What's on around the world in July 2015
Europe's heating up this summer with unmissable events occurring across the continent. The world famous Tour de France will see champion cyclists riding through the Netherlands, Belgium and France from 4 to 26 July. As the Tour de France is wrapping up, Russia will be hosting the 16th FINA World Championships of swimming from 24 July to 9 August this year in Kazan.
On the green at St Andrews (the home of golf), the likes of Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson will be teeing off at the 114th Open Championships from 13-19 July. Across the way, in England, the Henley Royal Regatta will be drawing thousands to the banks of Henley-on-Thamesi at the start of July (1st to 5th). The 5 day event includes over 200 races featuring some of the best rowers in the world. The 90 second horse race - Il Palio - in Sienna, Italy will be held on 2 July and again on 16 August this year. The Palio is Sienna's foremost cultural event with seventeen horses representing each district in the city battling it out on the dirt-filled Piazza del Campo.
Cultural events abound in Europe during summer: there's Bastille Day in France on 14 July and the Salzburg Festival (18 July - 30 August) promising an array of opera, drama and concert performances in the historic Austrian townii. The annual Running of the Bulls festival will charge down the streets of Pamplona, Spain from 6-14 July. At the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, from the 3-18 July, you can witness internationally renowned artists like John Legend, Sinead O'Connor, Lady Gaga and Lionel Richie. Catch a glimpse of Douai's giants, floats, costumed characters and bands at the three-day Festival of the Douai Giants in northern France (12-14 July).
The quadrennial Pan Am Games are on in Toronto, Canada from 10-26 July with 41 countries participating in 36 sportsiii. For more sporting action, Los Angeles will host 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries at the biannual Special Olympics World Games (LA2015) this July. This event will be the single biggest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, featuring 25 sports competitions which are free to attendiv. Join the excitement from 25 July to 2 August. Also in California in July is Comic-Con International, taking place in San Diego from 9-12 July. Special guests include Tom Grummett, Kazuki Takahashi (creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!) and Bob Laytonv.
On the east coast, New York City's largest hip-hop cultural event, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is on 8-11 July. The festival includes the Dummy Clap Film Festival on 9 July, a dance off, DJ and beat battle, and the Big Show where Common, Mobb Deep, and Lion Babe will make an appearance.
Saddle up for live rodeo entertainment in Alberta, Canada at the Calgary Stampede from 3-12 July or at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA from 17 to 26 July. For something a bit out of the ordinary, or at least out of this world, the UFO Festival in Roswell, New Mexico is on from 2-5 July. A costume contest, Alien Chase fun run, telescope viewing and a UFO Festival Light Parade are just some of the activities you can take part in.
Wrapping the month up in style, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal, Canada is celebrating its 10th anniversary from 31 July to 2 August. On St. Helen's Island, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, Weezer, Interpol and so many more will take to the stage.
South Korea is festival central this July with the Ansan Valley Rock Festival seeing the likes of the Foo Fighters, Deadmau5, Rudimental and the Chemical Brothers take the stage from 24-26 July in Ansan. Also in South Korea is the Summer Universiade, which brings together more than 9000 students from over 170 countries to compete at the 12 day multi-sports event beginning on 3 Julyvi. Head to Gwangju from 3-14 July to see the world's best up-and-coming sporting talent. If that's not enough excitement, the Boryeong Mud Festival promises mud fireworks, the Great Mud Bath, and mud sliding, to name some of the events at Dacheon Beach from 17-26 July.
For a wonderful cultural experience in Japan, Kyoto is has the spectacular festival Gion Matsuri. The millennia old festival takes place over the entire month of July with a special procession of floats taking place on 17 July.
Papua New Guinea is hosting the 15th Pacific Games from 4-18 July in the nation's capital, Port Moresby. Watch Australia take on 23 other nations at this once in every four years event.