This international competition is one of the world’s biggest ice and snow festivals and features astounding ice exhibits.
The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro
13 to 18 Feb 2015
Come to Rio to revel in the world’s most extravagant parade where the streets are transformed into a carnival of rhythm and dance, replete with colorful costumes and irresistible Samba dancers. Party on the streets or be part of the glamour at a Rio Carnival ball in the city.
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival
5 Jan to 5 Feb 2015
This international competition is one of the world’s biggest ice and snow festivals and features astounding ice exhibits. Marvel with thousands of visitors at incredible ice sculptures at Sun Island Park, see glowing lanterns at Zhaolin Park or enjoy a winter wonderland at the Grand World of Ice and Snow.
Australia Open Melbourne
19 Jan to 1 Feb 2015
Second only in attendance to the US Open, be among the thousands to witness firsthand the thrills and spills of the Australia Open 2015 as the world’s best tennis players compete for top championship trophies. This Grand Slam event, first held in 1905, takes place in the Rod Laver and Hisense Arena in cosmopolitan Melbourne.
Chinese New Year
19 Feb 2015
An important holiday for the Chinese around the world is celebrated exuberantly in China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. Festivities go into high gear with incredible parades, lion and dragon dances and exciting fireworks displays to welcome in an auspicious New Year.
Copenhagen Winter Jazz Festival
6 to 22 Feb 2015
If you enjoy tapping your feet to grooves, make a date with this ten-day jazz festival held in Copenhagen, guaranteed to chase away any winter doldrums. Spread over venues in the city, from cafes to grand concert halls, this premiere music event is not to be missed.
Storico Carnevale di Ivrea
16 Feb 2015
Join thousands of townspeople in the Piedmont district of Turin to reenact the civil war between Ivrea and Napoleanic troops by throwing oranges at each other in the epic Battle of the Oranges. The Ivrea Carnival also features a traditional procession of floats and musical acts from across Europe.
Carnival of Venice
31 Jan to 17 Feb 2015
Join the Venetians as they celebrate the Carnival of Venice (Carnevale) in style with opulent masquerade balls, a parade of candle-lit boats, concerts and street performers. Carnevale transforms the city of Venice into an enchanted Renaissance wonderland for party-goers with an array of elaborately intricate costumes and donning of mysterious masks.
12 to 17 Feb 2015
As one of Europe’s biggest street festivals, Germany’s answer to the Mardi Gras attracts thousands of participants to its parades and stage shows. The highlight is the Parade on Rose Monday, showcasing festival-goers in fancy dress, dancing and eye-catching floating displays.
10. NEW ZEALAND
The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival
14 Feb 2015
Wine afi cionados will want to mark this long- running New Zealand festival down in their diaries. Samplings of world-class wine paired with sumptuous meals, culinary demonstrations by celebrity chefs and musical entertainment.
Pingxi Lantern Festival
27 Feb to 15 Mar 2015
Immerse in Yuanxiao festivities of folk performances, lantern riddle contests and street folk carnivals as they culminate in the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Join thousands of participants to behold the beautiful sight of glowing sky lanterns being released into the night sky over this remote, charming mountainside town.
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