While the term refers to pieces composed between 500 and 1600, early music is far from being stuck in the past. In fact, today’s early music scene – spanning medieval, renaissance and baroque genres – is thriving, bringing together a huge number of instruments in harmonious and immersive performances. A number of talented musicians are taking to the stage this year for concerts in York, as well as Bruges and Leuven in Flanders. Continue reading Early music events: Flanders, Bruges and more
For many of us, the next week will see us looking to find the perfect gift to show mum our appreciation. There are no hard and fast rules about what to buy your mum for Mother’s Day, but we bet all she really wants is to spend some quality time with you. So we’ve put a unique travel twist on some traditional gift ideas to inspire you. Eschew traditional chocolates and flowers for something altogether more exciting. Here are some wanderlust-inspired treats to show your mum how much she means to you!
Exhilarating, wild and pleasingly unpredictable, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a one-of-a-kind spectacle in the world of live entertainment. The event is the pride of the Scottish capital, renowned as the largest arts festival on earth, and there are over 50,000 performances of more than 3,000 shows taking place in over 300 different venues across the city. To help you make the most of this rich celebration of life, check out our Edinburgh Fringe guide for some top tips for planning your visit.
On the 23rd April each year, England commemorates the life of its revered patron, Saint George. A Christian martyr, Roman soldier and legendary dragon slayer, the saint and his colours have become a national symbol of England. Patriots and visitors alike celebrate the day by wearing red roses and attending the annual St George’s Day parade in towns across the country. If you are wondering what to do on St George’s Day, check out our alternative activities and learn all about England’s rich history and notable landmarks.
What once began as a period of merrymaking just before Lent has transformed into a series of colourful events celebrated across the world. Carnivals are now some of the biggest and boldest parties on the planet, with masks, costumes and spectacular parades the norm. While Brazil may be renowned as the spiritual home of carnival, you can catch many of the most extravagant celebrations without even leaving the continent. Slip on your brightest outfit and check out our favourite carnivals in Europe to revel in the delightful madness.
Taking place from August 7th-31st, the Edinburgh Fringe holds the title as the largest arts festival in the world. A kaleidoscope of performance-based acts are spread across hundreds of stages, totalling over 3,000 shows. Thought of as a rite of passage for performers, the festival frequently draws the biggest names in the business, who perform alongside budding stars and fresh new talent.