Amsterdam Light Festival@ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 29 2018 – Jan 20 2019 all-day

Gigantic spiders made of light and Van Gogh’s Starry Night
Amsterdam Light Festival announces seventh edition

As of 29 November, thirty artworks will light up the city center of Amsterdam for the seventh year in a row. For this years’ edition of Amsterdam Light Festival artists, designers and architects from sixteen different countries share their interpretation of the central theme ‘The Medium is the Message’. All participating artworks will be lit simultaneously during the 53-day-long festival. There will be one exhibition – in the historical center of Amsterdam – which can be experienced in different ways: by boat, by bike or on foot. This year, for the very first time, visitors can vote for their favourite light artwork. The Public Award will be presented to the artist of the winning artwork in the last weekend of the festival. Amsterdam Light Festival can be enjoyed until 20 January 2019.

Artist impressions | Left: Parabolic Lightcloud by amigo & amigo. Middle: Light a Wish by OGE Group. Right: Starry Night by Ivana Jelić and Pavle Petrović.

A selection of the participating artists and artworks:

Ivana Jelić and Pavle Petrović (Serbia) found inspiration for their work Starry Night in Van Gogh’s famous painting of the same name. Since the beginning of the 21st century, as a result of the increase in light pollution, starry nights are less and less visible in urban areas. With the installation Starry Night, the Serbian duo gives Amsterdam its (artificial) starry night back, which reminds us of what we are missing out on.

Groupe LAPS (France) produces movies and (multi)media installations and often integrates the urban surrounding into their work. Exclusively for the festival the French artist collective designed Spider on the Bridge: eighty spiders of two meters each, which together form one gigantic spider on the bridge between the Herengracht and Amstel. Light effects give the illusion that the creatures are crawling all over each other. Arachnophobic visitors are warned!

amigo & amigo (Australia) – also known as Renzo B. Larriviere and Simone Chua – explores the relationship between sculptures and light with their technically complex artworks. Parabolic Lightcloud is a cloud of light made with impressive colours, patterns and transitions. With this installation the duo tries to picture human emotions and stimulate visitors to think about the impact of external impulses on our feelings and instincts. Moreover: the installation consists of 1.000 led lights and 800 meters of rope made out of recycled plastic from discarded bottles.

OGE Group (Israel) is an expert on light art, the founders Merav Eitan and Gaston Zahr are the artistic directors of Jerusalem Light Festival. Their work is characterised by the powerful way in which it arouses emotions, with Light a Wish as a clear example of that. The artwork pictures the moment you blow the fluff of a dandelion and make a wish while it scatters in the air. Eitan and Zahr cherish this childhood memory by making the dandelions float above de Herengracht, where everyone can make a wish during the festival.

Balmond Studio (United Kingdom) has become a friend of the festival. The studio’s innovative artworks are inspired by science, math and biology. With Optilli Balmond Studio creates an optical illusion and shows the subjective way our brain processes light as a source of information. As soon as light is converted into impulses, our brain produces an image. The question is: is the displayed image correct?

Light as a medium and remarkable stories about Amsterdam

From hundreds of submitted concepts the festival jury selected thirty artworks. This years’ exhibition revolves around the theme ‘The Medium is the Message’, the famous statement by the Canadian scientist and philosopher Marshall McLuhan. The idea behind his statement was simple: the way we send a message is at least as important as the message itself. The participating artists focused on questions such as: what role does light play as a medium or a message? And how can light create spaces that would otherwise have remained invisible? The city of Amsterdam as a medium for telling stories is also a central part of this edition. On behalf of the festival, art historian Koen Kleijn went in search of remarkable stories about the city and from October onward they will be released as a ten-part series on the festival website. In his stories Kleijn identifies the connection between the city and the central theme.

Artist impressions | Left: Optilli by Balmond Studio. Right: Spider on the Bridge by Groupe LAPS.

Limited edition artwork

The Dutch visual artist Jeroen Henneman is guest of honour of Amsterdam Light Festival 2018-2019. He is well-known for his sculptures that look like ‘standing drawings’. Exclusively for Amsterdam Light Festival, he designed Two Lamps, two gigantic lamp sculptures that will have their own stage between the street lights in the famous ‘Golden Bend’ along the Herengracht. By day, the lamps form a graphic, dark silhouette, by night a ‘drawn’ line of light. A smaller version of Henneman’s work is available as a limited edition. The proceeds of this limited edition will fund the larger artwork. This is the second year in a row that a limited edition of one of the festivals’ artworks is sold. Last year it was a smaller version of Ai Weiwei’s thinline.

Other participating artists

Alicia Eggert (United States), Felipe Prado (Chile), Femke Schaap (the Netherlands), Frank Foole (the Netherlands), Frederike Top (the Netherlands), Gali May Lucas (United Kingdom), James Tapscott (Australia), Marcus Neustetter (South-Africa), Meke Vrienten from the Breitner Academy (the Netherlands), Michela Bonzi (Italy), Peter Koros (Hungary), Peter Snijder (Belgium), Peter Vink (the Netherlands), Piet Hume (the Netherlands), Sebastian Kite (United Kingdom), Serge Schoemaker (the Netherlands), Sjimmie Veenhuis (the Netherlands), Stefan Reiss (Germany), Teatro Metaphora (Portugal), Tochka (Japan), Tom Biddulph and Barbara Ryan (United Kingdom), UxU Studio (Taiwan/China), Yasuhiro Chida (Japan), and Youichi Sakamoto from 9+1 (Japan).



Viareggio Carnival@ Tuscan city of Viareggio, Italy
Feb 9 – Mar 5 all-day


Carnevale di Viareggio will be held from 9 – 17 – 23 February, 3 – 5 March 2019

In 2019, the Carnevale di Viareggio celebrates its 146th Anniversary with women taking centre stage.

After almost a century and a half, the Viareggio Carnival carries on its vibrant traditions having become one of Europe’s longest-established festivals and undoubtedly Italy’s best known event. Every year, the Carnevale di Viareggio attracts more than 500.000 spectators who gaily crowd the city’s boardwalk as they admire the breath-taking parades of papier-mâché gargantuan floats.

2019 CARNIVAL GIANT FLOAT PARADES will take place along the extraordinary Liberty seaside boulevards on:

Saturday 9 February
Sunday 17 February
Saturday 23 February
Sunday 3 March
Fat Tuesday 5 March

This year, the Viareggio papier-mâché magicians have chosen as their main subjects a wide array of characters ranging from mythical Medea to immortal artist Frida Kahlo, from the fight against bullying to the quest in contrasting sea pollution and from the drama of migrants to Trump’s dream of returning on the moon.

The Cittadella del Carnevale di Viareggio

The impressive complex of the Cittadella del Carnevale di Viareggio
was inaugurated in 2001 and is the largest and most important Italian thematic center dedicated to carnival floats and masks. It houses sixteen large hangars and workshops where the giant floats are built,a laboratory where the art of papier-mâché is taught, three museum areas and a historical photo and film archive and documentation center.

At the Citadel of the Carnevale di Viareggio it is possible to visit the Papier Mâché Museum where the breathtaking floats are stored and the Museum of the Carnival that illustrates the over 100-year old history of the Carnevale through original documents, photographs, sketches,
posters and models. Visitors can also admire the extraordinary Carnevalotto collection of contemporary art created for the Carnevalotto Prize from 1987 to today by some or the most famous artists: a celebration of Carnival throughout the years. A video on the history of the
Carnival of Viareggio wraps up the magical tour.



La Fête du Citron® (Lemon Festival)@ City of Menton
Feb 16 – Mar 3 all-day

For 86 years, Menton has been celebrating its love affair with lemons during La Fête du Citron® – a festival which has become known throughout the world and which is like none other on earth. Thousands of visitors, giant buildings covered with citrus fruits, colourful flowerbeds, a blue sky, magical nights, surprising parades, music… for a celebration that gets better year after year. This year, from Saturday 16th February until Sunday 3rd March 2019, the time has come to discover fantastic worlds! Who hasn’t dreamed of exploring these marvellous universes, straight out of our imagination,where dragons, centaurs and leprechauns rub shoulders with elves,werewolves and magicians?


• The story of La Fête du Citron® told by its mascot, John Lemon
Saturday 16 February at 11.00 am: opening of the 86th Fête du Citron®
Saturday 16 February at 2.00 pm: opening of the Exhibition of Citrus patterns
Saturday 16 February, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
Sunday 17 February, 2.30 pm: Golden Fruit Parade
Thursday 21 February, 9 pm: The night-time parade, (followed by fireworks)
Friday 22 February, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
Sunday 24 February, 2.30 pm: Golden Fruit Parade
Thursday 28 February, 9 pm: The night-time parade, (followed by fireworks)
Friday 1 March, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
Sunday 3 March, 2.30 pm: Golden Fruit Parade

The event in numbers

– 20 days of festival
– 240, 000 spectators on average each year
– 10 floats and 13 decorated displays in the gardens
– 200 artists (dancers, musicians)
– 400 participants (warehousemen, cashiers, screening staff)
– Over 20, 000 hours worked by crews, primarily municipal
– 12 people in charge of changing any fruit which has deteriorated each day
– 140 tonnes of citrus fruit for the gardens and floats
– Up to 18 tonnes of fruit for the most magnificent designs
– 45 kg of oranges or 30 kg lemons are needed to cover 1 m²
– 5 tonnes of additional fruit to replace any damaged fruit
– Over 750,000 elastic bands for attaching the fruit
– 15 tonnes of steel

For more information, head to the official website for the festival :


Venice Carnival 2019@ Venezia, Italy
Feb 16 – Mar 5 all-day

Every winter, Venice bursts into life with fanciful masked balls and extravagant parades. The city’s narrow, enigmatic backstreets and the beautiful Saint Mark’s Square are taken over by mysterious masked revelers, while elegant gondolas filled with fantasy characters glide up and down its beloved canals.

Venice during Il Carnevale is an explosion of color and fashion creativity, an experience you’ll never forget.

Who will be the Eagle of 2019 Venice Carnival?
We are waiting for you on Sunday 3rd March at 11 am in St Mark square to discover it! The “Flight of the eagle” will again be repeated for the 2019 edition of the Carnival with another spectacular flight from St. Mark’s bell tower to the Carnival stage.

So who’s going to play the role of the Eagle in this year’s Carnival?

The protagonist of the Flight of the Eagle, chosen by Marco Maccapani in 2018, was Renzo Rosso CEO of DIESEL.

Year after year, this second flight is filled with new ideas and fascination to confirm the choice made years ago to include this event in the Carnival celebrations, which over the years has been performed by Fabrizia D’Ottavio, Francesca Piccinini, Carolina Kostner, the talented Giusy Versace, Saturino Celani and Melissa Satta.

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Carnival in Cologne
Feb 28 – Mar 6 all-day

Carnival, also called ‘’Fastelovend’’ or ‘’Fastnacht’’ by the locals, plays an outstanding role in Cologne’s tradition. Rhinelanders are generally known to be people with a zest for life. During carnival, anyone who wants to be part of the celebration is invited to laugh at themselves and to take a short break from daily routines in life.
The “fifth season” of the year is celebrated between New Year’s Day and Ash Wednesday. However, in Cologne people already celebrate the beginning of the new carnival season on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the preceding year at exactly 11:11 a.m. On a huge stage in the city centre, the designated members of the triumvirate (the Prince, Peasant and Maiden who will preside over the carnival
festivities), still dressed in their everyday clothes, are presented to the public for the first time. After that, carnival remains in the background until the New Year’s Eve balls.

What are the origins of carnival?

Carnival in Cologne is almost as old as the history of the city itself. But it has been celebrated in the organized fashion we know today for only about 190 years. The Greeks and the Romans celebrated joyous spring festivals in honor of Dionysus and Saturn with wine, women and chants. The ancient Germans celebrated the winter solstice in order to pay homage to the gods and drive out the evil demons of winter. In
later times, the Christians adopted these heathen customs. Lent, the period of fasting before Easter, was ushered in by carnival (carne vale = Farewell to meat!). In the Middle Ages, the celebration of carnival, the masquerade, often took on drastic forms, very much to the displeasure of the city council and the church. Bans and ordinances had little effect on the people, who continued their wild and spirited revels.

In the 18th century, the boisterous street carnival was extended to include the “redoutes”, elegant masked and fancy-dress balls in the Venetian style, which were initially the preserve of the aristocracy and the wealthy merchant class. In 1794, Cologne was captured by the French revolutionary troops. But the new rulers allowed the locals “de faire son tour”, or in other words, to hold their carnival parades. The
Prussians, who took control a short time later, were stricter, but it did not prevent the natives of Cologne from cultivating their carnival tradition. Carnival was romanticized, became bourgeois and organized! The new idea of the “Carnival Hero” was introduced, the forerunner of today’s Prince Carnival. In 1823, the Festival Committee was founded, and on February 10 that year, the first Rose Monday parade was held
with the motto “Inthronization of the Carnival Hero”.

After the foundation of the Festival Committee, many carnival societies were founded. Those can be roughly divided into two groups according to their origins and aims. The first group consists of the corps societies, whose members wear uniforms and regard
themselves more or less as caricatures of the military. The second group is the committee societies, whose members also all wear the same jackets in the society’s colours and offer a range of carnival-themed social activities for the whole family. The form and content of the carnival shows called “Sitzungen” developed, the “Bütt” or speakers’ podium was introduced, and the President, or host, held court on the
stage in the midst of the ten other members of the “Council of Eleven”. Starting in 1827, medals were awarded to especially deserving celebrants (this too was initially meant as a caricature of the military). In 1860 the first “Ghost Parade” was held on the evening of carnival Saturday. Even after the turn of the century, the “founding era” of Cologne’s carnival continued. In 1902 the Guard of Honour, which accompanies the Peasant and the Maiden, was formed. In 1906 Prince Carnival received his own Guard of Honour. Other societies were established. Willi Ostermann and his songs and the witty Grete Fluss made carnival in Cologne famous beyond the city’s borders.

The “Sitzungen” with their humorous orators and singers bridged the gap between ,New Year’s Day and the beginning of the street carnival.
These traditions still continue today, nowadays bands such as Bläck Fööss, Die Höhner and Brings are the trademarks of Cologne’s “fifth season”. The “Stippeföttchen-Tanz” of the Rote Funken, a dance that parodies the strict life of soldiers, is world-famous. Today there are approximately 300 organisers such as carnival societies, local history societies and neighbourhood groups that celebrate their home town’s carnival in more than 900 shows, balls and parades. An alternative carnival scene has developed in Cologne. It sets itself apart from the
traditional Festival Committee and the associations and clubs connected with it and enjoy making fun of them. The variety of carnival activities in Cologne shows that this city’s carnival attracts all social classes and groups and is an authentic folk festival. It
is characterized by a form of tolerance that allows everyone to be happy in his or her own way. Its motto is “Jede Jeck es anders” (Every fool is different) – a slogan that is taken to heart in Cologne, not only during carnival but all year round.

The triumvirate
The triumvirate of Prince, Peasant and Maiden (also known as the Trifolium) did not yet exist in 1823. Back then, the people behind the romantic revival of Fastnacht enthroned the Carnival Hero as the central figure. In 1825 the Cologne Peasant (“His Heftiness”) appeared independently for the first time in the Rose Monday parade. Ever since the Middle Ages, he has been a symbol of the readiness of the inhabitants of the imperial city of Cologne to defend themselves. He carries a flail and a key to the city. The Cologne Maiden (“Her Loveliness”) also dates back to the Middle Ages and is a symbol of the free and independent city. She was introduced in the Rose
Monday parade of 1823 and is always impersonated by a man.

The street carnival
The highlight is the street carnival, the “Crazy Days”. From “Weiberfastnacht” (Women’s Carnival), which is the Thursday before Rose Monday, to Tuesday. There are a traditional series of shows, balls and parades, with people celebrating, singing and dancing in party rooms, restaurants and pubs. During this time, the whole city is in a “state of exception”. Many public institutions are closed, and the Carnival Prince

On Sunday, the “Schull- und Veedelszöch” (school and neighbourhood parade), consisting of imaginatively costumed groups from Cologne’s schools and neighbourhood associations, wind its way through the city centre. The climax of carnival is Rose Monday, when the big official Rose Monday parade takes place. For about five hours, the showy and satirical floats glide through the city. The parade is
about 7.5 kilometres long and consists of almost 11,000 participants and about 78 bands. The participants throw about 300 tons of “Kamelle” (sweets), 700,000 bars of chocolate and 300,000 “Strüßjer” (small bouquets) to the approximately one million spectators, most of them in costume, who line the parade route. The air is full of the carnival cheer “Kölle Alaaf!”. The origin of this phrase is unclear, but it means something like “Long live Cologne!” and is probably the shortest way to declare one’s love for the Cathedral City. Before daily life returns on Ash Wednesday as though carnival had never happened, the “Nubbel” is burned in many places throughout the city on the evening before. The “Nubbel” is a straw puppet that represents all the misconduct that the fun-loving people of Cologne might have been guilty of during carnival.

The “Crazy Days”

The streets will fill up early in the morning with Carnival celebrants in costumes
heading for their workplaces or to the Alter Markt.
At 11:11 a.m. Cologne’s street carnival will be opened in the Alter Markt in the
presence of the Cologne triumvirate: Prince, Peasant and Maiden.
At 1:30 p.m. the historic Carnival play “Jan un Griet” will be performed at the
Severinstor in the Südstadt, followed by a parade along the Severinstraße to the Alter

Afternoon and evening: shows and fancy-dress balls

FRIDAY, March 1, 2019
From 4:30 p.m. on, the Cologne neighbourhood associations will march from different
starting points and meet at the Alter Markt. Starting at 6:00 p.m. there will be a
Carnival programme lasting until approximately 8:45 p.m.
Evening: shows and fancy-dress balls

SATURDAY, March 2, 2019
Start the day with a Cologne Frühschoppen (breakfast with a Kölsch) at the
“Funkenbiwak” (gathering of the traditional corps) on the Neumarkt at 10:30 a.m.
Evening: The “Ghost Parade” through the district Buchforst and Kalk on the right side
of the Rhine will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Balls at many locations throughout the city

SUNDAY, March 3, 2019
Starting at 11:11 a.m. the school and neighbourhood parade will wind its way through
the city centre with masked school groups and imaginative masquerades staged by
associations from the neighbourhoods.
Evening: shows and fancy-dress balls

ROSE MONDAY, March 4, 2019
10:00 a.m. will mark the start of the high point of carnival, the big official Rose
Monday parade organized by the Festival Committee of Cologne carnival. Kamelle
(sweets), Strüßjer (small bouquets) and Bützjer (kisses) will be tossed from the floats
to the hundreds of thousands of costumed spectators.
Parade motto: “We march to a different tune”
Evening: merrymaking in party rooms, restaurants and pubs

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019
Noon: Parades of masked groups and associations in Cologne’s suburbs, followed by
parties in the pubs lasting until the “Nubbel” (a straw puppet) is burned with great
lamentation at midnight.

ASH WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019
Traditional menus featuring fish will be offered in many taverns and restaurants.

Dragon Carnival@ Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mar 2 all-day

The carnival started after independence of Slovenia after the streets of Ljubljana, around 1996, and the name of the Dragon Carnival was given only years ago. At the Carnival, initially ethnological masks and masks were related to current events, and in the last years they were at the heart of the children’s group from the Ljubljana schools and kindergartens. The theme of this year’s Carnival is Fairy-tale Heroes.



St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland 2019@ Dublin, Ireland
Mar 14 – Mar 18 all-day


Future Festival Dates:
2019: Thursday 14th – Monday 18th March
2020: Saturday 14th – Tuesday 17th March

St. Patrick’s Day is always on 17th March.
Every year on the 17th March people around the world celebrate St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is credited with popularising Christianity in Ireland in the 5th Century.

Ireland welcomes the world to five great days in Dublin. The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. With laughs, unlimited alcohol, food, music and the widest variety of green-inspired costumes the festival is a must. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.

Why was it started?

To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebrations in the world.
To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity.
To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations.
To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal.
The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th, 1996, it has since grown to a 5-day celebration and consists of multiple events throughout the city including the main event the parade which is always held March 17th.

We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas, and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all.

Storytelling is the theme for the 2019 edition of the Festival. Ireland has a deep-rooted connection to storytelling reaching back thousands of years, spanning the centuries to include the many modern storytellers of today. From Irish mythology and the great defining historical moments of our past to our heroes through the ages and their legacies, the stories are manifold – both old and the modern stories shaping the island of Ireland today. For the Festival Parade, pageant companies will come together to celebrate the art of Irish storytelling creating spectacles and performances that will resonate with those near and far, unearthing old and new stories of extraordinary experiences, to celebrate on our national holiday. The festival Parade also features domestic and international marching bands that perform musical scores that compliment the festival theme of Storytelling.

Events that have been announced thus far:

  • ·         Abair series: a programme of traditional singing and storytelling events that will take place across the city in a variety of different venues.
  • ·         Greening the city: buildings, venues, and spaces across the city illuminate green for the Festival.
  • ·         Culture Vultures: a night of music and conversation at The Sound House. Hosted by pop culture critic/writer Tony Clayton-Lea, this event promises to captivate minds with music from two-time Grammy-nominee Iarla Ó Lionáird and guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney.

The St. Patrick’s Festival full programme and event catalog will be launched on February 12th; all information will be available from the official St. Patricks Festival website on this date.

The social channels are below:

Facebook: @StPatricksFestivalIreland

Twitter: @stpatricksfest

Instagram: @stpatricksfestival

The hashtag for the Festival is: #StPatricksFest



Edinburgh Art Festival@ Edinburgh
Jul 25 – Aug 25 all-day

Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the platform for the visual arts at the heart of Edinburgh’s August festivals, bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art. Each year, the Festival features leading international and UK artists alongside the best emerging talent, major survey exhibitions of historic figures, and a special programme of newly commissioned artworks that respond to public and historic sites in the city.


Edinburgh Festival Fringe@ Edinburgh
Aug 2 – Aug 26 all-day

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet.
Every August for three weeks the city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.

Why visit the Fringe?
With 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues in 2017 there are quite literally thousands of reasons to visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.


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