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6. The Dong Zhi Festival (December 21)
Also known as the Winter Solstice Festival, this is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. Families gather to pray for a good year, and celebrate it by eating tang yuan, a traditional delicacy made out of rice flour stuff ed with sesame seeds or red bean paste, served along a clear soup made of sugar and water. The Chinese community in other Asian countries also observes this festival with vigour.
7. VajdahunyadvAr Summer Festival (July 12-August 9)
The courtyard of the elegant Vajda-hunyad Castle is home to this festival of classical music, swing, klezmer and traditional Hungarian gypsy. The castle, whose architecture is a blend of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, serves as a beautiful backdrop to the eclectic music. Concerts take place on Mondays and Thursdays.
8. Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 4-6 & 11-13)
ACL Music Festival sees more than 100 bands in performance. This is said to have earned Austin the epithet of the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’. It features a wide range of national and international artistes excelling in all genres of music, from western swing, Texas blues and rock n' roll to jazz, country and alternative rock.
9. PANAFEST [Pan African Cultural Festival] (September 21)
This vibrant event is a celebration of Africa. It commemorates the month of September as the African Heritage Month in Montgomery County, Maryland. It includes remarks and citations by elected officials and community leaders, African cultural dances, African art & craft exhibits, live performances by African artistes, a taste of exotic African cuisine and more.
10. 34th America’s Cup (September 7-22)
Held every four years since 1851, this is the biggest and most prestigious sailing yacht race in the world. 2013 will see things come to a climax in San Francisco Bay. Crew of 11 will man 72-ft catamarans that clip along the water surface at speeds of up to 30 knots, in an event that showcases the pinnacle of teamwork in challenging conditions.
11. Alliance Française French Film Festival (March 5-24)
Now in its 24th year, this will charm the discerning cinephile with an eclectic collection of more than 40 films of the world. It is the biggest foreign film event in Australia. Screenings will be held in Sydney at Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Norton St and Orpheum.