Every cultural festival is different, and each one carries an opportunity to participate in community, appreciate art and widen our world lens. We’re listing our pick of top five transformative festivals as your next destination for an enriching experience.
Midnight Sun Film Festival
Best choice for Indie cinema enthisiasts
When: 15-19 June 2016
What: Now in its 30th season, the unique festival brings together leading international and Finnish directors to showcase their work in the magical atmosphere in the everlasting sunlight of Lapland, Sodankylä where the sun never sets in summer and films are premiered 24 hours a day.
Where: Sodankylä, Finland
Best choice for alternative music lovers
When: 16-18 September 2016
What: Taking place in the culture rich city of Marrakech, the music festival is a much more relaxing and enriching in experience than its other counterparts. Throw in the Moroccan sun, the pools and the views of the Atlas mountains, along with local street food accompanied with yoga, meditation and wellness activities on site and you have the recipe for the perfect getaway.
Where: The Source, Marrakech, Morocco
Festival Of Lights
Best choice for the tech-savvy
When: 7-16 October 2016
What: The Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower, the Berliner Dom Cathedral, the Funkturm Radio tower and many other historical buildings and squares in the divine city of Berlin light up with the colourful light projections each night during this 22 year old festival, celebrating arts and technology in the German capital.
Where: Attic Dream, Berlin, Germany
Best choice for art lovers
When: 3-6 November 2016
What: Turkey’s leading international art fair, Contemporary Istanbul, brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in Istanbul’s vibrant metropolis. It’s worth making a trip for the Turkish delights of culture, culinary and artistic experiences, for Basel and Frieze enthusiasts who would enjoy a chance of atmosphere.
Where: The Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center, Turkey
Cambridge Literature Winter Festival
Best choice for bookworms
When: 27 November 2016
What: The winter edition of Cambridge’s Literary Festival is perfect for those who seek to spend their downtime amongst the world’s freshest thinkers. From novelists, poets, editors and critics, to scientists, politicians, historians and entertainers, the festival allows attendees to celebrate their love for literature while soaking in the cultural richness of Cambridgeshire.
Where: 7 Downing Place, Cambridge, United Kingdom