Fire Festival 

Join more than three million visitors to the annual Aomori Nebuta Matsuri this month to see more than 20 vivid nebutas or large lantern floats based on Kabuki parade through the city of Aomori in Japan. Colourfully dressed Haneto or nebuta dancers, flutists and drummers will accompany the floats through their procession, promising a visually stunning spectacle that will end with fireworks lighting up the night sky to conclude the event.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in the parade by wearing the traditional Haneto dancing costume. There will also be opportunities to meet with the designers and builders of the floats, as well as a chance to sample delicious food during the festival, which was designated as one of the Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan in 1980.

  • When: 2-7 August
  • Where: Aomori City, Japan

Run, Sydney, Run

Whether you are a competitive runner or just someone looking for a good way to spend your time while in the city, do not miss the opportunity to take up the challenge to join thousands of runners at the annual City2Surf run. The run is 14 kilometres in distance and starts from Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD and ends on Queen Elizabeth Drive. For those preferring to cheer on the runners, there are also live entertainment, food trucks, and activities for the kids to enjoy.

  • When: 12 August
  • Where: Sydney, Australia

Summer Adventure

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre plays host to two shows this month. Gracing the stage to thrill and excite the audience with a side serving of terror is the horror comedy rock musical, Little Shop of Horrors, a story about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that brings more harm than good. With the recent opening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, dinosaurs are back to being the coolest creatures to ever walk the earth. Bring the young ones to the Dinosaur World Live interactive show for a day of exploring uncharted territories and discovering the animals that lived in a prehistoric world.

  • When: Little Shop of Horrors – 3 August-15 September
  • When: Dinosaur World Live – 14 August-9 September
  • Where: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, U.K.

For The Love Of Jazz

The Ubud Village Jazz Festival 2018 is back for its sixth year at The Arma Museum Garden, this time with the theme Freedom of Expression. The local community-based event will see performances from acclaimed artists as well as emerging talents such as Ito Kurdhi, M Ade Irawan, Korean fusion jazz band A-FUZZ, Emilia Schnall, Gerard Kleijn, Sebastian Gramss and many more. There will also be workshops, where visitors can learn more about the musical genre and hone their skills with jazz experts.

  • When: 10-11 August
  • Where: Arma Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Dare To Dream

Age is but a number in the world of dreams and children are never too young to dream big. Children’s Festival: Small Big Dreamers 2018 presented by the National Gallery Singapore hopes to inspire the young ones through experimental art and active play to imagine and reimagine the world around them. Lee Wen, one of Singapore’s pioneer performance artists and Cultural Medallion award recipient, will be at the festival to share his story that anything is possible, regardless of the difficulties we face in life.

  • When: Until 9 September
  • Where: National Gallery Singapore, Singapore