Petrovac Jazz Festival in Montenegro

Mention Montenegro to someone on the street and their likely response will involve a comment about James Bond and Daniel Craig.  However, in the music world, Petrovac in Montenegro’s Budva municipality is renowned for its Jazz Fest which attracts local and international artists alike.  Concerts, workshops and participation events attract a lively crowd year after year.  This year the festival will take place between the 31st of August and the 3rd of September.  Acts will include: Eyot, Gerd Schuller “Key Trio”, Aga Zaryan Trio, Cirkusz-KA, Balkan Jazz Collective, Michaela Rabitsch & Robert Pawlik and Filip Gavranovic Duo.

To find out more information visit www.petrovacjazzfestival.tripod.com

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Pilsner Fest 2010 – A Feast of Pilsner, Gastronomy & Music

Pilsner FestOn the 27th and 28th of August the Pilsner Fest will take place in the premises of the Pilsner Urquell  brewery in the Czech Republic.  The festival promises to be a feast of beers, gastronomy and music.

Music lovers have been promised an incredible two-days featuring 25 bands offering the widest variety of musical genres and performing on two stages directly on the grounds of the Pilsner brewery including: J.A.R., Support Lesbiens, Mig 21 and Tři sestry (Three Sisters). The latter has even prepared an entirely new song for Pilsner Fest and will play it live for the very first time in Pilsen. A unique sort of musical carousel has also been prepared to introduce each band. As the band on stage winds down its performance, it will play something from the repertoire of the band following them up. Visitors will therefore be treated to an incredibly diverse combination of musical styles: Tři sestry playing something famous from Xindl X, Visací Zámek (Padlock) trying a bit of hip-hop ala Kapitán Láska (The Captain of Love), or Jirka Macháček gritting his teeth and launching into a song by Sunshine.

There will be plenty of unique beer specials to keep your tastebuds alert, while traditional snacks will be available to soak up any excess alcohol!  The best bit? Entry to the festival is FREE of charge.

To find out more visit www.pilsnerfest.cz

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Nights in Ljubljana Old Town

Nights in Ljubljana Old Town is a mini festival closing the summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival and symbolically concluding Ljubljana’s summer event season.  Taking place between 24th and 28th August, it traditionally features outdoor concerts accompanied by a diverse mixture of other cultural and entertainment events taking place in the streets and squares of the old part of the city centre.  Entrance is free so if you find yourself in Ljubljana at the end of August, make sure you take full advantage of the festivities.

Ljubljana Slovenia

For more information about Ljubljana and the city’s events go to www.visitljubljana.si

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Tallinn August DanceFestival Schedule

The August DanceFestival is a contemporary performing art festival introducing new generation of performing arts artists from the World to the Baltic region and serves as a meeting point and common ground for artists. Since 2004 every second year the festival has been devoted to emerging young artist and their work.

The first August DanceFestival was held in 1999 in Tallinn, but it is a continuation of summer festival idea started in 1996 in Pärnu, Estonia. The festival will take place mainly at the Kanuti Gildi SAAL, but other venues are used as well. Kanuti Gildi SAAL is Estonian’s first production and event house devoted exclusively to the genre of contemporary dance and art and situated in the centre of Tallinn Old Town.

Check out the line-up below:

14.08 /SAT./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
HOOMAN SHARIFI /NOR/: “Lingering of an earlier event”

16.08 /MON./ 17:00 Freedom Square (site-specific / free)
MIHKEL ERNITS /EST/: “Bodysnatchers”

16.08 /MON./ 20:00 Theatre NO99
P.A.R.T.S. / ANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER /BEL/: “RE: Drumming”

17.08 /MON./ 20:00 Theatre NO99
P.A.R.T.S. /BEL/: personal work

19.08 /THU./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
LIIS ILULA /EST/ “älis mnimedemaal”
ELE VISKUS /EST/ “Taidlusrühm Rähn”
HENRY HÜTT /EST/ “The Reader”

21.08 /SAT./ 17:00 Lindakivi Cultural Centre Square (site-specific / free)
MIHKEL ERNITS /EST/: “Bodysnatchers”

23.08 /MON./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
MART KANGRO & ENSEMBLE U: /EST/: “Harmoonia”

24.08 /TUE./ 18:00 Tammsaare Park (site-specific / free)
LA MACANA /ESP/: “VEN”

25.08 /WED./ 18:00 Cinema Sõprus Square (site-specific / free)
LA MACANA /ESP/: “VEN”

25.08 /WED./ 20:00 Von Krahl Theatre
VAVA STEFANESCU /ROM/: “Quartet for a microphone”

26.08 /THU./ 20:00 Von Krahl Theatre
VAVA STEFANESCU /ROM/: “Quartet for a microphone”

27.08 /FRI./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
OLEG SULIMENKO & ANDREI ANDRIANOV /RUS-AUS/: “Made in Russia”

28.08 /SAT./ 20:00 Kanuti Gildi SAAL
OLEG SULIMENKO & ANDREI ANDRIANOV /RUS-AUS/: “Made in Russia”

For more information visit www.saal.ee

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The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte Opens in Germany’s Capital

Oversized beds, a buzzing location and a 24-hour mindset are spectacularly integrated at The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte, Design Hotels member hotel, which opened on 6 July 2010. Situated in the city’s central district, Mitte, this 88-room hotel is from the owners of Lux 11, Tom Tänzer and Elmo Hagendorf. Aimed at business travellers from the music, fashion and creative scene, as well as leisure travellers, the hotel focuses on what is truly important in life: rest, comfort and simplicity. Tänzer and Hagendorf have created a property which is more than a hotel, it’s a whole concept. With a luxury punk aesthetic, round-the-clock services and spacious rooms, guests are certain to feel part of the true Berlin – a creative, large, and thrilling city which never sleeps.

Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte

The Interior
The room décor focuses on a single piece of furniture: the bed. With large mattresses measuring two by two metres and oversized cloth-covered frames, the beds take centre-stage. The effect created is a floor-to-ceiling, room within a room, complemented by muted colours and luxurious materials. Every room features Apple iMacs instead of television sets and there are also iPad laptops for hire. These give guests access to social networks, music and games and reflect the hotel’s synthesis of luxury and technology. To create a cosy environment, rooms also come with a large Asprey London cosmetics box, fluffy bathrobes and tailor-made pyjamas. There are also handmade furnishings and quirky designs which use organic materials, including bathroom shelves made from slabs of natural oak wood and handcrafted lamps which seem alive through their organic design.

Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte

The Experience
The phrase ‘whatever guests desire’ is foremost at The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte, with a range of services which are all 24-hour. Instead of uniforms, staff wear exclusive clothing from the new Ellesse heritage collection, reflecting the hotel’s connection with the fashion industry. On the ground floor the ClubLounge and Schwarz bar provide a buzzing space for guests and locals to mingle. The bar is named after the German film actress Jessica Schwarz and will exclusively serve a herbal liquor made according to her family’s secret recipe. Guests can also dine in the restaurant serving traditional German cuisine with a modern twist. An invitation-only rooftop area with bar adds to the chic and exclusive ambience, with stunning vistas of Berlin and the iconic TV tower. There will also be a whirlpool, sauna and 24-hour room service menu and breakfast.

Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte

The Location
The Weinmeister is located at the intersection of Weinmeisterstrasse and Rosenthaler Strasse in Mitte, a Berlin hotspot for art, culture, fashion, shopping and clubbing. Close to the hotel is the shopping street of Friedrichstrasse, the cultural delights on Unter den Linden, the art on Museum Island and the Soviet architecture at Alexanderplatz.

The Weinmeister is offering a special opening rate of EUR 129 until the end of August

www.designhotels.com/weinmeister_berlin_mitte

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Berlin Beer Festival August 2010

This year Berlin will celebrate its 14th annual Beer Festival between the 6th and 8th of August.  The event will be held on the Berlin ‘Beer Mile’ (which at 2.2 km is the longest ‘beer garden’ in the world). Around 260 breweries from 86 countries will offer 1800 beer specialities. At the 2009 festival special focus was given to Belgian beers.  This year’s festival includes live music across an impressive 18 stages.  If you find yourself in town, make sure you visit the festival, with prices at rock bottom prices it should prove to be a fantastic event!

For more information visit www.bierfestival-berlin.de

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OFF Festival Katowice 2010 Line-up

From 5th to 8th of August Katowice will become the capital of good music by hosting the OFF Festival Katowice 2010.  OFF Festival is more than just a selection of interesting alternative music from around the world, it’s also a great opportunity to get a better taste of what’s going on on the Polish scene. Potty Umbrella, We Call It A Sound, Newest Zealand and many more.  Check out the line-up below…

Thursday, August 5th – Hipnoza Jazz Club

21.30 – 23.00 Matmos (USA), Ecstatic Sunshine (USA) – IBC* – sold out!

Dolina Trzech Stawów

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6th

mBank Stage
14.00 – 14.30 Hotel Kosmos (PL)
15.00 – 15.30 Potty Umbrella (PL)
16.10 – 16.50 Kim Nowak (PL)
17.50 – 18.40 Voo Voo plays “Snopowiązałka” (PL)
19.40 – 20.30 The Horrors (UK)
21.40 – 22.40 Lenny Valentino (PL)
00.00 – 01.10 Tinderstics (UK)

Leśna Stage
14.30 – 15.00 We Call It A Sound (PL)
15.35 – 16.05 NP (PL)
17.00 – 17.40 19 Wiosen (PL)
18.50 – 19.40 Something Like Elvis (PL)
20.40 – 21.30 Art Brut (UK)
22.50 – 23.50 The Fall (UK)
01.20 – 02.20 100% Raekwon (USA)

Trójka Offensywa Stage
15.00 – 15.30 Newest Zealand (PL)
16.10 – 16.50 Cieślak i Księżniczki (PL)
17.50 – 18.40 Toro Y Moi (USA)
19.40 – 20.30 Black Heart Procession (USA)
21.40 – 22.40 Efterklang (DK)
00.00 – 01.10 A Place To Bury Strangers (USA)
02.30 – 04.00 Joker feat. Nomad (UK)

Eksperymentalna Stage
15.35 – 16.05 Tin Pan Alley (PL)
17.00 – 17.40 The Psychic Paramount (USA)
18.50 – 19.30 Baaba (PL)
20.40 – 21 30 Szelest Spadających Papierków (PL)
22.30 – 23.30 ZU (I) – IBC
01.20 – 02.20 Trans AM (USA)
02.50 – 03.50 Fennesz (AUT) – IBC

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7th

mBank Stage
14.00 – 14.30 Paula i Karol (PL)
15.00 – 15.30 3moonboys (PL)
16.10 – 16.50 Pustki (PL)
17.50 – 18.40 Muchy (PL)
19.40 – 20.30 Archie Bronson Outfit (UK)
21.40 – 22.40 Hey (PL)
00.00 – 01.10 Dinosaur Jr (USA)

Leśna Stage
14.30 – 15.00 Manescape (PL)
15.35 – 16.05 Plum (PL)
17.00 – 17.40 Mitch And Mitch With Their Incredible Combo (PL)
18.50 – 19.30 Apteka plays “Menda” (PL)
20.40 – 21.30 Tunng (UK)
22.50 – 23.50 Mew (DK)
01.20 – 02.20 Lali Puna (DE)

Trójka Offensywa Stage
15.00 – 15.30 Nathalie And The Loners (PL)
16.10 – 16.50 FM Belfast (IS)
17.50 – 18.40 Pink Freud (PL)
19.40 – 20.30 Mouse On Mars (DE)
21.40 – 22.40 A Hawk & A Hacksaw (USA)
00.00 – 01.10 Radio Dept. (SE)
02.30 – 04.00 Digital Mystikz (UK)

Eksperymentalna Stage
14.00 – 14.30 St James Hotel (PL)
15.35 – 16.05 All Sounds Allowed (PL)

17.00 – 17.40 Tides From Nebula (PL)
18.50 – 19.30 Prawatt And Mirna Ray (PL)
20.40 – 21.30 These Are Powers (USA)
22.30 – 23.30 Lachowicz (PL)
01.20 – 02.20 Zs (USA) – IBC
02.50 – 03.50 Wiliam Basinski (USA) – IBC

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8th

mBank Stage
14.00 – 14.30 Let The Boy Decide (PL)
15.00 – 15.30 Ed Wood (PL)
16.10 – 16.50 Pablopavo i Ludziki (PL)
17.50 – 18.40 O.S.T.R (PL)
19.40 – 20.30 Shearwater (USA)
21.40 – 22.40 The Raveonettes (DK)
00.00 – 01.10 The Flaming Lips (USA)

Leśna Stage
14.30 – 15.00 Bipolar Bears (PL)
15.35 – 16.05 Pulled Apart By Horses (UK)
17.00 – 17.40 Lao Che (PL)
18.50 – 19.30 Casiokids (NO)
20.40 – 21.30 No Age (USA)
22.50 – 23.50 Kryzys (PL)
01.20 – 02.20 Anti-Pop Consortium (USA)

Trójka Offensywa Tent
15.00 – 15.30 Indigo Tree (PL)
16.10 – 16.50 Happy Pills (PL)
17.50 – 18.40 Bear In Heaven (USA)
19.40 – 20.30 Dum Dum Girls (USA)
21.40 – 22.40 The Very Best (MW/UK)
00.00 – 01.10 Kucz/Kulka (PL)
02.30 – 04.00 Darkstar (UK)

Eksperymentalna Stage
15.35 – 16.05 Kyst (PL)
17.00 – 17.40 The Tallest Man On Earth (SE)
18.50 – 19.30 Niwea (PL)
20.40 – 21.30 Damon and Naomi (USA)
22.30 – 23.30 Tune-Yards (USA) – IBC
01.20 – 02.20 Shining (NO)
02.50 – 03.50 Philip Jeck (USA) – IBC

*Inspired By Chopin

For more infomation visit 2010.off-festival.pl

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The Spirit of Burgas Beach Festival

burgas-logoIt’s less than one week until the second Spirit of Burgas and festival organisers are gearing up to welcome thousands of party people for sun, sea, music and lots of fun!  With Bulgaria being named as the cheapest place for an overseas holiday in the annual survey published by the Post Office, you don’t have to worry about the cost of things when you get there.

Taking place between the 14th and 16th of August and located on the picture-perfect white sands of the city’s central beach, Spirit of Burgas was named one of the Top 20 European Music Festivals for 2009 in The Times and was previously nominated Best European Festival at the Virtual Festival Awards. Acts confirmed so far include: Faith No More, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Crystal Method, Dreadzone, Clawfinger, Gravity Co, LTJ Bukem feat. MC Conrad, Sub Focus, Speedy J, Alexander Kowalski, and nights from many respected labels and promoters including HMSU, Metropolis, Renesanz, Remote Area, Rush Hour, and Welcome To The Future plus some other very special guests to be announced soon.
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Launched in 2008, Spirit of Burgas is set to be even bigger and better than ever, with over 100 acts across seven stages, showcasing a diverse range of artists and performances across all genres of music. What better location to experience it than Burgas city beach, with stunning views of the Black Sea coastline, stretching over 20km.  It’s no wonder that MTV chose to film at the festival last year, making a special program featuring live performances and exclusive behind the scenes coverage which was broadcast across the MTV European Network in 16 countries.

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Czech Campaign

Prague Castle
Prague Castle

A media campaign, which was prepared by CzechTourism in cooperation with the City of Prague, will be running throughout August on the Expedia.com reservation portal.  This synergy was also supported by Prague Airport and the Czech Association of Hotels and Restaurants, together with the hotels which participated in this campaign.

The aim of this campaign is to present Prague as a holiday alternative in Central Europe and to increase the number of people coming into the city from surrounding destinations.  The campaign on Expedia is focused on the important source tourism markets for the Czech Republic: USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia.

The City of Prague
Prague will undoubtedly captivate your senses.  The City of a Hundred Spires, the Golden City, the Mother of Cities and the Heart of Europe – these are all names for Prague, the largest UNESCO urban conservation area in the world. Prague is also an exciting city that offers a mix of art, music, dance, film and theatre.  This gem of original European architecture is a beautiful and romantic city with breathtaking views, quiet gardens, rides on riverboats and relaxing strolls along narrow cobblestone lanes.  Even with its history dating back more than a thousand years, the Czech capital is still a thriving modern city with luxury hotels, excellent restaurants offering traditional Czech and international cuisine, trendy clubs and enchanting pubs.

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