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Posts from November, 2008

Burning legs and proud hearts at the Berlin Six Day Race

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As popular in Germany as it is anywhere in the world, the sport of track cycling hosts one of its biggest events at the Berlin Velodrom from January 22nd to 27th 2009.

Over the course of the competition some of the world’s top pedal-power merchants will pit their might, not to mention their thighs, against one another at this, the highlight of Germany’s cycling calendar.

While some of the country’s other cities hold their own six-day events, Berlin’s regarded by many as the premier race on the circuit.

Following their spectacular performances at the Olympic Games in Beijing earlier this summer, the cyclists from Team GB will be looking to consolidate their success.

Among the home hopefuls, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins could well aiming to lay down markers after taking a well-earned break from top level competition over the winter months.

At the Beijing Olympics Great Britain’s track cyclists completely dominated the velodrome and took home seven gold medals, three silvers and 2 bronzes in an unprecedented set of performances.

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Hollywood migrates east for Sundance

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Perhaps second only to Cannes in terms of its international recognition, the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah will once again see the great and the good of mainstream and independent cinema gather together.

Combining established stars from both in front of and behind the camera with lesser known names in fringe and art-house movie-making, the festival gives film fans and scribblers the chance to preview some of the biggest and most hyped productions of the coming year.

The 2009 event, taking place from January 15th to 25th, will see some 200 films selected from over 9,000 initially submitted to the panel.

Aside from the range of screenings on offer, the Off Screen program is very extensive, featuring talks, workshops, discussion forums and prize-giving across the range of venues incorporated into the respected event.

The festival is organised by the Sundance Institute, which was formed by Hollywood legend Robert Redford in 1981.

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Festival of fire sets Kushimoto ablaze

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On the 25th January each year the town of Kushimoto in Japan sees the night sky illuminated by flame in the annual Fire Festival.

The ceremonial burning of a patch of grass in front of the revered Shiono Misaki watchtower isn’t just for spectators, either.

Brave – or perhaps fool-hardy – locals turn it into a participation event as they walk through the waves of flame as they make their way across the bank.

The ceremony begins by the firing of lit arrows into the grasses to get proceedings started, before flaming torches are used to move things up a notch.

Aside from keeping pyromaniacs happy, the festival also features a cavalcade of food and drink, traditional dancing and general celebrations as locals and visitors alike rejoice in this much-loved event.

The event takes place on the southern-most tip of Honshu, an area renowned for its fishing activities and agrarian way of life.

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Poetic celebrations for a Scottish national treasure

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Every January 25th the country of Scotland remembers the life and work of its national poet and literary giant, Robert Burns.

Burns Night takes the verse of this iconic cultural figure as the inspiration for an evening of tradition, custom and hearty celebration.

At the risk of proliferating a much-maligned stereotype, haggis and whiskey will be consumed in almost industrial quantities as people up and down the country – and Scots the world over – recite poems such as A Red, Red Rose and A Man’s A Man for A’ That.

A number of Burn’s works have entered the canon of popular poetry, not least Auld Lang Syne which, when set to music, has become the traditional ditty sung on the stroke of the New Year all across the English-speaking world.

Robert Burns was born in 1759 and was a leading light in the Romantic cultural movement of the late 18th century.

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Filipino Christian festival unlike anything seen elsewhere in the world

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The city of Iloilo in the Philippines is the home of a unique festival in honour of the infant Jesus Christ, or Santo Nino, which takes place each year in January.

Dinagyang combines some spectacular sailing action with an awe-inspiring array of carnival dancers in extravagantly-coloured costumes, making this one event the likes of which isn’t seen anywhere else in the Christian world.

The regatta is one of the key draws of the event, which includes some fantastic maritime action taking place on the water just off the nearby coast.

Among the highlights in 2009 will be the Iloilo International Dragon Boat Race, sure to please the assembled locals and spectators.

Each year the festival also crowns a Miss Dinagyang, who is rewarded for her virtues with a prestigious coronation ceremony.

The Philippines consists of more than 7,000 islands and is home to in excess of 75 million people.

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Flinging fish festival set to go the distance

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For more than 40 years, the Australian town of Port Lincoln has been home to a unique celebratory and athletic extravaganza – the Tunarama fish festival.

Some 25,000 people descend on the coastal town for the event, which sees parades, firework displays, fun runs and a beauty pageant, all in celebration of the town’s iconic export of tuna fish.

Taking place from January 24th to 26th, the festival features something for everyone but the highlight is undoubtedly the frozen fish throwing contest.

Each contestant has to throw a tuna fish – frozen for aerodynamic purposes – as far as possible, using a technique similar to that of Olympic hammer-throwers.

Scotland may have its caber tossing, but as far as the people of Port Lincoln are concerned, there’s only one thing to throw through the air in the name of old-fashioned friendly competition: fish.

Port Lincoln is a town in South Australia approximately 400 hundred miles from Adelaide, the state capital.

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Leg-burn all round for intrepid cross-country skiers

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The Italian Dolomites will be treated to one of the world’s top cross-country skiing events again this year.

From January 22nd to 25th in the Province of Trento, the Marcialonga covers 70 kilometres of terrain and will draw hardy spectators and valiant competitors alike.

The main attraction is flanked by a number of smaller events, such as the Minimarcialonga for younger competitors and the Lavazeloppet, an open-entry short-course event.

This year’s male and female champions will each scoop €5,000 each, with a range of other prizes available down the ranking and across the different disciplines.

The event, which will take place for the 36th time in 2009, makes use of the latest equipment with each racer having a sophisticated timing chip embedded into their outfit.

Last year’s male winner was Anders Aukland, in a time of three hours, nine minutes and 32.7 seconds.

The Marcialonga organisation doesn’t just cover snowy pursuits: there is also a cycling event which takes place in May and a run in September.

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Italian harvest festival sets the night on fire

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In an otherwise unassuming little corner of Italy, a popular winter-time festival will see thousands of people bask in the glow of a huge bonfire and enter a range of competitions.

Taking place on November 16th, the celebration of La Fugarena in the historic citadel of Terre del Sole stems from an ancient pagan custom of using fire to honour the gods for the forthcoming harvest.

Over history, with the rise of Christianity it became incorporated into the more familiar harvest festival tradition, giving thanks for the bounty of the farms and fields which abound across this part of the country.

In contemporary times, the festival attracts several thousand people each year who come to delight in the huge bonfire lit in the middle of the town and contest a number of physical events, including cross-country running, as well as more artistic endeavours.

Music, dancing and markets selling a range of local produce are the other key attractions, which see the local people let their hair down and enliven this usually fairly laid-back little town.

Bonfires are a popular fixture of British festivals, most notably on November 5th when the country remembers Guido Fawkes’ plot to blow up the House of Parliament.

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Distance specialists brave the heat of the Marrakesh Marathon

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In light of its considerable high temperatures, the North African kingdom of Morocco is not an obvious choice for a long-distance running event but the Marrakesh Marathon has challenged that view time and time again.

Now in its twentieth year, the event takes place on January 25th and looks set to attract 5,000 runners from across the world to challenge themselves and each other in this test of mental conditioning and physical endurance.

Visitors who have experienced Marrakesh before know all about the city’s unique characters and vibrant culture, from the stunning architecture to the bustling, noisy souks.

This event is a chance to experience the thrill of competing in a long-distance race in very an unusual setting – or just spectating from the sidelines with a cold drink and a hookah pipe, perhaps.

Morocco has become a popular destination for tourists in recent year, attracting visitors from across the world who come to sample its renowned hospitality, delicious food and unforgettable atmosphere.

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Aquatic adventurers flock to Dusseldorf

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As its name would suggest, Boat is a celebration of all things aquatic, with an emphasis on the latest and greatest products, technology and activities available to modern-day seafarers.

Watersports and recreational nautical enthusiasts should find plenty to keep them occupied at this key event, from waterskiing and fishing to racing boats and expensive yachts.

Highlights this year will include a selection of fine sailboats, such as the Bavaria 43 cruiser, the Moody 45 DS and the Bénéteau First 45.

Elsewhere, those that take a more rough and ready approach to life on the ocean waves will find plenty in the way of surfing and wakeboarding products – just a selection of what the huge show at the Messe Dusseldorf has to offer.

Also on hand will be a diving centre, ideal for trying out new equipment, as well as an exhibition of old steam boats – giving a revealing look into the maritime culture of times past.

Dusseldorf lies on the banks of the River Dussel, which flows into the Rhine, one of the major rivers in Germany.

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