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Summer’s coming, and Portland is ready with its concerts

Portland - Portland, also known as the "City of Roses," is well-known for its climate, scenery and mood. Plus, with summer approaching, the city is also known as a great place to catch a concert, whether that be in a theater, ballroom or in the open air.

Croatia arts festival to stage Houellebecq play after all

Zagreb - A play by author Michel Houellebecq -- whose book imagining a Muslim-governed France stirred controversy -- will be staged as planned at a Croatian arts festival despite calls for its cancellation over security fears, the culture ministry said Wednesda...

French immigration thriller bags Cannes Palme d'Or

Cannes - A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, "Dheepan", captured the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or top prize on Sunday.

Cannes closes with glittering ceremony

Cannes - After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies -- and a couple of duds -- the Cannes Film Festival closed Sunday with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d'Or.

Cannes race wide open on awards eve

Cannes - The competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival wraps up Saturday with a clutch of favourites jockeying for one of global cinema's most coveted prizes.

Blanchett denies gay past as lesbian movie wows Cannes

Cannes - Hollywood star Cate Blanchett -- in Cannes for the red-carpet world premiere of her latest movie about a lesbian romance -- on Sunday scotched media speculation that she had a real-life gay past.

Move over superheroes, video-game movies are going upscale

Cannes - There was a time when a new video game adaptation was enough to make film critics gag, but the big money involved is starting to attract a new level of talent.

Cannes fest opens with star-studded gala for gritty drama

Cannes - The Cannes Film Festival opened on Wednesday with a star-studded gala premiere of gritty French drama "Standing Tall" -- only the second time a female director has taken the first night slot.

New Charlie Hebdo doc secures worldwide deal at Cannes

Cannes - A new documentary about French magazine Charlie Hebdo which was attacked by jihadists this year has been snapped up by distributors at the Cannes Film Festival, according to Variety magazine on Wednesday.

Women take spotlight as Cannes film fest opens

Cannes - The Cannes film festival eschews its usual blockbuster kick-off on Wednesday, opening with a gritty French film that marks only the second time a female director has won the coveted first slot.

Your unofficial guide to Toronto's South-North Griots Summit

Toronto - In association with the Pan Am and Para-Pan Am games, a gathering of some of the most revered story tellers from African diaspora traditions are gathering in Toronto, Ontario Canada from May 28th-31st.

Tight security in Cannes ahead of film fest

Cannes - With France still on high alert after January's jihadist attacks in Paris and yet another audacious jewellery heist in recent days, a huge but discreet security detail is planned for next week's Cannes film festival.

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.
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The Tartanic a new event this year spotlighted men dressed in full kilt performed with dancers, six drums, six drones, 18 notes, fast fingers, high comedy, flying bagpipes, taste-defying stunts and scorching hot music played at over 120 beats per minute with driving speed and high-volume.
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Picture of fans who attended Lollapalooza
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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.
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Edmonton Folk Music Festival
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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.
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Some of the costumes in this festival are truly amazing.
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Screen capture from Flip Book short film, part of the Filminute Film Festival
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Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton s Old Strathcona.
Ice On Whyte Festival in Edmonton's Old Strathcona.
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Two competing groups of flamenco dancers set in scenery of Mexican village during 7th Annual Jondo Flamenco Festival in Vancouver.
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Dancers performing on Saturday afternoon during the 3-day KORUS Festival. This year the festival marks 10 years.
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.
Male group of gypsies dancing Romeo and Juliet part  7th Annual Jundo Flamenco Festival  Vancouver.
Male group of gypsies dancing Romeo and Juliet part, 7th Annual Jundo Flamenco Festival, Vancouver.
Teenagers sing and dance on a float.
Teenagers sing and dance on a float.
A family affair.
A family affair.
Heart of the City Festival
Heart of the City Festival