The best this month

first_imgA quick roundup of what’s hot around the globe this month. choose from the hottest events, shows and happenings in the world of music, art, cinema, literature, sport, fashion, wine and food.’AUSTRALIAJun 02 TO 14While enjoying the winter in Sydney, don’t forget to attend one of the oldest film festivals in the country. The annual Sydney Film Festival screens films from across the world and all categories–documentaries, animated, foreign language and fiction–over two weeks. You can expect to watch over 200 new films this time. It takes place at various venues including the iconic Sydney Opera House.DUBAIJUN 03 TO 05Here’s another reason for you to head to the desert kingdom. Give shopping a miss for the Dubai Dance Festival, which is in its third year. The centre of action is Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, located at the Mall of the Emirates. From hip hop to African to belly dancing, it has everything it takes to sway to the rhythm. To inspire you further, professional dancers have lined up shows for evenings.INDIAJUN 11The Ganga never looks prettier than it does on Ganga Dussehra, when it is bathed in a row of lights as worshippers from all over the country descend down to Varanasi and Haridwar for the annual festival. This is celebrated to mark the time that the river descended to earth. A large number of pilgrims bathe in it and worship it during the day, while the evening time is for aartis.USAJUN 11 TO 13There’s no better place to beat the blues than the Chicago Blues Festival. Billed as the world’s ‘largest outdoor, free admission blues festival’, this four-day event brings more than 750,000 people to its venues. Expect live performances, barbeques and lots of beer. One of the highlights this year will be the Chicago Blues Reunion, an all-star group of seasoned blues and blues-rock veterans.SOUTH AFRICAJUN-JUL 11 TO 11 Whether you are a soccer fan, a lover of wildlife, or a business traveller, South Africa becomes an attraction for more than one great reason this summer with the 2010 FIFA World Cup that will be held in the many cities including Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Exciting fast-paced action on field and the thrill of the African wild off it, this promises to be one exciting winter in South Africa!FINLANDJUN 12While visiting Lapland don’t forget to take part in a marathon dedicated to Santa–SantaClaus Marathon. You’ll be running through gorgeous landscape at the Arctic Circle. The best part is that you don’t need to be an athlete to take part in this event. It starts from Santa Claus’ Village in Rovaniemi and ends at Lordi Square. It is the best way to spend a summer day.UKJUN 15 TO 19It cannot get more British than this. Think horse racing, picnics, ladies in hats, members of the royal family and tea. Yes, this is what Royal Ascot is all about. Held annually in London, this is clearly one of the most stylish events of the year that goes back 300 years. See the world’s greatest horse riders compete for some of the most prestigious prizes of the season, with over 3 million to be won.SWITZERLAND JUN-JUL 18 TO 11One of Europe’s most popular performing arts festivals–Zurich Festival–is back. There’ll be art shows, dance competitions, plays, open air concerts and of course, the opera. The grand opening party around Theaterhaus Gessnerallee has almost become a tradition now and is packed with visitors. If you want to be a part of it, book your tickets now. Don’t forget to try Swiss cheese and chocolates.INDIAJUN 21 TO 22Held every year in the Hemis Monastery, the colourful Hemis Festival is a big draw for travellers. The festival commemorates the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. The highlight of the grand festivities are the mask dances performed in the courtyard of the monastery, a colourful, amazing sight with intoxicating music from drums, cymbals and long horns making for a charged atmosphere.UKJUN-JUL 21 TO 04It’s time for the favourite again as the Wimbledon tennis championship takes off later this month. Nineteen rye grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club will witness the best players in action, as they fight for the title. So if you are in England, make your way to this grand slam event for some celeb-watching, tennis highs, strawberries and cream, and the royal family.USA JUN 24 TO 27The longest-running and most prestigious festival of its kind in Hawaii, celebrates 29 years of fine food and wine with a four-day culinary extravaganza. The annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival explores exciting trends in the gastronomic world, with the Festival Host, Master Sommelier Fred Dame, bringing together world-renowned winemakers and chefs for a weekend full of culinary exhibitions.AUSTRALIAJUN-JUL 28 TO 10Rabbits, doves, hats, clowns and many tricks up the sleeve… Find out what Australia’s best magicians are up to at The Melbourne Magic Festival. It runs to packed houses for two weeks with school children forming a healthy percentage of the audience. The venue is the Northcote Town Hall. So here’s your chance to learn a trick or two and also go home with some magic memorabilia. advertisementadvertisementlast_img