Calendar

Mar
30
Fri
2018
Budapest Spring Festival @ Budapest, Hungary
Mar 30 – Apr 22 all-day

The Budapest Spring Festival takes place in April each year. Besides Hungarian artists, numerous international stars perform during the 3 and half – week event.

Established in 1980, the event is one of Hungary’s most prominent cultural festival that attracts music and art enthusiasts from all around the world every year. Since its first inception, the festival has featured a diverse series of programmes, covering orchestral concerts, chamber evenings, church concerts, opera performances, musicals, folk dance, exhibitions and more. Whilst enjoying the wonderful cultural showcases, guests can also marvel at the grand architecture of concert venues like the Budapest State Opera and the Palace of the Arts.

Apr
12
Thu
2018
Belfast Film Festival @ Belfast, Northern Ireland
Apr 12 – Apr 21 all-day

The Belfast Film Festival began in 1995 as part of Féile An Phobail and has developed hand in hand with the evolving culture of film patronage and filmmaking in the city.

The 2018 will see the eighteenth programme roll out across the city. The Festival’s activities are entertaining and provocative, and in many instances provide an important platform for debate across the religious, social and cultural divides in Northern Ireland.

The presentation of site specific events and innovative ways to screen film is one of the festival’s specialities; films have been screened in used (Jaws) and disused swimming pools; on a boat in the River Lagan, (Piranha); with live piano accompaniment in St Anne’s Cathedral, (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1939); collaborating with local talent such as Duke Special and David Holmes on audio visual performances; and profiling unique architectural sites such as a screening of an episode of the TV series The Prisoner in Church of Christ Scientist, Belfast.

The Festival promotes film education and practical filmmaking skills and has attracted film industry guests such as John Cusack, Michael Moore, Julie Christie, Terence Davies, Seamus Mc Garvey, Brendan Gunn and John Lynch. The Festival showcases local talent alongside the best in new International cinema. Belfast Film Festival initiated a documentary film competition named in honour of Albert and David Maysles, The Maysles Brothers Award in 2006 to celebrate the best work in the medium.

Apr
16
Mon
2018
Dubrovnik FestiWiNe
Apr 16 – Apr 22 all-day

Tourist orientation of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik-Neretva County represents a tremendous privilege and challenge to local winemakers. It brings thousands of curious visitors to their cellar each year, and many of them are knowledgeable about wine. The central event of the project „Wine Tourist Network – WiNe“ is Regional wine festival – Dubrovnik FestiWiNe which will be held in Dubrovnik again in April. The festival will gather more than 100 regional winemakers who will have the opportunity to present their wines to numerous wine professionals and visitors. Domestic high quality wines of authentic varieties represent powerful, underutilized competitive advantage of this area.

Apr
17
Tue
2018
FilmFest Dresden @ Dresden, Germany
Apr 17 – Apr 22 all-day

The 30th FILMFEST DRESDEN is being held from 17 to 22 April 2018.

FILMFEST DRESDEN (www.filmfest-dresden.de/en), which was founded in 1989, is counted among the most renowned and best-endowed short film festivals in Europe. Each year over the six festival days in mid-April, it brings the latest short film productions from Germany, Europe and the world to the cinema screens in the capital of Saxony, and attracts about 25,000 visitors, including 550 accredited media professionals. Prize money totalling €66,000 is awarded in the National and International Competitions for animated and fiction films, together with four special prizes. These include the DEFA Promotion Prize Animation, the ARTE Short Fiction Film Prize, the “Golden Horseman” Sound Design, as well as the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Fine Arts Promotion Prize, which is endowed with €20,000. Each year, more than 2,000 short films from 100 countries are submitted for selection to the National and International Competition sections. In addition to the competitions, the festival also has an extensive range of special programmes that focus on specific themes and countries, as well as retrospectives and film programmes for children and adolescents.

Since 2012, the festival’s “etc. – events.trainings.connections” section has organised panel discussions, talks, workshops, exhibitions and receptions for media professionals attending the festival as an addition to the film programmes. FILMFEST DRESDEN is listed as an official reference festival by Germany’s main film funding body, the FFA. It is a member of AG Kurzfilm, the federal German short film association, the European Film Academy (EFA) and the Filmverband Sachsen e.V., the film association in Saxony, as well as being involved in the Netzwerk Kultur Dresden local culture network, the WOD initiative for a cosmopolitan Dresden and the Kulturloge Dresden, which brings culture to low income individuals.
By now FILMFEST DRESDEN attracts more than 20,000 visitors, including around 500 accredited international guests.

FILMFEST DRESDEN is now listed as an official reference festival by Germany’s main film funding body, the FFA. It is a member of AG Kurzfilm, the federal German short film association, the European Film Academy and the Filmverband Sachsen e.V., the film association in Saxony, as well as being involved in the Netzwerk Kultur Dresden local culture network, the WOD initiative for a cosmopolitan Dresden and the Kulturloge Dresden, which brings culture to low income individuals.

FILMFEST DRESDEN supports having responsible, fair and respectful relations between film festivals and the owners of film rights and has committed itself to complying with the voluntary code of ethics for German festivals.

Apr
18
Wed
2018
Cork International Choral Fest Festival
Apr 18 – Apr 22 all-day

Founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland. Cork welcomes choirs from across the world for a programme of Gala concerts, Schools Concerts, National and International Competitions, and world-class performances, as thousands of participants bring the city to life for a celebration of choral music in all its many forms.

 

One of Europe’s premier international choral festivals, Cork is noted for its high standards, eclectic and wide-ranging programme, and the friendliness of its welcome. Festival events and performances centre around Cork’s City Hall (capacity 1,000), one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland.

Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs also participate in a wide range of Festival events, which include Fringe concerts, taking part in our Church Interchange programme across Cork city and county, and informal Public Performances which see choirs popping up throughout Cork in new and unexpected locations throughout the duration of the Festival! The presence of these choirs from throughout the world gives audiences and Irish choirs alike the unique opportunity of hearing a diverse range of concerts and repertoire performed.

As well as foreign choirs, the Festival annually features up to 100 Adult, Youth and School choirs who participate in National Competitions. Overall the Festival attracts some 5,000 participants. The Festival continues to ensure that choral music, representative of many historical and cultural traditions, is brought to the people of Cork and the many visitors who we are delighted to welcome to the city for the event.

Apr
20
Fri
2018
Jazzkaar @ Tallinn, Estonia
Apr 20 – Apr 29 all-day

Jazzkaar is the biggest jazz festival of the Baltic region, taking place from April 20 to April 29. For the fourth year, the festival takes place in Telliskivi Creative City, originally an industrial quarter of Tallinn now a renowned complex of Boho style creative hub full of cafes and studios. Combining an unique and versatile programme with bold solutions, Jazzkaar creates a great jazz festival with the coolest vibe in the Nordic.

Jazzkaar 2018 main program consists of 60 concerts. Jazzkaar 2018 is headlined by British singer Laura Mvula and the leading jazz musicians in USA – hammond organ virtuoso and singer Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, saxophone legend Bill Evans and the quartet Petite Blond II, reputable jazz trio The Bad Plus and America’s best trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. On April 20th, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, Jazzkaar celebrates the opening of the festival with an extraordinary performance “Story of a Hundred” in Port Noblessner.

“Jazzkaar covers most territories. This exceptional 10-day festival presents the best players on the indigenous Estonian scene, imports big-name acts from the USA, and also invites some choice artists from around the rest of Europe. Some shows represent jazz in mainstream mode, whilst others twist towards the innovative. There is also a strong commitment to bands who skirt the edges of rock, pop and electronica, as well as a significant number of global-ethnic performers.”
Martin Longley, All About Jazz 2017

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Apr
27
Fri
2018
King’s Day 2018 @ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 27 all-day

The King’s official birthday (King’s Day, Koningsdag) in the Netherlands is celebrated each year with parties, street markets, concerts and special events for the royal family on April 27. King’s Day is an official public holiday in the Netherlands. Banks, post offices, and many businesses are closed.

Being the most highly celebrated holiday in the Netherlands, King’s Day holds a special place in the hearts of the people.Today, the country celebrates its place among the nations as they joyously celebrate their ruling monarch on King’s Day. When Queen Beatrix abdicated in favour of her son, Willem-Alexander in 2013, “Queen’s Day” became “King’s Day” which is celebrated on the King’s birthday on April 27th of each year.

On King’s Day there are celebrations throughout the Netherlands. However, the most popular destination is Amsterdam where an average of 700.000 visitors join the 822.000+ locals in the world’s largest street party.
King’s Day festivities start around midnight and last throughout the night (though official rules state that pubs must close for an hour or so before sunrise).

Kingsland Festival @ Amsterdam, Den Bosch, Groningen and Twente Netherlands
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Kingsland Festival is one of the biggest names in the Netherlands for King’s Day 2018. As well as the major event at RAI Amsterdam, the organisers are also hosting parties in Den Bosch, Groningen and Twente.

Kingsland Festival Amsterdam takes place on April 27th from 12.00 till 20.00.
Kingsland Festival Amsterdam is taking place, both indoor and outdoor, at Amsterdam RAI, Europaplein 22, 1078 GZ Amsterdam.

TICKET PRICES Early Bird Ticket € 29,50 (ex fee)
Regular Ticket € 34,50 (ex fee)
Late Bird Ticket € 39,50 (ex fee)
VIP Ticket € 69,50 (ex fee)
Group Ticket € 160 (ex fee) – valid for 5 people

#KINGSLAND2018? LIKE LIKE LIKE! 👑

Armin van Buuren | DJ SNAKE | Hardwell | Brennan Heart | Broederliefde | De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig | Headhunterz | Kris Kross Amsterdam | Lil Kleine | Lost Frequencies | Lucas & Steve | Nicky Romero | Ronnie Flex | Sam Feldt | Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano | Timmy Trumpet | Wildstylez | Yellow Claw + MANY MANY MORE!

Kroon Festival @ Rotterdam, Netherlands
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Kroon Festival is back in 2018! The third edition on the Willemsplein (under the Erasmusbridge) is located perfectly to celebrate King’s Day with a view over the Maas!

Music & Stages
Kroon Festival 2018 will feature 2 stages this year. The first will provide you with an excellent lineup to ensure the nicest techno tunes. The second stage will be hosted by Happy Feelings to guarantee the best disco music.

Kroon Festival 2018 is an event accessible to International and Dutch visitors alike. Get your ticket now to make sure your King’s Day is amazing!

LINEUP:

– De Sluwe Vos
– Rod Malmok vs. Juan Sanchez
– Prunk & Chris Stussy
– Wouter S. & Karim Soliman
– Luuk van Dijk

Apr
28
Sat
2018
Liverpool Spring Festival
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day

Our Spring incentive is simple; to embrace the season of new beginnings. Arts, food and drink, performance, heritage, music from all over the world. Try out yoga, engage in crafty workshops, partake in gardening sessions and be enlightened with nutritional, free-from alternatives. Welcome a blissful head-space with meditation sessions. Plant fresh buds. Bask in the resonating echoes of bleating goats and even reinvent yourself, with upcycling furniture sessions and knitting classes.


Liverpool Spring Festival; not just an excuse to feed yourself until you physically combust, but an opportunity to seek inspiration, new skills & leave with an enviable, hand-made rustic wall-hanging. A cultural, captivating, culinary feastivity that infuses the best local independent talent to deliver a resplendent mix of salivating street food, international tastes & exhilirating workshops.
Experience an arcadian utopia, that invites families & foodies, to get on-board the donkeys, conquer the kid’s village & devour delectable delicacies.

Source: www.springliverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

Zythos Bier Festival @ Brabanthal Leuven
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day

Zythos Bier Festival will be held near the historic and inviting city of Leuven. The Zythos Beer Festival is the largest beer tasting festival of its kind in Europe. More than 100 Belgian brewers who produce 500 different types of beer, all in one location. Beer fans and aficionados travel from all corners of the planet to discover that Belgians really are the best brewers of beer in the world. A giant beer festival that you must not miss!

Apr
30
Mon
2018
Beltane Fire Festival @ Edinburgh, Scotland
Apr 30 all-day

Formed in 1988, Beltane Fire Society is a community arts performance charity. The Beltane Fire Festival will be held (on 30 April each year) and Samhuinn Fire Festival (31 October) in Edinburgh, Scotland.

About Beltane Fire Festival
WHAT IS BELTANE?

The ancient festival of Beltane marked the beginning of summer, and was held on the night before May 1. Because the changing of the seasons was a big deal to the pastoral Celtic peoples, the start of summer meant a time of light and growth to come. The celebration included baking Beltane bannocks, displaying fresh greenery and handfasting (which could be viewed as a temporary or permanent marriage, as the individuals preferred).
One of the most important parts of the Beltane celebration was the lighting of the Beltane fires. The bonfires represented the growing power of the sun from spring to midsummer. Cattle and farm animals were driven around the fires, and brave humans would leap across the bonfires.

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