Events

A truly spectacular and diverse array of Events in many guises — from Burning Man in the Arizona desert to Siena’s Palio, the Mongol Derby, Glastonbury and even the Miramar Air Show — provide high points in the global travel calendar and the perfect inspiration for exploring new horizons.
 
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Upcoming Events
January 5–27, 2019
Sydney Festival

What began in 1977 as a clever ploy to attract tourists to the city during the summer season has now become one of the highlights of Australia’s cultural calendar. The annual Sydney…

January 14–27, 2019
North American International Auto Show

Detroit is indisputably the car capital of America. At the turn of the 20th century, Detroit formed the beating heart of America’s automotive industrial revolution, and launched the…

January 14–27, 2019
Australian Open

Held across three sites at Garden Square inside Melbourne Park, the Australian Open in late January marks the start of the tennis Grand Slam calendar. Alongside the French Open, US Open and…

February 16, 2019
Hadaka Matsuri

Hadaka Matsuri (meaning ‘Naked Festival’) is a semi-religious competition held at Saidai-ji Temple in Okayama Prefecture, that sees up to 10,000 men in fundoshi loincloths battle it out…

February 21–24, 2019
Splore

To Splore is to dance, sing, swim, leave no trace and embark in as much merry-making festivities that a three-day festival weekend can provide. As New Zealand’s longest running music, art…


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Vivid Sydney Festival

When the days get shorter and the weather turns chilly, the city of Sydney, Australia, has a dramatic way of welcoming the winter solstice. Vivid Sydney, a 23-day festival and the largest…

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Taranaki International Arts Festival

Since its inception in 1991, the biennial Taranaki International Arts Festival has impressed audiences with its stellar playbill of critically acclaimed acts. Hosted in New Plymouth with…

June 29 – July 14, 2018
Montreux Jazz Festival

What began in the 1970s as a ploy to bring more visitors to a small town in the Swiss Alps has grown to become the world’s second largest annual jazz festival, behind the Montreal Jazz…

May 14–25, 2019
Cannes International Film Festival

One of the biggest dates in the global film calendar, Cannes International Film Festival is renowned for attracting glitz and glamour, as the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers, producers,…

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March 9–11, 2019
Golden Plains

A magic setup and a refreshing lack of commercial branding defines the Golden Plains experience. The small music festival takes place in March each year, at the Meredith Supernatural…

July 2–15, 2018
Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The all-white uniform, obligatory pitchers of Pimm’s, afternoon tea, Kentish strawberries and cream, world records, unreliable British weather and those famous lawn courts sporting…

March 8–17, 2019
South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival

SXSW is a barometer for what’s hot, what’s not, what’s in, what’s out in the worlds of film, music and technology. The current nine-day behemoth of an event has grown far from its…

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Moscow Airshow

For enthusiasts of Russian and Soviet-made planes, The MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon provides quite a spectacle. This is just as much a serious, government-level buying event…

May 25, 2019
Bluff Oyster and Food Festival

The Bluff Oyster and Food Festival is indisputably the highlight of the South Island’s culinary calendar. For one day, this tiny New Zealand town with the impressive global reputation…

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