Every month we bring you a small round up of some of the coolest events that are happening around the globe so wherever you are in the world, you’ll always have something fun to do.
Antwerp, Belgium: Margiela. The Hermès Years
This is your last chance to see this incredible exhibition as it ends on 27th August. ModeMuseum is displaying Belgian stylist Martin Margiela’s Hermès collections from 1997 to 2003 for the very first time. The exhibition also looks at the relationship between these collections, and his own label, Maison Martin Margiela. Hermès appointed Martin Margiela as its artistic director for the women’s ready-to-wear collections in October 1997 but Margiela was already renowned in his field as being one of the most influential avant-garde designers over the past ten years. His love for the deconstruction, recycling and recovery of materials was practically unheard of in the fashion world at that time. The exhibition is a fashion lover’s dream and beautifully showcases Margiela’s ‘consistent vision of modern-day luxury into 12 consecutive Hermès collections.
Ends on 27th August 2017
ModeMuseum, Nationalestraat 28, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Price: Adult tickets €8, family tickets €6, youth ticket €3
Nevada, USA: Burning Man
If you’ve been lucky enough to bag yourself tickets to this year’s Burning Man you’re certainly in for a treat. Burning Man is a festival like no other and takes place right in the middle of the desert in Nevada. It’s a week-long festival that celebrates art and community and is the largest interactive display of art in the world. There’s a real sense of love and community at Burning Man and this community is based upon 10 principles, which can be read in full here. Attendees are fully encouraged to immerse themselves into the Burning Man way of life and participate in the festival in any way they can, and one very popular way attendees choose to participate at Burning Man in is art. Whilst travelling around Black Rock City you will come across incredible art installations that have been built specifically for Burning Man. This year you can expect to see a 40ft jellyfish, 13ft tall metal flowers that shoot balls of fire high into the sky, a field of fairies and many many more incredible pieces of art. When it comes to music, Burning Man organizers actively avoid publishing and promoting an official life up. Instead they keep it a secret until the week of the festival, which naturally helps to build excitement and anticipation. Unsurprisingly, tickets to this year’s Burning Man are sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pop it into your calendar for next year and try get your hands on tickets to this one of a kind festival!
27th August to 4th September 2017
Black Rock City, Nevada, USA
READ MORE –www.radissonred.com/burning-man
London, UK: Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival is one of the biggest street festivals in the world and could certainly give Rio a run for its money. The first carnival was held over 40 years ago as a way to combat racial tensions and what better way to do so than by throwing a massive party for everyone to join in and dance their differences away. Notting Hill Carnival takes place over three days with each day having its very own party; Saturday is ‘Panorama’, a wonderful, free open air evening with a competitive performance by national steel bands and other entertainment; Sunday is ‘A Family Day’, with a Child Parade who showcase their flamboyant costumes whilst dancing along the carnival route; and Monday is ‘The Grand Finale’, which showcases a sea of vibrant colors as 60 bands in incredible costumes dance to the rhythm of the carnival music. Expect to see lots of sequins, feathers and magnificent carnival outfits over the weekends and definitely get yourself a whistle so you can join in with the music. Oh and a word of advice, stick together! Phone signal is terrible at Notting Hill Carnival due to the massive amount of people partying on the streets, but if you do get separated, agree on a meeting point with your friends.
26th to 28th August 2017
The Carnival takes place on the streets of W10: Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park
Music: Expect to hear lots of Caribbean-influenced sounds like reggae, dub, dancehall, soca and calypso. As well as house, funk, drum ‘n’ bass, jungle, dubstep, ska, breaks, oh and of course lots of steel drums and live bands
Price: Free (yay!), but there are many after parties and warm-ups at bars and clubs that do charge
Colorado, USA: ARISE Music Festival
Now in its 5th year ARISE Music Festival is an idyllic event that takes place at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado. It’s an independent, family-run festival that offers attendees so much more than just music. You can relax in a yoga class, or watch a provocative documentary film and take part in a discussion afterwards, or you could get your creative juices flowing and watch one of the live painters creating their next masterpiece – it’s the perfect festival to open your mind and unwind. Similar to Burning Man ARISE also offers ‘interactive villages’ for its attendees, including a Children’s Village, Food Truck Village, Vending Village, Healers Village, Hemp Village, Wisdom Village and a Solution’s Village, which all showcase ecological and social justice solutions with practical on-site demonstrations designed to make the world a better place. ARISE is also a leave-no-trace festival and is committed to planting one tree for every ticket sold – so if you purchase a ticket you’re doing your bit for the environment!
4th to 6th August 2017
Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road Loveland, Colorado, USA
Line up: Atmosphere, Moon Frog, The Expendables, Bass Physics, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Kat Wright Band, Motion Trap, Satsang & many many more…
Price: 1 day GA Pass $99, 3 day GA Pass $229
Brooklyn, USA: AFROPUNK Brooklyn
AFROPUNK Festival takes place every year in August at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. The festival began back in 2005 as an ‘alternative’ to other summer music festivals that co-founder Matthew Morgan thought underrepresented people of color. Now in its 13th year AFROPUNK is a part of black culture and place where people can come together, listen to some great music and celebrate diversity. The festival holds a few important ground rules, no sexism, no racism, no ableism and no ageism, ultimately it’s a festival of inclusion and one that promotes good vibes only. AFROPUNK is also no stranger to having one or two huge headliners and previous performers have included Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Kelis and Lauryn Hill.
26th to 27th August 2017
Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Line up: Michael Kiwanuka, Dizzee Rascal, Macy Gray, Son Little, Willow Smith, King Sango, The Cool Kids, Pure Disgust & many many more…
Price: Single Saturday or Sunday day tickets $45, 2-day tickets $75
Pula, Croatia: Dimensions Festival 2017
Taking place in potentially one of the coolest music venues ever, an abandoned fort, Dimensions Festival is an underground electronic music festival. On one side you’ve got incredible scenic views of the Punta Bay and the other side you’ve got the Brijuni National Park Islands – pretty incredible views for a festival! There are only 7,000 tickets available and just seven stages, so the overall festival vibe is friendly and intimate. Festival organizers ensure that they have best electronic music performers every single year and some of the biggest names in house, techno, disco, dubstep and other electronic genres descend to Croatia to play and party with the crowd. During the daytime you’ve got chilled beats playing on the beach so you can relax and rejuvenate and there are a number of daily boat parties you can hitch a ride on. Make sure you pack comfortable shoes as the campsite is a ten-minute walk from the festival site and with the actual festival taking place in an abandoned fort, the ground is pretty rocky and rugged – so comfy shoes won’t go a miss!
30th August to 3rd September 2017
Fort Punta Christo, Štinjan bb, 52100, Pula, Croatia
Line up: Grace Jones, Theo Parrish, Nina Kraviz, Goldie, Joy Orbison, Luke Hess, Sassy J, Serge, Kid Drama, DJ Okapi, Upwellings & many many more…
Price: Weekend festival & camping ticket €275, weekend festival ticket €188.50, opening concert €50