Pop Sensation The Wanted Set To Perform Live At Universal Orlando Resort’s 2014 Mardi Gras CelebrationDecember 9, 2013 on 12:12 pm | In Florida, Orlando, Theme Parks Zoos Aquariums, Webbandstand | Comments Off
R&B Superstar Robin Thicke will also take the stage as part of next year’s celebration, which will feature more concerts than ever before
Chart-topping boy band The Wanted – famed for hits such as ‘Glad You Came’ and ‘Chasing the Sun’ – will perform live in concert at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2014 Mardi Gras Celebration – the biggest, most authentic Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans.
Also performing at next year’s event is R&B superstar Robin Thicke, the popular singer behind the mega-hit ‘Blurred Lines’.
Next spring, the biggest Mardi Gras bash this side of the bayou will take place at Universal Studios Florida with more concerts than ever before. For a total of 20 select nights from February 8th through May 31st, guests will enjoy an authentic family-friendly version of the iconic “N’awlins” street party featuring a colourful parade, delectable Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands and live performances by some of the biggest names in music today.
Robin Thicke will perform on February 22nd and The Wanted will take the stage on May 10th. The full Mardi Gras 2014 concert lineup and event details, including the parade theme, will be announced at a later date.
Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included in normal admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.co.uk/mardigras.
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27 DEC 2013 – 1 JAN 2014
A FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS
Australia’s iconic annual event, the Woodford Folk Festival, held in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland, just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, is back for its 28th year with their most ambitious programme ever. This ‘festival of festivals’ will feature over 500 acts in 28 venues with 1235 shows across six spectacular days and nights.
Offering the unique and rare combinations of entertainment and delight… no other festival can connect you with Celtic dance rock, cabaret pop, salacious debates, reggae soul to make you dance up a fight, blistering indie folk chart toppers, the call of an English acoustic folk goddess, learning the Woodfordian Waltz, discovering Australia’s most famous unknown band (a second musical home for Gotye), Monster Parades, witnessing the finest expressions of Indigenous traditional and contemporary music and movement, giraffes on stilts, grooving to 70′s flavoured Bollywood surf funk, haunting slide guitar wizards, a grandmother of comedy, a nourishing collection of intellects; sharing their experiences and wisdom, circus and vaudeville flare and an organ salesman. And that is only day one.
The music programme highlights include:
(ENG), The Basics, Clare Bowditch, Matt Corby, Tim Finn, Half Moon Run (CAN),
Julian Marley (JAM/ENG), Busby Marou, Buffalo Tales, Chance Waters, Thelma
Plum, Shelley Morris, Blue King Brown, Brendan Maclean, GANGgajang, Jordie
Lane, Rose Cousins (CAN), Babylon Circus (FRA), Breabach (SCOT), Rachel
Sermanni (SCOT), The Twoks
Beyond the music, this ‘festival of festivals’ has something for everyone…
Woodford welcomes leaders in their fields appearing at the festival, including: Bob Hawke, Professor Ian Lowe, Dr Stuart Glastonbury, Anna Rose, Simon Sheikh, Denise Scott, Susan Johnson, Benjamin Law, Michelle Law, Melanie Tait, Kevin James Carroll, Robert Pekin, Dr Jessica North, to name just a few.
Woodford is amongst the most adored festival experiences in Australia, and indeed the world. “We see our festival programme as a catalogue of offerings that might satiate the best audience a festival could hope for,” said Festival Director, Bill Hauritz. “We aim to give our precious patrons a deeper cultural encounter. We offer the complete experience from great food, comfortable and stimulating surrounds with challenging presentations across a broad spectrum of spoken word, music, craft, dance, comedy and workshops.” said Hauritz.
For the full festival programme go to www.woodfordfolkfestival.com
“Woodford Folk Festival has a magical atmosphere. Everywhere you turn there is something surprising, interesting or delicious! The music, art and audience are remarkably diverse and this truly makes for a festival experience like no other.” – Wally De Backer (Gotye/The Basics)
Some of this years’ musical highlights include Australia’s most famous unknown band, The Basics, the dynamic Clare Bowditch, festival favourites Blue King Brown, Australian rock royalty The Break, Wes Carr’s Buffalo Tales and Triple J darlings Chance Waters, Phoebe Starr and Jordie Lane.
Rounding out the Australian acts is Woodford first timer, Matt Corby who is set to make his mark on the festival. The programme also includes New Zealand’s Tim Finn who will be making his Woodford debut.
Woodford’s First Nations programme, will see some the country’s best and brightest indigenous stars perform at the festival including Shellie Morris and the Borroloola Songwomen who are bringing their powerful traditional language songs to main stage, Thelma Plum who has had a stellar year since performing at last year’s festival, the striking Leah Flanagan, newcomer Andrea Kirwin and APRA Award winning duo, Busby Marou who are looking forward to returning to Woodford and setting the Songlines stage alight.
Heading up the international crop this year is Beth Orton (ENG), Half Moon Run (CAN), Julian Marley (JAM/ENG), Babylon Circus (FRA), Rose Cousins (CAN) and Rachel Sermanni (SCOT).
The Folklines programme is a rich tapestry of traditional arts and ethnic cultures. From the Monks of Tibet, masters of chant, music and dance rituals to TaikOZ who draw on Japanese tradition and contemporary sounds for their drumming spectaculars, Folklines draws on the diversity within our Australian culture.
Woodford Folk Festival is a meeting of the minds and the Talks Programme has always been an important part of the festival. Festival veteran and former PM Bob Hawke heads the list of key current affairs speakers. His wife, Blanche d’Alpuget will take the stage to talk about her novel, The Young Lion, at this, her unofficial launch, while comedian Denise Scott will have everyone in stitches.
The GREENhouse venue is a hive of activity for the environmentally minded. Network, share and expand your knowledge with hands on workshops, information sessions and debates on grassroots and global environmental issues with academics, farmers and innovators such as Professor Ian Lowe,Dr Jessica North, Robert Pekin and many more.
The Parlour and the Bazaar are a feast for the eyes and the imagination. With something for everyone, you can catch the extraordinary ladies of the Hot Brown Honey Burlesque, or The Birdmann’s comedic one-man murder mystery, the sideshow stunts of The Dirty Brothers or the Festival of Fortune, Woodford’s very own game show.
Not to be outdone, The Children’s Festival has a programme that children can jump into headfirst. Everything from cooking workshops with Kids Kitchen Chaos, puppet theatre with The Ladybug Express and the wacky and wonderful songs of Gerry Paul & The Elephant Tree Band. With over 50 acts at the Children’s Festival alone, each day will provide a new adventure for the kids and they’ll never want to leave.
Organisers at Woodford praise their audience. “Every year I perform the ritual of driving around the campsite after everyone has gone home. There isn’t a skerrick of rubbish – its 100% clean. It’s very moving. On New Year’s Eve we ring the village bell at 11.30 pm and 22, 000 people in 14 licensed bars, 12 packed venues and in streets teeming with energy come to a complete halt. They light a candle in utter silence. The crickets and frogs never seem so loud. We watch grown men cry. We so love our patrons – they really make the festival what it is” said Festival Director Bill Hauritz, “they are the real stars”.
So have a Shampine at the Pineapple Lounge, grab a bite to eat at one of over 40 eateries, or jump aboard the Mystery Bus. Whoever you are, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it at the Woodford Folk Festival.
For more information on the festival ticket pricing and camping options please visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com
Sunshine Coast ‘stay and play’ event packages are also now available, offering a 25% discount on Festival
For images please go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/buglogic/sets/72157632355458172/
For images of this year’s artists go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/woodfordfolkfestival/sets/
Woodford Folk Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural and regional events throughout the state.
This month Hong Kong will celebrate WinterFest, a series of festive events and displays sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, which kicks-off in Mid-November and runs up until the New Year countdown on January 1st.
During WinterFest, the city embraces a festive spirit to rival Western capitals. With its unique blend of Western tradition and Eastern love of festivals, Asia’s world city is big, bright and even-more dazzling during the lead up to Christmas. WinterFest sees signature skyscrapers lit up in festive reds and greens, while malls and shops are decked out in all their finery.
New to WinterFest for 2013 is the artistic Christmas centrepiece, WISH, which will be displayed in central Hong Kong. Depicting three dandelions losing their seeds in the wind, the WISH sculpture is a dramatic 15 metres high and changes colours to music in a specially choreographed seasonal installation.
Several Christmas-themed activities will take place at the city’s popular attractions including the ‘Twinkle Twinkle Wishing Star’ at The Peak and the annual Christmas street party in Lan Kwai Fong. The pre-holiday sales also make WinterFest one of the best times to visit Hong Kong for a shopping. The city’s glitzy shopping malls area adorned in plush and extravagant displays, highlights including The 1881 Heritage mall, which will transform its Grand Piazza into a Renaissance-inspired wonderland, and Times Square which will stage daily musical LED shows.
With special offers, festive menus, glittering lights and the dazzling New Year countdown celebrations, WinterFest provides the ideal excuse to make merry in Hong Kong.
For further information and a full list of WinterFest activities, visit www.discoverhong.com/uk
Cunard has announced its line-up of guest speakers for the upcoming 2014 world cruises with authors, professors, broadcasters and even award-winning television writers joining Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria as they sail around the globe.
The cruise line will mark its 40th anniversary year of Cunard’s speaker program – Cunard Insights – with a number of leading lights including celebrated authors Bill Bryson and Sir Max Hastings, award-winning TV writers Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais, eminent Professor of Science and Society Lord Winston, broadcaster and Royal commentator Jennie Bond, and Falklands and Counter-Terrorism expert Admiral Lord West.
Cunard was the first cruise company to introduce speakers as a key part of its entertainment schedule and in the four decades since 1974, its award-winning speaker program has featured eminent names including Nelson Mandela, John Cleese, President Jimmy Carter and Australia’s own Baz Luhrmann.
“The quality of our ‘Insights’ speaker program on board our ships is something which sets Cunard apart and we are delighted to welcome such pre-eminent and internationally respected figures to our 2014 world cruise speaker line-up,” Cunard Line CEO David Dingle said. “They will bring an extra dimension of interest and engagement to our passenger experience onboard.”
Bill Bryson: Queen Elizabeth, New York to San Francisco, January 18- February 5
Internationally renowned as a writer and broadcaster, Bill Bryson is the best-selling author of books such as “Notes from a Small Island” and “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” a science volume that won the Descartes prize. His books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. He recently sailed on Queen Mary 2 from New York to Canada.
Sir Max Hastings: Queen Mary 2, Cape Town to Sydney, January 28– February 19
Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose work has appeared in every British national newspaper. He has written 22 books and his latest, “Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War,” has just been published to wide acclaim.
Lord Robert Winston: Queen Mary 2, Bali to Shanghai via Australia, March 2-29 Ma
Robert Winston first achieved prominence as an expert in human fertility. Now the first Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies there, he runs a research program with a long-term aim of improving human transplantation.
Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais: Queen Mary 2, Southampton to Cape Town, January 10 – 27
Together, this comedy-writing duo have enjoyed a unique creative partnership spanning more than four decades. From “The Likely Lads” in the 1960’s, to the award-winning follow-up series, “Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?”, the team went on to create “Porridge,” starring Ronnie Barker and in recent years they have been as busy as ever, including adapting “The Rotters’ Club” and “Archangel,” starring Daniel Craig, for the BBC.
Jennie Bond: Queen Victoria, Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires, January 12 – 28
Jennie Bond has been broadcasting about Britain’s Royal Family for 25 years, through some of the most turbulent times the monarchy has known. She’s also well-known on British television as a presenter of the antiques show “Cash in the Attic” – but it was probably her time in “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,” when she was buried in a coffin full of rats in the Australian jungle, that made her a household name.
Admiral Lord West: Queen Victoria, Buenos Aires to Chile, January 28 – February 9
Admiral The Right Honourable Baron West of Spithead, GCB, DSC, PC, ADC, DUniv, is a former First Sea Lord and Minister for Security and Counter-Terrorism. He spent the majority of his naval career at sea, including commanding the frigate HMS Ardent to the Falkland Islands in 1982 and leading the Navy during its successful role in the initial invasion of Iraq.
Travel mirrors life in many ways.
There are ups and downs, epiphanies and perils (both real and imagined), and opportunities to expand your mind.
There have been so many great travel movies made throughout the years. For me, the best of the best not only entertain, but also speak to a higher truth.
These movies have an effect on the mind in much the same way that traveling to a distant land does. They allow you to break free from conformity and discover new ways of thinking, and challenge you in areas you never even knew existed.
With that in mind, here are my top 10 best travel movies ever made.
10. “Before Sunrise”
Featuring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the movie is as much a love story as it is a testament to living life in the moment.
A young man (Jesse, played by Hawke) meets a woman (Celine, played by Delpy) on a train in Europe. They end up spending one night in Vienna together, knowing it may be the last time they see each other.
What transpires is a testament to seizing each moment in life, no matter how brief it may be. It’s a reminder that all that matters is now, because one moment can last a lifetime.
9. “Y Tu Mama También”
Unrated and unflinching, “Y Tu Mama Tambien” tracks two teenage boys and an older woman as they go on a road trip looking to let loose and forget about their present lives. Things get steamy, people get jealous, arguments break out…yet, somehow, by the end of it, you can’t believe how beautiful it all was.
This movie will hit you over the head at times and it’s not for the faint of heart, but if you are looking for a real film overflowing with emotion, you’ve come to the right place.
8. “The Darjeeling Limited”
OK, so, not everything has to be so serious.
Directed by Wes Anderson, “The Darjeeling Limited” is absurd, random and downright confusing at times, but—beneath all of the off-kilter hilarity—it never loses sight of the central premise: that, sometimes, no matter how many differences people may have, there is a force out there that refuses to allow them to grow apart.
After the accidental death of their father, three brothers—played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman—set out on a train ride through India. The cinematography is magnificent, and the message follows suit.
7. “A Map for Saturday”
Emmy-winning producer Brook Silva-Braga leaves his cushy, comfortable job at HBO in this documentary, opting to travel the world with five pounds of clothing and 30 pounds of video equipment.
Along the way, he encounters dozens of travelers—all with revealing stories to tell—while experiencing the vast range of emotions traveling can bring forth. From moments of extreme loneliness to periods of revelation, this documentary captures so much of what solo travel entails.
Silva-Braga learns about new places and fresh viewpoints, but comes to understand that it’s not necessarily about where you go; rather, it’s about who you meet along the way.
6. “Lost in Translation”
Bill Murray is in it … so there’s that. But this is much more than a movie driven solely by star power.
A washed-up American actor (played by Murray) meets a young woman bored with her life (played by Scarlett Johansson) in Tokyo, and an unlikely bond develops.
As the two struggle with their own emotions, they also struggle with the language barrier between themselves and the Japanese, creating a chaotic (and oftentimes hilarious) setting. But, somehow, these new experiences in a foreign land bring them closer together.
5. “The Beach”
It’s fitting that a film as polarizing as “The Beach” would get plopped right in the middle of the list at No. 5.
The acting may not be great, there may be a few drug references, there may be some unnecessary violence, but, boy, this movie not only encapsulates a lot of the feelings travelers experience, it hits you over the head with them.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this film is about a group of wanderers who discover an island paradise and make a home there. But, just like travel, it’s not all a joy ride.
One thing’s for sure: After watching this movie, you won’t forget it.
4. “Into the Wild”
Based on the spectacular book by Jon Krakauer, the movie may not be as good, but it’s pretty close.
Directed by Sean Penn, this is a story of a top student and athlete who gives it all up for the great unknown. It revolves around how new experiences shape a traveler, but also cautions that there is a line you can’t cross when it comes to Mother Nature.
3. “Back to the Future”
Back to the Future is a true classic, featuring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. While travelers face enough new experiences in present time, “Back to the Future” questions what it would be like to time-travel back 30 years.
Loaded with action, drama and comedy, this 1985 production tackles issues such as discovering the unknown, feeling out of place and carving out your own destiny.
2. “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark”
The Indiana Jones trilogy was built on adventure, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” started it all.
All Indiana Jones is tasked with doing in this film is finding The Ark of the Covenant, which, you know, may hold the key to our existence. No big deal.
Jones’ travels take him from Nepal to Egypt. As the story unravels, common feelings most travelers experience emerge such as fear, excitement, determination, laughter and doubt.
The fact that Jones must face his greatest fear (snakes) is just the icing on the cake. Jones shows that even the bravest and most journeyed of travelers have moments of paralysis in the great unknown.
1. “Motorcycle Diaries”
A regular favorite among travelers, “Motorcycle Diaries” chronicles the expedition to South America the tremendously-influential Che Guevara took with a friend in 1952.
There’s nothing like a true story to highlight the impact travel can have on the soul. Ripe with contention, isolation and revelation, this film is perhaps the greatest teacher of what being on the road can really do to you…and for you.
From the thrill of a motorcycle ride to chance encounters that change the destinies of both men, “Motorcycle Diaries” makes you want to hit the trail and never look back.
Acclaimed Brisbane street artists Magee, Guido, Rone and Beastman will return to an iconic Fortitude Valley street art site in April next year as commissioned artists for Australia’s first TRYP by Wyndham hotel.
The four-storey, 65-room TRYP by Wyndham Fortitude Valley is currently under construction on Constance Street and is expected to be completed in June 2014. It will become part of the selectservice TRYP by Wyndham brand, which offers business and leisure travellers one part experience and one part destination with contemporary, unique lodging options in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. TRYP by Wyndham is part of Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,440 hotels.
The site for the hotel came adorned with original street art, historically serving as an underground haven where artists created their works. Such artists included Magee, Guido, Rone and Beastman, who began their careers spray painting abandoned buildings and railway tracks and are now acclaimed the world over for their commissioned murals.
Wyndham Hotel Group, in partnership with owner and developer Jay McPhee and award-winning architect Shane Denman, have collaborated with the street artists on a cutting-edge plan to preserve and celebrate the art works. Imagery of the street art will be prominently featured in TRYP by Wyndham Fortitude Valley’s décor; furthermore, one artist’s work will be showcased per floor through wallpaper and other design elements.
“We are proud to preserve the site’s original art and work with such talented artists on commissioned work to help celebrate Brisbane’s iconic urban art history,” said Barry Robinson, managing director of Wyndham Hotel Group in the South Pacific. “TRYP by Wyndham is all about ‘owning the city,’ a service culture through which we show guests our passion for the city and help them get the most from their travels. Through their work, these artists will help immerse visiting guests in a one-of-a-kind art experience that the Fortitude Valley area has become renowned for.”
Prior to the start of the hotel’s construction, the artists went to Brisbane to commence on new art and begin rectification work of their original pieces. Magee, Guido, Rone and Beastman will return in April to create an on-site mural when construction is near completion.
Magee’s works adorn iconic city walls in Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne. Guido, who has created works throughout Europe and the UK, is in the midst of an artist’s residency in Iceland. Rone’s work was used as a backdrop in a recent Victoria’s Secret television commercial, while Beastman has just completed an exhibition at AMBUSH Gallery in Sydney.
TRYP Fortitude Valley will put guests within walking distance of key business centres and some of Brisbane city’s top attractions, including world-class shopping and dining, Fortitude Valley’s iconic ‘super clubs’ and bars, James Street Market and Chinatown.
Along with its striking artwork, the hotel will feature an exceptional blend of finishes showcasing elements of Brisbane’s unique heritage, including 150-year-old renewed timber flooring. Rustic features, timelessly fused with clean lines and ultra-contemporary fittings, will be incorporated throughout the hotel’s guest rooms and social spaces. A ground-floor restaurant and bar, plus an executive meeting room, will add to the appeal of the stellar Fortitude Valley location.
TRYP by Wyndham, part of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, represents over 105 hotels and approximately 14,490 rooms across Europe and the Americas.
In the run-up to VisitScotland’s Homecoming Year in 2014, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has created an itinerary based on the life of the quintessential Scot, Robert Burns.
Events Schedule of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Program Unveiled
The Discovering Robert Burns itinerary is being marketed to tour operators and travel agents alike. The itinerary includes a host of sites associated with the poet’s life such as the cottage where he was born and the battlefields of Culloden and Bannockburn.
The route was created “to appeal to all ages and interests, it’s packed with ideas for groups, FITs, short breaks and touring holidays – ideal for Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 programs and beyond,” said Pietro Cecchini, head of travel trade at NTS.
Burns in an institution in Scotland, nowhere more so than in his home town of Alloway in Ayrshire, home to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Interactive exhibits and hundreds of Burns’ artifacts make the museum well worth visiting.
The museum is part of the Burns’ National Heritage Park, which includes the Burns birth cottage, Tam O’Shanter’s haunted ‘Auld Kirk’ and the very Brig O’Doon bridge itself.
Burns’ Night is celebrated on Jan. 25, throughout Scotland every year and by Scots around the world. The ‘Burns an’ a’ That’ Festival, the largest arts festival in South West Scotland, is held every May.
The festival features four nights of live music acts at Ayr’s Town Hall and an eclectic fringe program running throughout Ayrshire.
Burns wrote more than 550 poems and songs, the most famous Auld Lang Syne, has become the anthem of New Years Eve in English speaking countries around the world. Burns died at 37, leaving 14 children.
An iPhone app was developed that includes a searchable database of every poem written by Burns, a summary of facts about his life, a guide to hosting a traditional Scottish Burns Supper on Jan.25.
On Tuesday, the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Program was unveiled along with the new brand that will promote a year-long series of events. Designed by Scottish artist Jim Lambie the brand recalls the façade of the city’s east end venue, the Barrowland Ballroom. Running from the “One Year to Go” milestone in July 2013 until the end of August 2014, the program will feature theatre, dance, music, visual arts, comedy and multi-media in intimate shows and outdoor spectacles.
Scotland’s National Trust Creates Burns Itinerary
Connoisseurs Scotland Creates Experiential Itineraries
TV’s “Born to Explore” to Highlight Scottish Highlands
Commonwealth Games Tickets Go On Sale
The cultural program will be two-pronged: Culture 2014 begins this year all around Scotland with a concentration of events running from mid-June, while Festival 2014 takes place during the Games, from July 19 to Aug. 3. More details concerning the Cultural Program.
According to Janet Archer, the chief executive of Creative Scotland, “World leading artists and local communities will work together in a wide range of different places. Work will be cutting edge, insightful, fun, spectacular and intimate. It will challenge and delight.”
The Commonwealth Games will feature 71 teams in a multitude of sports from around the British Commonwealth of Nations. Every four years, the event takes place. In 2014 the Games will take place in Glasgow Games from July 23 to Aug. 3 highlighting 17 sports and 4,500 athletes.
Top 10 Tours for the Vagabond Music Lover
With the 2013 American Music Awards now fading into history, the musically crazed American public must turn its sights elsewhere for its next music fix.
Thankfully, no one is more pleased to accommodate them than America’s tour operators, who offer a range of tours targeted right between the ears of music lovers. No tour experience is devoid of music, but some tours are built around music, targeted to music lovers and have more music in them than anything else. Here are 10 top tours for music lovers.
Collette Vacations’ America’s Music Cities tour includes visits to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville with stops at major points in the history of America’s music.
The tour explores New Orleans as the Jazz Capital of the World, then visits Memphis to follow the progression of blues, rock and roll and rhythm and blues with visits to Elvis’ Graceland home and Beale Street, where the blues clubs still thrive. And finally the tour visits Nashville, home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry.
Globus’ Classic Rock and Beatles Tour is centered in London and explores places that figured into the rise of the Beatles and 1960s rock. The tour includes stops at EMI records, the studio where the Sgt. Pepper cover photo was shot, the place where the Beatles played their last live performance, the Abbey Road crossing, the Clash’s neighborhood and homes of major rock stars like Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and David Bowie.
General Tours/Insight Cuba’s Classic Cuba tour explores the artistic and musical soul of the country, meeting artists and musicians, taking in performances of music and dance in nightclubs, schools, theaters and restaurants, with personal meetings with musicians, teachers and students.
Insight Vacations’ Southern Tastes and Dixie Tunes begins in Nashville and heads to Memphis, Natchez, Baton Rouge, winding up in New Orleans. It visits the Ryman Auditorium, home of the original Grand Ole Opry; takes a tour of Elvis’ Graceland; and visits the Sun Studios, where Sam Phillips discovered and recorded the young truck driver who could wail the blues named Elvis Presley.
The Louis Armstrong statue in New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong Park. (Photo by David Cogswell)
Tauck’s Ken Burns Jazz offers a special package in partnership with Ken Burns designed around his popular documentary film “Jazz.” The program is based in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, where participants stay in a headquarters hotel and take sightseeing excursions every day to key sites that figure into the history of jazz. There are music performances woven into the itinerary as well as lectures by music experts and historians and a lecture by Ken Burns.
Learning Journeys Powered by Perillo offers a tour of Italy called Southern Traditions that focuses on the art and music of southern Italy. It includes a visit to the Music Conservatory of Naples to see manuscripts of great Italian composers, an opportunity to perform at the Shrine of Pompeii, a chance to attend a performance and meet the musicians of Costa D’Amalfi Winds Orchestra and a visit to a museum with rare musical instruments.
G Adventures’ Rio de Janeiro Carnival Experience takes you to the heart of Samba and Bossa Nova for the wildest celebration of music and dance in the world. The package includes admission to Carnival Parade Night with assigned seats in the Sambodrome, as well as touring the major sights of Rio, such as Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado Mountain and Sugar Loaf and Ipanema Beach, where Antonio Carlos Jobim was inspired to write about a tall and tanned and young and lovely passerby.
Ya’lla Tours’ Adventure and the Arts is a tour of Oman in the UAE with a performance at the Royal Opera House of Muscat. You can time your tour to coincide with scheduled performances of either Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Diana Krall, The Afghan Youth Orchestra or the Bavarian State Ballet performing Romeo and Juliet.
Trafalgar’s Sound of Music 2013 focuses on Austria and Germany and the musical heart of the Habsburg Empire, which was the home of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss and most of the greatest composers of the Classical era. The tour includes visits to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich, Germany.
Thomson Family Adventures’ Music, Food, and Wine in Baja program is designed for families with adult children to enjoy adult pleasures at the Todos Santos Music Festival at the Hotel California, which was created by Peter Buck of the band REM. The festival features performances by local and international musicians.
Besides time at the festival, the package also includes activities such as a cooking lesson from a local chef, watching the grey whale migration, horseback riding, hiking, surfing, swimming with sea lions in La Paz and down time at the beach.
Summer has arrived, and Noosa is celebrating the beautiful new lights lining Noosa’s famous Hastings Street by inviting visitors to share their best holiday snaps that show how Noosa lights up for them.
Capture twinkling tree lights, rise early to meet the first sun rays, catch sparkling ripples on the ocean or snap a stunning Noosa sunset and share your best photos for your chance to win a sensational Noosa prize.
To enter it is as simple as getting creative, being inspired and capturing the spirit of Noosa in its best light.
Share your light-filled shots with Tourism Noosa via Facebook or Instagram or Twitter and go in the draw to win some sensational accommodation, dining, shopping and tour prizes.
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