Cartoons galore in New York December 20, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Movies.
Families thinking of catching a flight to New York next spring might want to make sure their trip coincides with the New York International Children’s Film Festival.
Taking place between March 2nd and 18th, 2007 will mark the tenth year of this popular event and so children and adults alike can look forward to a particularly entertaining festival.
Films are aimed at everyone between the ages of three and 18, but are also enjoyed by slightly older kids.
Visitors to New York can expect to see children’s films from a range of genres, with work by both well-known and new directors set to be displayed.
Every year, the festival attracts more than 25,000 children, adults and professionals with a showcase of over 100 new films, premieres, retrospectives and short features, as well as a range of workshops and a special awards ceremony.
For more information > http://www.gkids.com
Lights, camera and action in Rome December 20, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Movies.
Travellers planning to catch a flight to Rome next spring might want to make sure their trip coincides with the Rome Independent Film Festival.
Otherwise known as RIFF, this event sees films from more than 70 countries shown at top cinematic venues across Rome between March 16th and 23rd.
The festival covers work from all of the major categories, including feature films, documentaries, short films, student films and animation.
It also bestows awards on the best of each category, with previous years’ special prizes going to the likes of Harvey Keitel, Amos Gitai, Pete Travis and Valeria Golino.
Outside of the film showings themselves, visitors to Rome can also attend a series of seminars, workshops and other special events.
RIFF also specialises in promoting the talents of independent filmmakers from Italy through presentations at other international festivals, including those in Syracuse and Istanbul.
For more information > http://www.riff.it
A celebration of dance in South Africa December 20, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.
Dance fans heading to South Africa next year might want to attend the FNB Dance Umbrella festival in Johannesburg.
This acclaimed event sees numerous youth and community groups, choreographers and professionals convene at the Wits Theatre and Dance Factory between February 24th and March 17th for a series of groundbreaking performances.
The focus is very much on contemporary forms of dance and aims to showcase the work of some of the most talented young performers in South Africa.
Previous visiting artists have included Akram Khan and Nicole Seiler, with past festivals also giving dance companies the chance to present new work for the first time.
Visitors to South Africa can also take advantage of being in a desirable holiday destination by taking in the superb sights and sounds of Johannesburg and the surrounding regions between performances.
For more information > http://www.at.artslink.co.za/~arts/umbrella/index.html
A gala of arts in the Caribbean December 20, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.
Holidaymakers flying to the Caribbean next spring will be able to take a look at one of the biggest arts festivals in the region.
The Holders Season festival in Barbados is renowned for its wide range of arts performances and events, and is regularly graced with the presence of international stars.
Taking place between March 13th and 31st, the next festival will bring a heady mix of some of the best musicals, opera performances, plays and concerts to the Caribbean.
Last year’s event saw a production of Romeo and Juliet, a star-studded tribute to the work of Harold Pinter and numerous side-events for professionals, families and children.
Past guests at Holders Season have included Pavarotti and Stephen Schwartz, with next year’s event expected to bring more top talents to the Caribbean.
For more information > http://www.holders.net
A Midsumma night’s dream in Australia December 20, 2006Posted by grhomeboy in Culture, Gay Life.
Looking for an alternative to Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebrations? Why not fly across Australia to Melbourne for the annual Midsumma Festival?
This sprawling event runs between January 19th and February 11th and sees tens of thousands of people flood the city to celebrate all things gay and lesbian.
A wide range of activities and events are available for all to attend, including plays, films, musical and dance performances, sports, parties and more.
Some slightly bizarre highlights of next year’s events will include Mooning 2007 and a stiletto rally, among others.
Key dates on the festival’s calendar include the opening night in Federation Square on January 19th, the Pride March on January 21st, the Summa Cruise on February 2nd and the closing carnival and T Dance on February 11th.
Midsumma is one of the biggest events of its kind in Australia and should not be missed, whether you are gay or straight.
For more information > http://www.midsumma.org.au