European capitals adorned with spring flowers will delight their residents and guests not only with the warmer weather, but also with the abundance of various celebrations and festivals. Festivals usually do not last long, and these events are organized on weekends, as a result, it is a great opportunity to get away from home and visit a new city for at least a short time! Do not miss the opportunity to attend these festivals and explore different traditions.
Tallinn Music Week
At the beginning of April, the annual Tallinn Music Week (TMW) festival delights the ears and eyes of music lovers in Tallinn. More than 200 different musical performances can be seen in the local concert halls, clubs, bars, and various unexpected places. According to the program, singers and musicians are coming not only from Estonia, but also from foreign countries. Highlights: Eric Copeland (Black Dice), The Membranes, Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus, Ewert and the Two Dragons, and many other recognizable names. In addition to the many musical performances, TMW visitors are also invited to enjoy Nordic cuisine and discover a variety of exotic flavors, as the festival is complemented by the TMW Tastes restaurant program.
Riga Beer Festival
At the end of May, all beer lovers are attracted by the Latviabeerfest festival in Riga. Here you can try more than 250 different beers from local and other European breweries. The festival is still very young, it has been organized only a few times, but this tradition has already gained a lot of popularity in Latvia. The whole action take place in the gardens of Vērmane, which is a 5-minute walk from Riga’s Old Town. By the way, in addition to various beer tastings, the program includes musical performances and other entertainment.
Berlin Carnival of Cultures
In May, the four-day Carnival of Cultures – Karneval der Kulturen – will take place in the Kreutzberg district of East Berlin. Here you can enjoy live music, buy a variety of handicrafts, taste the cuisine of different countries, but the most important and impressive event is the carnival procession on Sunday when hundreds of acrobats, dancers, actors, and musicians delight the audience. In the colorful Sunday procession of the festival, the traditions of different nations intertwine with modern culture, and the cultural diversity of Berlin is revealed. Every year, the Carnival brings together over 4,700 artists from more than 80 countries and nearly half a million spectators.
Birthday of Rome
Every year on April 21, the Italian capital, Rome, celebrates its birthday – Natale di Roma. Most of the events on this day take place on Capitol Hill – local people and city guests are delighted by theatrical gladiator fights, various performances, concerts, fairs of traditional Italian food and drinks, and many other entertainments. It is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the culture of Italian festivals, and in the evening to enjoy spectacular fireworks that will remain in the memory for a long time.