Tek Experts’ top festivals & holidays in July 2018

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 What are your plans this July? If your diary is looking a little too empty for your liking, don’t fear. We asked our team to come up with some suggestions for things to do in July – here are their recommendations…

 

Bulgaria

 

If you like your jazz music, you’ll probably already know about the A to JazZ Festival, which this year will be held in Sofia from the 6-18 July. If you’re not that familiar with the jazz genre, you might still want to attend the festival, with many local people believing it marks the beginning of summer. Highlights this year include five-time Grammy award winner Lalah Hathaway.

 

China

 

For 12 days every July into August, Dàlián hosts its International Beer Festival, which is similar to Munich’s Oktoberfest. Beer companies all around the world set up stall at the large Xīnghǎi Sq, near the coast, welcoming hundreds of thousands of people across the two weeks. Just remember to eat, as the free samples can soon take their toll!

 

Costa Rica

 

Guanacaste Day, celebrated on 25 July, commemorates the annexation of the province of Guanacaste to Costa Rica in 1824. It’s a really important day in the history of country as it meant the people of Guanacaste could call themselves Costa Rican. The day is celebrated with a nationwide public holiday and cheerful activities which typically include parades, folk dances, music and lots of great food.

 

Malta

 

Malta International Arts Festival has gone big this year, to mark Valletta being named European Capital of Culture 2018. Artistic Director Dr Michelle Castelletti says that this will be the year “where we are really taking art to the people,” with street theatre, dance, music, visual art, cinematography, puppetry, alternative experiences and more taking place in the streets of Valletta. There’s even a solar-powered outdoor cinema! It will run until 15 July.

 

Nigeria

 

If Nigeria are still in the Fifa World Cup come July, the country will be getting very excited indeed. In a recent visit to Lagos with the trophy, World Cup winner Christian Karembeu suggested that anything is possible. He said: “Bringing it to Africa, and especially Nigeria, is to show the people the real possibility of winning it for the continent.” Come on, Super Eagles!

 

USA

 

July marks the biggest celebration in the US calendar – Independence Day! What are your 4th July plans this year? If you’re near our Colorado Springs office and looking for things to do with the kids, the Dinosaur Resource Center is offering half price admission to all active and retired military personnel with a valid military ID. Or check out the summer symphony and fireworks event at Memorial Park. There will be food and drink available to buy, or picnics are welcome, plus you’ll hear great music from the US Air Force Academy Band’s Blue Steel Ensemble and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. And the best part? It’s absolutely free! Check out the Visit Colorado Springs website for more details.

 

Vietnam

 

July is the hottest month of the year in Hanoi, averaging 33ºC. As such, there aren’t many special events and festivals taking place in the city – it’s more of a time for beaches and sunshine, rather than walking around in the stifling heat. So, sit back and relax with a refreshing glass of Tra da or try to escape out of the city for a few days. Alternatively, stay cool at the cinema and catch this month’s international releases! If you like romantic comedies, try Mamma Mia 2 or for more fast-paced action, check out Tom Cruise in the new Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

 

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