Organic Coffee Festival 2014

July 21, 2014 on 7:27 am | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Dine Drink, Dominican Republic, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off



The 10th annual Organic Coffee Festival (FESTICAFE) will be held from August 1-3 in the town of Polo, on the country’s southwest region.

The festival has turned into an innovative and socio-cultural event in the Dominican Republic. This year, the festival will be dedicated to the renewal of the coffee industry and protection of the environment.

The town of Polo is situated in Barahona Province, in the country’s scenic southwest region.

The fair provides local farmers, artists, companies and related institutions with the space they need to promote their products.

Also, the fair also includes exhibits, conferences, coffee tastings, as well as cultural presentations.

The town of Polo, on the country’s southwest region and situated 740 meters above sea level, is known for its scenic mountains and cool climate, the perfect combination to grow world-class coffee.


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All-inclusive Innsbruck Card

July 21, 2014 on 7:21 am | In Adventure Travel, Austria, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowInnsbruck all inclusive: enjoy the comprehensive service of the Innsbruck Card! This great value card is your passport to the all important sights in the city, a ride with the Sightseer bus, a guided city walk, up- and downhill rides with seven cable cars, free travel on public transport and much more…

It’s all on one card – explore the town and enjoy the mountains.

The Innsbruck Card includes countless benefits and special offers

If you’re keen on getting to know Innsbruck inside out, pick up the popular Innsbruck Card. The card grants you free admission to 18 museums and attractions such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the Tirol Panorama – Innsbruck’s most recent museum and home to the 360° giant panoramic painting depicting the historic Bergisel battle -, the Olympic Ski Jump Tower, the Grassmayr bell foundry and museum, the Alpine zoo, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds Museum (including free shuttle bus) as well as an up- and downhill ride with each of the seven cable cars in our region.

You may, of course, also use your Innsbruck Card for a guided city tour in English, a welcome drink at the famous Innsbruck Casino or rent a free bike for five hours to discover the city.

In addition to all this, card holders can travel free of charge on the ‘Sightseer’, a sightseeing bus which takes you to Innsbruck’s places of interest in all comfort. And those who want to explore the city on their own enjoy free travel on Innsbruck’s public transport network.

The Innsbruck Card also grants interesting discounts on shopping and various sports facilities.

The Innsbruck Card is availabe for 24, 48 and 72 hours, with prices starting from € 33.


Select Italy Presents Its Ticketing Offer for the Best Summer Music Festivals

July 21, 2014 on 7:14 am | In Festivals, Italy, Rome, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Select Italy (http://selectitaly.com) boasts one of the most complete online portfolios of museums, guided tours, and opera tickets, including those to the most exclusive venues of this summer. During spring and summer Italy welcomes outdoor opera, ballet and concert seasons in enchanting settings – such as ancient arenas and monuments.

Attending a music festival at a stunning location among archeological ruins is the definitive experience of an Italian vacation. The summer festivals include famed operas such as La Boheme, Turandot, Carmen, Aida, Tosca, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly ,epic ballets like The Swan Lake, and concerts as well. From north to south, Italy’s best summer music festivals are at Arena di Verona, Puccini Festival, Sferisterio Opera Festival, Baths of Caracalla, and Ravello Concert Society.

The Arena di Verona is located in the heart of Romeo and Juliet’s city in the Veneto region and is the world’s largest opera theater. Its schedule is one of the most complete, featuring stellar operas, concerts and ballets. Moving to Tuscany, precisely in Torre del Lago, there is the acclaimed Puccini Festival. It takes place in the open-air Teatro dei Quattromila and the schedule is dedicated to the Italian composer and his operas. The Sferisterio Opera Festival of Macerata, in the Marche region, is one of Europe’s best venues for operatic performances and it is held in a 19-century open-air arena. The Baths of Caracalla in Rome are the outdoors setting of the Teatro dell’Opera during summertime. These striking Roman ruins are the setting of both of operas and ballets. Finally, another visit-worthy venue is the Ravello Concert Society, a chamber music festival located in the Amalfi Coast.

“Opera and stadium seating are not usually associated with one another, especially in the minds of American travelers,” says Justin Anderson, Manager of Operations & Client Services. “Attending an opera, ballet or concert in Italy is without doubt a great experience, especially during the summertime when it is possible to enjoy them outdoors among exclusive ancient settings.”

Current schedules and ticket prices can be consulted on company website. For more information about Select Italy’s ticketing services, visit selectitaly.com  or send an email to info@selectitaly.com

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The Los Angeles Oktoberfest

July 21, 2014 on 7:09 am | In California, Dine Drink, Festivals, Los Angeles, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowLos Angeles Oktoberfest, invites you for a fun-filled day of German food, beer and live entertainment, Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5. This event will be held at the Lot located at Beverly Hills Country Club 3084 Motor Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90064.

Los Angeles Oktoberfest will offer lively sing-alongs of old time drinking songs with Bavarian dancers, and a fine assortment of German and local beers.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 2 PM with city officials welcoming everyone with the traditional Tapping of the Keg. This Bavarian custom will officially tap the first keg of German beer by hammering a wooden mallet with a bronze spout into the keg — then the fun begins.

Silent Auction will feature some of the sought after items such as dinners with celebrities to Dodgers and Lakers tickets.

Tickets are available in advance through http://www.laoktoberfest.com

For more information on the Los Angeles Oktoberfest 2014, call 213-915-8003.

An authentic recreation of the Munich Oktoberfest featuring German entertainers in authentic costumes perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more. The best of German beers are served along with several types of German sausage, sauerkraut, strudel, giant pretzels and more.


6th Annual Pan Pacific Film Festival

July 21, 2014 on 7:07 am | In Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe annual Pan Pacific Film Festival (PPFF) brings together a forum of movie industry professionals and cinephiles to share stories of redemption and transformation. The international event draws a unique and diverse audience of filmmakers and filmgoers who seek encouragement and support for the production of positive family and/or faith audience films.

Held annually in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, this year’s 6th annual film festival event will be held in the Aratani Community Center (JACCC) in Los Angeles, CA through July 24 – 26, 2014.

This year’s event is co-hosted by actress Jenn Gotzon & Dr. Drake Travis. Gotzon is known best for her work in Hulk and Frost/Nixon, and has appeared in over 15 inspirational and redemptive feature films including the 2014 Oscar Nominated (rescinded) inspirational French and Indian War true-story Alone Yet Not Alone, mystery-drama Doonby, and more. Dr. Travis is currently the Director of Global Ambassadors for The Resurrection Project and is the author of two published works including Christ Our Healer Today and Healing Power: Voice Activated. He is currently working on a new talk show called “The High Road”, which is scheduled to be produced by end of this year.

PPFF activities consist of screenings of family-friendly and faith-based films, mini-concerts by artists, workshops led by top Hollywood producers, a model talent search, movie premieres and much more. Each night, PPFF will host a red carpet event featuring some of Hollywood’s most influential professionals, along with the movie premiers of Jackson’s Run and Footprints (Friday) and God’s Eye View and Apostle (Saturday).

The opening night of the festival features an awards ceremony celebrating excellence in independent filmmaking. The ceremony honors the year’s best submitted films and talent, and serves to encourage and affirm creative talents. Winners receive monetary prizes, stipends for future films, recognition by Hollywood professionals, International distribution agreements with broadcasting channels, DVD production, and more.

Award categories include: Best Short Narrative, Best Feature Narrative, Best Mission, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Soundtrack, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Under 7, Best “4 to 14,” Best “The Faithful,” Best Theatrical, Founder’s Pick, Best Director, Best Short Documentary, and Best Feature Documentary.

The festival is presented in partnership with International Media Mission (IMM), CGN TV, and The JUCE Network. Key partners include leading family-friendly and faith-based organizations such as The Christian Post, The Resurrection Project, MovieGuide, FrontGate Media, ChristianCinema.com, NewReleaseTuesday.com, Sonoma Christian Home, Christian Film Database; Actors, Models & Talent for Christ (AMTC), and others.

Ken An, Co-Founder of PPFF shares, “We started out just wanting a place to screen family-friendly movies. Now PPFF has grown to be a creative home for family and faith artists; a center for professionals to work on their craft, and an international provider of high quality, family and faith friendly content.”

The winners of each nominee awards are listed at http://stellaeawards.com/nominees  and will be awarded on the day of the festival. For a schedule of events and speakers and for more information, visit http://www.ippff.com


San Diego Hosts Festival of Sail

July 21, 2014 on 7:05 am | In Beachbooker, California, Festivals, Sailing, San Diego, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFestival of Sail is an exciting, family-friendly way to bid adieu to summer. Thousands will come to see more than 20 tall ships as they make their way into the harbor. Declan Suites – A San Diego Hotel welcomes Labor Day weekend visitors with impressive special offers. View offer details.

Festival of Sail
When: August 29 through September 1, 2014
Where: Maritime Museum of San Diego | 1492 North Harbor Drive

The Festival of Sail is the biggest tall ships event on the entire West Coast. The event begins with a parade of these majestic ships. Cannon fire salutes mark their journey toward their mooring place at the Maritime Museum. For four days visitors will have the chance to board these vessels and enjoy the many other activities available at this popular thing to do in San Diego.

Attendees are able to be on board the ship during their movement toward the Museum, but only a limited number of tickets are available. Once the ships are docked, the public will be allowed to board some of the ships for tours. Thirty minute cruises around the Bay will provide a different vantage point for viewing the Tall Ships. These cruises will be available throughout the event.

Festival of Sail has grown since last year, and the event now offers a larger kids zone, more vendors, and additional activities. The kids’ zone includes face painting, a petting zoo, an arts and crafts area, and the chance to have a photograph taken with a pirate. Adults will enjoy the live entertainment and beer garden. Food vendors will also be set up throughout the event.

General admission tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the Maritime Museum’s box office on the day of the event. Tickets for riding aboard during the Tall Ship parade and those for the harbor cruises should be purchased in advance as tickets for those activities are likely to sell out ahead of time.

Hours for the 2014 Festival of Sail are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the event’s final day.

About Declan Suites San Diego – A San Diego Hotel:
Both business and leisure travelers find the San Diego Accommodations at Declan Suites San Diego to be a perfect choice. Our San Diego Hotel is an all-suite property, and our 2-room Guest Suites are some of the largest in the city.

Declan Suites San Diego – A San Diego Hotel is conveniently located adjacent to Symphony Hall. Our luxurious Hotel is also within walking distance of some of the most popular San Diego Attractions including the San Diego Zoo and some of the city’s top Museums.

A host of Dining and Shopping options are also available near our Downtown San Diego Hotel, but you don’t have to leave the building when you’re hungry. We have an onsite Restaurant for those nights when you’d rather stay in and get a little work done or, perhaps, enjoy the gorgeous views of the San Diego skyline from your Guest Suite.

Our 24-hour fitness center, knowledgeable Concierge, and thoughtful amenities are a few of the other features of our San Diego Hotel that make us a top choice for business and leisure travelers and with return Guests.

Planning a trip to San Diego? Choose Declan Suites San Diego. Our fabulous location, well-appointed Guest Suites and exemplary service make our Downtown San Diego Hotel an ideal choice.

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Renaissance Festival Announces 2014 Events

July 21, 2014 on 7:02 am | In Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off



It’s that time of year again! The 44th Annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival, one of the largest themed events in the country, is right around the corner. Journey back in time as more than 250 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village featuring 22 acres of entertainment, shopping, fun and food fit for a king.

The Renaissance Festival will be featuring a number of theme weekends through August and September. The dates for these themes are as follows:

Highland Fling: Aug. 16-17
Buccaneer Beer Fest: Aug. 23-24
A Silk Road: Discover the Riches: Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Passport to Adventure: Sept. 6-7
Wine, Chocolate and Romance: Sept. 13-14
Oktoberfest: Sept. 20-21
Festival Friday: Sept. 26
Shamrocks and Shenanigans: Sept. 27-28

In addition to these weekends, the festival will also be hosting a number of parties, walks, competitions and other fun activities throughout the event.

At Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Celebration, guests can join in and celebrate all things Shakespeare with interactive performances, street entertainment and plenty of fun.

Attend the Fairytale Princess Party and mingle with the Princess Court who will be hosting it. Enjoy a light snack, craft and entertainment with a photo opportunity at the end. This is perfect for children ages 5-12.

At the Minnesota Craft Brew Pub, raise a beer stein in celebration of a new showcased selection of distinctive, locally-brewed craft beer now available at the festival.

On Sept. 7, march through the streets for the Cancer Survivors Walk. Even the King’s Royal Guard couldn’t hold a candle to these fighters. Celebrate all the survivors with a triumphant walk.

Join Queen Elizabeth and her Royal Court in the Bloomers & Tights 5k Race/Walk through the festival grounds and woodlands. Don’t forget to wear bloomers or tights! The race begins at 10 a.m. on Aug. 24 and includes festival admission, a race t-shirt, one free beer or soda and a race bag. Prizes will be awarded for the best bloomers and tights.

Enjoy arts and crafts time with the kids with the all new Kid’s Craft Corner. Crafts include pirate hat making, fairy wand making, coloring contests and much more.

Only a true knight will be able to conquer the series of challenges in the Knights Challenge Obstacle Course. Compete against fellow knights in training to try and complete the course.

The Fairy Wing Forest is a garden that has been transformed and filled with fairies, pixies and other magical creatures that now call the forest home. As guests travel the path, they will be transported to a whole other world filled with wonder, whimsy and magic.

A wonder among wonders, few have ever seen the elusive mermaid in her home below the sea. Captain Jonas Fair will recount his tales of finding the beautiful mermaid Ambrosia while patrons marvel at her shimmering hair and scaly tail during daily appearances in the Mermaid Cove.

The Renaissance Festival will run on weekends from Aug. 16 to Sept. 28, plus Labor Day and Friday, Sept. 26. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. and will remain open rain or shine. The festival is located seven miles south of Shakopee, MN on Highway 169. Guests will enjoy free parking.

Tickets cost $22.95 for adults, $13.95 for children ages 5-12 and free for children ages 0-4. Advance purchase discount tickets are available at participating Super America, Walgreens and Menards locations.

About the festival:

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival 44th season weekends, August 16- September 28, 2014. Plus Labor Day and Festival Friday, September 26. Journey back in time as more than 250 merchants contribute to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village. Along with the 16th century feel, the Renaissance Festival has daily jousts, 16 live shows, and 7 themed weekends. We’re happy to announce new attractions/events in 2014. A Bloomers & Tights 5k race, a new children’s craft area, knight’s challenge obstacle course, princess tea party, and Shakespeare’s 450th birthday celebration! Follow us @MnRenaissance or check out http://www.Renaissancefest.com to be the first to hear about our exciting 2014 season and see what else is to come.

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At Home With Romanian Gypsies (And Nigel Farage Is Welcome!)

July 19, 2014 on 12:55 pm | In Romania, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Should UKIP leader Nigel Farage join Songlines Music Travel’s new trip to Romania entitled ‘At Home with the Gypsies’ he may begin to understand the wonderful history and culture of this fascinating eastern European country for who music has meant so much over the centuries.

This unique expedition – made possible thanks to Songlines’ extraordinary network of musical contacts – provides a rare chance to experience the traditional sounds of Romania ‘in situ’, with visits to two legendary villages – Clejani, the home of Taraf de Haidouks, and Zece Prajini, the home of Fanfare Ciocarlia.

There will also be a chance to taste the urban lautari music of Bucharest and the string band music of Transylvania in the town of Medias. This part of Transylvania was fortified by German settlers in the 13th century and boasts some stunning fortified churches.

The group will also visit the Wallachian village of Clejani, where virtuoso cimbalom (hammer dulcimer) playing is a distinctive part of the sound.
The trip ends back in Bucharest with a chance to explore the wide boulevards and narrow alleys of the city and, in the evening, enjoy the urban Gypsy music that is so much part of the city’s soundscape.

The holiday costs from £1500 pp (two sharing) which includes all land transportation, eight nights’ accommodation, most meals, musical events and sightseeing activities as per itinerary and an expert Songlines Music Travel tour leader (flights not included).

All trips are based on two people sharing a room and flights are also bookable through Songlines Music Travel. Travel packs include an information sheet about the local music, plus recommended recordings and DVDs.

To make a booking or for further information on these and other Songlines Music Travel holidays call 01992 579 697 (www.songlinesmusictravel.com) .
*Songlines Music Travel is a joint venture between Songlines magazine, the leading World Music publication and The Tailor-Made Groups Company, one of the most experienced specialised operators in the business. The expert tour leaders for each trip are handpicked by Songlines Music Travel.

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Reggae Sumfest’s 2014 Line-Up

July 19, 2014 on 12:37 pm | In Beachbooker, Caribbean, Festivals, Jamaica, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowReggae Sumfest promises a stellar line-up once again. Reggae and dancehall icon Sean Paul, American hip-hop artist, Future and recording star Jason Derulo, are three of the big names scheduled to perform for the 22nd staging of the Festival at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay from July 13 – 19, 2014. They are among the international stars who will add substantial value and musical diversity to the world’s premier reggae music event.

Over the decades Reggae Sumfest has featured its fair share of multiple superstars, including Usher, Chris Brown, Flo Rida, Miguel and Ne-Yo. This year Jamaica’s own Grammy Award winning international reggae star Sean Paul, will once again take the stage. The artist returns to the stage in his home country as a global ambassador for Jamaica. Sean Paul said of his performance: ‘I’ll be bringing the love the world has shown for reggae music home’. In the ten years since he last performed on the Reggae Sumfest stage, Sean Paul has released four major label albums, topped the Billboard 100 charts and picked up one American and four MOBO awards.

Set for International Night I on Friday July 18, Jason Derulo will be making his first appearance in Jamaica The artist has been in the business since the age of 16, having started his career as a producer and writer for artists such as Danity Cane, Sean Kingston, Lil Wayne, Cassidy and Lady Gaga. He released his third international album Tattoos, which includes chart toppers ‘Talk Dirty’ and ‘The Other Side’ to share with his Jamaican fans.

The artist known as Future, famous for Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles and collaborations with Rihanna, Drake and Rick Ross, will also be joining the line up for International Night II on Saturday July 19, on his first appearance in Jamaica. According to Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of Summerfest Productions: ‘Every year we try to offer our fans the best that is out there musically. We expect Future to thrill the audience with a dynamic set’.
Reggae Sumfest will be staged from July 13 – 19 with a Beach Party on Sunday, July 13 at Aquasol Beach, the All White Party on Tuesday, July 15 at Pier 1 and stage shows from Thursday to Saturday at Catherine Hall. Sponsors for this year’s festival include, Jamaica Tourist Board, Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets Resorts and Spa, Pepsi and more.
For further information about Reggae Sumfest, please visit www.reggaesumfest.com

For more information on Jamaica please see www.VisitJamaica.com


Musical Google maps?

July 18, 2014 on 8:06 am | In Mobile Apps, Webbandstand | Comments Off



A rather clever map designed by property developer Constantine Valhouli points out the specific geography of New York City references in songs using Google technology. The list of songs is available on Wikipedia, but Constantine thought this wasn’t enough. So far the map includes over 200 songs, but people can submit more by emailing musicmapnyc@gmail.com. The interactive graphic allows users to explore and discover how certain areas of the city represent certain music styles or eras. It’s only a matter of time before this idea spreads to other cities…Violet Hill by Coldplay as a starting point?

Eight sites across the UK have been shortlisted for the first commercial spaceport outside of the United States. The potential sites are all in costal locations with six in Scotland, one in England and one in Wales. The spaceport will be used for scientific work as well as tourism, with an expected rise of space travel it is planned to open in 2018. Virgin Galactic is already offering tickets to space from spaceport America for $250,000 and the UK plans to capture 10% of the World’s space market by 2030.

Amazon is giving readers the chance to read on the go and download an unlimited amount of books to their kindles for just $9.99 a month. This allows travellers to avoid narrowing down their holiday reads to one book that can be squeezed into hand luggage. The ‘kindle unlimited’ is being compared to Netflix which also has a set monthly rate and gives you access to many films and series. Kindle has announced plans for a library of over 600,000 titles for readers to enjoy – the perfect accessory for a relaxed beach holiday.

Now that The World Cup is over our friends over at Mashable have put together all 63 of the Google Doodles that were displayed on the search engines home page throughout the tournament.
Congrats on the win Germany!

London’s second board game cafe is to open in Hackney. Concept cafes are not new to the capital but with the rise of the ‘old fashioned’ hobby a new trend has evolved for beers and board games. The cafe aims to hold 500 games, opening in September its owner John Morgan believes its rise in popularity over the last few years is due to peoples need to switch off from cyber space. Wanting to have proper interactions again with people. Their only concern now is drinks getting spilt on the boards!

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