Editions
Düsseldorfer Karneval
11 November, 2019 – 26 February, 2020
Düsseldorf, Germany
Be there at the start of the carnival at 11:11 am on 11/11 when Hoppeditz awakes continuing all the way up to late February. Watch parades with floats of every conceivable form, highlighting politics, culture and satire and delighting and entertaining onlookers on the banks of the Rhine. comitee-duesseldorfer-carneval.de
[Photo: Cittanova Düsseldorf/Wikimedia Commons]

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Amsterdam Light Festival
28 November, 2019 – 19 January, 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Light Festival returns for its seventh edition with 25 light works and 10 city stories created by several Dutch and international artists illuminating specially appointed locations as well as exhibitions, film screenings and concerts. Take a canal cruise or a walking route to soak in the sights and don’t miss the open-air exhibition ‘Disrupt’. amsterdamlightfestival.com
[Photo: Janus van den Eijnden]

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Polar Bear Plunge
December, 2019 – April, 2020
Various Locations, USA, UK, Canada, The Netherlands
You need to be a hardy soul (and physically fit) to attempt this chilly tradition that requires participants to take a dip in the ocean, bay or lake – bare-bodied –  when the temps are frigid and the waters are icy cold – yes, during the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere. Take a deep breath and dive in!
[Photo: Seattle Parks/Flickr]

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Ice Sculpture Festival
15 December 2019 – 3 March, 2020
Zwolle, The Netherlands
As Holland’s biggest winter event, the Ice Sculpture Festival brings 100,000+ visitors together every year to admire 40 of the best ice sculptors from all over, as they create spectacular sculptures with their chisels, chainsaws and torches. Approximately 275,000 kgs of ice are used to make the works of art exhibited in the IJsselhallen in Zwolle. ijsbeelden.nl
[Photo: Steven Lek/Wikimedia Commons]

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Harbin Ice Festival
25 December, 2019 – 25 February, 2020 
Harbin, China
Billed as the world’s largest ice festival, the 36th edition in the capital of Heilongjiang will feature ice and snow amusement parks, an international snow sculpture art expo, ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, dog sledding, ice lantern art fair, a safari style trip in the Siberian tiger park and an ice bar and restaurant, among other attractions. icefestivalharbin.com
[Photo: Dayou_X/Wikimedia Commons]

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Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week
January, 2020 (Exact Dates TBA) 
Berlin, Germany
The who’s who of the fashion industry will descend on Berlin, as one of Germany’s biggest annual fashion events kicks off. It’s quite the happening place, with renowned established and emerging designers showcasing their fashion-forward collections, and retailers keeping an eye on the latest trends. fashion-week-berlin.com
[Photo: BrauerPhotos / M.Nass fuer Mercedes-Benz]

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Storyland Music Festival
January 2020 (Exact Dates TBA)
Santa Marta, Colombia
Ready your dancing shoes and head to Playa Bello Horizonte in the historic port town of Santa Marta for one of Colombia’s biggest music festivals, specialising in top-notch dance music. Boasting artists across the spectrum, from EDM to techno,  it’s for those looking for some serious beachside partying. storyland.com.co

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The Kustendorf International Film & Music Festival
January, 2020 (Exact Dates TBA)
Drvengrad, Serbia
A far cry from the usual red carpet glitz, this international indie fest organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Information focuses on emerging film makers and veterans of world auteur film, featuring documentaries, fiction, animation and experimental short flicks. Festival visitors can enjoy nightly concerts after the conclusion of screenings and workshops. kustendorf-filmandmusicfestival.org

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Storico Carnevale di Ivrea
6 January – 6 March, 2020
Ivrea, Italy
Though most of the carnival takes place in February, festivities begin on 6 January with pipes, drums and marches, as well as fantastic full-costumed re-enactments. Don’t miss the hugely popular and messily spectacular Battaglia delle Arance, but remember to wear protective gear against the flying oranges. storicocarnevaleivrea.it

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London International Mime Festival
8 January – 2 February, 2020 (TBC) 
London, England
The epic theatre extravaganza spanning live art, physical and circus-theatre, puppetry, juggling and mime returns to multiple theatre venues including the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells. Highlights include ‘Peeping Tom’s Child’, Galactik Ensemble’s ‘Optraken’ and Told by an Idiot’s latest show ‘The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel’. mimelondon.com
[Photo: Hugo Glendinning]

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