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Festivals in Europe this November

31 October, 2008 23:17  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter but that’s no reason to stay at home. Here’s what’s happening in Europe this November.

Crossing Border Festival, The Hague, Netherlands
18th November – 22nd November
This is for literature and music lovers. Crossing Borders is an annual event that brings together theatre groups, authors, musicians, artists and bands. Best to get tickets in advance. For more information, check the link below.

Glasgay, Glasgow, Scotland
1st October – 9th November
This is Scotland’s self proclaimed annual celebration of queer culture. Events lined up for this year’s show include four premieres of Glasgay productions, comedy shows, contemporary performances by Steven Petronio Dance ( a group from New York), Simon Fischer and Black Sifichi plus visual art from Spain and Scotland.

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, London
2nd November
Now here’s something unique. Old cars, history and a lot of old folks enjoying a good old drive. As the name suggests, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is just that.  Celebrating the ‘Locomotives on the Highway Act’ which raised the speed limit for lightweight automotives from 4 to 14 miles per hour, this event has been celebrated since 1896! The Brighton Run now ranks as one of Britain's biggest motoring spectacles and attracts entrants from around the world.

International Horse Fair, Lusitano, Portugal
7th – 16th November
This is for equestrian lovers. Lusitano horses are one of the most famous and favoured horse breeds in Portugal. They are very well-known for their skill in bullfighting and are considered to be one of the best riding horses in Portugal. The first International Lusitano Festival was held in 1986. Since then, it has become immensely popular amongst anyone interested in Portuguese Lusitano horses, mares, and foals.

Snakes and Ladders (Giocco dell’Oca), Mirano, Italy
8th – 9th November
This is a human scale snakes and ladders game with a difference – instead of snakes, the locals use live geese!  Expect an entertaining day of family fun, traditional costumes, ladder climbing, geese jumping street entertainment and music.

Christmas Markets, Germany
3rd weekend of November
There’s no better way to slip into the Christmas mood than by visiting one of the many charming Christmas markets that pop up in various parts of Germany towards the end of November. Forget about the usual mass produced gifts. You’ll find some quaint and handcrafted gifts like crib figurines, toys, wood carvings, marionettes, candles and lambskin shoes sold in a traditional Christmas setting. And while you’re there, don’t forget to warm yourself up with some delicious glue wine. For more information on locations and timings of the markets, click the link below.

Please note that there may be changes to the dates, events and line-ups at the festivals. For detailed information, check the official websites.

Sidd Lobo

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