Every month we bring you a small round up of some of the coolest events that are going on globally. So wherever you are in the world, you’ll always have something fun to do.
Québec, Canada: Québec Winter Carnival
Starting in the last week of January and continuing on into the first two weeks of February the Québec Winter Carnival is one of the largest winter festivals in the world. The carnival has an abundance of fun activities and attractions like a masquerade ball, an international snow sculpture event, outdoor sport events like snowboarding, dog-sledding, ice canoeing and hockey, as well as free outdoor public banquets and dance parties held in the snow – you’ll have a tough time fitting everything in! But make sure you make time to see one of the most famous attractions at the carnival, the daytime and nighttime parades, which are led by the carnival mascot, Bonhomme Caranval. The parades make their way through the upper city and are decorated with awesome lights and ice sculptures. And if you’ve got time we’d definitely recommend squeezing in a visit to see the Ice Palace – it’s built with bricks made from ice compacted snow and is lit up with colored light displays, making it look pretty magical. There’s even a chance to have a snow bath -people throw on their swimming costumes and have the opportunity to frolic around in the snow with Bonhomme. If you’ve been brave enough to take on the snow bath then you can warm yourself up afterwards with the traditional hot drink of the winter carnival, Caribou. Although we will say – go easy on it, it’s a pretty strong concoction of vodka, brandy, sherry, port and maple syrup, but it’ll definitely bring your body back to a normal temperature.
27th January to 12th February 2017
205 Boulevard des Cèdres, Ville de Québec, QC G1L 1N8, Canada
Price: Effigy Pass to the carnival $47.90, individual events like dogsledding etc within the carnival have different prices
Park City, Utah: Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival, probably one of the most famous film festivals in the world returns in January for its yearly celebration of independent films. The first festival was actually held in Salt Lake City in August 1978, in an attempt to attract more filmmakers to Utah, but in 1981 Hollywood director Sidney Pollack suggested to chairman Robert Redford that more of the Hollywood elite would attend if it was during mid-ski season and so the festival was moved to Park City and the date was changed to January. Today Sundance is a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers, comprising of different competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, feature films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections. There are over 100 films being screened so there’s definitely something to suit everyone’s tastes. With over 46,000 attendees making the visit to Sundance you might wonder where and how they manage to fit everyone in for all the screenings… So festival organizers have spread the event across three cities: Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Mountain Resort. Each city is really easy to get to from one another, but just make sure that you select your film tickets in the city where you’ll be located for most of your stay. To accommodate the influx of movie lovers to the three cities the screenings take place in all sorts of venues, you could be watching a soon to be smash documentary in a tiny school auditorium, or even in a gymnasium or tiny cinema screen, it’s part of the charm of Sundance.
19th to 29th January 2017
Films are screened in multiple locations in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Mountain Resort
Price: Festival passes range from $250 to $3,500 and a full list of prices can be found here
Christchurch, New Zealand: World Buskers Festival
Taking place over the last two weeks of January the World Buskers Festival brings together every sort of performer under the sun that you could imagine! You’ll find comedians, street performers, acrobats, burlesque performers, dancers, trapeze artists, circus acts and a whole bunch of other crazy and talented acts. The festival organizers pride themselves on transforming the streets and performance venues of Christchurch into ‘The Comic Republi of Busk – a bright, silly, happy place where being a bit daft rules and our catch cry is Viva La Cheeky!’. With over 500 performances it can be difficult to pinpoint where you should begin, but festival organizers have programmed this years acts into five different genres. Ha ha ha (shows that will give you a giggle); Ouch (shows that have elements of contortion and body manipulation); Wow (dangerous, daredevil shows); Lala La (music shows); and Ta Da (shows that have magic to them). Just make sure you you’ve got cash on you for the end of each performance so you can show your appreciation for what you’ve just watched – and it’s the quickest payment option for the bar and food vendors you’ll find around the festival.
19th to 29th January 2017
The venue map can be found here
Price: Ticket prices for each individual show can be found here
Los Angeles: LA Art Show 2017
The Los Angeles Art Show is one of the largest and longest running art events in the world. For five days the LA Convention Center has close to 70,000 attendees who come to look at, enjoy and purchase contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art. The art show is divided into Modern and Contemporary and Traditional Contemporary sections. Event organizers have also partnered with galleries and non-profits to include bold new art performances, as well as expanding out Littletopia and Street Art sections at the fair and off-site events. There will also be a number of lectures, tours, special exhibits and after-parties to enjoy too.
11th to 15th January 2017
Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
Price: 1 day pass $25, 4 day pass $55, Opening Night Premier Party $125
Berlin, Germany: British Shorts Film Festival
The British Shorts Film Festival is a celebration of short films from directors, writers and filmmakers who live and work in Great Britain. The films are screened at four small cinemas in Berlin and with film categories ranging from horror to animation and documentaries to music videos there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. The festival is also a competition as the audience and a jury will have the opportunity to award the best film with a prize. As well film screenings there are some parties, concerts, and an exhibition that can be enjoyed also. The full festival programme will be released in January and tickets can be bought for each film in advanced or right before the screening.
12th to 18th January 2017
Venue 1. Sputnik Kino, Hasenheide 54 (Höfe am Südstern), 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Venue 2. Acudkino, Veteranenstr. 21 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Venue 3. Acud Club, Veteranenstr. 21 10119 Berlin-Mitt
Venue 4. City Kino Wedding, Muellerstraße 74 13349 Berlin
Venue 5. Kino Zukunftm, Laskerstr. 5 10245 Berlin
Price: Prices vary depending on the cinema, more info can be found here
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Cage the Elephant
Catch Kentucky born rockers Cage the Elephant on the European leg of their tour in January. The guys will be performing tracks from their fourth album ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’, which was released in December 2015. The album has received praise by fans and critics for it’s emotive lyrics and real life messages that are conveyed in the tracks.
24th January 2017
Paradiso Grote Zaal, Weteringschans 6 – 8, 1017 SG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Price: €25,53 (including 3.03 EUR fees), tickets can be bought here
Hasselt, Belgium: Ice Magic Hasselt: A Fantasy World of Ice Sculptures
You’ve got until the 8th January to catch the amazing Ice Magic Hasselt festival before it melts away into oblivion (or until it comes back for 2018). Every year the festival and its sculptures are themed and this year’s theme is Antarctica, inspired by adventurer and Hasselt native Adrien de Gerlache; he traveled to Antarctica 120 years ago with his 19 crew members, on board the ship Belgica. However as they sailed across the Antarctic Circle their ship became trapped in the ice of the Bellinghausen Sea, near Peter Island. This forced the crew to spend winter on Antarctica and for 11 months they tried in vain to free the ship. Ice Magic has created their very own version of Antarctica in Hasselt, with giant walls of ice, reindeers, penguins, and even a massive icebound expedition ship Belgica and Captain de Gerlache. Average temperature is about -6°C/21°F, so definitely wrap up warm if you plan on buying a ticket! But you can always warm yourself up with a cup of hot chocolate or Hasselt gin at the winter wonderland bar too.
Ends 8th January 2017
Christmass market, Winterland Kolonel Dusartplein, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium