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7 Major Art Festivals Around the World


Posted on : March 4, 2015 Author : Tracy Oliver
The world celebrates art through a series of festivals. Attending these art fairs allows individuals to not only witness art but feel and appreciate them from within their soul. Here is a list of the handful of major art events that happens around the world.

1. Venice Biennale

Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is an art festival celebrated once every two years in Venice, France. It is one of the major contemporary art exhibitions in world, with all the festivities further broken down into a series of smaller events. This festival celebrates music, theater, film, architecture and dance in its full glory. It even has an International Kid’s Carnival to go with all the festivities.

2. Edinburgh Festival

Edinburg Festival

This art festival takes place every August in Edinburgh, Scotland. Each summer, the city celebrates culture and the arts through a collection of small festivities like The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, International Film Festival, Military Tattoo, Book Festival, and a whole lot more.

3. Brighton Fringe

Edinburgh sees the final weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - 29th August 2009.

This open access festival of the arts features 734 individual events. It may run for up to four weeks, with its spectators reaching over 270,000 people at a time. This currently is the largest art festival celebrated in all of England. The festival is a member of the Global Cultural District Network, which is one of the reasons why it is very popular.

4. Adelaide Festival of Arts

Adelaide Festival

This art festival held in the capital of South Australia is among the world’s major art celebrations. It is held every March and consists of smaller events celebrating the opera, classical and contemporary music, theater, dance, literature, visual arts, literature and new media. All the festivities are currently concentrated at the Adelaide Festival Centre and the River Torrens, after being transferred from the Elder Park.

5. Biennale of Sydney

Sydney Festival

Celebrated every two years, the Biennale of Sydney is the second art festival hosted by Australia. Compared to the Adelaide Festival of Arts, this one has more attendees and has longer-running exhibitions. It is also the first Biennale established in the Asia Pacific region.

6. Festival d’Avignon

Festival von Avignon

An annual celebration of the arts, this festival is held every July. The festivities are held at the Pope’s Palace and other locations throughout the city. As many as 950 shows are shown throughout its week-long celebration, which was first staged in 1947. It celebrates the ‘In’ and ‘Off’ festival, with ‘In’ pertaining to all the shows at the Avignon Theater, while ‘Off’ are those celebrated in the other locations, including the streets.

7. Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Norwich Market

Although not purely an art show but a musical celebration, this festival was first held to serve as a fundraising event for the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital. But right now, it has become a melting point for many famous artists, conductors, and composers. And over time, there are new events related to dance and visual arts added. There are also circus and other children’s events. The Norfolk and Norwich Festival was first celebrated regularly in 1824 now happens every year during May.

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