We not only love event planning, we also love attending amazing events. So we thought we should really put together our Top 5 bucket list of events to visit in our lifetime. It was pretty hard sticking to only five, so we’ve added some special mentions against each pick. (Needless to say, there was a lot of debating among the Cohesion Creative team!)
We looked for diversity, instagramablity and fun! Drum roll….and in no particular order…
1. Rio Carnival
Arguably the biggest festival in the world, the Rio Carnival has up to 2 million visitors per day! Known for its extravaganza of colour, music, samba, beauty, emotion and glitter, there may not be any greater spectacle on the planet. Due to the popularity of the event and the number of spectators, the construction of the Sambodromo was born, and since 1984 is the epicentre of the carnival. In the Sambodromo, the top samba schools showcase their costumes, dances, bands, and floats. Beyond this, there are balls, street feasts, competitions and mini festivals throughout the streets. A visit to the Rio Carnival is a legitimate opportunity to let yourself completely go and escape into a fantasy world of kaleidoscopic delight and culture.
Special mention – Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held in Indio, California in the Colorado Desert. From its beginnings in 1999, it is now the hottest ticket on the festival scene. A quarter of a million people attend, and the list of artists performing is always eagerly anticipated, drawing huge names and emerging artists across the musical spectrum. Not to be forgotten are the innovative art installations, dance parties, beautiful people and that Coachella atmosphere. With the 2019 lineup including Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande, it is the place to be.
Special mention – Splendour in the Grass, North Byron Parklands
3. Venice Biennale
The Venice Biennale, also known as the Art Olympics, has run for over 120 years and is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Its roots started with Art but has expanded to include Music, Cinema, Theatre and Architecture. It is actually not one event, but several events all produced in the name of the contemporary arts. They include the International Art Exhibition, the International Festival of Contemporary Music, the International Theatre Festival, the International Architecture Exhibition, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance and the Venice Film Festival.
These events are for artists, lovers of art, romantics, critics and tourists who want to see Venice at its most vibrant.
Special mention – Paris Fashion Week
4. La Tomatina
This comes with a warning…not for the faint of heart of those allergic to tomatoes!
La Tomatina or the Tomato Battle is literally a massive food fight festival held on the last Wednesday in August in the town of Buñol near Valencia in Spain. To be exact it is a tomato fight, with more than 145,000 kilograms of over ripe tomatoes thrown. The fighting supposed to last for one hour and then the cleaning commences. An interesting fun fact is that after the fire trucks spray down the streets, they are sparkling clean due the citric acid from the tomatoes! As you would expect, there are plenty of other activities, before and after parties for this festival.
Special mention – Oktoberfest, Munich
5. Singapore Grand Prix
The Formula One Singapore Grand Prix is one of the world’s most spectacular sporting events. The inaugural F1 night race was back in 2008 and is now a firm favourite with car enthusiasts from all over the world. Singapore sure knows how to put on a show, and with the backdrop of the illuminated Singapore skyline, there are plenty of instragrammable moments to be had. Apart from being up and close and personal at the actual exhilarating, heart-racing, ear-splitting Formula One race, there are plenty of interactive activities such as the Pit Stop challenge, as well as a stellar line-up of artists and musicians.
Special mention – Wimbledon Tennis Championships, England