The Kunstenfestivaldesarts takes over Brussels from May 7th to 29th

28 April, 2010 15:07  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The Kunstenfestivaldesarts’ 15th edition is about to start in Brussels, offering an international program and taking place in dozens of welcoming theatres and art houses for 3 weeks in May. It will, this year again, feature performing arts and visual arts, by Dutch- and French-speaking, Western and non-Western artists.

The KunstenfestivaldesartsThe Kunstenfestivaldesarts is a festival dedicated to new creations, intended for artists with a personal outlook on the world and spectators willing to question their own views, a cosmopolitan city festival. We are increasingly becoming part of a complex network of communities that cross and redefine national, linguistic and cultural borders. The city is the environment “par excellence” in which this cosmopolitan society can be seen. (More)


Top festivals around the world this January

04 January, 2010 13:18  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The New Year has begun. It’s freezing cold in many parts of the northern hemisphere but that doesn’t stop people from having fun. Here’s a round up of some of the festivals making a splash from around the world this January.

Ati-Atihan Festival, Philippines
14th -16th January
Held every third Sunday in the month of January, this festival is a cross between Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras, Philippino style. It is one of the biggest events in the cultural calendar and a must visit for travellers in the region. Expect much singing, dancing, music and food.

World Buskers Festival, New Zealand
21st – 31st January
This is the meeting of the world’s best buskers. For 10 days, the streets and pavements of Christchurch are transformed into stages for the public. This open air street fest is crammed with entertainment and music for the entire family. With over 450 live shows planned for the upcoming event, you can say goodbye to a boring day at home. (More)


Top New Year's Eve parties

26 December, 2009 08:51  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s that time of the year again…  as we usher in the New Year here are some of the biggest and most talked about parties from around the world.

New York – Times Square
New Year's Eve at the symbolic center of New York City has become more than just a celebration - it's a global tradition. The world holds its breath...and cheers as the clocks strike twelve. That’s when the famous New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square. Join the estimated one million people in Times Square in ushering in the New Year at one of the most watched and famous New Year’s Eve gatherings. (More)


Tips to make your Christmas party a hit

18 December, 2009 11:23  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Whether an intimate family gathering or one where the paparazzi is in waiting, a Christmas party can involve loads of planning. Here are some tips to plan a fantastic Christmas party.

1.    Start early:

It’s the busiest time of the year and everyone’s got some place to be. The earlier you plan your party, make a guest list and get onto people’s calendar, the more time you have to organize things accordingly.

2.    Decide on the budget:

Plan your budget and always allow for a 10 percent extra for last minute things that pop up. Once you have a budget in mind, you’ll be able to decide on a lot of other things… like are you going to cook or cater, is your friend spinning the music or are you getting a professional DJ to do that etc (More)


INTERVIEW: Olivier Giraud - How to become parisian in one hour?

16 October, 2009 16:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

One man show: How to become parisian in one hour?You love Paris but you think that Parisian are rude! You're right, they are! You are too nice and you want to become arrogant and learn the typical Parisian language, facial expression.

Olivier Giraud is a young comedian is playing a One Man Show in Paris, Théâtre de la Main d'Or until December, and answer our questions below.

Can you talk about your activity?

I am a French comedian and I'm doing a stand up comedy show 100% in English "How to become parisian in one hour?"; I'm playing for three months and the show becomes successful.

I'm planning to play this show in America and England in 2010.

What is the profile of your audience?

The audience is mainly foreigners living in Paris (Americans, English , Australians ); they come to understand the Parisian mentality! By the way the Parisians are coming as well to laugh at themselves! (More)


Festivals around the world this October

17 September, 2009 11:35  EasyExpat EasyExpat

As autumn slinks into the northern hemisphere, the parties are still going strong. Here’s a round up of the some of the fascinating, fun and downright rowdy festivals happening around the world this October.

Boat Racing Festival, Laos
14th – 15th October
This festival is held after the end of the monks’ three-month fast and retreat during the rainy season. Dawn sees temples packed with devotees offering donations. The evenings are for festivities. Join in the numerous candle-light processions and enjoy the sight of hundreds of colourful floats decorated with flowers, incense and candles as they are set adrift down the Mekong River to pay respect to the river spirit (More)


Top Summer Festivals this August

05 August, 2009 09:22  EasyExpat EasyExpat

It’s summer, it’s sizzling and it’s time to party. What better way than with some of the hippest, funkiest and unique festivals from all over the world this August.

San Jose Jazz Fest, USA
7th- 9th August

One of the finest music festivals in the U. S, this festival attracts over 1000 artists and 100,000 jazz lovers from around the world. Jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, electronica and many other forms of contemporary music are the order of the day. If that sounds like music to your ears, the place to head for is San Jose. (More)


Chicago Makes Its Bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics

21 July, 2009 10:09  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Chicago 2016 logoSince being chosen as one of the four Candidate Cities for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games (along with Madrid, Spain; Rio De Janiero, Brazil and Tokyo, Japan), Chicago has had a steady stream of events to showcase its advantages – and make  its best appeal for winning the final vote to host the Games, officially known as the XXXI Olympiad.

Chicago won its place as the United States candidate city by beating out four other cities which had hoped to be the American representative for the Games:  Houston, Texas; San Francisco and Los Angeles, both in California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It then went on to make the cut for the final four Candidate cities – with Doha, Qatar; Baku, Azerbaijan and Prague, Czech Republic being eliminated in an earlier selection process by the International Olympics Committee (IOC). (More)


Festivals around the world this July

29 June, 2009 16:39  EasyExpat EasyExpat

Summer’s begun and so have the parties. Check out some of the most popular festivals and events from around the world this July.

Manchester International Festival, UK

2nd – 19th July, 2009

Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. Expect a wide range of events including music, visual arts, theatre, dance, food and family events, all presented by world-class artists. While most events require tickets, there are also a host of free events. Some require advance booking so make sure you get your tickets today.

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Oil Wrestling Festival, Edirne, Turkey

29th June– 5th July, 2009

Oil wrestling is one of Turkey’s most popular sports. As the name suggests, wrestlers soaked in oil fight each other. Tournaments take place across the country, but the most famous one is held in Edirne. The events are accompanied by much fanfare and entertainment including belly dancing, traditional music and an endless supply of roast lamb.

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Beer Festivals, around the world

Throughout July

Beer lovers rejoice! June is beer month with festivals dedicated to that special ale cropping up all over the world. From Montreal to Jacksonville, Leipzig to Tokyo, head for the one that’s closest to you. Click here for the beer festival calendar for July 2009.

Mozart Festival, Warsaw, Poland

26th June – 25th July, 2009

The Mozart Festival draws audiences from across the world. Mozart's complete stage output is performed for each edition of the festival, together with a selection of his chamber, symphonic, and vocal-instrumental works. His best-loved operas, including 'Don Giovanni', 'Le Nozze di Figaro' and 'Cosi Fan Tutte' are the subject of multiple performances in this festival. The Warsaw Chamber Opera is the only company in the world to have Mozart's entire operatic output in its permanent repertoire and this is the world's largest event of its kind. A must see for Mozart fans!

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Fuji Rock Fest, Japan

24th – 26th July, 2009

This is an outdoor music festival which takes place in the Naeba Ski resort. Set in the mountains in the most picturesque surroundings for a music festival in Japan, it is also often hyped as the cleanest rock festival. You can enjoy the view from the longest gondola (The Dragondola) lift in the world. The festival is quite popular and draws crowds of more then 100,000 for its 200 music acts.

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Independence Day Celebrations, across USA

4th July, 2009

A national holiday across the United States, Independence Day is celebrated with much gusto and patriotism. This is the day America got its freedom from Britain in 1774. Barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings are the order of the day. Parades are organized in most cities and there’s much flag swaying and partying.

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Hungry Ghost Festival, China

July – August

This is the Chinese version of Halloween. It is believed that during this month, the gates of hell are opened to free the hungry ghosts who then wander to seek food on Earth. The dead are thought to visit their living relatives throughout the 7th month, and prayers and incense are offered to placate them. The dead also are gifted with fake paper money and other presents, like cars and houses, also made of paper and burned in bonfires. The festival is shrouded in superstitions and night time rituals and one to join if you’d like to catch up on some spooky traditions.

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Darwin-Beer-Can Regatta, Australia

19th July, 2009

This is one crazy festival and an excellent use of all those empty beer cans. Mindil Beach in Darwin is the scene of the yearly Beer Can Regatta, where participants make boats in all shapes and sizes from beer cans and then proceed to hold mock battles in the shallow sea there. The homemade fleet includes all kinds of canoes, speedboats, and giant Viking warships with fire hoses and top secret weaponry.

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Sidd Lobo

Freelance writer based out of Munich


Festivals around the world this June

29 May, 2009 16:26  EasyExpat EasyExpat

The sun's shining, the parties are getting longer, the skirts are getting shorter and the fun is tuned up all the way. Here are some popular festivals from around the world this June.

Glastonbury Festival, UK
24th – 28th June
Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. This tented city offers entertainment to match everyone’s taste. From frenzied rock to more laid back jazz, whatever your choice of music, you can be sure there’s a tune that’ll be music to your ears.

June Bonfire Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
13th – 29th June
This is a New World twist on an old European tradition. The feasts of St. Anthony (13th June), St. John (24th June) and St. Peter (29th June) are celebrated with great pomp and tradition in the city. In streets, squares and public places, stalls are set out to resemble village market places and are decorated with streamers and lanterns. Fires are kindled in open spaces, mock country weddings are performed where couples follow the old tradition of leaping over flames.  Eating, dancing, music, fireworks and festivities set against the backdrop of bonfires is the order of the day. (More)


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