Monthly Archives: June 2015

Experience the Fun and Excitement of Winter Magic Festival in Blue Mountains, Australia

Blue Mountains is a terrific escapade for nature lovers holidaying in Sydney. Located around 50kms from the city, this mountainous region hosts a handful of popular events every year and attracts a large number of tourists. Winter Magic Festival is one such community fest which takes place every year around the Winter solstice in Katoomba, a major town in the City of Blue Mountains. In 2015, the annual festival is scheduled on 20th June. Check out what all is in store for you at Winter Magic Festival 2015.

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Grand Parade

This is perhaps the most prominent highlight of the festival. Unlike other popular parades across the globe, here you won’t find any vehicles or floats. The performance by different participants in colourful costumes is enough to impress. You too can participate in this parade as an individual or in a group. You just need to fill the application form (available on the official website) with a picture of your act and a small description.

Fun for Kids

For kids, the festival offers endless entertainment. A number of shows and events will take place at St Hilda’s Anglican Church and Scenic World Family Fun Zone (Civic Place and Old Library). The former will feature activities like face painting, hoola hoops and balloon sculpting whereas the latter is hosting shows like Remy’s Music Machine, Through the Kaleidoscopic, Dance Dymenssion and Yala Yala Belly Dance. Also, complimentary Identification Bands for kids are available at the festival information stand.

Fringe Events

The Drumming Workshop with Samba Ninjas is the most popular fringe event to be hosted at Winter Magic Festival. This free workshop is scheduled ahead of the Grand Parade at the Katoomba Public School, Green Shed, Waratah Street. You don’t need to carry your own instrument. Funk Without Frontiers is another fringe event that allures music lovers in hordes. It comprises live music concerts and DJ shows at Hotel Geain. If you are interested in magic shows, reach St Hilda’s Anglican Church by 6:30 pm to watch jaw-dropping tricks and illusions at the Melody of Magic.

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2015: A Chinese Connection in the UK

Visit the London Regatta Centre on 28th June, 2015 to feel the thrill of the 20th edition of the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Often considered the most prestigious dragon boat festival across Europe, it has become an integral part of the cultural calendar of London. Here are a few notable highlights of this festival.

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Participate as a Competitor

You can compete in this event as part of a team. Take your pick from Corporate Package or Non-Corporate Package. Entry forms for both packages are available on the official website of the festival.

Entertainment

Besides boat races, the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is packed with an array of attractions and activities as diverse as DJ shows, live musical performances, and martial arts.

Jeffrey Alexander School of Martial Arts: At the boat race festival, participants from Jeffrey Alexander School of Martial Arts will showcase unique self-defence moves of various disciplines such as Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Shaolin, and Chi Kung.

Kieran Lai: The semi-finalist at Britain’s Got Talent 2014, Kieran Lai is going to display his jaw-dropping dance moves at the London Regatta Centre on 28th June. This talented dancer also acted in the British movie, All Stars.

Crash Island: If you are fond of rock music, Crash Island is sure to catch your attention. This four-piece London-based band includes artists from South Africa, Spain, and France, and has performed in various European countries including Germany, Switzerland, and France.

Luciee Marie Closier: The young singer shot to fame with BBC’s The Voice UK 2014. Now, Closier sings all over the UK and has supported numerous popular bands and artists such as Shola Arna, Scouting for Girls, and Ms Dynamite.

Top June Events that Mark the Start of Festive Summers in Seattle

Seattle welcomes the summer season in June with a range of colourful events and festivals; in fact the city has an event for every taste and interest.  We have compiled a list of a few of the most popular events and festivals that Seattle is hosting in the month of June.

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Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival

This annual festival commemorates the independence of the Philippines. Since 1987, Seattle Centre has been hosting this event in the first half of June. Also, this event has emerged as the biggest festival to admire the cultural and artistic richness of the Philippines throughout the Pacific Northwest. The two-day event is a part of a series of cultural programmes called Seattle Center Festál and is scheduled for 06th and 07th June, 2015.

Washington Brewers Festival

Spend Father’s Day weekend (19th-21st June) at King County’s Marymoor Park to enjoy the extravaganza of Washington Brewers Festival. Tickets are available online and the price includes a complimentary glass taster. Around 105 Washington breweries will brew 400 varieties of beer for the guests. Pick your drink and couple it with a scrummy dish from any of the food trucks or vendors for a memorable experience.

Midsomer Festival

On 27th and 28th June, visit Camlann Medieval Village to experience the charm of 14th century England at Midsomer Festival. Summer games, archery, puppetry, magic shows and several other fun-filled activities take you back in time. Music lovers get an opportunity to listen to songs from the middle ages.

Maple Valley Days

This more than 60 years old festival is one of the most prominent events in Maple Valley, a city located around 30 miles from Seattle. Family oriented entertainment that includes carnival rides, parades, a car show and interesting kid-centric activities are organised at the Lake Wilderness Park. In short, 12th to 14th June are the three days when Maple Valley will become a hot spot for tourists as well as locals.

Some Fascinating Scuba-diving Sites in the Seychelles

Scores of divers flock to the Seychelles throughout the year. Fascinating diving sites, featuring a wonderful marine biodiversity, are scattered throughout this Indian Ocean nation. From the thick coral reef in the shallow waters along the Therese Island to the huge stingrays and reef sharks off the Shark Bank – the Seychelles promises many alluring sights and experiences for diving enthusiasts. This blog reveals some of the best spots to experience the underwater thrills of the Seychelles.

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The Fisherman’s Cove Reef

The calm and balmy waters off the Fisherman’s Cove Reef on Mahé Island harbour plenty of tropical fish, beautiful coral formations, giant Hawksbill turtles, and several other big pelagic species. It’s a popular diving site among both novice divers as well as pros. Excellent underwater visibility, ranging from 15 to 30 meters, makes the excursion a memorable affair.

L’ilot

If you want good diving sans the crowds, then L‘ilot Island is the place to be. The crystal clear waters with massive granite boulders, amazing marine life and spectacular coral reefs set the scene here. The island is also renowned for night dives. Coloured pelagic fish, Spanish dancers and gorgonians and shrimps are commonly spotted.

Shark Bank

This revered diving site is situated about 8kms northwest of Mahé and boasts a great marine biodiversity in the Seychelles. While diving at Shark Bay, you have the chance to see amazing coral formations, which are frequented by schools of barracuda and jack fish. Massive eagles, Stingray, reef shark, and whale sharks are some of the other popular aqua species that you may encounter here. The underwater visibility is excellent (up to 30 metres on a clear day). To reach Shark Bank, you need to take a ferry ride from Mahé Island.

Brissaire Rocks

Brissaire Rocks is famous for long distance diving and the waters are full of colourful aquatic life. You can see schools of barracuda, horse-eye jacks, sting rays and napoleons swarming over the reefs, which are dense, thick and colourful. The granite formations here are fantastic for spotting green turtles and sting rays. Depending on the season, visitors may see whale sharks as well.

Three of the Most Popular July Events and Festivals in New York, USA

You may look forward to lots of colourful celebrations in the New York City, USA during the month of July. Whether you are a music buff, foodie, art connoisseur, dance enthusiast or have a passion for cinema, there will be an event or two to cater to your interests and tastes. Here’s a list of a few popular festivals to be celebrated in New York in July 2015.

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Hip Hop Festival

Into its 10th year, this festival is the largest Hip Hop cultural event in New York City. While powerful musical performances are the major highlight of this event, there is a lot more on offer as well. Family-friendly block party, exhibitions and panel discussions are other aspects of the event. In the past, artists like Kanye West, Busta Rhymes and Kendrick Lamar have performed at Hip Hop Festival. The 2015 edition of the festival is scheduled from 08th to 11th July in the borough of Brooklyn.

Jazz in July Festival

This jazz festival adds a soothing tinge to New York’s effervescence. World renowned jazz artists will perform at this festival which is scheduled from 21st to 30th July at 92Y Cultural and Community Center. The festival boasts a long list of concerts and performances by notable pianists, drummers, bassists and vocalists. Swing a Song of Sinatra, the Piano Men: From Jelly Roll to Oscar, and Benny, Basie & Bucky! Are some of the events that are sure to impress jazz enthusiasts.

City of Water Day

If you want to spend a day like a local in New York, City of Water Day is the event you should add to your travel plan. On 18th July, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance hosts a fun-filled day at Governors Island which is full of special activities for kids, music, delicious food, boat tours and more. Cardboard Kayak Race is one of the major attractions of this event. Participate in this team competition to make a kayak with a cardboard and cover a distance of around 50 yards in the least time to win. Besides Governors Island, similar neighbourhood events take place at around 30 other locations across New York.