The Venice Carnival
is a class of its own. No other carnival on Earth can compete with its stylishness, elegance and extreme richness of its masks and costumes. Groups of Renaissance aristocrats, queens, kings, harlequins and sea creatures set against the subtle background of Venice create a dream-like show of mystery and magic.
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
is held each February in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the largest island of the Canary Islands, Spain and attracts people from all over the world. It is considered the second most popular and internationally known carnival, after the one held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Partially for this reason, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro.
The city of Cologne, Germany declares Carnival
(a deep-seated, carnival-like festival) the “fifth season” in its city. The planning for this celebration traditionally begins at 11 minutes past 11 on November 11, then party planners take a break over the Advent and Christmas holidays before festivities start in early February. During the celebration, street parades, balls, and stage shows are aplenty and Kölsch (the beloved local beer) flows freely. Children and adults adorn themselves in ridiculous masquerade costumes and the party takes to the streets.
The Nice Carnival
is one of the world’s major carnival events, alongside the Brazilian Carnival, Venetian Carnival, and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is held annually in February and sometimes early March (depending on the movable date of Carnival in the Christian calendar) in Nice on the French Riviera. Today, the two-week event attracts over a million visitors to Nice every year.
The Carnival of Basel
is the biggest carnival in Switzerland and takes place annually between February and March in Basel. It has been listed as one of the top fifty local festivities in Europe. Since 2017, the Carnival of Basel has been included in UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage.
is a comprehensive three-day event featuring live seminars and debates amongst the leaders of the international music community. Through keynotes, interviews, panels and technology master classes, our industry network comes together for thoughtful discussion about the direction and future of electronic music.
The world’s biggest dance music festival is on every electronic music fan’s bucket list. Each summer Tomorrowland
manages to curate the lineup of lineups at its mythological wonderland in Belgium, giving each and every dance sub-genre its own stage, all curated by the biggest brands in the game.
is an annual music festival held in Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona, Spain that takes place between the end of May and beginning of June. The nature of the festival (urban and an integrated part of the city) and the wide range of bands represented have made Primavera Sound a meeting point for artists and spectators from all generations. Primavera Sound is one of the largest and most-attended music festivals in Europe and the biggest in the Mediterranean.
is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place in Pilton, Somerset, in England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. Leading pop and rock artists have headlined, alongside thousands of others appearing on smaller stages and performance areas. Films and albums have been recorded at the festival, and it receives extensive television and newspaper coverage.
The Rock am Ring (German for “Rock at the Ring”)
and Rock im Park (“Rock in the Park”)
festivals are two simultaneous rock music festivals held annually. While Rock am Ring takes place at the Nürburgring race track, Rock im Park takes place at the Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg. Sharing nearly identical lineups, the two festivals are usually regarded as one event. Combined, Rock im Park and Rock am Ring are the largest music festivals held in Germany and one of the largest in the world.
The Sziget Festival is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe. It is held every August in northern Budapest, Hungary, on Óbudai-sziget (“Old Buda Island”), a leafy 108-hectare (266-acre) island on the Danube. More than 1,000 performances take place each year.