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ULTRA BEACH BALI
What better way to end the summer on a high note than with two days of amazing beats by world renowned DJs, spectacular light shows and dance performances and all-around good vibes in an exotic beachside setting? ULTRA throws some of the most primo electronic music festivals on the planet, and they’ll be packing out Potato Head Beach Club on September 14th and September 15th with headliners like Hardwell, Kygo, Zedd, and Slushii throwing down on the decks next to Potato Head’s ocean-facing pool. If you’ve never been to an ULTRA party before, then ULTRA Beach Bali is definitely an experience you don’t want to miss.
FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE – FEATURING THE YAK!
The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix will be tearing up the Marina Bay Street Circuit from September 15th to September 17th and fans are already revving their engines because this year’s F1 weekend is set to be the most spectacular yet. This is the 10th anniversary of the world’s first and only Formula 1 night race, so you can expect to see tons of action both on and off the track. Don’t forget to check us out at the Podium Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel for the three race nights as The Yak curates nightly fashion shows at the event’s biggest F1 party! Featuring Macy Gray, Coolio, Pixie Geldof and a whole lot more!
BALI VEGAN FESTIVAL
For those of the plant-eating persuasion, the Bali Vegan Festival will be kicking off on October 6th at Paradiso Ubud and running until October 8th with a huge offering of tasty vegan dishes and products from some of Bali’s best plant-loving restaurants, as well as vegan, macrobiotic and raw cooking demos, community discussions and family-friendly activities and films. Created in 2015 by Down to Earth, this free festival is open to vegans and the vegan-curious, and it aims to educate and inspire people about an alternative cruelty-free lifestyle and the benefits of switching to a plant-based diet.
UBUD WRITERS & READERS FESTIVAL
From their humble beginnings in 2002, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has evolved into one of Southeast Asia’s leading celebrations of words and ideas with a diverse mix of literary luminaries, artists and human rights activists. Taking place at various venues in Ubud from October 25th to October 29th, the festival will feature thought-provoking conversations, hands-on workshops, literary lunches and debates with guests like crime writer Ian Rankin, Canadian historical fiction writer Madeleine Thien, and Malaysian political author and activist Marina Mahatir, as well as performances by Indonesia’s premier theatre group Papermoon and other world-class musicians and artists.
IF YOU’RE IN NEW ZEALAND…
September 21 to October 8 The World of WearableArt Awards Show: Theatre, fashion and art collide at The World of WearableArt Awards Show, an international design competition that encourages inspiring and aspiring designers to push the boundaries of their creativity with original designs constituting pretty much anything that is in any way wearable. The competition attracts hundreds of entries from all around the world and the awards show is simply spectacular with outrageous outfits on display that you won’t find on any other runway in the world.
November 16 to November 19 Taste of Auckland: It’s no surprise that Aucklanders love their food, as they’ve got some of New Zealand’s best seafood, steaks and wines right at their doorstep, plus a diverse array of restaurants serving all sorts of global cuisine. Taste of Auckland is a celebration of what’s hot in Auckland’s foodie scene with a plethora of pop-up wineries and food stalls by some of the city’s most exciting restaurants. Spread out over 5,000 square metres, the festival offers afternoon and evening tasting sessions where you have up to five hours to peruse the stalls for everything from oysters to ramen, curries, craft beers and more.
IF YOU’RE IN INDIA…
October 18 to October 22 Diwali: Diwali is the ancient Hindu festival of lights that celebrates good over evil and light over darkness, and it is one of the biggest and most important celebrations in the Indian calendar. In the days leading up to Diwali, the cities and towns around India will be hives of activity with people cleaning their houses and shopping for new clothes and accessories. On the night of Diwali nearly every window, doorstep and temple sparkles with lights to welcome in the goddess Lakshmi, people dress to the nines, and after the evening puja (prayers), there are huge celebrations in the streets with fireworks followed by family feasts.
October 23 to November 1 Pushkar Fair: Every autumn the small town of Pushkar explodes into a riot of colours and cacophony as more than 400,000 people flock to the river banks here to take part in religious processions and one of the biggest camel trading fairs in the world. Villagers come from all over Rajasthan with thousands of camels, horses and cattle, as well as gorgeous textiles and jewellery to sell at makeshift bazaars. The fair starts off with a camel race and continues on for over a week with events like cricket matches, concerts, beauty contests and acrobatic performances.
IF YOU’RE IN FRANCE…
September 14 to September 17 Feria des Vendanges (Nimes): September marks the wine harvest season and the end of bullfighting season in Southern France, and the city of Nimes celebrates both with four days of festivities that seems almost more Spanish than French. Count on plenty of bullfights, horse races and parades during the days, and at night the streets come alive with live bands, flamenco dancers and al fresco bodegas packed with punters imbibing local tipples like Pastis, wine and sangria.
September 26 to October 2 Paris Fashion Week: It may be last on the ‘Big 4’ fashion week schedule after New York, London and Milan, but Paris Fashion Week is definitely not the least. This elite fall fashion event will showcase the women’s spring and summer 2018 lines by some of the heavy hitters of the fashion world including Issey Miyake, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney and Elie Saab with ready-to-wear and haute couture creations. You can also expect to see collections by up-and-coming designers who are well on track for stardom like Rahul Mishra and Yang Li.
October 7 Nuit Blanche (Paris): See Paris in a whole new light at Nuit Blanche, a nocturnal art extravaganza where international and home grown artists set up installations, exhibitions, light and sound shows and performances in a variety of eclectic locations across the city. Many of the city’s museums, cultural institutions and art galleries will stay open all night free of charge, and public transportation will also run until the early hours of the morning so night owls can plot their route to one spectacle after another.