Mardi Gras New Orleans, or "Fat Tuesday," is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Most visitors will plan to arrive no later than Saturday, February 10, 2018 in order to enjoy an extended weekend of festivities.
Although Carnival (Carnaval in Portuguese) is celebrated in towns and villages throughout Brazil and other Catholic countries, Rio de Janeiro has long been regarded as the Carnival capital of the world. The Rio Carnaval is not only the biggest Carnival, it is also a benchmark against which every other carnival is compared and one of the most interesting artistic events on the globe. Almost everyone has heard of Rio Carnaval. Foreign visitors to it alone number around 500,000 every year.
Up Helly Aa is a tradition that originated in the 1880s. Since then the festival has been an annual occurrence in the Shetland calendar.
Up Helly Aa is many things to many people, throughout the day there are experiences a plenty to be had by all from the celebration of Shetland history, the sight of the Guizer Jarl, his Jarl Squad marching through the town followed by his galley to the evening party atmosphere in the halls.
Image by Vicky Brock
Get your masks ready, the annual Carnival starts January 27th 2018. It is possibly the most magical and surreal all the annual world festivals as the streets of Venice fill with masked party goers strutting and philandering.
The Carnival started way back in 1162 following the victory of Serenissima Republica against the Patriarch of Aquileia as people started to dance in San Marco Square in celebration.
There is an incredible variety of events on during the celebration, follow the link to find out more
This November 5th, the Anonymous UK collective will again descend on central London.
We have seen the abuses and malpractice of this government, and governments before it, we have seen the encroaching destruction of many civil liberties we hold dear, we have seen the pushes to make the internet yet another part of the surveillance state, we have seen the government's disregard for migrants, for the poor, the elderly and the Disabled, we have seen the capital, profit and greed of the few put before the well-being of the many and we say enough is enough.
We invite all the activists, the workers, the students, all doctors, nurses and all those that want to see a positive change in the world, to join us, in Trafalgar Square from 6pm, November 5th. The government and the 1% have played their hand, now it is time to play ours. Expect Us. #OpVendetta
The Day of the Dead festival is a Mexican celebration to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.
The first of the street festivals was only started in 2016 after the James Bond film Spectre. The festival was so popular that its is now due to be held every year.
It's time...Babes Ride Out has once again rented out the entire 40 acres of Joshua Tree Lake Campground this year to produce their largest event yet, Babes Ride Out 5. Join them Oct 19- 22nd 2017 for 4 days and 3 nights in beautiful Joshua Tree California for the world’s largest ladies only riding event and motorcycle campout. ALL bike types are welcome.
Over 400 of the most prominent, talented tattoo artists working today, handpicked from every corner of the globe, are set to attend this prestigious and highly acclaimed event, tattooing in a dazzling and diverse range of styles. From Western Traditional and Japanese tattoos to stunning photo-realistic styles and traditional hand-tapped motifs, the very best examples of every tattoo style will be on display.
In 2016 Surge hosted the first Official Animal Rights March where 2,500 vegans marched through London demanding an end to all animal oppression. It is now with great excitement that they are announcing the 2017 Official Animal Rights March, with support from The Save Movement and HeartCure Collective.
Held at the Margam Discovery Centre near Port Talbot, Wales, teenagers from across the UK convene for a weekend of networking, education and activities. During the day activities include crafts and activism workshops. In the evening everyone gathers round the campfire for stories, music, hot drinks and stargazing.
X Games Minneapolis 2017 will take place between July 13–16 2017, at the U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
With stars like Nate Adams who is the most decorated Moto X athlete in X Games history (19 medals) he has two Freestyle and three Speed & Style gold. He's also a two-time Red Bull X-Fighters champion (2009-2010). As well as the five-time X Games Big Air medalist and 17-year old skateboard prodigy Tom Schaar who was the first to land a 1080 on a skateboard (March 2012), and the first to land it in a contest. This should be an X games to remember.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Soul of a Nation shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history
The show opens in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement and its dreams of integration. In its wake emerged more militant calls for Black Power: a rallying cry for African American pride, autonomy and solidarity, drawing inspiration from newly independent African nations.
A Lens On Syria is the first UK exhibition by award-winning Russian documentary photographer Sergey Ponomarev, featuring more than 60 unforgettable colour photographs from two recent bodies of work.
Ponomarev was one of very few photographers allowed access to the Government-controlled areas of Syria in 2013-2014. Assad’s Syria offers a rare insight into what life was really like for people living there.
Radical booksellers and publishers, Comix and Zine Makers, Artists and Activists, Small Press, Exhibitions, Workshops and Talks.
Radical booksellers, publishers, artists and activists of all stripes are setting up in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths University to host the 5th London Radical Bookfair.
With over 130 exhibitors and 20 guest speakers, this will be a unique gathering of progressive readers, thinkers and doers, in a celebration of radical publishing and politics.
The free event is organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB), which formed in 2011 to raise awareness of the radical book trade. The fair provides an annual opportunity to bring Britain’s radical booksellers together to meet in person with publishers and the reading public.
The Pride Festival takes place from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 9 July 2017, with the Parade and main events on Saturday 8 July 2017.
Route for main parade on Saturday 8 July
The Parade forms up in Portland Place and runs from the BBC's Broadcasting House to Oxford Circus, down Regent Street, through Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street and past our new Grandstand viewing point, left into Pall Mall, Pall Mall East, Cockspur Street, past Trafalgar Square, and into Whitehall where the Parade disperses. You can see the full route on the map below.