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Eclipse on the Great Barrier Reef

If you needed inspiration to visit tropical Queensland beyond the incredible rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef, this November might offer you a reason. Cairns will greet a fine spring morning on 14th November and then be plunged back into darkness as a total solar eclipse passes over the city. Cairns intends to celebrate the … Continue reading

Gearing up for the Games in London

London is the place to be at the moment. With just ten days to go until the opening ceremony, final preparations for the London 2012 Olympics are well underway and the first fully ‘dressed’ venue has been unveiled. London 2012 revealed the ‘Look of the Games’ at the Water Polo Arena on the Olympic Park … Continue reading

Photo Story: Holi, the festival of colours, at Braj

Holi is a joyful featival of colours celebrating the beginning of the new season and saying farewell to winter. It is also an important religious festival. Braj Bhoomi, the land that epitomizes the whole of the rich Indian culture is also known as the land of Lord Krishna, as it has witnessed the enchantment of … Continue reading

Everyone’s a winner at Waiheke’s annual beach races

Louise Alexander dons shades, shorts and sandals for a day at the races.  Arguably Auckland’s most iconic beach event, the fantastic Onetangi Beach Races on Waiheke Island have been drawing crowds for over 100 years, and this year’s races were once again the centerpiece of the Island’s social calendar as locals and visitors gathered in … Continue reading

Not your usual music festival

For music fans who fancy something a bit different, this could be just the ticket. Scandinavia abounds in ice hotels and ice bars, so an ice music festival shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise! Since 1999, Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset has used instruments made from ice to develop a unique sound. American expert … Continue reading

The season of goodwill and Christmas markets

It’s that time of year and deep down we all love it. Christmas Markets are a well established – and delightful – seasonal tradition, in fact they date from the early middle ages across Central and Eastern Europe. Austria’s beautiful capital offers some of the best; as Advent begins, Christmas markets in Vienna become as … Continue reading

Programme for the London 2012 Festival announced

Plans for the London 2012 Festival have been unveiled, with the festival’s début on 21 June.  It will showcase some of the world’s best music, theatre, dance, visual art, literature and fashion in a 12 week celebration marking the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The festival will stretch to every corner … Continue reading

Image of the Month

This image was captured by Greg Davis at the Houston International Festival.  His name is Motapa, he is of the original African descendants who were originally brought to Texas. The festival is taking place this weekend celebrating diversity and learning about different cultures and featuring a huge schedule of performers, plus arts markets, street theatre cuisines … Continue reading

Check out the UK’s first dedicated consumer surf show this weekend!

This weekend sees the  first and only dedicated UK Surf Show being held in Bristol; an event celebrating surfing, ocean sports and coastal lifestyle, showcasing international and UK brands, hardwear, fashion, film, photography, art and music. Surf Show will play host to the ‘WaveRiders Film Festival’ premiering UK and International Films, plus there will be … Continue reading

Miss it miss out! April events

As Spring comes to the northern hemisphere, there’s a whole host of great events and festivals. Here’s our choice of some of the best that April has to offer around the world. England: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race 3 April A tradition dating back to 1829 when up to 250,000 people line the Thames … Continue reading