Festivals can put a city on the map and ensure that not only do the locals enjoy an extravaganza, but it will provide a reason for others to visit.
Whether you enjoy running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, watching the historic Palio horse race around the Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy, or feeding your film-buff needs at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, it seems there is a festival for everyone these days. But how many are truly unique? Most people have Carnevale in Rio De Janeiro on their travel bucket list, but it isn’t only big, boisterous festivals which make a city great. Tropfest in Sydney, the world’s largest short film festival, is still an accessible and home-grown affair, and a one-of-a-kind worldwide. Due to take place on Sunday 6 December, 2015, there is plenty of time to plan that trip to the harbour city, as well as enter your very own short film. Add to that, New Year’s Eve, the Sydney Festival in January, Australia Day celebrations on 26 January and Vivid Sydney, held 22 May – 8 June, when the city ‘paints’ itself in a kaleidoscope of lights, colours, performance, ideas and music, creating a magical wonderland of sights and sounds. Another iconic festival is the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrating the gay, lesbian and transgender communities around the world, who converge on Sydney for two weeks in February/March each year for a cacophony of frolicking and fun, culminating in an awe-inspiring parade! During the summer months, there is Twilight at Taronga, featuring a host of music artists amidst the roar of lions at the famous zoo. There are also food, fashion, horse racing and comedy festivals – if you dig a little deeper you can find the gems which really set this city apart!
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