The Revival of Festivals

Film festivals, arts festivals, goat festivals – there are hundreds of fests around the world. Let us invite you to visit one of the oldest ones – in South Africa, Ireland or Edinburgh.


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Vanderlei J. Pollack

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is widely acknowledged to be the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music,...

South Africa: National Arts Festival

Tomas Haupt

The National Arts Festival, now in its 37th year, has proved its sustainability and has grown to be one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. Held in Grahamstown its objectives are to deliver excellence; encourage innovation and development in the arts by providing a platform for both established and emerging South African artists; create opportunities for collaboration with international artists; and build new audiences. This year the organizers reported year-on-year growth on at...

Hong Kong International Film Festival

William Law

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new works and experience outstanding films.   Global Reach Screening over 290 titles from more than 50 countries in 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event that reaches an audience of over 600,000 including 5,000 business executives who attend Hon...

Puck Fair: One of Ireland’s Oldest Festivals

Dan Rang

While at one time it was notorious for drinking, with the pubs open round-the-clock for three days and nights, nowadays, Puck Fair is famous for meeting up with old friends, forging new friendships and putting the cares of everyday living on hold. But how did it all get started? Nobody knows the exact origins, but it is said to date to medieval times – or perhaps even before then. King PuckThe most widely mentioned story relating to the origin of King Puck, associates him with the English Iro...