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Happy Bard-day: How the US celebrates Shakespeare, 400 years after his death
Happy Bard-day: How the US celebrates Shakespeare, 400 years after his death
While the U.K. is fittingly having commemorations galore to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death on 23 April 1616, America is also offering a robust complement of events. And these quadricentennial events are taking place in locati...
Pride events to balance security and resilience
Pride events to balance security and resilience
A day after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, organizers of upcoming Pride Month events across the country were working with their partners in local law enforcement to increase security and ensure the safety of those people expected t...
'Credible threat' that ISIS will target the Rio Olympics: Brazil's anti-terror chief says numerou...
'Credible threat' that ISIS will target the Rio Olympics: Brazil's anti-terror chief says numerou...
Brazil's anti-terror chief has admitted there is a "credible threat" that ISIS will target the Rio Olympics and that numerous measures are being taken to prevent an attack.
Next new thing for travelers: Sign up for TSA's PreCheck at music festival
Next new thing for travelers: Sign up for TSA's PreCheck at music festival
If you haven't signed up for PreCheck, the government's pre-screening program aimed at shortening your wait at airport security, there's a novel new place and time to do it: a music festival.
LGBT festival in Ukraine abandoned after far-right protest
LGBT festival in Ukraine abandoned after far-right protest
An LGBT festival in the Ukrainian city of Lviv had to be abandoned when the venue was surrounded by about 200 members of far-right groups shouting "Kill, kill, kill" on March 19. The event, on the theme of equality, was the first of three regional offs...
This music festival has now brought over $1 billion to Las Vegas
This music festival has now brought over $1 billion to Las Vegas
According to an economic impact report released by the event's parent company exclusively to Forbes this afternoon, the Las Vegas version of electronic music festival Electric Daisy Carnival has brought an estimated $1.3 billion to Clark County, wh...
How to extend your audiences through accessibility
How to extend your audiences through accessibility
We look at some of the new initiatives Next Wave Festival has implemented for 2016 to see how inclusive programming is done. What does it take to be truly accessible for audiences and artists with disability? If you don't know the answer to this questi...
The country's best drone racers will take to the skies of the Gold Coast in August for the Austra...
The country's best drone racers will take to the skies of the Gold Coast in August for the Austra...
Had you asked them 18 months ago this motley band of middle-aged Gold Coast men might have said their sporting careers were long over.
Festival season brings economic benefits and logistical challenges
Festival season brings economic benefits and logistical challenges
Powell River, British Columbia, Canada's annual summer festival season begins Monday, June 13, with Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) and ends in September with the Sunshine Music Festival.
These 10 US cities have more live summer events than the rest
These 10 US cities have more live summer events than the rest
If you love listening to music under the stars, picnicking at Shakespeare in the Park or snacking on Cracker Jack at baseball games, summer is the season for you. And if live events are your favorite, you might want to plan a trip to Las Vegas.
Collaborations can benefit events
Collaborations can benefit events
There are times when the planets align and multiple events can be coordinated together. Partnerships are important with traditional nonprofits and many funders are looking for collaborations. This same idea can be used in the festival world as now ma...
Brazil arrests group plotting 'acts of terrorism' before Olympics
Brazil arrests group plotting 'acts of terrorism' before Olympics
Brazil arrested 10 people on suspicion of belonging to a group supporting Islamic State (IS) and preparing acts of terrorism during next month's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Justice Minister Alexandre Moraes said.
Disney Dollars to be discontinued at Disneyland, Walt Disney World
Disney Dollars to be discontinued at Disneyland, Walt Disney World
Disney Dollars, a popular souvenir item and an in-house currency at Disney parks, will no longer be sold. A Disneyland statement confirmed the once popular currency, which could only be used at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, would be terminated effe...
In hopes of deterring violence at J'ouvert Festival, officials turn up the lights
In hopes of deterring violence at J'ouvert Festival, officials turn up the lights
Participants in the predawn street festival that precedes the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn will notice a striking change this year: light. Lots of it.
McDonald's sending 100 kids to be in Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony
McDonald's sending 100 kids to be in Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony
McDonald's is rewarding kids from around the world with the opportunity to be in the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. These ambassadors will be led by some of the world's all-time greatest Olympians and their children, according to a com...
New Star Wars fireworks display will be 'the most elaborate' in the history of Disney's Hollywood...
New Star Wars fireworks display will be 'the most elaborate' in the history of Disney's Hollywood...
Starting this summer, Disney's Hollywood Studios will get even more Star Wars-y. A brand new nighttime show will debut at the park replacing the current Star Wars-themed Symphony in the Stars fireworks show. The new show is much more than just a tradit...
Street dancers selected to perform at Rio 2016 Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Street dancers selected to perform at Rio 2016 Opening and Closing Ceremonies
A wide selection of street dancers have been added to the list of performers for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, it has been announced. Organizers, who are still recruiting for entertainers to exhib...
Sexual assault reports cast shadow over summer concerts
Sexual assault reports cast shadow over summer concerts
Attending summer concerts has become as much of seasonal tradition as backyard barbecues and lazy afternoons at the beach, but the persistent threat of sexual violence has supplied a dangerous undercurrent to what should be a innocuous atmosphere.
Creative cities become global cities
Creative cities become global cities
What can everyone look forward to from Aarhus 2017? What will the program consist of? And how do you plan a year as a European Capital of Culture? In the following you can read Juliana Engberg's answers to these questions. "Our year of culture is an op...
How technology is giving more life to festivals
How technology is giving more life to festivals
Technologies which bring festival-goers closer to the action during and after events are set to be a game-changer. Virtual reality in particular gives brands and acts the ability to forge meaningful connections with attendees. A 360-degree video and bi...
Nordstrom hits the festival circuit with pop-up shops
Nordstrom hits the festival circuit with pop-up shops
Nordstrom is touring a set of "pod" pop-up shops to target young festival-goers as part of its "See Anew" campaign. The pods debuted at South by Southwest (SXSW) and will continue on to three more music festivals this spring. Developed by "action mark...
Grand marshals on parade: How a practical job became an honor
Grand marshals on parade: How a practical job became an honor
Here's an interesting help wanted ad: The Phoenix Veterans Day Parade is seeking seven grand marshals. As the saying goes, everybody loves a parade, perhaps none more than the person who is honored with the title grand marshal. But what does the title ...
Events cost city taxpayers $33,750
Events cost city taxpayers $33,750
Having city police providing security or sanitation workers cleaning up trash can go unnoticed during events such as the Mount Airy Autumn Leaves Festival — but there's a big cost involved. To be exact, that price was $33,750 last year alone,...
Snapchat scores unique deal with NBC to showcase Olympics
Snapchat scores unique deal with NBC to showcase Olympics
The Olympics are coming to Snapchat. The app scored a deal with Comcast Corp.'s NBC to show highlights from the 2016 Summer Games, the first time the U.S. network has agreed to share video of the sporting contest. Snapchat Inc. will set up a dedicated ...
Eagles of Death Metal France concerts cancelled over singer's 'Muslim conspiracy' remarks
Eagles of Death Metal France concerts cancelled over singer's 'Muslim conspiracy' remarks
Two scheduled August performances in France by the Eagles of Death Metal have been cancelled by festival organizers after Jesse Hughes, the lead vocalist of the band, made comments about a Muslim "conspiracy." Eagles of Death Metal was performing durin...
The 7 best music festivals of 2016 in Asia
The 7 best music festivals of 2016 in Asia
Enjoy traveling? Like music? Of course you do, so why not combine the two over spring and summer this year and take in one of Asia's best music festivals? A few more recent arrivals (such as Ultra Korea and Labyrinth in Japan) have joined more establis...
Don't worry. Rio Games have problems, but so have other Olympics
Don't worry. Rio Games have problems, but so have other Olympics
The reporters crowding around Mario Andrada all wanted to know the same thing: Are the 2016 Summer Olympics headed for disaster?
There's plenty of old-school reality at SXSW, too
There's plenty of old-school reality at SXSW, too
At a conference with roots as digital as South By Southwest Interactive, where software darlings are made and unmade in the course of a day, there's still so much that's very real and tactile about the festival. SXSW can at times have the feeling of su...
From broadcasting to tickets: How the Olympics make money in 10 charts
From broadcasting to tickets: How the Olympics make money in 10 charts
The Olympics' large scope comes with hefty costs. Using data from the Oxford University Said Business School, the team at PointAfter, a sports data visualization site powered by Graphiq, was able to compare cost and revenue metrics for Rio 2016 to prev...
Rotterdam incredible scaffold staircase is unlike anything we've ever seen
Rotterdam incredible scaffold staircase is unlike anything we've ever seen
We never thought taking the stairs could be an unforgettable experience, but Rotterdam just changed our minds.
Women report assaults at German music festival
Women report assaults at German music festival
At least 26 women who attended a four-day music festival in the western German town of Darmstadt this past weekend have reported that they were groped or sexually harassed, a police spokesman said recently.
San Francisco pride amps up security after Orlando, Florida, shooting
San Francisco pride amps up security after Orlando, Florida, shooting
San Francisco city leaders stood on the steps of the emergency management department and vowed that the city's annual LGBT Pride festival taking place this weekend would not only be safe but one of the "most celebratory" in its 46-year history. The re...
At festivals, fashion taps the 'Currency of Cool'
At festivals, fashion taps the 'Currency of Cool'
At today's music festivals, fashion and beauty brands are as omnipresent as floral sundresses and cut-off denim shorts. This weekend, at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, ticket-holders will be treated to pop-up sh...
Officials keep watchful eye as guns-in-parks bill allows guns at Riverbend
Officials keep watchful eye as guns-in-parks bill allows guns at Riverbend
Coolers. Video recorders. Outside food and beverages. There's a sizable list of items the organizers of Riverbend have strictly forbidden guests from bringing through the entrance gates.
When the show can't go on: Extreme weather puts a damper on music festivals
When the show can't go on: Extreme weather puts a damper on music festivals
There's a lot to worry about when you're running a music festival. Stagnant ticket sales. The poor Canadian dollar. Stiff competition. But festival organizers can also face the unexpected challenge of extreme weather.
How to launch a music festival
How to launch a music festival
A lot of people come to me for advice about where to start, without having even gone to a real festival, so the first step, would be to actually attend one. "For a study in event management in the music space head to Burning Man, Coachella and Tommorro...
Why making the music festival drug scene safer is so hard
Why making the music festival drug scene safer is so hard
It's dusk at Mysteryland, a three-day EDM festival in upstate New York, and 28-year-old Kellye "Mohawk" Greene is racing against time. Having finally located her booth uphill from Steamboat Stage (which belches smoke from twin stacks along with an endl...
Music for all: It's time to get serious about ending sexual violence at festivals
Music for all: It's time to get serious about ending sexual violence at festivals
Music festivals are a classic part of Chicago summers, but recent reports of groping and sexual assault at Swedish music festival, Bravalla, have cast a dark cloud over upcoming fests. It's time for festival organizers, musicians, and music fans to pri...
How Britain's biggest music festival could tip the Brexit vote
How Britain's biggest music festival could tip the Brexit vote
Glastonbury Festival, the gigantic five-day music festival that takes place on Worthy Farm 135 miles southwest of London, is a sort of rite of summer for British teens and twenty-somethings. They make the pilgrimage to the bucolic setting every June fo...
Rio 2016 scrap specific seating for many sports sparking fears spectators will face free-for-all
Rio 2016 scrap specific seating for many sports sparking fears spectators will face free-for-all
Spectators who have bought tickets for this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will not be assigned specific seats for many events after Brazilian officials decided to introduce a general admission policy. The news was revealed to client groups in ...
Ask an international etiquette expert: St. Patrick's Day around the world?
Ask an international etiquette expert: St. Patrick's Day around the world?
You don't have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick's Day — people in countries around the world enjoy merrymaking on this festive day. Here in the United States, traditions tend to include shamrock-festooned green clothing (and pinches for those who...
Here's how the UK's Brexit from the European Union could affect the music and film industries
Here's how the UK's Brexit from the European Union could affect the music and film industries
To the surprise of many, the United Kingdom's population voted to approve a referendum to leave the European Union late last night. (Maybe we all shouldn’t be so sure about the impossibility of a Trump presidency, hm?) The vote was tight, with ju...
Enforcement of state law could hinder festivals
Enforcement of state law could hinder festivals
The big buzz in the South Carolina beer scene over the weekend was an article published by The Post and Courier detailing how the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's alcohol unit has recently begun enforcing a 20-year-old state law that prohibits...
Wollongong street art festival spreads colour across city and beyond
Wollongong street art festival spreads colour across city and beyond
Another part of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, has been bathed in colour as the Wonderwalls street art festival expands into new areas of the city, with plans to grow further.
Facebook to flag more events for users
Facebook to flag more events for users
Looking for something to do Fourth of July Weekend? Facebook may have an answer for you.
'No gun' signs at Marble Fallas, Texas, MayFest lead to staff training on state law
'No gun' signs at Marble Fallas, Texas, MayFest lead to staff training on state law
The "illegal" posting of gun prohibition signs at the recent MayFest has prompted Marble Falls leaders and chamber of commerce officials to adopt written policy and/or train staff about the state law on behalf of gun license holders, officials say.
World Science Festival tipped to 'do amazing things' for Brisbane, Australia
World Science Festival tipped to 'do amazing things' for Brisbane, Australia
The World Science Festival is already causing a buzz around Brisbane, Australia's, Southbank, with the event tipped to not only inspire the next generation of budding scientists, but also boost the city's profile as the "New World City." The festival w...
Egypt launches first Afro-Chinese Arts Festival to promote tourism
Egypt launches first Afro-Chinese Arts Festival to promote tourism
Egypt launched its first Afro-Chinese Arts & Folklore Festival in a bid to draw tourists back to the North-African country.
After suspected drug overdose deaths, Fairplex has no plans to host raves in 2016
After suspected drug overdose deaths, Fairplex has no plans to host raves in 2016
Seven months after two young women died of suspected drug overdoses after attending a rave concert at the fairgrounds, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fair Assn. said recently that the group is not planning to host raves this year. "We are not...
Africa's top music festivals
Africa's top music festivals
With the continent of Africa growing as a significant cultural and entertainment hub, music festivals are fast becoming a regular and popular feature on the continent's cultural space. From educational and environmentally conscious festivals such as th...
French festival pays price as security burden increases
French festival pays price as security burden increases
The much-celebrated Festival of Music in France is paying the price as football takes over and the security burden becomes ever greater.
Disney faces PR crisis, risk of legal action after gator attack
Disney faces PR crisis, risk of legal action after gator attack
June was supposed to have been a triumphant month for Walt Disney Co theme parks, with the flashy opening of a long-planned resort in Shanghai and a new Florida attraction based on its wildly popular animated movie "Frozen."
Injured at Glastonbury? 3 little words will help medics find you
Injured at Glastonbury? 3 little words will help medics find you
The Glastonbury festival magics up a small, temporary city in rural Somerset, England — a city with its own health service, staffed largely by NHS professionals. Until last year, they had no precise way to locate people in emergencies, instead re...
Is it right to use public parks for commercial events?
Is it right to use public parks for commercial events?
During the summer, London is abuzz with large-scale cultural and sporting events - many of which are held in public parks. This season, Formula E motor races will be held in Battersea Park, while music festivals will take over Victoria Park, Finsbury P...
Inside the world's most expensive festival
Inside the world's most expensive festival
Talk about a golden ticket: Iceland's Secret Solstice Festival is offering up the most expensive festival experience in the world. The festival made headlines in 2015 for offering up a $200,000 festival ticket for only two people, which, at the tim...
W.H.O. dismisses call to move Olympics over Zika virus in Brazil
W.H.O. dismisses call to move Olympics over Zika virus in Brazil
The World Health Organization said recently that there was no public health justification for postponing or canceling the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika outbreak in Brazil.
Snowmobile strikes Iditarod teams, kills dog, injures others
Snowmobile strikes Iditarod teams, kills dog, injures others
One sled dog was killed and three others injured while competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early March 12 when a man on a snowmobile purposely drove into two dog teams. Mushers Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King were attacked in two separate incidents...
BBB: Beware of festival-related scams
BBB: Beware of festival-related scams
Summer is on the way and so are more festival scams. The Better Business Bureau says would-be festival goers are being tempted to buy tickets which are either fake or for a bogus event.
Coachella's lost business opportunity
Coachella's lost business opportunity
Recently, concert and festival promoter Goldenvoice announced the lineup for its inaugural Panorama festival. The event serves as the company's grand entrance into the New York City market, where it will directly compete with Governors Ball, a festival...
You can buy this tiny Irish pub on wheels for $65,000
You can buy this tiny Irish pub on wheels for $65,000
There's something about a tiny bar that makes the drinking experience that much more fulfilling. Cram a couple taps into what amounts to a glorified broom closet, add a couple strangers and some live music, and you're in for a memorable round (or five)...
Dollywood adds calming room to help kids with sensory overloads
Dollywood adds calming room to help kids with sensory overloads
Families of children with autism now have a place to go at Dollywood for a quiet, relaxing environment if they experience sensory overload.
New Orleans could be the festival capital of the world
New Orleans could be the festival capital of the world
More than 130 festival permits are issued every year in New Orleans. These festivals bring millions of people to the Crescent City. Mark Romig, the president of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, said the variety of festivals in the area gener...
In a show of tolerance, Pakistan declares Hindu and Christian festivals as holidays
In a show of tolerance, Pakistan declares Hindu and Christian festivals as holidays
Muslim-majority Pakistan adopted a resolution to declare the Hindu festivals Diwali and Holi, and the Christian festival of Easter, as public holidays, in a significant step for the country's beleaguered religious minorities. The resolution in parliam...
Holograms and holistic health: What will music festivals of the future look like?
Holograms and holistic health: What will music festivals of the future look like?
Last year, it was estimated that 14 million U.K. adults were thinking of attending a festival. To meet this demand, the choices facing the pleasure-seeking rabble are greater than ever. Whether you want to see Coldplay headline Glastonbury for the umpt...