Here’s what we want to do in the next three months, around the world.
The ICC Cricket World Cup is returning to England and Wales for the first time in 20 years, and you can bet the stands will be packed with fans from all nations. The first match takes place on May 30 at Kennington Oval in London with England and South Africa battling it out on the pitch. For the next month and a half, 10 teams from Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Afghanistan and more will vie for their place in the finals. Whether you’re in the UK or catching the action via television, radio or streaming from further afield, be sure not to miss the final match at Lord’s in London on July 14.
In 1979, Professor Ida Bagus Mantra organized the first Bali Arts Festival with the goal of celebrating Bali’s unique arts and culture. The festival was such a success that it became an annual affair, and today it attracts thousands of artists and art-lovers from around the island and the world. The festival kicks off on the first Sunday in June with a spectacular parade in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument in Denpasar and continues on until July 6 with live music and dance performances, vibrant exhibitions, art competitions, workshops, traditional food stalls and more.
We The Fest is Jakarta’s biggest annual celebration of music, arts, fashion and food. Brought to us by Ismaya Live, the sixth edition will run from July 19 to July 21 at JiExpo Kemayoran. Join roughly 60,000 party-goers to experience various zones where you can rock out to live bands and DJs, pick up some fresh new threads, soak up some arts and culture and fuel up on gourmet eats from some of the city’s most beloved restaurants. The musical lineup includes local luminaries like Duara, The Puntaras and Coldiac as well as international stars like Cashmere Cat, 6lack, Anna Lunoe, and Alvvays.
Groove out to boppy beats and soulful rhythms at the Ubud Village Jazz Festival. The annual festival will take place on August 16 and August 17 in the leafy environs of the ARMA gardens and courtyards. Jazz junkies can expect three stages with over 100 musicians performing over the course of the weekend. The complete lineup will be announced at the end of June, but at the time of writing the roster includes performers like the Nancy Pontoh Quintet, Aaron Goldberg Trio, Daniele Gorgone and Kopi Jazz Kediri.
IF YOU’RE IN THE USA . . .
July 10 to July 14 — Taste of Chicago: For a city that’s famous for so many great eats like the deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwich and it’s own unique style of hot dog, it should come as no surprise that Chicago is also home to the world’s biggest food festival. Taste of Chicago runs for four days in mid-July and is held at Grant Park overlooking Lake Michigan. Visitors will find a vast array of vendors selling classic Chicago dishes and other culinary creations, plus concerts on multiple stages and fun rides for all ages.
August 16 to August 18 — Woodstock 50 (Watkins Glen, NY): In August 1969, an ordinary dairy farm in upstate New York became the site of one of the most epic music festivals of all time when nearly half a million people descended on the fields to celebrate peace, love and music at Woodstock. Now 50 years later, Woodstock 50 aims to bring back that same spirit of togetherness with a blowout anniversary celebration. The all-star lineup includes The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Santana and Imagine Dragons to name a just a few.
IF YOU’RE IN JAPAN . . .
July 24 to July 25 — Tenjin Matsuri (Osaka): Osaka’s biggest festival of the year is dedicated to the Japanese god of scholarship and learning. The festival starts with prayers at the Tenmangu Shrine followed by lively drumming sessions and dragon dances. On the second day, Osakans dress in their best traditional garb and parade the deity down to the river where it boards a boat and is paraded up and down the waterway. The procession continues into the evening with loads of dance and music performances, light shows from illuminated boats and a spectacular fireworks display.
July 26 to July 28 — Fuji Rock (Naeba Ski Resort, Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture): Fuji Rock was Japan’s first outdoor music festival, but it almost never came to be. The first edition was held at the base of Mount Fuji in 1997 on a day that a typhoon touched down. Despite the crazy weather, The Red Hot Chili Peppers played through, but sadly the organizers had to cancel the second day. The organizers didn’t give up though, and today Fuji Rock is the biggest outdoor music event in Japan. The lineup this year includes heavy hitters like The Chemical Brothers, The Cure and Sia.
IF YOU’RE IN SWITZERLAND . . .
June 13 to June 16 — Art Basel: Art Basel is the one of the world’s best-known international art fairs and although it has editions in Miami and Hong Kong, it got its start in the Swiss cultural centre of Basel. The fair draws art enthusiasts from around the world who come to peruse a vast selection of works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, prints, photography, video and digital art by more than 4,000 artists. There will also be daily art talks with a range of speakers including artists, gallery owners, curators, collectors, architects and critics.
July 18 to August 11 — Winegrowers Festival (Vevey): The Fete Des Vignerons is no ordinary wine festival, as this one only happens once every 20 years. It was founded in 1797 to celebrate the Lavaux wine region’s bountiful harvest, and the tradition was passed down through generations of wine makers. To experience this once-in-a-lifetime event, make your way to the small town of Vevey on the banks of Lake Geneva where you can take part in wine tastings, cellar tours, and festivities like parades and dance performances.