Europe’s Ten Best Summer Festivals.
Several European cities come alive with mammoth festivals through this summer. A number of these are listed in the article from The Guardian. I list two additional major events in the late summer season. From 31 August to 3 September, a key festival on Nantes’ cultural calendar is Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre. It combines the pleasures of jazz music and boating on the river. Concerts are staged on a string of over 150 barges from all over France and Europe along the Erdre, and last year, over 150,000 spectators attended over three days. This travelling performance will be journeying from Nantes to Nort-sur-Erdre, Sucé-sur-Erdre, La Chapelle-sur-Erdre and Carquefou. The concerts are free and a number of “villages” on the banks specially constructed as cultural meeting places brimming with activities and events. Since 2005, the Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre has boasted a rich programme which includes all kinds of jazz: traditional, electro-jazz, blues, and modern jazz among others. If you are a bird-watcher, then the British Birdwatching Fair from 18 to 20 August is for you. The British Birdwatching Fair is jointly organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Birdfair encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you’re into birds and wildlife. A wide range of fantastic conservation projects have been supported by Birdfair. There are hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts. You’ll find everything, from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, eGuides to eco-holidays, with events and lectures for you to attend. With 6 Event locations, all running full programmes throughout the fair’s duration, there will be something for everyone to get excited about. Here is the webpage with details: http://birdfair.org.uk/ I am sure there are numerous other festivals and events not mentioned on this list that are being held throughout the summer months in Europe.
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