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Bestival Toronto promises music, magic, and mayhem

Toronto - Bestival UK has confirmed that their trademark triumvirate of music, magic and mayhem will be heading to North America, taking over Toronto Islands on June 12th and 13th, 2015 for the first ever Bestival abroad.

Tickets for this year's Burning Man festival go on sale Wednesday

Gerlach - Individual tickets for this year’s Burning Man event, an annual counterculture art festival that attracts tens of thousands to a temporary city in the Nevada desert, are scheduled to go on sale beginning Wednesday.

Carnival spirit begins in Ibiza ahead of start next week

Ibiza - Ibiza is beginning to get ready for the Ibiza Carnival that starts later this week, promising to be as big and lively an affair as always with masks, dancers, costumes and street parades.

Christine Nagy to star in The Dance as part of 'Chance' festival

Christine Nagy from New York's hit radio station, 106.7 Lite FM, is also an actress, and she will be starring in "The Dance."

Horror movie celebration set to haunt Toronto this November Special

Toronto - Toronto's first annual horror movie celebration gets off to a screaming start come November. With a combination of panels, parties, and a selection of horror-lore guests, HORROR-RAMA hopes to make its bloody mark on the local horror culture scene.

Broadway outshines Hollywood on and off screen

Venice - The age-old rivalry between Broadway and Hollywood took centre stage at this year's Venice film festival, which winds up on Saturday, with a host of theatre-based tales and stars denouncing a declining Silver Screen industry.

Visitors to Minnesota State Fair warned to wash hands regularly

Visitors to this year's Minnesota State Fair are being warned by organisers to wash their hands regularly to prevent outbreaks of disease, contracted from the abundance of farm animals at the event.

Kings of Leon to resume touring, to play Made in America Festival

Kings of Leon, the multi-platinum selling rock band, will be resuming their tour dates and they will play Budweiser's "Made in America" Festival on August 31.

Edmonton Blues Festival showcases a variety of talent Special

Edmonton - Edmonton's summer is becoming filled with music festivals, from folk to rock to this past weekend, which featured the 16th annual Edmonton Blues Festival.

Armin van Buuren and Skrillex to play Lights All Night festival

Fans of EDM superstars Armin van Buuren and Skrillex are in for a real treat. They will be headlining the "Lights All Night" Music Festival in Dallas, Texas.

Toronto Caribana Recap

Toronto - Last weekend Toronto officials and business people hosted the 2014 Caribana celebration. Major stars were there and extravagant costumes were the norm.

'Straight White Guy' festival may be coming to Columbus

Columbus - Flyers, advertising a Straight White Guy Festival, have been making rounds on Twitter and in Columbus, Ohio. The flyers promise the festival will be held on September 20, 2014.

Huge crowds launch Spain's Pamplona bull-run festival

Pamplona - A red-and-white sea of revellers soaked each other with wine in a packed Pamplona square on Sunday to kick off Spain's most famous fiesta, the San Fermin bull-running festival.A shout from the City Hall balcony of "Viva San Fermin!

Ambubachi tantric festival begins in India

The four-day Ambubachi festival began on June 22 at the Kamakhya temple in Gauhati, the capital of the northeast Indian state of Assam. The ritual is a significant part of tantric and Shakti or goddess worship in this part of the country.

Op-Ed: Dog-eating festival starts early to avoid notice

Those who love dogs may be more than a little outraged by this article. One Chinese festival involves eating dogs and is being held early to avoid animal activists.

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival features eight Indian styles

San Francisco - The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival will feature eight styles of Indian classical dance, till June 29, 2014 in its 36th edition, a first in its entire history.

Thousands of devotees take a dip in river Ganga

Thousands of devotees assembled at various places along the banks of the river Ganga in North India, to take a dip on the occasion of the festival Ganga Dussehra on June 8.

Heart of the City Festival showcases emerging artists Special

Edmonton - The Heart of the City Music and Arts Festival in Edmonton took place on June 7 and 8, showcasing emerging inner city musicians and artists.

Mawazine — The binding of cultures, the channeling of acceptance

Rabat - The Mawazine Music Festival is hosted in Rabat, Morocco by Maroc Cultures and attracts cultures in music and people from around the globe.

Buddha Purnima celebrated around the world

Buddha Purnima, one of Buddhism's most sacred festivals, which marks the birth, enlightenment and the departure of Buddha from this world, was celebrated last week in several countries.

Cannes on alert after diamond heists

Paris - Movie stars like to sparkle on the red carpet but security is being tightened in Cannes this year after a spate of increasingly audacious thefts highlighted the ease with which jewel thieves can strike.

Sunderland to host 19th annual maple syrup festival Special

This weekend, the village of Sunderland in Durham Region welcomes visitors to its annual maple syrup festival. The event is hosted in support of various charitable and community fundraising projects, and emphasizes family fun.

Indians splash colours in Hindu spring festival

New Delhi - Millions of Indians splashed bright colours on each other Monday to celebrate the popular Hindu festival of Holi, which marks the start of spring.The 'Festival of Colours' saw revellers pour onto streets across the country, smearing and splashing powde...

Cuba cigar auction rakes in $1.1 million

Havana - Six luxury humidors fetched more than $1.1 million Saturday at the gala closing the 16th annual Cigar Festival in Havana.The humidors were packed with Montecristo and other prestigious cigars along with a painting by Cuban artist Zaida del Rio.As in pa...

Cuba cigar auction rakes in $1.1 million

Havana - Six luxury humidors fetched more than $1.1 million Saturday at the gala closing the 16th annual Cigar Festival in Havana.The humidors were packed with Montecristo and other prestigious cigars along with a painting by Cuban artist Zaida del Rio.As in pa...

Berlin film fest wraps up with big wins for Asian cinema

Berlin - The 64th Berlin film festival wrapped up Sunday after a resounding triumph for Asian cinema at its gala awards ceremony, including the Golden Bear top prize for a Chinese noir mystery."Bai Ri Yan Huo" (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan about a washed...

Chinese gold, Asian glory as Berlin film fest wraps up

Berlin - The 64th Berlin film festival wraps up Sunday after a resounding triumph for Asian cinema at its gala awards ceremony, including the Golden Bear top prize for a Chinese noir mystery."Bai Ri Yan Huo" (Black Coal, Thin Ice) by Diao Yinan about a washed u...

China film noir 'Black Coal, Thin Ice' wins Berlin Golden Bear

Berlin - China's "Black Coal, Thin Ice" by Diao Yinan about a washed up ex-cop investigating a series of grisly murders won the Berlin film festival's Golden Bear top prize Saturday.The classic film noir, whose Chinese title is Bai Ri Yan Huo, also captured the...

Linklater's 'Boyhood' is film to beat for Berlin top prizes

Berlin - Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale "Boyhood" seemed the odds-on favourite to capture the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival Saturday, but dramas from Northern Ireland and Germany were hot on its heels.Critics and audiences swooned ov...

European immigration satire lights up Berlin film fest

Berlin - The pitch-black comedy "In Order of Disappearance" about a gangland war between Norwegian drug dealers and the Serbian mob delighted the Berlin film festival Monday.
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The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona  Spain
The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
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Scott Kinsey Group play in Hart Plaza  using an eclectic mix of vocoder  Middle Eastern samples and ...
Scott Kinsey Group play in Hart Plaza, using an eclectic mix of vocoder, Middle Eastern samples and jazz.
Visitors to the 7th Annual AARC Rice Festival
Visitors to the 7th Annual AARC Rice Festival
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton s Old Strathcona.
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton's Old Strathcona.
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto  hundreds of familie...
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto, hundreds of families and thousands of people enjoyed the sights of animals from around the world and the sounds of little dogs giving tricks.
Stock photo of the Ibiza Carnival
Stock photo of the Ibiza Carnival
Ibiza Spotlight
One of many fiery moves during flamenco performances during 7th Annual Jondo Flamenco Festival in Va...
One of many fiery moves during flamenco performances during 7th Annual Jondo Flamenco Festival in Vancouver.
Kids have fun trying to toss arrows into the vase.
Kids have fun trying to toss arrows into the vase.
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto  hundreds of familie...
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto, hundreds of families and thousands of people enjoyed the sights of animals from around the world and the sounds of little dogs giving tricks.
The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
The second annual Brazil Day Canada Festival in downtown Toronto.
A look at part of the Lowes Motor Speedway during the spring 2013 Charlotte Auto Fair.
A look at part of the Lowes Motor Speedway during the spring 2013 Charlotte Auto Fair.
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Sundance Film Fest Marquee.
Sundance Film Fest Marquee.
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The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival.  Springdale  AR  May 2012
The 17th Annual Springtime Arts & Crafts Festival. Springdale, AR May 2012
Peregrine International provided workshops about birds of prey for the keenly interested Fest-goers.
Peregrine International provided workshops about birds of prey for the keenly interested Fest-goers.
Stock photo of dancers in the Ibiza Carnival
Stock photo of dancers in the Ibiza Carnival
Ibiza Spotlight
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto  hundreds of familie...
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto, hundreds of families and thousands of people enjoyed the sights of animals from around the world and the sounds of little dogs giving tricks.
KOMAKI  Japan — It s springtime in Japan and that means one thing. Actually  two things. Penis fes...
KOMAKI, Japan — It's springtime in Japan and that means one thing. Actually, two things. Penis festivals and vagina festivals. It may sound like a sophomoric gag. But these are folk rites going back at least 1,500 years, into Japan's agricultural past. They're held to ensure a good harvest and promote baby-making. Maybe they should hold more such festivals.