Jul 25 2014

August in Madrid

Since we presented a lot of music and party themed events for July, we decided on providing some variety in August. Therefore you can look forward for our Top 3 Event Tips for Madrid in August with a cultural background.

San Lorenzo Festival: When you’re visiting a foreign city it is always a nice thing to get in touch with the local habits and traditions. Regarding this it is really a great thing to visit the beautiful city of Madrid in August, since there a some of the most important traditional and religious festivals taking place. One of those is the San Lorenzo Festival. From August 9th to 11th the area of Lavapiés is completely taken over by inhabitants and visitors celebrating the city’s Saint San Lorenzo. What you can expect is a lively, happy and creative street-party containing processions, traditional games and competitions, children’s entertainment, performances and Co. making it great fund to get involved in this nice festivity.

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La Palangana: This exhibition is considered one of the highlights of PhotEspaña 2014 and definitely a worth-seeing thing to attend. The presentation shows the work of the famous collective called “La Palanga” comprised by some of the most important Spanish artists, which is known to mark a main turning point in the national photography of the 1950s. The collective started to practice something we would today call photojournalism: Vielba, Rubio and Co. showed people in their everyday life working and living, something that was truly revolutionary these days. The exhibition does not only contain their photographs but also portraits of the ten members themselves. The exposition can be admired in Madrid’s beautiful Circulos de Bellas Artes and will be held until August 31st. Tickets – also including access to the magnificent rooftop – are available for not more than 4,00€. Get inspired online.

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Language Exchange at the Market: Are you in love with languages and always willing to improve your skills in foreign tongues? Yes? In this case the following event seems to be made for you :) The Language Exchange at the Market is a weekly event taking place at the Mercado Antón Martín (C/ Santa María 5). On August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th people are welcome to attend this free happening in order to practice their English and Spanish skills in a lively conversation with other language-loving people. Since we all know that you need appropriate brain-foods while “studying” the Language Exchange also provides the possibility to enjoy some original and traditional English food and drinks such as a nice cup of tea or a refreshing Fuller’s beer. Thumbs up!

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Jul 25 2014

August in Rome

We need to be honest: traveling to Rome in August can be a bit of a challenge. Since a lot of countries happen to have schools off during the summer the city may be pretty packed – and pretty hot thanks to the climax the Mediterranean temperatures often reach during that time of the year. Anyway: Rome is beautiful and of course also in August a nice destination and good to choice to travel to. Find out what events to Italian capital provides and plan a diversified summer trip!

Festa della Madonna della Neve: “Madonna della Neve” means translated “Madonna of the Snow” and is one of the many names the Catholic church uses for the holy Virgin Mary. There are a lot of festivities honoring this famous figure of history all over the world but the “Feast of the Madonna of the Snow” is celebrated in memory of the miracle summer snowfall in Rome in the 4th century. According to legend the Madonna appeared in Pope’s Liberio’s dream on the 4th of August in 352 talking to him about building a church on the spot in Rome where he would find freshly fallen snow. As the Madonna told him at night the Pope found the summery city of Rome covered in snow. Afterwards the nowadays famous Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore was built. Today Rome celebrates this ancient miracle every year on August 5th recreating snow with white flowers and confetti around the area of the Basilica. Get an impression of what this looks like here.

rome_madonnadellaneve_Fiore Silvestro Barbato

Ferragosto: August 15th marks Ferragosto, a national holiday all over Italy. On the Assumption Day you will find the city as quiet and peaceful as you probably wouldn’t even think possible in this touristic and crowded metropolis. Why, you ask? Since offices, shops etc. are generally closed and this holiday takes place during the hottest time of the year, most of the locals leave the city to spend a nice day at the beach or in the mountainside and pretty much emptying out the city. Nevertheless the town is filled with different happenings all over the streets like little markets, music, food crafts and entertainment of all kinds. And you know what the best thing is? Thanks to the collective escape of the inhabitants and the drastically reduced amount of people in town you can enjoy the nice festivities stress-free!

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La Notte del Caffé: This event is a nice thing to attend for everybody loving to enjoy some great music within an easy and relaxed atmosphere. La Notte del Caffé provides an evening filled with the finest sounds by a unique collaboration of different musicians of various genres. On the schedule is a concert providing a manifold way of telling the stories of the Mediterranean area with music. It is said to be one night of different cultures and flavors created by 25 musicians of three ensembles: Citarella, Saletti, Tadayon. With the aim of reliving an recreating long forgotten tunes and styles this interesting concept will take over the Parco Della Musica/Sala Santa Cecilia on August 2nd. Starting at 9.00pm La Notte del Caffé will probably enchant and excite every single spectator on the spot. Tickets come to a moderate price of 15,00€ and is therefore also affordable with a smaller budget.

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Jul 25 2014

August in Florence – Day Trip Edition

Since the actual town of Florence is more of a sleeping beauty when it comes to events in August, we decided to expand our horizon a bit this month and extend our area to the whole region of the Tuscany. Anyway, who doesn’t like a nice day-trip or two? Get on the road and look forward to these 3 amazing events to visit!

Roccatederighi – Medieval Festival: If you wish to be a glamorous princess or a shining knight for a day – this event seems to be made for you! Get out your fanciest costume and join the Medieval Festival in Roccatederighi. Every first weekend in August, which marks August 2nd to 4th in 2014, the small town in the Upper Maremma is completely taken over by this nice historical happening bringing its very own vibe with it. This lovely event goes back into the past and relives a feast day in a medieval hamlet including knights, musicians, crafts, jugglers, performances and much more. Look forward to a funny weekend and get ready for a great ancient experience. Roccatederighi is located in southerly direction and is about two hours of driving away. Just pack enough drinks and snacks and make a memorable little road-trip out of it :-)

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Siena – Palio Horse Race: Palio is a famous horse race annually taking place on July 2nd and August 16th in Siena. During this traditional happening ten riders and horses are competing in a race, dressed in different colors representing ten of the seventeen city wards. The race itself includes three rapid rounds around the Piazza del Campo, is held bareback and doesn’t last usually any longer than 90 seconds. But in general this rather short period of time is enough to provide a great race including some action – since it is not uncommon that several jockeys are thrown off their horses you can see a lot of animals finish the race unmanned. In Siena and its surrounding this event, dating back to the early days of the 16th century, is a rather big deal and one of the most famous and beloved traditions still practiced in town. You can find Siena in the South and the journey doesn’t take more than 1,15 hours.

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Montepulciano – Il Bravio delle Botti: This event is really an exciting spectacle providing one originally Italian happening. Il Bravio delle Botti is an event annually taking place on the last Sunday of August – the 26th in 2014 – and is basically a wine-barrel-race. At Bravio the eight districts of the city compete against each other in a creative but nevertheless exhausting contest: each area is represented by a team of two strong “spingitori” pushing the “botti” (a wodden wine barrel) over the distance of around one kilometer uphill through the steets of the city, accompanied by a lot of cheering runners supporting their district. The pushers finish the race in front of the beautiful Dome of Montepulciano where the winning team finally receives the “bravio”, which is a painted banner. The happening goes back to the 14th century when it was still practiced riding on horses – but since the city of Montepulciano is world-famous for its amazing red wine, it is more than suitable to use thematically linked wine barrels nowadays. A trip to Montepulciano is a 1,20 hours ride by car from Florence and therefore marks a perfect destination for a nice and funny excursion for the whole family.

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Jul 25 2014

August in Barcelona – Festival Edition 2.0

In July we decided to surprise you with a nice Festival Edition – in order to go back to normal when it comes to event tips for Barcelona in August. Well… that didn’t work too well, since there are AGAIN tones of amazing festivals taking place in the Catalan capital. So consider last month’s idea to be continued and look forward to our Festival Edition 2.0.

Gracia Festival: Consider yourself a very lucky person if you have the possibility to spend some days in August in Barcelona and attend this amazing event. Every year in August the city’s beautiful district of Gràcia celebrates the areas very own festival. The Festa Major de Gràcia – also known as Gracia Festival – takes annually place from August 15th to 21st and is the biggest street festival in the Catalan capital. As the main event 17 streets in the older part of the district are decorated by the residents to one the one hand compete with the other streets and on the other hand turn the whole neighborhood into one magical place. Besides that you can find parades, street concerts and Co. Don’t miss that awesome spirit and join in!

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Circuit Festival: This event is Barcelona’s main Gay and Lesbian festival taking place for its already 7th time in 2014. From August 6th to August 17th visitors can experience a manifold time including concerts, parades, sun, fun and parties heated up by more than 50 DJ’s and various artists performing. The Circuit Festival is the biggest European festival of its kind and attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year longing to spend some colorful days. The main event of the Circuit is the Circuit Festival Water Park Day in the Illa Fantasia Waterpark in the city’s north: expect one huge and refreshing party under the burning sun of Barcelona. Find out more about that great and tolerant event online.

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Mas i Mas Festival: Barcelona’s summer wouldn’t be completed without this annual pleasure. Every year the famous Mas i Mas Festival attracts thousands of visitors looking to attend one – or some – of its great concerts. From July 10th to August 31st the established music festival will again fill the city with fine sounds by various national and international artists of great reputation. Performances take place in different locations throughout the whole city – e.g. MUHBA, Jamboree and Palau de la Musica – and offer something for everybody: from Jazz, over Flamenco and Techno to Soul and Funk, there is quiet no genre that wouldn’t be represented. Expect magnificent musicians like Aloe Blacc, Jeff Beck and many more and safe yourself some tickets!

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Festa de Sant Roc: Since we already talked about Gràcia’s very own festival, we don’t want to keep you in the dark about another amazing district event. The Festa de Sant Roc is the festival of the area Barri Gòtic and celebrated every year since the early days of 1589. This happening is basically a big street party and includes mainly everything traditional Barcelona has to offer: there are parades with giants and fat heads, sardana dancing and 19th century street games. The famous event takes annually place on the 3rd weekend of August – which marks August 15th to 17th in 2014 – and convinces with its classic atmosphere and an amazing firework at the final day.  

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Jul 25 2014

August in Amsterdam

Wow Amsterdam, you did it again! When it comes to great events of all kinds the Dutch capital really strikes the pole position in Europe. As this amazing city already did throughout the whole year, Amsterdam pleases us with a delightful schedule planned for August and makes this summery month even hotter!

World Rowing Championship 2014: Let’s kick-off with something sporty! From August 24th to 31st an impressive number of over one thousand athletes from all over the planet will populate the city to be part of the World Rowing Championships 2014. The premier rowing event of the year features 27 events in total, providing several para-rowings. Of course, this happening is extraordinary special to the numerous participants, but also the not-so-sporty public is warmly welcomed and won’t be disappointed by the nice and fun programm including music, performances, games, food stalls, beer gardens, picnic areas and Co. You can find further information – also on the ticket prices – easily on the official website.

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Mysteryland: Be prepared to face an event of one of a kind! Mysteryland is a great and renowned Dance and Music Festival that has developed an image of one of the most unique and creative festivals in the world – even though the current age of festivals brings up some strong competition! Within the Floriade festival grounds in Haarlemmermeer you will find a fairytale location with open fields and intimate spaces that transform into one magical place on August 23rd. On the performance schedule is usually a lot of great electronic music of all colors including some dance, hip hop, dubstep, house and techno. In addition, you can find exhibitions by small-scale artistic collectives and theatre makers. The regular entrance is 72,50€ and be purchased online.

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Grachtenfestival: This is an event you really shouldn’t miss while in Amsterdam in August. The Grachtenfestival is internationally probably one of the most famous events of the Netherlands and a spectacular happening that takes place every year in the Dutch capital. From August 15th to 24th the historical city centre of Amsterdam, which is by the way a UNESCO World Heritage, hosts this traditional festival providing entertainment of all fields of interest. Especially great are the annual music performances and productions featuring big names as well as newcomers and young artists giving them the unique possibility to face a great audience and take their career to the next level. In its 17th year more than 50.000 visitors are expected to attend this manifold success – be one of them!

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Pluk de Nacht: Open-Airs are a pretty big deal during the summertime almost everywhere, so it is no huge surprise that the metropolis of Amsterdam has something great to bring to the table in that matter as well. Pluk de Nacht is the city’s own open-air film festival providing free outdoor cinema to the public. From August 6th to 16th people are welcome to have a seat at Het Stenen Hoofd to benefit from nice screenings within an idyllic, a bit nostalgic, atmosphere provided by a high-tech multiplex. If you’re not speaking Dutch too fluently, no problem: a lot of the movies of all genres are shown in English or with subtitles.

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