Showing posts from May, 2014

Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver, Canada

Where? Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

When?  20th of June – 1st of July

The story of Coastal Jazz and Blues Society is the story of determination, passion, idealism, community, and of course, music. Incorporated in 1986, as a community based, not-profit, charitable arts organization located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the society, from the very beginning, has worked diligently to establish Vancouver as a center for the creation and exchange of sounds and ideas between the local, national and international music community. Our mission is to not only increase the appreciation of the music, but to strengthen the arts community by developing special projects, artistic exchanges, partnerships, educational initiatives, community programs, and collaborations that further the art form. Our vision encompasses a wide spectrum of jazz, blues, world, creative, and improvised music, including evolving forms of jazz and the technologies and media that influence jazz as an art form.

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DMY International Design Festival, Berlin, Germany

Where? Berlin, Germany

When? 28th - 1st of June
DMY developed from a visionary nucleus of leading creative thinkers from the Berlin design scene, whose expertise lay in the recognition and transformation of current as well as coming trends in culture and design.

The objective from the beginning until today is to bring together the powerful potential of contemporary design; to give it a space and setting and to expose it to a wide array of audience. At the same time the industry and economy are given the opportunity to get in contact with innovative developers and designers and therefore make use of the developed synergies.

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Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Caroline, USA

Where?  Charleston, South Caroline, USA

When? 23th of May - 8th of June

Recognized internationally as a premier performing arts festival, Spoleto Festival USA celebrates opera, theater, dance, and music every spring in Charleston, South Carolina. The opening ceremonies are held in late May at the beginning of the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. Festival performances and events continue for more than two weeks into early June, featuring an expansive program of productions, which showcase both renowned and emerging artists.

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AthFest Music & Arts Festival 2014, Athens, Georgia, USA

Where? Athens, Georgia, USA

When? 18th June - 22nd June 2014

The Athens Music and Arts Festival is a highly acclaimed event held annually in historic downtown Athens, GA, a town long renowned for its thriving music scene. For the past 15 years, AthFest has used the festival to showcase the best in regionally and nationally recognized Athens-based talent.

This year, over 100 bands and artists will perform on three outdoor stages and in over a dozen of the town’s best music venues. The outdoor stages are all ages and free of charge. The two-night club crawl features 3 WRISTBAND-ONLY shows, and the rest are subject to cover charge OR free with AthFest Wristband. The wristband is good for both nights at the club crawl, and also grants you discounted access to affiliated events. 
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La Biennale di Venezia 2014, Venice, Italy

Where? Venice, Italy

When? 7th of June - 23rd  of November 2014
No one really needs an excuse to visit Italy's most romantic city, but here's one anyway. This is the year when the city of gondolas plays host to the great and not-so-great of the international art-world, with country-specific pavilions occupying the Giardini and the Arsenale, and chattering art world types thronging the canal sides.
The Venice Biennale  is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years (in odd years) in Venice, Italy. The Venice Film Festival is part of it. So too is the Venice Biennale of Architecture, which is held in even years. A dance section, the "International Festival of Contemporary Dance", was established in 1999.
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UEFA Champions League final, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Where? Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

When? 24th of May, 2014 19:45 local time

The UEFA Champions League, known simply as the Champions League, and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe.

It's known by most football fans globally to be the most prestigious club level tournament in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football. The final is one of the most watched annual sporting events worldwide, typically drawing up to 180 million television viewers worldwide.

The current holder are Gayen Munich, however this time round they were knocked out 4-0 in the semi-final by Real Madrid. In 2014 it will be an all Spanish and Madrid affair and Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid will battle it out. May the best team win!

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Top Worldwide Events in May 2014!

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with the length of 31 days.

May is a month of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere and spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
No other month begins or ends on the same day of the week as May in any year.

May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores,Latin for "elders," and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or "young people"

See below the top worldwide events of the month we have collected for you!

1. International Workers' Day
2. Cinco De Mayo, Mexico & USA
3. 824th Hamburg Port Anniversary, Germany
4. The Eurovision Song Contest, Malmö, Sweden
5. World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
6. European Nigh…

French Open, Roland Garros 2014, Paris, France

Where? Paris, France

When? 25th of May - 8th of June 2014

The French Open, named after the famous French aviator Roland Garros, is a major tennis tournament held over 2 weeks between late May and early June in Paris, France, at the Stade Roland Garros. It is the premier clay court tennis tournament in the world and the second of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments – the other three are the Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon. Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam held on clay and ends the spring clay court season.

It's one of the largest events in tennis and by far the largest clay-court tournament. Because of the slow playing surface and the five-set men's singles matches without a tiebreak in the final set, the event is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world.

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International Museum Day 2014

Where? Worldwide

When? May 18th, 2014

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. Momentum has been rising unabated ever since.

From America to Oceania, through Europe, Asia and Africa, International Museum Day is a special moment for the museum community. On this day, participating museums interpret an issue that concerns all cultural organizations. International Museum Day is also a fantastic opportunity for museum professionals to meet their public. At the heart of society, museums are institutions dedicated to its development. 

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European Night of Museums 2014, Paris & Rome

Where? Paris & Rome

When? May 17th, 2014

The European Night of Museums, which is held every year on the Saturday closest to the International Museum Day.

The European Night of Museums was created in 2005 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. On this occasion, the closing time of the museums is postponed to approximately one in the morning, which allows the public to visit the participating museums by night, for free.

By welcoming the public during the night, museums invite them to visit the collections in a different, unusual and more sensory way. Many animations are offered during this event which is attended by numerous young people and families. The public participates in great numbers to this festive event: last year, two million visitors took part in the European Night of Museums in France.

For more information: www.nuitdesmusees.culture.fror

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest 2014, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Where? Memphis, Tennessee, USA

When? May 16th - 18th, 2014

Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is at Tom Lee Park in Memphis. Hundreds of teams compete for over $100,000+ in prizes and supreme bragging rights. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights, and as one can imagine, clever and creative team names.

While grilling is the main theme, the contest wouldn't be complete without the Ms. Piggie Idol competition where the finest swine tests their vocal skills, and grown men dress in tutus and snouts and women kick their heels (hooves) up. There is also a t-shirt competition and even a best booth contest.

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Where? Copenhagen, Denmark

When? 6th, 8th and 10th of May 2014
The Eurovision Song Contest, that great European institution in which the world's top musicians battle for patriotism through the power of song, is held in Denmark this year.
Ranking up there with the Miss World competition in terms of cultural significance, the Eurovision Song Contest was the brainchild of Frenchman Marcel Baison, who hoped that by fighting with music instead of guns the nations of post-war Europe would become united in peace. A nice idea in theory, although viewers of past contests will have noticed the element of bias still present in country-by-country votes (Greece always giving Cyprus 12 points and Turkey "nul points", for instance).

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Cinco De Mayo, Mexico & USA, 2014

Where? Mexico & USA

When? 3-5th of May, 2014

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated nationwide in the United States on May 5, and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called “The Battle of Puebla” (La Batalla de Puebla). This special date is observed in this country as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

Mexican-Americans and Latinos alike take great pride in their roots and have acknowledged, generation after generation, that the United States’ prosperity depends in part on the incorporation of immigrants into its society, culture and economy while at the same time adopting its values and way of life.

Cinco de Mayo is an opportunity for Americans to come together in celebration and to acknowledge the many contributions made by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Latinos o the United States.

In 2014 the 30th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will occur on May 3rd, 4th and 5th.

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825th Hamburg Port Anniversary - Welcome aboard in 2014!

Where? Hamburg, Germany

When? May 9th - 11th, 2014

The Hamburg Port Anniversary celebrations on the River Elbe will bring the majesty of tall ships, and the luxury of cruise vessels. The event is attracting more attention that ever, which is testament to the fact that the first cruise ship was built in Hamburg for the Hamburg America Line and was launched on June 29, 1900. The ship was christened The Prinzessin Victoria Luise it was accidentally grounded off in Jamaica on the 16th of December 1906.The German Cruise Line market is now  booming with the rise of AIDA Cruises (usually a strong sponsor of the Hamburg Port Anniversary event) and the recent progress of Mein Schiff.

Without question this is the greatest port festival in the world and will be celebrated for 3 long vibrant day.

All activities including a magnificent Fireworks and lighting display will take place at the Port of Hamburg and its famous Landing Stage (Landungsbrücken).

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