Visit any of these annual celebrations this July for an exceptional insight into each region’s culture and to revel in the festival vibe.
Kurjey Lhakhang Festival, Bumthang, BHUTAN
3 July 2017
Tucked into the Himalayas, in the valley of Chokhor, villagers gather in the grounds of Kurjey Temple to mark the day Guru Rinpoche was born. The festival is set against a backdrop of giant hanging tapestries, in front of which red-robed monks perform ceremonies and masked dancers perform Bhutanese folkloric tales. As families gather to join in on the festivities and watch the stories unfold, soak up the distinctly Bhutanese scene around you.
Franschhoek Bastille Festival, SOUTH AFRICA
15-17 July 2017
In South Africa’s scenic winelands, Franschhoek Bastille Festival features an exciting and eclectic array of activities and performances. Alongside the food and wine marquee and farmers’ markets, there’ll be performances by dancers and musicians, carnival performers, a boules tournament and a barrel rolling competition.
Knysna Oyster Festival, SOUTH AFRICA
7-16 July 2017
Now with over 50,000 visitors and more than 150,000 oysters shucked, this festival aims to raise money for local charities, while incorporating markets, competitions and sporting activities. Local restaurants celebrate by serving oysters in a variety of ways, so make sure you go ready to experience new and exciting flavours.
This festival features more than just oysters – look out for running, cycling and other sporting events, live entertainment, comedians and activities to keep little oyster fans entertained as well.