With summer in few swing, here are a few must-see events happening in the coming months.
Widely acknowledged to be the world’s largest annual flower show, the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival returns this month, spanning 14 hectares on the beautiful grounds of the Hampton Court Palace. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, the festival features world-class Show Gardens with inspirational ideas to try at home. Explore the colourful Rose Marquee, Floral Marquee and plant pavilions, or shop at the numerous stalls for gardening supplies. Attend talks on gardening, growing your own produce, healthy cooking and more. Indulge in fine dining at one of the festival restaurants or in a delightful summer picnic.
- When: 1 – 7 July
- Where: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Greater London, England, U.K.
Set in the birthplace of many famous Korean fried chicken brands, the Daegu Chimac Festival celebrates the Korean culinary phenomenon that is chimaek; a portmanteau of the words ‘chicken’ and ‘maekju’ (beer). This summer celebration of South Korea’s thriving fried chicken and beer industries attracts close to a million visitors every year. Savour the best Korean fried chicken under the open sky while enjoying a plethora of music acts from K-pop to hip-hop and electronic dance music. Explore the various festival zones, take part in fun contests and check out the wares offered by the arts and crafts vendors. The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages are strictly limited to visitors of legal drinking age.
- When: 17 – 21 July
- Where: Duryu Park, Daegu, South Korea
LIVELY FLOAT PARADE
Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is the biggest summer festival of Japan’s northern Aomori prefecture, easily recognisable by its nightly parades of massive illuminated floats called nebuta. The bright, elaborate and dramatic nebuta often depict gods, legendary figures and historical figures from both Japanese and Chinese cultures. Each float is pushed by a team of people accompanied by musicians playing taiko drums, flutes and hand cymbals, as well as hundreds of lively dancers in haneto costumes. Outside participants can join in the dancing and procession too by buying or renting their own haneto costumes. The festival culminates on the final night with an impressive two-hour display of fireworks.
- When: 2 – 7 August
- Where: Aomori and other cities and villages in Aomori Prefecture, Japan
The eighth edition of the Sibu International Dance Festival returns next month, bringing together nearly 30 dance acts from a wide variety of genres from at least a dozen countries worldwide. Organised by the Sibu-based Hornland Dance Theatre, the festival serves as a platform for artists to showcase the diversity of dance while exploring other dance genres and exchanging ideas. Featuring nightly dance concerts, the festival will also hold experimental theatre, outdoor performances, dance seminars and workshops, as well as a drawing competition that the public can participate in.
- When: 13 – 17 August
- Where: Selected venues across Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia
SEAFARING DANCE CLUB
Pack your bags with your craziest costumes and swimwear as Asia’s largest festival at sea; It’s The Ship returns for its sixth year. Some of the biggest international music acts have taken the stage at this annual cruise ship party in previous years, including Showtek, Kaskade, Lil Jon, Chvrches, Basement Jaxx, Knife Party and Far East Movement. There’s no escaping the three days and two nights of fun aboard the Genting Dream as festival goers fill their weekend with partying and recreational activities that the ship has to offer, from water slides to a glow bowling alley and zip-line over the sea.
- When: 13 – 15 November
- Where: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, Singapore