Festivals

At Urban Travel Blog we love a good rave…. especially if we can do it right here in the city (we’re not really into tents and wellies). Follow our adventures as we sample some of the world’s famous – and less famous – festivals and fiestas. And remember it’s not just about the drinking… we cover cultural festivals too!

olinda-carnival-brazil-tips

After weeks of pre-parties and anticipation, the Editor finally gets to experience the real Carnival in Brazil. However it seems his beloved sleep is not on the agenda… “A-CORDA, A-CORDA, A-CORDA!!!!” I am fast asleep in my hammock, in the imagined safety of a family home in Olinda’s old town,…

cocullo-snakes-italy

Slither me timbers, if isn’t Italy’s creepiest festival! Margherita Ragg & Nick Burns took these venomously-good photos at Cocullo’s hisssstoric “Processione dei Serpari” last year. Cocullo is a small village in the central Italian region of Abruzzo, hidden deep in the Apennines. For most of the year it is a…

burning-man-nevada-festival

America’s famously freaky and free-spirited festival in the Black Rock Desert is a rite of passage for many, who make the pilgrimmage from all over the world to attend. We send our correspondent Ben Rhodes to see if it lives up to the hype. Imagine a place where there is no concept of…

scuplture by the sea review sydney

Art needn’t be exclusive, as Richard Tulloch discovers when, along with half a million others, he passes judgement over 2011’s crop of creations at Sydney’s open-air exhibition by the sea. Why do hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom would never visit an art gallery, spend a few hours…

sanfermines-pamplona

To run or not to run, that is the question. Urban Travel Blog editor Duncan Rhodes reports from Los Sanfermines – aka The Running of the Bulls – in Pamplona Spain. When I set off a fortnight ago for the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, with its infamous running of…