29 April – 5 May, 2019 
Tankwa, South Africa
This artistic get-together is a temporary city of art, complete with burning structures and creative performances against a semi-desert backdrop. For the 2019 edition, Afrikaburn invites participants to consider the theme ‘Ephemerality’ – imagining the fleeting nature of one’s experiences and circumstances – and to create a work of art as if it were the last of its kind. afrikaburn.com
[Photo: Jolene Thompson/Flickr] 

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Marathon de Paris
14 April, 2019
Paris, France
If you’re going to run a city marathon, make it worthwhile! More than 55,000 runners make their way from the base of the Arc de Triomphe through the streets of Paris, taking in spectacular sights of the Champs-Elysées, the Bois de Vincennes and the Eiffel Tower, finishing at the Place de la Concorde after covering an impressive 42.195 kilometres. schneiderelectricparismarathon.com

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Quebec City Summer Festival
4-14 July, 2019
Quebec City, Canada
Think street performances, pop-up surprises and activities for all ages. The fest also plays host to international artists as well as emerging talent from a variety of musical genres. Previous years have seen the likes of The Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Metallica and Melissa Ethridge, among others. Let’s see what 2019 has in store. infofestival.com
[Photo: Festival d’été de Québec]

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Sisters’ Meal Festival
30 April – 2 May, 2019
Guizhou, China
Seen as a version of Valentine’s Day, the Sisters’ Meal Festival is a celebration of love and springtime. The Miao people in Guizhou celebrate with naturally dyed steamed rice, firecrackers, traditional costumes, silver jewellery, Lusheng music and dance.  Celebrations also include activities such as horse racing and bullfights.
[Photo: yeun yan/Flickr]

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Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés
16-27 May, 2019 
Paris, France
This annual local jazz festival in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood is well worth a visit. Hundreds of musicians and singers will perform at several venues, including Odéon-Théâtre, Paris-Sorbonne University and Saint-Germain-des-Prés church.  Festival-goers can look forward to several concerts including Biréli Lagrène Trio’s Storyteller and RYMDEN featuring Bugge Wesseltoft, Dan Berglund and Magnus Öström, among others. festivaljazzsaintgermainparis.com
[Photo: Yuji Watanabe]

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Noche de Brujas
1 March, 2019 (TBC)
Catemaco, Mexico
Noche de Brujas in Catemaco is up there with the most oddly interesting of festivities. This so-called ‘Night of the Witches’ is when shamans, witches, healers and all sorts of people claiming supernatural powers convene to conduct a mass cleansing ceremony to rid themselves of negativities from the previous year, leaving tourists more than a little bewitched.

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Naghol Festival
April – May, 2019 (TBA)
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu
In a ritual on Pentecost Island between April and June, Sa’ tribal men dive off a 30-metre-tall tower made of jungle wood, tethered only by vines tied to their ankles – all to ensure a good yam harvest. It’s also a show of male virility rather than just for fun.
[Photo: Paul Stein/Wikimedia Commons]

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Moomba Festival
8-11 March, 2019
Melbourne, Australia
On Labour Day weekend, Australia’s biggest free community festival draws more than a million people. Apart from the Monday Moomba parade, Sunday’s ‘Birdman Rally’ and the Moomba Masters Championship, expect enough water sports, fireworks, skate workshops, carnival rides, games and spectacles to keep attendees thoroughly entertained. melbourne.vic.gov.au

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Munich Opera Festival
27 June – 31 July, 2019
Munich, Germany
They take high art seriously in Munich, even during this free outdoor ‘Opera for All’ event conducted by Kirill Petrenko that kick-starts the Munich Opera Festival. It’s followed by concerts, chamber music, recitals and a free live opera broadcast of Richard Strauss’ Salome at Max-Joseph-Platz on 6 July. staatsoper.de
[Photo: © Wilfried Hösl]

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
26 April – 5 May, 2019
New Orleans, USA
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of this diverse jazz festival featuring the best of the national and international music scene (the 2018 edition featured Aerosmith, Rod Stewart and Sting, among others). Look forward to good music, food, culture and a craft marketplace buzzing with artisanal craftspeople. nojazzfest.com
[Photo: Joshua Brasted Via New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival/ Facebook]

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