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Festivals

WHS within which a culturally significant festival is or has in recent times been regularly held.

Connected Sites

  • Ancient Nara Nara's Todaiji Temple for Omizutori festival
  • Australian Convict Sites Sydney Festival (Hyde Park Barracks) Link
  • Avignon Festival d'Avignon
  • Baalbek Baalbeck International Festival Link
  • Baekje Historic Areas Baekje Cultural Festival Link
  • Byblos Byblos International Festival Link
  • Churches and Convents of Goa Goa Carnival (introduced by the Portuguese)
  • Costiera Amalfitana Ravello Festival
  • Cuzco Inti Raymi (Sacsahuyaman) - Jun 24
  • Edinburgh Edinburgh Festival: Theatre, Music, Opera, Dance and Visual Arts. Many events take place inside inscribed buildings. Also Military Tattoo in the Castle. (Aug-Sep each year)
  • Elephanta Caves Two-day Elephanta Festival of classical dance and heritage art forms
  • Fertö/Neusiedlersee Rust International Guitar Festival
  • Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen Festivals are held yearly at all three Dolmen Sites."Ganghwa Dolmen Cultural Festival is the most famous of Ganghwa Island's festivals. It celebrates the island's dolmens, which have been designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The Dolmen Festival includes several performances, such as the reenactment of a traditional Korean funeral ceremony and a demonstration of how the dolmens were constructed." - english.visitkorea.or.kr
  • Goias Procession of the Fogar
  • Gyeongju Silla Cultural Festival - Events: National Classical Music concert at the Anapji Pond. The serene Kyerim Glade is the setting for a poem composition contest."Every year since 1962 a Silla Cultural Festival has been held in October to celebrate and honour the dynasty's history and culture. It is one of the major festivals of Korea. It features athletic events, folk games, music, dance, literary contests and Buddhist religious ceremonies." - wiki & eng.buddhapia.com
  • Hahoe and Yangdong Andong Mask Dance Festival (Held annually in the Fall)
  • Hwaseong Fortress Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival - "Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival is a landmark festivity held in the Suwon region every October in celebration of Suwon Citizen's Day. A range of events including the Reenactment of the Royal Parade of King Jeongjo the Great, Jangyongyeong Guards Ceremony, Citizens� Parade, and other traditional performances are held." - english.visitkorea.or.kr
  • Kandy Esala Perehera
  • Litomysl Castle Smetana opera Festival Link
  • Luang Prabang Pii Mai (Laos New Year)
  • Macao A-Ma Temple - "The temple is used especially during Chinese Spring Festival." - AB Document
  • Namhansanseong Namhansanseong Cultural Festival (October) Link
  • Ohrid Region Ohrid Summer Festival
  • Old City of Acre Acre Theatre Festival
  • Olinda Carnival
  • Orange Chorégies d'Orange, oldest festival in France Link
  • Osun-Osogbo Oshun - end of 2nd quarter of each year
  • Pearling In earlier days the beach which connected the oyster beds to the main land was used as a location for special festivals in which the women folk of the pearling community and their children celebrated as the dhows left and returned to the shore. ... The grand festivals were called Rakbah on the day they left to sea and Quffal on the day they returned. Link
  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Link
  • Provins La fête de la moisson
  • Puebla Cinco de Mayo, a festival commemorating the May 5, 1862 defeat of a French expeditionary army by Mexican general Ignacio Zaragoza. It was after this battle that the name of the city was changed to "Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza". The forts where the battle took place are a major tourist attraction of the city and the site of an annual month-long carnival marking the anniversary of the battle (wiki)
  • Quebrada de Humahuaca Pachamama ritual and Carnival
  • Royal Joseon Tombs Danjong Culture Festival Link
  • Salvador de Bahia Mardi Gras
  • Salzburg Salzburger Festwochen
  • Site of Carthage The International Carthage Festival (music, theater) is held every other year in the Roman theater (July-August).
  • Site of Xanadu Kublai Khan held special feasts for the Mongolian tribes lasting three days (the Jāma-yan) + Nadaam festival (AB ev)
  • Spissky Hrad & Levoca Levoca - Indian Summer Festival
  • Sydney Opera House Sydney Festival Link
  • Taos Pueblo Jan. 1, Turtle Dance - Jan. 6, Deer or Buffalo Dance - May 3, Santa Cruz Feast Day - June 13, San Antonio Feast Day - June 24, San Juan Feast Day July 12,13,14, - 28th Annual Taos Pueblo Pow-Wow - July 25, Santiago Feast Day - July 26, Santa Ana Feast Day - Sept. 29, San Geronimo Eve Vespers - Sept. 30, San Geronimo Day, Traditional Pole Climbing - Dec. 24, Procession of the Virgin Mary - Dec. 25, Deer or Matachines Dance (Official Taos Website - Events)
  • Timgad Timgad International Festival of Music. Held from 1967 - 1986 and 1998 to present. Was originally held in Timgad's Roman Amphitheatre but UNESCO complained about damage to the structure and, since 2010, it has been held in a purpose built faux Roman amphitheatre just beyond the inscribed boundary Link
  • Tlacotalpan Candelaria (Bull running) -30 Jan -9 Feb
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley Koblenzer Karneval Link
  • Valletta Maltese Carnival
  • Venice and its Lagoon Venice Carnival
  • Vienna Wiener Festwochen, Viennale
  • Wachau Cultural Landscape Donaufestival, Wachau Film Festival

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