DANCER OF PAPUA NEW GIUNEA (GOROKA SHOW) – 0688

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 Goroka Show – September
Picture 40,000 painted warriors dancing to the rhythmic thud of the Kundu drums and you have just one of the highlights of the The Goroka Show in the Eastern Highlands province. One of the biggest in Papua New Guinea, this popular festival can attract up to 140,000 people from more than 80 tribes around the country. Wearing colourful traditional dress, including face and body paint, feathers, shells and masks, tribes gather at Goroka for a weekend of music, dancing and tribal displays. For two days and two nights, the sound of drums resounds throughout the hills as tribespeople perform traditional dances, their bodies painted in oil and pig grease. There is also an agricultural fair and a Miss Goroka Show beauty pageant.
from http://www.jasons.com/

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From Papua New Guinea
Travel from Feb 2 to Mar 10 (2015)
Thanks Hannah !

CASTELLERS DE BARCELONA – 0687

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Castellers de Barcelona is a team of castellers from Barcelona founded in 1969. It is the first team to be founded outside the traditional area of human towers and the 5th team ever founded. Their first public display was the 8th of June 1969 in Vendrell. Their shirt is red and their most important appointment is the closest Sunday to Dia de la Mercè (24th of September), in Plaça Sant Jaume.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Spain
Travel from April 30 to May 27
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TIMORESE CEREMONIAL PROCESS _ 0604

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Subsistence level farming is the occupation of 90-95% of the people of Timor. Life outside the towns operates according to age-old traditions involving the seasons and planting, family lineage, and ceremony both traditional and occasional (i.e. birth, death and marriage).
Dancing, singing, costume and musical ceremony (using gongs and drums) are all used to celebrate or ask for help from the deities. Some of the occasions that call for these ceremonies are: for planting and to ask for prosperity and good weatherfor the spinning of cotton for the smooth running of village or regional affairs; for weddings and other celebrations; and the offering of friendship and reaffirmation of allegiance through royalties or tribute along with the ever present betel nut.

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From East Timor
Travel from Sept 16 to Oct 21
Thanks Veronica and Tanty !

DRAGON DANCE AND LION DANCE _ 0598

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Dragon dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. The dance is performed by a team of dancers who manipulate a long flexible figure of a dragon using poles positioned at regular intervals along the length of the dragon. The dance team mimics the supposed movements of this river spirit in a sinuous, undulating manner.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Taiwan
Travel from Aug 29 to Sept 6
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MIYAKO ODORI, GION KYOTO _ 0576

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Each spring the geisha community of Gion in Kyoto puts on a spectacular dance known as the Miyako Odori. Shows are held several times a day throughout April at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo. Timed to coincide with the arrival of spring, the ceremony is an absolute must see!
Senior geishas play their shamisen at the side stages and young geishas act the play of the year. There are eight scenes and two to five geishas act in a scene. In the final scene, all geishas, twenty or more, dance on the stage. It’s amazing.
http://www.visitkansai.com/

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From Nara, Japan
Travel from June 25 to June 30
Thanks Noriko !

NAADAM FESTIVALS _ 0564

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Naadam  is a traditional festival in Mongolia. The festival is also locally termed “eriin gurvan naadam” (эрийн гурван наадам) “the three games of men”.  The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery and are held throughout the country during midsummer. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games, but not in Mongolian wrestling.
In 2010, Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Mongolia
Travel from June 14 to June 30
Thanks Denise !

GRENEDA SPICE MAS FESTIVAL _ 0524

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The premier cultural event, ‘Spice Mas’ is Grenadian expression in all its glory, climaxing during the second Monday and Tuesday in August, this annual event with multiple activities takes months of planning and coordination. Brimming with pageantry and expression linked to our African, French, British and Caribbean heritage, Carnival is colourful, humorous and full of surprises. Calypsonians, steel pan orchestras, beauty contestants, ‘fancy mas’ bands and others perform and parade to compete for Carnival honours. Grenadians gather to watch, participate and enjoy. Many take on disguises in the costumes of ‘Shortknee’ and ‘Jab Jab’ players…
See more at: http://www.grenadagrenadines.com

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From Grenada
Travel from April 20 to May 16
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GOMBEY DANCER (BERMUDA) _ 0514

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The Gombey is an iconic symbol of Bermuda, this folklife tradition reflecting the island’s blend of African, indigenous peoples, Caribbean and British cultures, incorporating them over time into a unique performance art full of colorful and intricate masquerade, dance and drumming.
Dancers are usually male, and perform in groups of 10-30[1] though in modern times female groups have emerged. The traditions have been passed down orally from one generation to the next within families and the Captains of each troupe determine the direction of the troupe and style that is taught. Thus within troupes there can be found subtle but distinct differences in beats, dances, costumes, headdresses, by which they can each be recognized.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Bermuda
Travel from April 29 to May 14
Thank you so much Denise !

DANSEUR NEW CALEDONIA _ 0419

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Festival of the Yam (Mid-March) – Watch the most important event in the Kanak calendar at the sacred Festival of the Yam, which marks the beginning of the yam harvest. In New Caledonia, the yam is treated with the respect usually saved for an ancestor. The yams are blessed the following day by the priest then distributed among the villagers.
http://www.honeymoonguide.com.au/

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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 8
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ELEPHANTS AT THE ESALA PERAHERA _ 0418

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Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is the grand festival of Esala held in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival consisting of dances and colourfully decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional ‘diya-kepeema’.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Sri Lanka
Travel from Mar 3 to April 8
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KUKERI-THE BULGARIAN CARNIVALS _ 0403

Kukeri is a traditional Bulgarian ritual to scare away evil spirits, with costumed men performing the ritual. Closely related traditions are found throughout the Balkans and Greece (including Romania and the Pontus). The costumes cover most of the body and include decorated wooden masks of animals (sometimes double-faced) and large bells attached to the belt. Around New Year and before Lent, the kukeri walk and dance through the village to scare evil spirits away with the costumes and the sound of the bells, as well as to provide a good harvest, health, and happiness to the village during the year.

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The kukeri traditionally visit the peoples’ houses at night so that “the sun would not catch them on the road.” After going around the village they gather at the square to dance wildly and amuse the people. The ritual varies by region but its essence remains largely the same.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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From Bulgaria
Travel from Mar 2 to Mar 27
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KANAK TRADITIONAL DANCE _ 0401

Dance is very important to the native people (the Kanak). The pilou dance for example is a story that encompasses subjects as diverse as birth, marriage, battle, and even cyclones. Colonial authorities originally banned this dance due to the trance-like state it induced and for the ocassional case of cannabilism. Music is also important. Musical instruments used include percussion instruments, bamboo flutes, and conch shells.
http://www.virtualoceania.net/

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From New Caledonia
Travel from Mar 21 to April 3
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