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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice enough, 15 Feb 2010
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This review is from: 300 Unmissable Events and Festivals Around the World (Paperback)
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This is quite a nice book, really. Bit bigger than A5ish and crammed with information and photos. Details on 300 festivals around the world, split into the following headings:

~ Art and Culture
~ Family
~ Food and Drink
~ Glamorous
~ Music
~ Natural Wonders
~ Spectacular (sounds ambiguous, this one. Amongst others, this section includes Chinese New Year; New Orleans Mardi Gras and Trooping the Colour)
~ Spiritual and Religious
~ Sport and Adventure
~ Weird and Wonderful (has things like Summer Redneck Games; Roswell UFO Festival and Alpine Beard Festival... couldn't tell ya)

They are also listed by location and date so, in theory, you could use this to plot a holiday, or discover something groovy off the beaten track. The list of stuff is widespread and probably caters to most folk, from ICEHOTEL to Sakura Festivals to Aurora Borealis (the things am most longing to see) through to World Nettle Eating Championships (sadly us Brits are responsible for this one) and Milan Fashion Week. So most tastes will find something to nibble on.

The larger festivals have Insider Tips and Strange But True factoids, while all the festivals have been graded price-wise (although, they don't say how they define "inexpensive" or "moderate") along with dates, places and contact information and websites. The photos aren't fantastic, as most of them are quite small, save for one or 2 double-spreads (and the turtle photos linked to Turtle Watching in Tobago which, aye, isnae technically a festival) but there are hundreds of them, so they're nice to pore through. Meh, this all sounds a bit luke-warm, and that's pretty much fair. Other cultures are fascinating, and it's amazing seeing what others get up to... but the book is missing something and it all feels a little humdrum and effervescenceless.
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