The Putignano Carnival takes place on various days during July and is reputed to be one of the oldest and longest carnivals in the world. The Italian carnival attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. One of the most popular features of the procession is the numerous satirical paper-mache figures that adorn many of the floats.
Researchers have uncovered records that date back to 1394 referring to the event. There are events in July and in December
On The last Wednesday of August each year the town of Bunol near Valencia in Spain is the scene of “The World’s Biggest Food Fight”. Between 20,000 and 40,000 people descend on Bunol for the giant tomato fight. The Town of Bunol only has a population of roughly 9000 people so accommodation is often a challenge. As a result many people stay in Valencia and travel to the fight on the day. Many shop keepers cover their shop fronts with plastic in anticipation of the upcoming mess.
La Tomatina is part of a week long festival that features music, dancing, fireworks and parades. There is also a paella cooking competition the night before the food fight.
Take That will be performing live in Italy on Tuesday 12th July 2011 at San Siro in Milan. The concert is part of the band’s Progress Live 2011 tour. This is Take That’s biggest tour yet, they have been on the road for a long time with the tour starting in the UK over 14 dates.
They are then heading to Europe. The European leg of the tour starts in Milan before heading to Denmark for 2 shows, Holland for 1 show, and Germany for 3 shows(in Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Munich).
At the beginning of July France will see the start of the most famous cycling race in the world “The Tour de France”, where cyclists and their teams battle it out from all over the world and compete for the coveted “Yellow Jersey” overall winner’s cup and jersey for “Le Tour de France”. The majority of French people are very patriotic when it comes to cycling, as it is seen as a national sport and enjoyed by so many people of all ages in their leisure time.
This year’s Tour de France race will start in Vendee area on the west coast of France in the “Pays de la Loire” region, at Passage du Gois, on the road to the island of “Noirmoutier”. There are 21 day stages in all during the Tour de France race, which takes the riders up to the north coast of France, then down through the centre of the country to the town of “Pau” near the Spanish border.
People who love to watch the traditional Scottish highland games should head to Oldmeldum on the 18th of June 2011. Oldmeldrum is not far from Aberdeen in Scotland and is hosting the 81st Oldmeldrum Sports and Highland Games. The traditional Scottish games include events such as shot putt, hammer throwing, tug of war and caber tossing.
The event has much more to offer than the sports of traditional Scotland. There will be highland dancing, performances by several pipe bands as well as displays by a freefall parachute display team, a display by a gymnastics display team and even a display by one of the local karate clubs.
The Prix de Diane is one of the most important events on the French Horseracing calendar, much like England’s Royal Ascot. The 2100 metre race takes place on the 12th June 2011 at the Chantilly racecourse just outside of Paris and attracts competitors from all over Europe.
The event starts with a concert by Coeur de Pirate who has caused a storm in Europe while bursting on to the French music scene.