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Around the world in 90 days

The year's almost drawing to a close and suddenly you realise that you are yet to fulfil your resolution to go out and explore the world. But where's the time to decide on the location, you wonder. We have done the job for you. Here's a compilation of international events/festivities to help you plan your holiday around. Take your pick!

brunch Updated: Sep 28, 2014 12:33 IST
Atisha Jain
Atisha Jain
Hindustan Times

For the beer-lover


Where: Munich, Germany

If this is not on your bucket list already, scribble it on. One of the largest beer festivals in the world, it is like a giant alcoholic Disneyland: high on food (giant pretzels), music and lots and lots of beer along with a variety of rides and colourful parades.

For the animal’s best friend

Hermanus Whale Festival

Where: Hermanus, South Africa

You might have met a dolphin. But the whale is a mysterious creature. This festival celebrates the return of the endangered Southern Right whale from the Antarctic. You will see them from real close. There’s African music, cabaret, and they will tell you everything you need to know about whales as well.

For the struggling writer

What: Frankfurt Book Fair

Where: Frankfurt, Germany

It is a paradise for bibliophiles, because this is the world’s largest trade fair for books. This is where top literary agents, publishers and writers mingle, where word of hot books spreads like wildfire and deals for new books are sealed. Interestingly, it is also seen as the place where Hollywood agents prowl for potential blockbusters.

For the art lover

What: Frieze Art fair

Where: London, UK

If you’re into art, this is where you must head to. It is the perfect destination for art buyers and admirers. Leading international art galleries and art dealers show off their best works. This year, watch out for Live – a section dedicated to performance-based installations.

For the nerd

What: Brussels Light Festival

Where: Brussels, Belgium

Though just one year old, it is an unforgettable show of spectacular light installations and magnificent performances. No, really! Buildings are transformed into art canvases with light, there’s animation, laser beams are cast over water and streets are made to look like 3D movie screens. This is one hell of a show.

For light at the end of the tunnel

What: Yi Peng and Loy Krathong

Where: Thailand

Imagine the sky and river on fire at the same time. These two coinciding festivals are just that. In Loy Krathong, thousands of candlelit baskets are set afloat on waterways and for Yi Peng, paper lanterns are released in the air for good luck and spiritual cleansing. Plus, constant fireworks.

For the beats

What: Stereosonic

Where: Australia

This electronic and dance music festival is held in Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. The 2014 lineup includes hit-maker Calvin Harris and superstar, DJ Tiësto.

For the soul searcher

What: Mevlâna Festival

Where: Konya, Turkey

Whirling dervishes (you know, the Sufi whirling folks?) dressed in white robes and tall headgear will draw you into their devotional energy and sublime atmosphere. And they’ll teach you a few things about the great Sufi saint, Mevlana aka Rumi.

For the aspiring designer

What: Seoul Design Festival

Where: Seoul, South Korea

In 2010, Seoul was designated as the World Design Capital for that year. This annual festival furthers this honour through its displays of the best Korean and international designs, giving a sneak peek into the latest trends, innovations and forecasts from the industry.

For an unforgettable New Year’s

What: New Year’s Eve Party – Reveillon

Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fabulous fireworks, live music from Brazilian samba to rock bands, and a carnival to get the crowd out on the streets and grooving towards the New Year’s countdown.

From HT Brunch, September 28

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First Published: Sep 25, 2014 17:48 IST