Greetings from Cyprus where the summer is in full swing and the weather is Habanero HOT! An Irish friend of mine visiting the area said that going outside here is like walking into a massive Hairdryer!
Traditionally July marks the beginning of the PEAK TOURISM SEASON across most parts of our fascinating planet. Naturally, in the climate of a recession destinations and resorts in all corners of the world are expecting the worst, however best estimates forecast a 7 – 10% decrease in Tourism overall. If that holds true in times of a depression that many media channels report as the worst since the second world war, the impact on Tourism will not be quite so dramatic as expected.
There will of course be winners and losers in the great summer escape. In particular resorts with non-euro currencies are expected to do well this year or destinations with excellent value for money. Tourism is also expected to GO LOCAL, whereby families will choose to vacation in their own country for a change. Some destinations are taking a proactive approach such as Larnaka that leads our Worldwide Events table in July with a plethora of Events, concerts and activities.
Here are the HOT Events for July around the Perpetual Traveller world!
Larnaka, Cyprus throughout July
Star events with an all star line up, the Larnaka Municipality certainly knows how to stage world class events. With this years hot line up Locals & Tourists alike will delight in live performances from the West End’s cast (flown in from London) with the Production of CATS, which will be performed in an amphitheatre under the stars. This is followed by a personal favorite of mine Michael Flatley’s spectacular “River Dance”. The truly fantastic world famous singer Cesaria Evora from the Cape Verde Island off West Africa will eclipse July. Larnaka will host a comprehensive programme of theatre, music, folklore and traditional Events to complement the main agenda throughout the month of July.
Further information: www.cyprusevents.blogspot.com
Switzerland, 43rd Montreux International Jazz Festival 3rd - 18th July
In 1967, the first Montreux Jazz Festival opened, featuring almost exclusively Jazz artists. Originally a pure Jazz Festival, the event later opened up somewhat in the 1970s and today presents artists of nearly every imaginable music style. Jazz remains an important part of the Festival however and today's Festival lasts about two weeks and attracts an audience of more than 200,000 people along the blissful shores of Lake Geneva.
Further information: www.montreuxjazz.com
Balado Kinrossshire Scotland, T in the Park Festival 10th - 12th July
T in the Park, voted the UK's best major Festival, with camping available for this incredible 3 day event. A great line up of artists from The Kings of Leon, Lady gaga, Lilly Allen, Pet Shop Boys & The Killers. The list is endless to find out more follow the link below!
Further information: www.tinthepark.com
Dubrovnik Croatia, Summer Festival 10th July – 25th August
With this 60th programme Music, theatre, dance and folklore are the cornerstones of a summer of cultural excellence. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival has being going strong since 1950 and is the largest and most celebrated cultural event in Croatia. An all-star line-up of international performers and an ever-increasing number of visitors are drawn to the unique combination of indoor and outdoor venues in this fabulous Renaissance Baroque city.
Further information: www.dubrovnik-festival.hr
Pampona Navarre Spain, Running of the Bulls (San Fermin Festival) 7th July - 14th July
The Festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona Bull Running as it's more commonly known outside Spain, officially begins at midday on the 6th of July every year with the 'chupinazo' which takes place on the balcony of the Casa Consistorial in Pamplona. The Pamplona Bull Run takes place at 8 am every morning from 7th to 14th July. Runners must be in the running area by 7.30 am. The actual run stretches from the corral at Santo Domingo where the bulls are kept, to the bullring where they will fight that same afternoon. The length of the run is 825 meters and the average time of the run from start to finish is about three minutes. The streets through the old town which make up the Bull Run are walled off, so the bulls can't escape. Each day six fighting bulls run the route as well as two herds of bullocks.
Further information: www.spanish-fiestas.com
New York USA, 4th July
Fourth of July is the most patriotic holiday that America has. That being said, what could be better than experiencing the “Fourth” in one of the most patriotic cities in the country New York City. Whether it be checking out the impressive Macy's Fireworks Spectacular, being front row and watching the Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest or just taking in a concert at Battery Park
Further information: www.nymag.com
Venice Italy Festa del Redentore - the Festival of the Redeemer 18th - 20th July Celebrating the end of the plague involves hundreds of beautifully decorated and illuminated boats full of beautifully decorated Venetians that gather around sunset, have dinner on board or beside the Giudecca canal, then watch one of Europe's best fireworks displays at 11.30 pm on Saturday night.
Further information: www.comune.venezia.it
Rotterdam Netherlands Holland, North Sea Jazz Festival 10th – 12th July
North Sea Jazz is known all over the world because of the many musical genres it has to offer, ranging from traditional New Orleans Jazz, Swing, Bop, Free Jazz, Fusion, avant-garde Jazz and Electronic Jazz; to Blues, Gospel, Funk, Soul, R & B, Hip Hop, World Beat and Latin.
Further information: www.northseajazz.com
Galway Ireland, Galway Arts Festival 13th – 26th July
Regarded as one of Europe’s key cultural events, Galway Arts Festival is an international celebration of the performing and visual arts. Over 100,000 people attend the Festival annually with hundreds of writers, artists, performers and musicians creating theatre, spectacle, street art, music, comedy, literature and music to produce a stunning fortnight of cultural activity.
Further information: www.galwayartsfestival.com
Scotland Highland Games Highland Games, which take place from Cowal to Tomintoul and all points in between, are a unique mix of the sporting, the cultural and the social. They usually comprise a programme of field and track events, piping and Highland dancing competitions and 'heavy events' like the tug-o-war, the hammer throw and tossing the caber. A full Highland Games Calendar available for download from the link below.
Further information: www.visitscotland.com
Enjoy July wherever you choose to be!
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