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Woodford Folk Festival
Where: Woodford, Queensland
When: December-January
The Woodford festival is one of Australia’s largest cultural events. It features an incredible range of performances from music to street theatre, film, comedy, social dialogue, environmental issues, arts and crafts and culminates in the New Year’s Eve fire burning and dawn service. The festival is held over six days and nights and many camp on-site for the full, often muddy experience (given the likelihood of rain during this period).

Glastonbury Festival
Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England
When: Last weekend of June
The huge “Glasto” is a popular performing arts festival with a fantastic line-up of dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret and arts and attracts bohemian crowds and counter-culture movements. The festival takes place over three days in an area known for its legends and New Age spiritual traditions.

The Fringe Festival
Where: Edinburgh, Scotland
When: August
The largest arts festival in the world attracts 1.6 million people who come to watch over 30,000 performances of drama, comedy, dance and music. Here you will find anything from the ancient Greek classics to Shakespeare to modern works. The Fringe runs most of August in historic Edinburgh.

The Dreaming Festival
Where: Woodford, Queensland, Australia
When: Early June
This vibrant festival is a fantastic showcase for indigenous arts both local and international. For three days and four nights the lush valley of Woodford plays host to traditional healing ceremonies, rituals, campfire story circles, stalls, workshops, food and music.

Notting Hill Carnival
Where: Notting Hill, London
When: Sunday and the following bank holiday of August
After Rio this is the world’s second largest street festival. Colourfully led by Caribbean immigrants to the area, it features all the drum beating, music, parades and floats you could wish for. About two million attend every year.

Burning Man
Where: Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
When: August-September
You will have to be self-sufficient if you attend Burning Man. Not only does it take place in the wastes of the Nevada desert but there are no vendors out here and the idea is to foster in participants a sense of self reliance. Still thousands come to the week-long sojourn and are encouraged to participate wholly in an event where any form of self-expression is valued. On the Saturday evening there is a ritual burning of a large wooden effigy. It begins the last Monday in August and ends on the American Labour Day holiday (first Monday in September).

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