Event Category: Arts Festivals

The arts are as vast and varied as humanity itself. Our cultures and religions, and hopes, fears and desires are all expressed through the myriad forms of art that, just like us, keep evolving and expanding. No wonder then that arts festivals are major events in a country’s calendar.

Whether it’s just to keep yourself entertained, or to enrich your understanding of a destination and its people, festivals of art will often leave you with richer and more memorable travel experiences.

Arts and Art Festivals

Sometimes arts festivals are understood as encompassing the arts at large, whereas events which tend to focus on the visual arts are often called art (in the singular) festivals or art exhibitions – or lowbrow art versus highbrow art. At Travel Begins at 40, we are no brow at all and love everything. From the fine, visual and plastic arts to the performing and decorative arts and architecture, and from ethnic and religious arts to avant-garde and experimental arts, let yourself be surprised, amused or challenged wherever you travel.

Fringe festivals

Fringe festivals are events where the style or subject matter of the arts presented are experimental, and it’s the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, one of the world’s largest arts festivals, where the term comes from. Fringe festivals can now be found all over the world such as the Rainforest Fringe Festival in Borneo.

Art Biennale and Triennale

Occurring only once every two and three years, an art biennale and triennale sometimes make for the largest and most important art gatherings in the world, such as the famous Venice Biennale. But also some of these lesser known rare events are much worth attending, of which the Setouchi Triennale in Japan is a case in point. Make sure you plan them into your travels well ahead of time because if you miss one, it’ll be a long wait.

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October 2018

Anni Albers Tate Modern

October 11, 2018
Tate Modern, Bankside
London,SE1 9TGUnited Kingdom
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£18
Anni Albers

An exhibition devoted to the works of Anni Albers runs at the Tate Modern, London from 11 October 2018 to 27 January 2019. This exhibition, co-organised by Tate Modern and…

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July 2019

Balham Comedy Festival, The Bedford Balham

July 5, 2019 - July 13, 2019
The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham
London,SW12 9HDUnited Kingdom
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Balham Comedy Festival

The eighth Balham Comedy Festival will once more douse the streets of south London with a liberal sprinkling of mirth this July at The Bedford Balham. Produced by comedian John…

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March 2020

Andy Warhol Art at Tate Modern, London

March 12, 2020 - November 15, 2020
Tate Modern, Bankside
London,SE1 9TGUnited Kingdom
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Andy Warhol Art

London’s first retrospective of Andy Warhol art in almost 20 years has re-opened at the Tate Modern with special measures in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak...

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October 2020

BFI London Film Festival 2020

October 7, 2020 - October 18, 2020
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BFI London Film Festival

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic the 64th BFI London Film Festival will walk red carpets around the UK capital once more this October, in what organisers claim will be the most…

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Raindance Film Festival 2020, London

October 28, 2020 - November 7, 2020
Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street
London,SW1Y 4LRUnited Kingdom
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£10 – £195
Raindance Film Festival

The largest independent UK film festival, The Raindance Film Festival returns to London for its 27th edition in September. Describing itself as the “champion of the underdog”...

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June 2021

Kensington + Chelsea Festival 2021

June 21, 2021 - August 31, 2021
Kensington & Chelsea London,United Kingdom + Google Map
Kensington & Chelsea Festival

The west of London will come alive with a plethora of live performances and public art for two months this summer with the first Kensington + Chelsea Festival from 21 June to 31 August...

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September 2021

RA Summer Exhibition 2021

September 22, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London,W1J 0BDUnited Kingdom
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£20
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Delayed until late September due to Covid, The Royal Academy’s 253rd Summer Exhibition, is a unique celebration of contemporary art and architecture, providing a vital platform and support for the…

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