What's on around the world in August 2015
Nevada's famous Burning Man Festival will take place from 30 August to 7 September in Black Rock City, an artistic metropolis in the middle of the desert. The 10 Principles of the festival promote radical inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression in this community focused eventi. Also on during this time in the United States is the Imagine Music Festival on 29 and 30 August in Atlanta, Georgia and Lollapalooza on 31 July to 2 August in Chicago, Illinois. For contemporary music in Canada, the Shambhala Music Festival at Salmo River Ranch, BC, Canada from 7-10 August has an A-Z list of internationally renowned artists including Skrillex, Datsik, and Amtrac.
Take a trip south of the border to Guadalajara, Mexico from 28 August to 7 September for the annual International Mariachi Festival, a celebration of the culture and history of traditional Mexican mariachi music. The festival is a loud and colourful event with 500 mariachi performances, exhibitions, parades and concerts held throughout the cityii.
The nine days of the Parapan American Games will see 28 countries from the Pan-American region battle it out in 16 sports. The Games will take place from 7-15 August in Toronto, Canada. At the end of the month, the US Open Tennis Championships will commence on 31 August in Flushing, New York.
There are a number of music festivals held during the European summer: Creamfields in Cheshire, England from 28-30 August; Mysteryland in the Netherlands on 29-30 August; Oyafestivalen in Norway from 11-15 August; and Sziget in Budapest, Hungary from 10-17 August. At these events, see international favourites such as Robbie Williams, Florence and the Machine, Kings of Leon and Beck take to the stage.
For something a bit out of the ordinary, the 20th Air Guitar World Championships are being held in Oulu, Finland from 26-28 August. There'll be a musical comedy – We Will Dub You – alongside the biggest names in air guitar battling it out in a 'celebration of peace, love and airness' at the World Final.
For all things performance art, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland's cultural capital is on 7-31 August, showcasing over 3,000 events, including cabaret, comedy, dance, music and theatre. While you're in the UK, get down and dirty in Wales on 30 August at the World Bogsnorkelling Championshipsiii in Llanwrtyd Wells or check out Britain's 'biggest street party' in Notting Hill, on the weekend of the 30 August. The Notting Hill Carnival celebrates London's Afro-Caribbean communities and will be host to a fantastic variety of food stalls, musical performances and much more.
For a taste of something entirely different, Spain's annual food fight – La Tomatina – is on 26 August in Bunol, Valencia. The whole town is painted red for an hour on this day, when locals and tourists alike take to the streets to hurl tomatoes at one anotheriv.
Love is in the air at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Ireland. This 150 year old festival aims to find a soulmate for everyone; head to Lisdoonvarna from 28 August to 4 October to find the one. To continue the spirit of love and embrace equality, head to Amsterdam for the final days of the Amsterdam Gay Pride festival, wrapping up on 2 August.
The grandstands of the F1 Belgian Grand Prix will be packed from 21-23 August for a weekend of racing action and in Moscow, the FINA Swimming World Cup 2015 kicks off from 11-12 August.
Celebrate the last days of summer at the Sumo World Championships in Osaka, Japan. This sumo tournament invites wrestlers from over thirty countries to participate in the men's, women's and junior sumo rounds on 29 and 30 August. Daimonji Gozan Okuribi on 16 August signals the end of summer with giant Chinese characters set alight depicted on the slopes of Kyoto's surrounding mountains and Dai-Chochin Matsuri (Giant Lantern Festival) wards off evil on 26 and 27 August. Also in Japan this August: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony (6th), Sendai Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival; 6-8th) and Yamaga Toro Matsuri (Lantern Festival, 15-16th).
In Malaysia, the Rainforest World Music Festival calls enthusiasts of world music to Sarawak on the island of Borneo to participate in informative workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and enjoy musical performances by international artists. This festival is on 7-9 August in Sarawak Cultural Village.
The IAAF World Championships in athletics will take place 22-30 August. Watch pole vault, shot put and a variety of track events up-close in Beijing, China.