Air Supply Returns to The Orleans Showroom During Memorial Day Weekend,

April 18, 2014 on 10:49 am | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Australian Soft Rock Duo Air Supply Returns to The Orleans Showroom
During Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25

Las Vegas—Air Supply, a staple of early ‘80s radio, is returning to The Orleans Showroom for three shows May 23, 24 and 25.

Englishman Graham Russell and Australian Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 while performing in the Australian production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Later that year, the duo formed Air Supply and released their first smash hit and self-titled debut album, reaching gold in Australia. After opening for Rod Stewart’s tour in the United States in the late ‘70s, Air Supply had an international breakthrough and signed a distribution deal with Artista Records in 1980.

Their album, “Lost in Love,” featured three U.S. Top 5 singles, including the title track, which was the fastest-selling single in the world; “Every Woman in the World”; and “All Out of Love.” Over the next three years, Air Supply produced hit after hit, including “Just Another Woman,” “The One That You Love,” “Here I Am,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Even The Nights Are Better” and “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All,” which reached #2 on the Billboard charts in 1983.They released “Mumbo Jumbo” in May 2010, and the single “Sanctuary” was released in December 2011.

With 30 albums and more than 15 hit singles, Air Supply is renowned around the world. In 2008, Air Supply was named #83 on Billboard’s top 100 musical acts of all time, making them the only Australian band on the list.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $39.95 plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075, or by visiting

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a bingo parlor, keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at , on Facebook ( , and Twitter (@orleanscasino). The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

JAZZ at KITANO – NYC’s newest jazz venue

April 18, 2014 on 10:48 am | In East Coast, Festivals, New York City, Webbandstand | Comments Off

April is Jazz Appreciation Month and the 30th has been designated International Jazz Day, uniting music lovers across the world. Would you be interested in a story angle regarding the best places to travel for swinging jazz? I’ve included brief bullets below on jazz-infused locales from its birthplace in New Orleans to NYC and even Rome, but I would be happy to share full details if this is of interest.


o JAZZ at KITANO – NYC’s newest jazz venue and the recording site of a recent Grammy-nominated jazz album; legendary artists perform on a concert condition Steinway A piano

o The Bateaux – Jazz by sea, this all-glass dining vessel has its own jazz pianist for dinner dancing alongside views of the Big Apple

- New Orleans

o Windsor Court Hotel – The Polo Club Lounge features the city’s best jazz musicians and is a favorite among celebrities

o Sheraton New Orleans – The host hotel for Jazz & Heritage Festival, it features a 100-year-old George Rodrigue painted Blue Dog Steinway piano

o Courtyard New Orleans – Guests get the ‘local’ experience in the French Quarter, a stone’s throw from Bourbon St.’s renowned musicians

- Grand Rapids

o Amway Grand Plaza – The historic hotel offers guests live jazz piano in a warm, fire lit atmosphere over local craft brews and complimentary snacks

- Rome

o Rome Cavalieri – Unlike traditional Italian locales, this hotel features live jazz performances and a Musical Brunch by the hotel’s featured musician

Photographing Africa: Botswana’s Green Season‏

April 18, 2014 on 10:47 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Botswana, Webbandstand | Comments Off

If you’re looking for the best-kept secret when it comes to spectacular African wildlife photography opportunities, let me share it with you: it’s Botswana’s Green Season Photo Safari!

Botswana is one of Africa’s most epic safari destinations, where wildlife flourishes in vast reserves and visitor numbers are strictly limited. And there’s simply no more beautiful time than the “green season” to capture stunning images — that’s why we’ve put together this special photography safari, at a very distinctive time of year.


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When brief rains turn the parched Kalahari Desert green, cloud formations create spectacular backdrops for photography — and glorious sunsets. This is also the time of year when new babies frolic on the plains — a photographer’s delight!

The Okavango Delta is a wildlife magnet, too. Get varied perspectives on this legendary safari mecca as you explore via canoe safaris through flooded wetlands and game drives in search of elephant, buffalo and a host of feline predators.

Our special photo adventure also includes perks not found on typical safaris: An extra-small group capped at 8 guests total; no more than 4 travelers per custom 4×4 safari truck, with a window seat for everyone; guided bush walks on private reserves; and extra baggage allowance for all your gear!

…And you don’t have to be an expert to join this trip! Photographers of all abilities will benefit from personalized coaching from our Expedition Leader, who is a superb professional photographer as well as a top naturalist guide.

You won’t find a better opportunity for photographing Botswana and its legendary wildlife at the most verdant time of the year. Call an Adventure Specialist at 1­-800­-543­-8917 to reserve your spot!

Country Fest joins Sun Peaks’ 2014 Free Summer Concert Series

April 18, 2014 on 10:44 am | In British Columbia, Canada, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

5th Annual Retro Concert Weekend tribute acts announced

Sun Peaks, BC  – Sun Peaks’ guests will have a chance to kick up their heels at the first ever Country Fest! This new festival is part of the 2014 Free Summer Concert Series, featuring one of Canada’s most played country artists, Aaron Lines. The July 19 concert will be complimented by a weekend full of country inspired events and music with details to be announced in the coming months.

Aaron Lines is one of Canada’s most well- known country artists with five studio albums and many chart topping hits including “Waitin’ on the Wonderful” in 2005, and “Lights of My Hometown” in 2006. In 2003 he was named Male Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards and in 2008 was nominated for the Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year.

The region’s ranching roots were part of the inspiration to include a country weekend in this summer’s diverse events calendar.

“Since Sun Peaks hosted the Kamloops’ Cattle Drive in the 90’s, we have envisioned a country festival,” says Christopher Nicolson, president of Tourism Sun Peaks. “Our community is surrounded by ranches and many of our staff are from local ranching families. Western culture is an important and active part of our heritage and our today.”

“We are excited to attract a new genre of music fans to Sun Peaks,” says Janice Nankivell, events manager for Tourism Sun Peaks. “This will introduce our amazing concert weekends to a new group of people who can enjoy our one-of-a-kind outdoor music venue , plus all the other summer activities here, such as downhill and cross country biking, lift accessed hiking, golf and more.”

Later this summer, it’s a milestone for the local’s favourite Retro Concert Weekend from August 15 to 17, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary. This unique festival has continued to evolve, including an improved venue and stage location last summer and new, top quality tribute bands every year.

This year’s Retro Concert Weekend will feature four new tribute bands. Big River is four musicians from the West Coast who present the recordings of Johnny Cash in the style and with the sound of the Man in Black himself. American Rock Legends will perform a John Fogerty and a Bob Seger Tribute, two enduring rock icons. LegZZ is a polished ZZ Top Tribute band with an incredible stage show appealing to audiences of all ages. Ikons, a Kiss Tribute, has been called Canada’s Top Tribute act! Two other favourite acts, Live Rust, a Neil Young Tribute and Blaze of Glory, a Bon Jovi Tribute, will be returning for a second and third time to the festival respectively.

For more information on the 2014 Free Summer Concert Series line-up and special packages go to

Aaron Lines – July 19

Retro Concert Weekend – August 15 to 17
7:00pm – Big River – Johnny Cash Tribute

12:00pm – American Rock Legends – John Fogerty & Bob Seger Tribute
2:30pm – Legzz – ZZ Top Tribute
5:00pm – Blaze of Glory – Bon Jovi Tribute
7:30pm – Ikons – Kiss Tribute

11:00am – Live Rust – Neil Young Tribute

About Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Resort is interior British Columbia’s largest four season destination resort, located 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops. Recently declared the 2nd Best Ski Resort in Canada and 13th Best in North America by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine readers, Sun Peaks offers spectacular alpine and Nordic skiing amidst three unique mountains which surround an intimate ski-through village. The community is both vibrant and welcoming. In warmer months, Sun Peaks offers a diverse range of leisure activities including 18 holes of golf, a legendary bike park, scenic alpine hiking as well as numerous sporting events and music festivals. Sun Peaks Resort was the first ski resort in North America and remains the sole resort in Canada to receive the ISO 14001 designation recognizing the resort’s environmental policies and practices. Sun Peaks can be accessed by two airport gateways – Kamloops (45 minutes) and Kelowna (2 1/2 hours) and by car, only a 4 ¼ hour drive separates Sun Peaks and Vancouver, B.C.

It is time to book your seat for the Passion Play of Sordevolo, Italy‏

April 18, 2014 on 8:42 am | In Italy, Rome, Webbandstand | Comments Off

The 2015 Passion Play of Sordevolo, Italy is a journey in faith your parish will never forget. Set against the Sacred Mountains of Italy; witness an epic reenactment of the Passion of Christ, from Palm Sunday through the Resurrection. From June to September 2015.

Religious travel is booming! Offer your spiritual clients faith and fun in Sordevolo, Italy at the 2015 performance of La Passione di Cristo. Sordevolo’s prime location against the Sacred Mountains in the bountiful Piedmont region delivers the inspiration and healing your clients seek and is the ideal starting point for a bigger tour of Europe’s spiritual cities.

This experience is further enhanced by its location in Italy, offering the opportunity for individual travelers or religious groups to combine their time in Sordevolo with visits to other cities and visits they’re longing to discover throughout the Piedmont region and beyond! In a blossoming region ready to be explored, Sordevolo and the Passion Play of Sordevolo are treasures waiting for you in 2015!

Central Holidays is the exclusive ticket distributor for the 2015 production of the Passion Play of Sordevolo. Work with our destination experts today to plan customized FIT, group, and incentive trips – this retelling of the last days of Christ is staged only twice a decade, so don’t miss out!


Arts and Culture Flourish in Coronado‏

April 18, 2014 on 8:33 am | In Beachbooker, California, San Diego, Webbandstand | Comments Off

For more than a century, Coronado has enticed and inspired visitors with its temperate climate, sea-swept breezes and beautiful postcard setting cradled between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. It’s no wonder Coronado is often referred to as the “enchanted” island. Coronado continues to stir the imagination and satisfy the soul with a rich mix of arts and culture offerings for visitors to enjoy throughout the year.


Follow the yellow brick road to Coronado on August 1-10, 2014 for the island’s first-ever Oz Con International , a celebration of the magical literary works of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, a frequent visitor whose fondness for the “Crown City” is reflected in many of his writings.

Festivities include a screening of the digitally-enhanced 75th anniversary version of the original Wizard of Oz movie at the Village Theatre; Wizard of Oz Walking Tours to the Hotel del Coronado – Baum’s inspiration for the Emerald City – and the nearby house where Baum wrote three of his famous Oz books; a Wizard of Oz musical cabaret at the Coronado Playhouse; exhibitions of Oz memorabilia and collectibles at the Coronado Public Library, and fun children’s activities including a Wizard of Oz Musical Theater Day Camp, Oz storytelling, costume contests and more.


Film buffs can enjoy Hollywood blockbusters in the magnificently restored Art Deco-style Village Theatre , located on Orange Ave. Originally opened in 1947 and shuttered in 2000, the theater celebrated its grand re-opening in June 2011 after a $3 million renovation. Incorporating design concepts by the late, legendary theater designer Joseph Musil, known for his restoration of Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, retro-modern design details include hand-painted murals by Disney muralist Bill Anderson, a towering illuminated “Village” sign and a classic sidewalk ticket booth.

The main theater seats 215 moviegoers and two smaller screens seat 45 people each. Bringing movie magic into the 21st century, the Village Theatre also utilizes the latest 3-D technology.

The premier Coronado Island Film Festival, scheduled to launch in fall 2015, will celebrate “where movies began, and the magic continues.” Coronado’s Hollywood connection spans over a century. Some of the first movies ever made were produced at the Hotel del Coronado in 1901 and numerous stars have visited the island over the years to work and play.

The four-day festival will feature guest filmmakers and screenings of classic films like Some Like it Hot and The Stunt Man (both filmed at the Hotel del Coronado) and contemporary movies like Act of Valor (2012) shown at the Village Theatre and Coronado School of the Arts’ 580-seat theater, as well as family-friendly events including a free movie on the beach.


Coronado is home to two professional theaters offering entertaining shows year-round.

Lamb’s Players Theatre , Coronado’s award-winning professional theater company, produces timeless classics, musicals and lesser-known theatre gems on its resident stage on Orange Avenue.

Coronado Playhouse, San Diego’s oldest community theater founded in 1946, produces classic and modern comedies, dramas, mysteries, musicals and original works by local playwrights in an intimate 100-seat cabaret-style theatre overlooking picturesque Glorietta Bay.


Thought-provoking visual arts, including paintings, sculptures and interpretive works and displays, can be viewed at Coronado’s history and art museum, plus a number of fine art galleries.

The Crown City’s colorful and fascinating history comes alive at the Coronado Museum of History and Art on Orange Ave., where visitors can explore the island’s early days, including the prominent U.S. Navy presence and rich history of the Hotel del Coronado. The museum also offers fascinating walking tours, exploring Coronado’s history, famous buildings, residents and gardens. Tickets prices are $10-$15 (children 12 and under are free); reservations are required. Admission to the museum is free; donations welcome.

Celebrating 39 years on the island, Art & Frames by Wood Gallery on Orange Ave. features a variety of local, national and international artists, ranging from traditional to contemporary, who work in a wide a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, ceramics and glass. The gallery also displays a selection of hand-signed lithographs by 20th Century Master artists such as Chagall, Picasso and Matisse.

Shorelines Gallery on Orange Ave. showcases handcrafted jewelry, glass art and chic home décor and furniture by 150 artists from throughout the United States.

The Dan McGeorge Gallery on Orange Ave. displays a variety of photographic works from throughout the U.S. and around the world, including breathtaking nature photos. The gallery’s Coronado School of Photography holds regular private and group lessons for photographers of all skill levels.

Austin’s Gallery on C Avenue, a co-op of local Coronado and San Diego artists, showcases paintings, pottery, textiles, blown art glass, photography, jewelry and other unique handcrafted items.

The Coronado Ferry Landing on San Diego Bay is home to Art for Wildlife Galleries, exhibiting wildlife-inspired artworks, and the Stephen Clayton Gallery, featuring the “Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.” One popular painting, “I Dreamed I Was a Doorman at the Hotel del Coronado,” depicts Seuss’ vibrant otherworldly view of Coronado.


On the first and third Sunday of every month, Spreckels Park , Coronado’s large city park located in the center of the island (Orange Ave. and 6th St.), is transformed into an outdoor gallery featuring more than 50 artists selling their works. The aptly named Art-in-the-Park event showcases a dazzling array of artworks, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, handmade jewelry and more.


Coronado weaves a rich tapestry of public art that can be found throughout the island.

Visitors are in for an eye-opening treat when they take a self-guided Public Art Walking Tour of Coronado. Featuring 30 artworks, from murals, mosaics and photo montages to sculptures, fountains and architectural marvels, highlights include the playful “My Bike” sculpture in Tidelands Park, “Sea Passage” fountain by artist James Hubbell (“San Diego’s Gaudi”) at the Glorietta Bay Promenade, Wizard of Oz Glass Panels at the Coronado Public Library and a Solstice Clock on the Silver Strand.

The annual Coronado Art Walk in September at the Coronado Ferry Landing is the city’s annual celebration of the arts, featuring exhibits of paintings, photography, ceramics, hand-crafted jewelry and other mediums by over 100 artists. Admission is free and a complimentary shuttle transports guests along Orange Avenue, with a stop at the popular Art-in-the-Park in Spreckels Park.


From sweet and soulful to grand and commanding, the sound of music fills the air in Coronado throughout the year.

During the Coronado Ferry Landing Summer Concert Series , 1-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, late May through early September, visitors can enjoy live music performances from local bands and spectacular views of San Diego Bay.

Visitors can also enjoy live music at various venues around the island including the redesigned 1887 on the Bay, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge, Babcock & Story bar in the Hotel del Coronado, Costa Azul, Candelas on the Bay, Vigilucci’s Ristorante and Wine a Bit.

Happiness is calling in Coronado. For more information on Coronado arts and culture and all that the island has to offer, go to, download the free Coronado app or call (619) 236-1212.

10 things you need to know about…legendary live music venues in Canada.

April 18, 2014 on 8:22 am | In Alberta, British Columbia, Canada, Festivals, Labrador, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, NWT, Ontario, PEI, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Toronto, Webbandstand, Yukon | Comments Off

Justin Bieber, Céline Dion, Bryan Adams, Neil Young: next to hockey, music might be Canada’s greatest export. From coast to coast to coast, intimate venues with rich history showcase tomorrow’s stars and legendary acts from around the globe.

1) West coast grooves: Since 1929, the Commodore Ballroom in downtown Vancouver has been the place to catch the hottest live acts. A vintage “sprung” dance floor—lined with horsehair for extra bounce—has kept crowds bopping over the years to (then) up-and-coming bands such as U2, Coldplay, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana.

2) Vintage jazz: Jazz cats can also check out Pat’s Pub on Vancouver’s hip east side. Built in 1914, the atmospheric spot—which still boasts original wood floors—once hosted ragtime stars like the legendary pianist “Jelly Roll” Morton. These days, local rock, jazz and indie acts perform throughout the week.

3) Rockin’ out in Cowtown: Housed in a 1936 theatre, the Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary is renowned for its acoustics and incredible live music. Drop in any night of the week for a dose of downhome country, bluegrass, blues and more in the heart of cowboy country.

4) Polka on the Prairies: Elvis is rumoured to have once serenaded crowds inside Danceland, a 1928 ballroom rising on the Saskatchewan prairies east of Saskatoon. Stop by on Saturday nights for old-time swing and polka, and bust a move on the original maple floor.

5) Mick and Keith’s stomping grounds: Legend has it that the Rolling Stones still stop by the Horseshoe Tavern in downtown Toronto to jam when they’re on tour. Housed in a former blacksmith shop, the “’Shoe” has a reputation for showcasing rising rock and roots talent over the years, including a young Bryan Adams.

6) Capital city honky tonk: A 1928 loggers’ roadhouse on the outskirts of Ottawa is home to the Black Sheep Inn. Boasting serious dive-bar cred, it’s a great place to catch bright young stars such as aboriginal electronica group A Tribe Called Red.

7) Francophone fun in la belle province: Everything from French bluegrass to gypsy jazz, burlesque and rockabilly can be heard at Montréal institution Le Divan Orange. The intimate venue, which overlooks historic Saint Laurent Boulevard, is packed tight most nights of the week with enthusiastic crowds.

8) Roots rock in Atlantic Canada: Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Halifax, the Carleton Music Bar and Grill spotlights acoustic sets. It’s a great place to sit back and soak up live folk, rock and roots music, pumped out through a state-of-the-art sound system.

9) Celtic music on the Cape: Situated on remote Cape Breton Island on Canada’s east coast, the Red Shoe Pub is a hub for Celtic music and culture. Inside the former dry goods store, Canadian and international musicians get down with reels, jigs, country dances and more.

10) Party down in Newfoundland: George Street in the heart of St. John’s—the continent’s easternmost city—claims the most bars per square foot of any street in North America. Twenty-five establishments pack a two-block stretch, including popular music venues such as the Rob Roy.

Looking for more visual inspiration from Canada’s music heritage? Browse our Brand Canada Library for thousands of images and videos from all over Canada.

Live Jazz In The Local Area At The Beautiful Chiesa Del Carmine

April 17, 2014 on 12:24 pm | In Festivals, Italy, Rome, Webbandstand | Comments Off

What could be better than live jazz on a summer’s evening in the beautiful city of Perugia? Now in its 41st year, the Umbria Jazz Festival is a true highlight of the Italian summer calendar and well worth a visit!

Located a mere 20 minutes from Perugia, the sensational Chiesa del Carmine is the ideal base from which to enjoy the festivities. This 11th Century church and adjoining 18th Century farmhouse offer guests wonderfully luxurious living in a genuinely spectacular part of the Umbrian countryside, with rolling hills, vineyards and even a mountainous backdrop as far as the eye can see. The estate is offering its guests a delicious picnic hamper to enjoy on a day out at the festival*. Featuring a carefully picked selection of wonderful local produce, including the estate’s very own, home-made olive oil, this is a real treat that adds an extra something to a great day out at the jazz festival.

Umbria Jazz Festival

Running from 11th July – 20th July 2014, this renowned event offers guests the chance to enjoy 10 days of extraordinary live music, performed by critically acclaimed artists from across the world. Attracting over 20,000 visitors each year, the festival has played host to legends such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Ornette Coleman. Not just for jazz aficionados, the festival offers visitors the chance to also enjoy bursts of rock n roll, world music, and even Cuban salsa. There is truly something for everyone, with a range of performances taking place in a variety of locations. Outdoor concerts are largely free to attend, and guests can savour the balmy Italian evenings and beautiful settings as they soak up the music.

There are also a number of indoor concerts that guests can pay to attend in venues across the city. The main venue, the Giardini del Frontone, is a spectacular venue that houses 4,500 people, and creates a wonderfully grand setting in which to enjoy some live music. During this period the entire centre of Perugia gets swept up in the occasion, with many restaurants, wine bars and pubs hosting free concerts of their own. Offering visitors a real taste of local Italian life, the festival is traditional Umbria at its finest.

The Estate

Chiesa del Carmine is the epitome of Italian charm. Beautifully restored to its former glory, the property is an exquisite and sprawling country estate, perfect for relaxing holidays. With endless views of the estate’s own olive groves and truffle woods, guests can experience the rustic charm of rural Italy. Sit back and relax in the impeccable landscaped gardens, or make your way down the ‘Roman walkway’ to the beautiful swimming pool. There is a vegetable garden where visitors can pick their own dinner and an al-fresco dining area for up to fourteen people

The Property

Sleeping fourteen, Chiesa del Carmine is a wonderful base for families and friends keen to experience authentic Umbria. Seamlessly combining the traditional with the modern, the property retains its old charm while offering comfortable contemporary living. There is extensive living space, with a vast drawing room and spacious dining areas. The bedrooms are beautiful, each immaculately decorated and perfectly presented.

The storey-high windows offer panoramic views of the beautiful grounds, perfect for admiring on lazy afternoons, while extensive cooking facilities, a baby grand piano and the large cinema screen ensure that all interests are covered. Young and old alike will find endless ways to entertain themselves at this beautiful property.

*Special Offer: Chiesa del Carmine is offering a delicious picnic hamper for guests to enjoy during the festival between the dates of 11th – 20th July 2014.

Chrissie Todd, the lovely Estate manager, is on hand to ensure a personal service is offered to every guest. Whether it’s a babysitter, housekeeper, private chef, masseuse or personal trainer, your heart’s desire can be arranged prior to your arrival at this dreamy Umbrian home. Easily accessible, Chiesa del Carmine sits just a 25 minute drive from Perugia airport, which operates Ryanair flights from London Stansted from €80 return.

Visit   or call +39 075 9414219 for further information.

Bringing Tirolean Hospitality To The Keswick Mountain Festival 2014

April 17, 2014 on 12:01 pm | In Festivals, London, United Kingdom, Webbandstand | Comments Off

For the third year running, the Tirol Tourist Board will be one of the main sponsors at the Keswick Mountain Festival, taking place from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th May 2014.

The luxurious tipi in the heart of the Festival Village on Crow Park will once again be transformed into an atmospheric Tirol Mountain Hut, opening for a special Tirolean evening on Thursday 15th May. Building on the success of last year, the Tirol Mountain Hut is the perfect meeting place to catch up with family and friends, enjoy some Tirolean hospitality and authentic Austrian food and drink and relax on the deckchairs dotted around outside.

The main Festival Village (open 16th to 18th May) is the hub of activity, packed full of displays, demonstrations and taster activities for all ages, abilities and interests. There is a varied mix of outdoor sport activities and programmes offered, including running, walking, cycling, as well as a host of family activities too. New for this year is outdoor live music on Friday and Saturday evening from Hothouse Flowers, The Feeling, Stornaway, The Bad Shepherds and Peatbog Faeries. Festival passes, with camping and non-camping options, start from £25 per person.

The high-profile speaker programme at the Theatre by the Lake is an added highlight to the festival, offering a mix of inspirational talks from adventurers, climbers, cyclists, celebrities and photographers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The Tirol Tourist Board is presenting one of Austria’s most famous mountaineers, Peter Habeler, as guest speaker on Friday 16th May at 17.15. Peter Habeler and his companion Reinhold Messner are best known for achieving what was thought to be impossible – completing the first ascent of Mount Everest without the aid of breathing apparatus in 1978. Tickets are prices at £18 per adult, £15.50 per child and can be booked online here. In addition, Peter Habeler will be making an appearance and signing autographs at the Tirol Mountain Hut on Friday 16th May at 13.00.

The curtain raiser and highlight of the alpine-themed programme will be a special Tirolean Evening on Thursday 15th May. Hosted in the Tirol Mountain Hut, the event will include a three course Tirolean meal prepared by Keswick based Austrian chef Leo Leininger. Entertainment will be provided by an Austrian folk band flying in all the way from the Tirol. Tickets for the Tirolean evening are priced at £35 and the event has a capacity of 65. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Tirolean programme at Keswick Mountain Festival is concluded with a holiday competition, open to everyone on the website. One couple can win an active holiday to the resort of Kitzbühel, courtesy of Thomson Lakes and Mountains.

Lucy Scrase, Keswick Mountain Festival director, comments: “Keswick Mountain Festival’s Tirolean programme has quickly grown into a highlight of our event and the alpine themed evening on the Thursday will help get the festival started in great style. The Tirol Mountain Hut is once again going to be a favourite meeting point for many people who visit the Festival Village on Crow Park over the weekend and we are delighted that the Tirol Tourist Board is bringing Peter Habeler to the festival. He is a major figure in world mountaineering and a great addition to our speaker line up.”

For more information about the event visit

For more information on the Tirol region  or keep updated at or @VisitTirol on twitter.

Celebrate Music In The Cultural Heart Of Germany

April 17, 2014 on 8:51 am | In Germany, Webbandstand | Comments Off

The sound of music is as alluring as ever in the Cultural Heart of Germany with 2014 yet again showcasing the unique musical heritage visitors can enjoy in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. From Bach to Strauss via Handel, take a look at all things concerts, festivals and musical events.

Happy birthday, we say

2014 marks the 300th anniversary of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Sebastian’s second eldest son who was born in Weimar and in his lifetime actually more famous than his father. This year’s Thuringian Bach Weeks (12 April to 4 May) with over 70 converts in authentic venues throughout the region will focus on his work set in the context of his father’s compositions. 2014 also sees the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss who is closely related to the Cultural Heart of Germany: Dresden’s Semperoper saw the premieres of nine of his operas and is duly commemorating the master’s birthday in style. From 6 to 23 November the “Richard Strauss Days”, a series of cycles including his operas, recitals of this famous Lieder and ballet performances, will pay homage to the great Romantic composer. Earlier in the year (7, 9 & 10 June), the semi-staged open-air production of “Feuersnot”, which premiered in Dresden in 1901 and established the city’s Strauss tradition, promises to be another highlight. The audience will be able to enjoy the Dresden Festival Orchestra’s authentic interpretation of this rarely performed work against the stunning backdrop of Dresden Castle.

Staatskapelle Dresden, considered to be the ultimate Strauss orchestra, will congratulate the composer on the day of his birthday (11 June) with a special concert featuring the highlights of all of his operas that premiered in Dresden. In nearby Leipzig, “Die Frau ohne Schatten“ will premiere on 14 June at Leipzig Opera. Furthermore “Elektra“ and “Der Rosenkavalier“ from Leipzig Opera’s repertoire will be resumed. The Strauss bonanza continues in Weimar where the Deutsches Nationaltheater is putting on a number of performances throughout 2014 such as a birthday concert on 7 June featuring, among others, the iconic “Thus spoke Zarathustra”.

Welcome back, Handel Festival

Crowd-pleaser Handel Festival in Halle (Saale) sees a welcome return this summer after last year’s event had to be cancelled due to flooding. From 5 to 15 June, internationally acclaimed stars and ensembles will perform in authentic venues in George Frideric Handel’s city of birth. The festival programme, headlined “George & George”, will focus on the 300th anniversary of the coronation of George I of England who employed Handel as his Kapellmeister when he was Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg and before being called to the British throne in 1714. Highlights include a musical reconstruction of George I’s coronation celebrations, a piece of funeral music written on his death and never performed before and a concert of Handel’s “Coronation Anthems” performed on the occasion of the coronation of George II, including “Zadok the Priest” which some might nowadays know better as the theme song of the UEFA Champions League.

Yet more music

Last but not least, a couple of favourites: From 23 May to 10 June, Dresden Music Festival will this year bring the “Golden Twenties” back to life and put a special spin on this theme, featuring music from the 1620s, 1720s, 1820s and the 1920s. Later this summer, the line-up of concerts and events in Weimar which each year in July and August provides an ideal backdrop for a series of summer concerts and events, will include a touch of the Proms with the “Rule, Britannia!” open-air concert on 12 July featuring the State Orchestra Weimar performing works by British composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar.

Easy access to the regions of the Cultural Heart of Germany with Cityjet from London City to Dresden and Germania from London Gatwick to Erfurt-Weimar

Thuringia: Online accommodation booking

Further information:

Cultural Heart of Germany (Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia) online:


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