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Amsterdam Orange Festival

Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen’s Day (Koninginnedag) is the national festivity, that takes place in Holland every year on April, 30th, celebrating the birthday of the queen. Amsterdam is the main centre of interest for the about 750,000 visitors every year, who come by train in the city. The Amsterdam Orange Festival celebration takes place in open-air places, such as Dam, Damrak, Rokin, Rembrandtplein, Spui, Leidsestraat and Leidseplein. The orange colour is associated with the colour of the Royal Family and in this day, all the streets, parks and canals are decorated in orange and people wear orange clothes, too. A funny part of Amsterdam Orange Festival are the the sculptures and reproductions of houses, windmills, castles, even the Taj Mahal palace, built from lemons and oranges. During Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen’s Day, it is a good opportunity for the visitors to try free markets or car boot sale on the streets, because shopping is part of this celebration. Some cities also celebrate the night before Queen’s Day, known as the Queen’s Night. It is the free marketwhich attracts the most visitors. Children also give their cast-offs toys for sale and local entrepreneurs sell food and beverages. The prices are negotiable and drop to the end of the day. On the Queen’s Night, clubs and bars throughout the Netherlands, mainly Amsterdam and Hague, organize special all-night-long lasting events.


Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen's Day (Koninginnedag)
Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen


Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen's Day, April, 30th
Amsterdam Orange Festival or Queen

Amsterdam Orange Festival, April, 30th
Amsterdam Orange Festival, April, 30th

Blackenberge Sand Sculptures Festival from Belgium

Blackenberge is a Belgian town, situated on the coast. Among the Marching Event, Flower Parade, Carnival Parade tourists will also enjoy visiting Blackenberge Sand Festival. Blackenberge Sand Festival has been gathering every year, since 1997, thousands of tourists from all countries, who come to see the beautiful wonders created by 40 sand artists, who come from the four corners of the globe. This year, ‘Sand World, Around the World’ lasts from May, 28th until August, 31st, in the Kon, daily from 10 A.M. till 7 P.M. This year also,

Little Mermaid, Belgium
Little Mermaid, Belgium
Blackenberge Sand Festival in Belgium provides its visitors a unique journey, among one of the most popular 100 attractions, from castles to ery high bridges and famous building, from 40 countries like China, India, Brazil, Peru, Russia, Turkey, USA, Greece and many more. The artists working for this festival come from Belgium, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Mexico. They use 80 lorry loads of Belgian sand which will turn into real wonders of this world. The Blackenberge Festival aims at obtaining the world record in matter of the longest sand sculpture festival in the world, being 841,80 metres long. Alexander Deman, festival organiser asserted that “It is a real trip around the world. Never before have so many artists come to Blankenberge. With this world record, we are already the biggest sand museum in the world.”
Artists Working for Blackenberge Festival
Artists Working for Blackenberge Festival


Visitors can enjoy 171 3D sculptured scenes, from each continent – 73 European, 43 Asian, 19 African, 17 North American, 10 South American and 9 Oceanian, who draw in the same place the most visited places in the world, most of which are full of historical value. Because of the risk of bad weather, such as rain, organisers have left only the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower outside, whereas all the other sand sculptures are situated in two tents.
Blackenberge Sand Festival 2010 Belgium
Blackenberge Sand Festival 2010 Belgium

Tickets are available both at the Festival kiosk and on the trains. Children benefit from discount, as well as students and disabled persons. The Sand Sculptures Festival in Belgium is situated at a short walking distance from the train station, that is less than 1 kilometer. The tram stops right near the entrance, opposite the Sea Life Centre. If you want to go by bus, then you can take a free bus route. Wheelchair users have a special pathway.
Blackenberge Annual Festival
Blackenberge Annual Festival

Building Sand Sculptures
Building Sand Sculptures


Human Face at Blackenberge Sand Festival 2010
Human Face at Blackenberge Sand Festival 2010

Little Mermaid and Her Prince, Sand Sculptures, Belgium
Little Mermaid and Her Prince, Sand Sculptures, Belgium

Man, Sand Sculpture Festival
Man, Sand Sculpture Festival

Sand Castle, Blackenberge Festival 2010
Sand Castle, Blackenberge Festival 2010

Sand Sculpture - Statue of Liberty
Sand Sculpture - Statue of Liberty

Sand Sculpture Landscape, Belgium
Sand Sculpture Landscape, Belgium

Sand Sculpture Tree, Belgium, Blackenberge Festival
Sand Sculpture Tree, Belgium, Blackenberge Festival


Sand Sculpture, Belgium
Sand Sculpture, Belgium

Sand Sculpture, Blackenberge Festival 2010
Sand Sculpture, Blackenberge Festival 2010

Sand Sculpture
Sand Sculpture

Sandsculpture Festival, Belgium
Sandsculpture Festival, Belgium

Shrek Sand Sculpture, Belgium
Shrek Sand Sculpture, Belgium

Surfing Character - Sand Sculpture, Belgium
Surfing Character - Sand Sculpture, Belgium

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February – Festival du Voyageur

The festival takes place annually in February, in Winnipeg, W Canada. It is free and it is opened all day long.

The Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg is Western Canada‘s largest winter festival. Reflecting the country’s unique French-Canadian heritage, the ten-day celebration recalls the fur trade era of the 18th-century Red River colony.

Historically, voyageurs were the backbone of the fur industry. They set out over 300 years ago in search of valuable fur-bearing animals, exploring and taming the North American continent. Proud to call themselves the “Men of the North”, the annual rendezvous was a time to reconvene after months of wandering the beautiful winter landscape. Mounds of food and drink were consumed amidst a frenzy of singing, dancing and merriment.

Festival du Voyageur
Festival du Voyageur
The festival has run in its present format since 1969 and is designed to enhance the public’s awareness of the fur trade era. Venues across the town play host to concerts and performances and there are three heated tents in addition to the main stage in Voyageur Park, the main focus of the celebrations.

Snow and ice sculptures are de rigeur for winter festivals and this one features an International Snow Sculpting Symposium. Dog sledding also features highly and competitive races with between three and ten dogs are quite a sight.

Manitoba has been home to Canadian Aboriginals for over 6000 years and, with over 100,000 lakes, is steeped in history and geographical splendor. The festival offers visitors the perfect opportunity to see the area in the crystalline beauty of winter.

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