JULY HAPPENNINGS

As the American writer Rick Bass said: “My life, I realise suddenly, is July. Childhood is June, and old age is August”; it’s awesome to see how the world spends its life on this July!

2-24 JULY 2016 – AGITÁGUEDA ART FESTIVAL
@Águeda, Protugal

Colourful umbrellas are hovering over ÁGUEDA’s streets, making an unparalleled contribution to the cultural landscape of the city. The festival’s mission is rooted not only on presenting established artists but also on the promotion of new musical projects. The entire city experiences the contact with urban art and installations of the most different types while dozens of spots were painted with appealing colour variations.

9 JULY 2016 – CAMEL CUP
@Alice Springs, Australia

Photo Courtesy: camelcup

Photo Courtesy: camelcup.com.au

Renowned as dedicated ships of the desert, camels seem quite quirky to be in racing tracks. The Camel Cup takes place on the second Saturday in July, with nine unique races scheduled around the dusty outback track throughout the day. Besides, there are lots of fun between races: belly dancers, rickshaw races, ‘Kids Camel Capers’ hobby camel races, rides, Mr and Miss Camel Cup challenges, food stalls and bars.

10-12 JULY 2016 – FESTIVAL OF GIANTS
@Douai, France

Photo Courtesy: northernfrance-tourism.com

Photo Courtesy: northernfrance-tourism.com

Giants, or géants in French, have been known for centuries as a representative of religious figures from biblical stories, a famous folk, and a major attraction at carnivals in France – especially in Douai. On the Sunday after 5 July, the street is filled with the parade of the Gayant family with a Mardi Gras atmosphere. People dressed in medieval-inspired costumes dance around while manipulating the giants. Definitely, street food, beer and wine are elements of fun.

21-24 JULY 2016 – COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL
@San Diego, California, United States

Photo Courtesy: Sandy Huffaker/Reuters

Photo Courtesy: Sandy Huffaker/Reuters

Although you’re not a geek, you must enjoy this four-day fest in which you can meet your favourite stars and have fun in a fantasyland. The event includes 600 separate events, featuring hands-on workshops, educational and academic programming, anime and film screenings, video games, an Autograph Arena, Portfolio Reviews, an Art Show, a Masquerade costume competition, and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. TIP: make sure you wear cool costume!

29 JULY 2016 – FESTIVAL OF NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES
@Pontevedra, Spain

Photo Courtesy: turismo.gal

Photo Courtesy: turismo.gal

Known also as Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme, this is probably one of the world’s oddest festivals. People who claim a near-death experience in the past year climb into coffins which are carried into Santa Marta de Ribarteme, the church dedicated to Mary Magdalene’s sister. It is believed that those who have passed through a near-death experience are transcended to a new life through the grace of God. Despite its uniqueness, the festival keeps a wild afternoon and evening with fireworks, brass bands, gypsy music and street vendors.