Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a destination event for Bahamians and visitors to immerse themselves in the music and culture of The Bahamas. Junkanoo Carnival is not a single event; it is a collection of celebrations, concerts, cultural shows and street parades that pull from all aspects of Bahamian culture and heritage bundled together over one epic season.
The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival season kicks off on Easter Monday with non-stop culture and entertainment following through to May 7th 2016 with major events taking place across two islands: Grand Bahama, April 14th-16th and Nassau, May 5th-7th. During the entire season there will be cultural events, festivals and private parties showcasing Junkanoo, Rake-n-Scrape, Guest artists, Visual Art, Handcrafts, Bahamian Cuisine, Music, and Dance. [Read More…]
Each year the Natchitoches (pronounced “Nack-a-tish”) Christmas season begins with the Turn on the Holidays celebration and fireworks display along the banks of the Cane River Lake in Natchitoches. Over 300,000+ Christmas lights and 100 plus riverbank set pieces will then be on every night this year at dusk from November 21st, 2015 to January 6, 2016. Downtown attractions include carriages tours through the historic district. Shops and restaurants open late. All events take place in the Landmark Historic District along the Cane River Lake and along the Cane River Lake south of Natchitoches. [Read More…]
Next in July 2016, beautiful Linz in Austria will transform into a raucous stage for some of the world’s most energetic, talented street performers. The artists don’t get paid for their performances beyond just bare-bones travel costs. Instead, busking is the way they make a profit, so audiences are encouraged to reward their favorite acts with plenty of coins and bills.
In 2009, the city of Linz was named a European Capital of Culture, and Pflasterspektakel — one of the continent’s biggest street-performance festivals — is a key reason why. [Read More…]
Happening in 2015 from early to mid December, Panafest is a festival of African dance, music and other performing arts.
The late Efua Sutherland called Panafest a cultural vehicle for bringing Africans on the continent and around the world together. Panafest addresses the most traumatic interruption that ever occurred in the natural evolution of African societies, which among other traumas profoundly eroded the self-confidence and freedom for self-determination of a whole people. Ghana’s coastline is dotted with now silent memorials to over 500 years of slavery and the most turbulent era in Africa’s history. The festival consciously acknowledges the effects of enslavement, purging the pain of the scattering, acknowledging the residual effects of the trade on the African continent, and re-uniting to forge a positive future in the contemporary global environment. [Read More…]
This is the second largest festival in South America. Hundreds of thousands of people converge on Cuzco from other parts of Peru, South America, and the world, for a week long celebration marking the beginning of a new year, the Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun.
Every day has its events, from daytime expositions, street fairs, and people milling and dancing in the streets. In the evenings, live music from the best of Peruvian artists draws the crowds to the Plaza de Armas for free concerts.
The centerpiece of the festival is the all-day celebrations on June 24, the actual day of Inti Raymi. [Read More…]
The Sundance Film Festival was established in 1981 by Robert Redford and brings original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling. [Read More…]
There are many truffle festivals in northern and central Italy in the fall harvest season, but this one’s the mother of them all with concerts, wine tastings, a donkey race, a medieval parade, cooking workshops, and the White Truffle Market selling many of the aforementioned delicacies. You don’t have to shell out big bucks to purchase truffles in order to enjoy the occasion. You can buy them individually if you like, or just sniff and touch them. In 2013, a hectogram of white truffle fetched no more than 300€—that’s about 3.5 ounces for about US$400. [Read More…]
The White Nights Festival is an annual international arts festival during the season of the midnight sun. It consists of a series of classical ballet, opera and music events and includes performances by Russian dancers, singers, musicians and actors, as well as famous international guest stars. The Scarlet Sails celebration is the culmination of the White Nights season, the largest public event anywhere in Russia with the annual estimated attendance about one million people, both local and international. [Read More…]
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Lantern Festival, or simply called the Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consists of four theme parks: Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Expo; Harbin Ice and Snow World; Songhua River Ice and Snow Harbin Valley; and Zhaolin Park Ice Lantern Fair.
Traditionally, the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival open in mid-December and last to the late February. But its official opening ceremony usually held on January 5th each year. And the time is usually considered as the official date of the formal beginning of the festival. [Read More…]
Investors who don’t live near their rental properties rely heavily on the skill and honesty of their agents. Some are known to be not as scrupulous as would be hoped.
A known trick is for an agent to rent out a property, usually short term, but not pass any of the income on to the owner. How would the owner ever know?
Another scam that is put to good use, especially in boom and bust locations during a bust cycle, is to pull most of the properties-for-rent ads off their website, thereby instilling a belief in unsuspecting out of town buyers that there is a shortage of supply in the area. This allows the agents and their developer mates to build and sell more properties.