11 Events to be seen at
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1. Edinburgh festival fringe (August 2-26)
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks. Thousands of performers, from established artists to budding talents, find an expression here. It also includes theatre, comedy, dance, musicals, operas, music and exhibitions. Join in for an unadulterated dose of arts and entertainment.
2. Temple Bar TradFest (January 22–27)
This festival offers you a taste of traditional Irish music and culture. Replete with concerts, events and other forms of entertainment, it takes place over five days and five nights with more than 200 performances across multiple venues including the grand City Hall and Christ Church Cathedral.
3. Indian Derby (February 3)
The Royal Western India Turf Club at Mahalaxmi hosts the biggest derby of the horse racing calendar, and 2013 is set to see stakes rise past Rs 3 crore–the highest ever for an Indian derby. Mumbai’s famous old racecourse sees patrons in their finest outfits on a day that’s as much about your designer as your bet.
4. Shanghai International Tea Culture Festival (May 15-18)
Aimed at ‘expressing emotions with tea’, this festival is held every year in the Zhabei district, after fresh tea products are introduced in the market in April. A host of activities related to tea culture are organised, and tea enthusiasts, experts and tasters from more than 30 cities of the world grace this event.
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5. Budapest Dance Festival (April 24-29)
Organised by the National Dance Theatre, this features a plethora of dance styles from ballet and contemporary to folk and fusion. A multitude of venues throughout the city host both Hungarian and international dance troupes for six days. This year, get ready to be charmed by the Compagnia EgriBiancoDanza, the Gangaray Dance Company, and the Yvette Bozsik Company.