BY LINDA NAVON CHETRIT
Whether you are into music, sports, the arts, or fashion, 2014 holds a variety of international events for the ambitious traveller. If you were looking for a list of great events to attend (or daydream about attending during your 9am), look no further.
Dates: April 11-13 and April 18-20
Unlike other festivals, Coachella is not an EDM festival held in fairgrounds or in the middle of a city. Coachella is uniquely centered under the desert sun and features a great mix of hip-hop, electronic, and rock music. Also, unlike other festivals, Coachella keeps its number of attendees relatively small to allow for better management and avoid unrelenting drunken crowds. For those who don’t like staying on site and sleeping in tents search Airbnb for gorgeous homes you can rent out with a group of friends. Bad news is that tickets are officially sold out. Good news is that you can still find them in the black market (cough – Stubhub – cough) for about the same price as the original tickets.
Date: June 12 – 14
Fresh out of its amateur festival status, Barcelona’s Sonar Music Festival has announced an amazing lineup for this summer’s edition. Since it is a city festival, it is easy to explore the amazing Barcelona during the day and enjoy the concerts at night…or you could even do the opposite. Sonar has two locations, one during the day (Sonar by Day) and another one at night (Sonar by Night).
Date: August 11 – 18
Held in August in Budapest, Sziget is an increasingly popular festival for European tourists. Sziget takes place on an island in the Danube, and is attended by upwards of 350,000 people over the course of the week. Expect cheap and abundant drinks, and the accompanying drunk Dutch 20-somethings. The music is very eclectic, with top pop, rock and electronic performers, and stages ranging from reggae to alternative sounds. Visitors can take a break from the music and enjoy exciting and often incredibly random activities. Bungee jumping and a moving sky bar are among the more popular attractions.
ARTS & CULTURE
Dates: February 15 – March 4
Immerse yourself in history and culture in the beautiful city of Venice. Italy’s most celebrated festival, Carnavale is probably the most fun time of the year to visit Venice. Soak up the magic of the festival’s most famous features: masquerades, costume balls, and the city’s beautiful historical sites decorated to reflect the timeless magic of the occasion.
Date: April 14 – 20
Ivy Film Festival is the world’s largest student-run film festival. The festival provides students with a unique opportunity to interact with the film industry at the amateur, independent, professional, and studio levels. Each year, the festival hosts a series of events on Brown’s campus, including screenings of contemporary films (often before they are in theaters), panels with industry guests, workshops, an awards ceremony, and screenings and readings of our top submitted films and screenplays, just to name a few.
Date: July 14, 21, 29 – August 7, 15, 24
The French Riviera’s capital of glamour, Cannes, is one of the most bustling cities in the south of France during the summer months. Packed with post-film-festival excitement, Cannes is the place to be if you want to enjoy delightful beaches, mesmerizing views, luxury shopping, and a great nightlife. And what is the icing on the cake? For two months, 6 selected countries compete against each other to put on the most incredible fireworks show. A wonderful combination of light and music you are not likely to forget. A true Olympics of explosives.
Dates: May 24
We are at minute 89, with only one more to go before the end of the game. Arch-rivals Bayern of Munich and Borussia Dortmund are fighting for the Champions title, but seconds before the referee blows the whistle Munich grabs the upper hand of the match and scores the winning goal. The stadium roars with both disappointment and euphoria. Whether you are into soccer or not, experiencing this kind of excitement and vibrancy is worth attending this year’s Champions League Final in Lisbon. The vibrant Portuguese capital will not only provide you with a great match but also great nightlife.
Dates: May 25 – June 8
A great option for those who prefer the calmness of tennis to the frenzy of team sports, the Roland Garros is one of the most famous and coveted tennis tournaments. In addition to the fact that you will be able to see tennis legends in action, such as Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, while sipping on champagne and eating macaroons, the Roland Garros is 15 minutes away from Paris. To sum up why the Roland Garros is the perfect event: Tennis legends, great entertainment, excellent catering, and Paris.
Dates: June 12 –July 13
The FIFA World Cup is not only an opportunity to see football teams (a.k.a soccer teams) scramble for the golden cup. It is also an opportunity to explore Brazil. Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are the top destinations, but curious travellers should take the opportunity to travel to the lesser-known cities of Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador and Porto Alegre, among many others. These cities offer just as much cultural enrichment and fun activities, but without the endless multitudes of football junkies. And while you are there, don’t forget to grab dinner at a churrascaria – and maybe score some tickets to a live game.
Date: February 15 – March 4
Oyster street bars, booze, music, tiny toys and street parties. Need I say more? Mardi Gras is probably New Orleans’ most popular tradition, and definitely the most famous. Gather around the street parades down St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street and try to grab some of the doubloons and colorful plastic bead necklaces thrown around. Some would describe it as a kid’s party for adults – though possibly a tad raunchier.
Dates: February 28 – March 4
For those who just can’t get enough of Brazil, here is another excuse to book a direct flight to Rio. This world-renown Brazilian tradition brings the most curious spectators from every corner of the globe. The days go by with street parties, exuberant parades, fairs, costume balls, dancers in colorful costumes and dancing – a lot of it.
Date: March 6 – 16
SXSW is a polyvalent event, combining music, film and technology to bring to you one of the most dynamic and interactive events of the year. Musicians, filmmakers, young entrepreneurs, and trend-seeking corporations gather here to expose their work in almost overwhelming amounts. There are over 90 venues in the city and 2,000 bands performing, without mentioning the hundreds of after-parties, talks and VIP events. You can attend this event seeking either business or pleasure, but either way you probably won’t have enough time to see everything you want to.
Dates: March 29 – 30
For all the fashion-lovers out there, this is bound to be a mind-blowing experience. The 3rd edition of the Vogue Festival is coming back meaner and bigger by partnering up with Harrods, London’s luxurious department store. In previous editions fashion icons such as Mario Testino, Victoria Beckham, Vivienne Westwood and Donatella Versace joined together in a weekend of discussions, interviews, workshops, performances and makeovers. This year the line-up looks even more promising with Manolo Blahnik, Lilley Allen, Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Naomi Campbell and many other dazzling guests.
Date: End of September
The 7th edition of the annual 3-day conference, A Better World by Design, will be hosting over a thousand students and professionals from over 85 universities and 80 companies. Each year, Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Presenters share engaging stories, workshops teach creative skills, and discussions re-frame perspectives. Better World is an immersive experience that deepens our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to engage our communities and sustain our environment.