June Festivals

Written by  larapiegeler

Glastonbury Festival headlines this month’s list of must-be-there Summer parties, but if muddy designer wellies, teenagers delirious with adulation and several days of camping aren’t on your list of priorities for Summer festival-going, then give these other options a try instead:

Verona is never so fair as it is in June, and it’s from now until the end of August that the Opera Festival floods this flowering city with music and ballet. England’s equivalent is the opera festival at Glyndebourne – an event to feel sophisticated at, even if you dine on a picnic blanket in the grounds, in full evening dress with your own candelabra. Prague Roma Festival, however, is one to feel liberated and passionate at. You’ll uncover something of the mystery behind the Roma culture through their stirring harmonies and soul-shaking dances, and more via the educational events that accompany the performances.

The arrival of the Summer Solstice stirs even more mystery-infused gatherings into life this month, including the Burning Man Festival – a profoundly surreal and euphoric hub of self-expression through music, dance, theatre, art and other far more unconventional activities which all take place in the Black Rock Desert – and Las Hogueras de San Juan, which focuses on feasting and dancing in anticipation of a single night on which massive bonfires are lit to mark the climax of the celebrations. There’s an annual Summer Solstice Party at Stonehenge as well, and it’s attended by some 30,000 people, but it’s worth noting that Wiltshire can be quite damp and chilly at sunrise, even in June…

Lapland, on the other hand, can offer all-night sun at this time of year, as well as the non-stop Midnight Sun Film Festival, which runs films, from classics to inspired novelties, and discussion forums, for five days in an informal setting.

But for some unquestionably real sunshine, the Boi Bumba in Parintins should be your festival of choice; a new team of locals presents its own version of a local legend every night by way of an extravagant costumed parade, and the carnival atmosphere is exhilarating.

One more festival is worth considering if you’re keen on a once-in-a-lifetime experience: Rath Yatra, the day on which the Hindu Lord of the Universe is said to leave his temple and visit his home with his family. It falls during the same period in which the monsoon breaks, so if you can manage to catch both, you’re unlikely to forget this holiday in a hurry.

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