Aalborg Carnival holds recognition as the largest carnival in Scandinavia and is advertised as the biggest carnival in northern Europe. It’s an annual event observed during the month of May in the city of Aalborg, Denmark. The Aalborg Carnival is a week long event having 3 main carnival events, i.e The Grand Parade, Battle of Carnival Bands and Children’s Carnival. During the week long celebrations, everyone including professional carnival groups, children and others dress up in the costumes of their liking and participate in this extravaganza.
The Aalborg Carnival traces its origin back in the year 1983 when Kirsti Thorvaldsen, Ebbe Lauridsen, Kaj Steensgard and Bramwell Flyckt founded organized the first carnival in Aalborg. They later went on to establish the association and termed it as Aalborg Carnival. The founders wished to celebrate fantasy and the coming of spring through carnival traditions. For this purpose they started the carnival, where – the city was transformed into a gigantic theater with the citizens as actors, the street as the stage and the body as a dancing sculpture. After the 1987 edition, the Aalborg Carnival went through a dramatic crisis. The organizing committee lacked worked force and started to develop a new model for the carnival. NFU decided to offer their support and to contribute with considerable manpower to the board’s work. Thus, the Carnival Association rose again. The location of carnival was shifted to nearby park Kildeparken in place of Aalborg due to the lack of safety in the center and a substantial decrease in revenues.
The “Must See’s” in Denmark
Denmark vacations are for anyone wanting a sweet escape. Just as sweet as their Danish pastries, Danes are known for their friendly, welcoming nature. Spend your Denmark holiday visiting Amalienborg Palace or Kronborg Castle. It may be tiny but Denmark’s coastline extends 4,500 miles and is not only full of beautiful beaches and forests but it’s also comparatively economical among Scandinavian destinations. From Jazz in Arhus to Rock in Roskilde, a trip to Denmark sounds pretty good!
Castles and Palaces
- Kronborg Castle
- Koldinghus Castle
- Grand Copenhagen and Canal
- Christiansburg Palace
- Fredensborg Palace
- Frederiksberg Gardens
- The little Mermaid
Wild-Life in Denmark
Wild-life experiences involving getting really close to exotic animals has always been a favorite activity for kids of all ages. The chance to feed an elephant or watch an eagle fly right over your head is breath-taking.The Wild-Life animal parks are scattered all over the country and most of them will give you and your kids the opportunity to get really close to animals from all over the world.
You can read about some of the most spectacular Wild-Life parks here:
What is the ocean-life really like for all the species living there? That is something most of us find very interesting. All aspects of the ocean-life is covered at these aquariums. Want to know how the fish you like to eat really lives or watch some real live piranhas get fed? Do yourself a favor and visit some of the Danish Aquariums!
- Denmarks Aquarium
- The North Sea Museum
- The Kattegat Center
- The Fisheries & Maritime Museum
- The Aquarium of Øresund
Entertainment and Shopping
This small aquarium shows the life on the bottom of the sound, Øresund. The aquarium is part of the University of Copenhagen. The exhibitions you will find here focuses on the small species-fauna, that is often overlooked in the bigger aquariums.
Location: Strandpromenaden 5, 3000 Helsingør
Opening hours, admissions and other useful Information here