петък, 19 април 2013 г.

Formula 1 in Europe: Gran Premio de Espana/Spain Grand Prix 2013

The 2013 F1 races started as spectacular as possible and everyone is expecting a really interesting season.

The comeback of Kimi Räikkönen and the improvement of the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers will definitely give a hard time to the Red Bull favourites. The nervousness and competitiveness of the drivers, even against their team members, is proving that everyone is up to the win and will not back down without a real racing fight.

The Gran Premio de Espana is traditionally one of the most expected races from the F1 season and this year it will welcome its fastest lap record holder again - Kimi Räikkönen.

Circuit de Catalunya is a fast track and brings up the best in the drivers. It is without a doubt one of the most prestigious races of the year and as the wolrd title competitors this year are at least 5, every race will be thrilling.

The Gran Premio de Espana will be held on the 12.05.2013 and will once again make Spain the motor capital of the world for several days.

Detailed information about the race history and the track can be found on the official F1 web-site:

http://www.formula1.com - The Gran Premio de Espana

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Music festivals in Europe: Sofia Rocks 2013 - 26.07.2013, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Sofia Rocks 2013 edition will once again be hard and loud and will gather the rock fans from all over Europe in Bulgaria.

The previous three editions of Sofia Rocks were among the best rock events in the European musical calender and it is clearly becoming an event to follow. 

Sofia Rocks 2013 will take place at the Vasil Levski stadium, Sofia, on 26.07.2013 and will present:

Bullet for My Valentine
... and more

The prices of the tickets range from 40 EUR to 75 EUR and we are all hoping for a full stadium, again.

The sound of thousands rocking together will again shake Sofia. Be there and experience it.

Detailed information about the festival and booking availability can be found on its official web-site:

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четвъртък, 18 април 2013 г.

Festivals in Europe: Carnival of Viareggio / Carnevale di Viareggio, Italy

Italy is home of many fantastic festivals and one of the most colorful and visited among them is the Viareggio Carnival, held at the seaside town of Viareggio, Tuscani. 

Every year the participants in the festival create papier-mâché parade floats, masks and dolls and bring life to magical creatures and many recreations of historical and present-time famous people. The celebrations take place at the different quarters and there are many festival-related events at the town's squares, bars and restaurants.

The Viareggio Carnival is a 140 years old tradition, which has become one of the most famous carnivals in Europe and gathers annualy about 1 000 000 visitors from all over the world. The town is very close to the cities of Pisa and Florence and together with the festival this makes it a perfect location for a cultural and colorful start-of-the-year vacation.

There is, of course, a papier-mâché museum, where you can see many of the best and awarded works of the participants from the previous editions of the festival.

The 2014 Viareggio Carnival will take place at the end of February and the beginning of March.

For detailed information and current festival dates you can visit the official Viareggio Carnival web-site:

source: Vinima @ wikipedia.org, under the Creative Commons

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сряда, 10 април 2013 г.

Festivals in Europe: La Tomatina / Tomatoes fight / Festival, Bunol, Valencia, Spain

La Tomatina is one of those festivals, which are crated by people having fun with the only purpose of upcoming generations to have even more fun. It is a festival with unclear origin and the most important thing is that the people of the town of Bunol, Spain, have created an event so fascinating, that 60 years after its first edition it is now visited by about 50 000 visitors each year.

La Tomationa was most probably created by young people, who wanted to participate in the event called Gigantes y cabezudos / Giants and Big-Heads / and started a tomato fight at the town'n square where the event took place. This quickly became a tradition and the people continued to repeat the fight each year at the last Wensday of August. Although  the authorities have stopped the event from happening in some of the years to come, the town eventually was officially allowed to have the Tomatina from 1975 to nowadays.  

It is organized by the town hall and it has several very simple rules, ensuring the safety of the participants. It is very important that the tomatoes are squashed before being thrown, it is essential that the participants make way to the passing trucks, ripping off other people's T-shirts is forbidden and so is of course throwing anything else than a tomato. 

The fight lasts for one hour, which is pretty enough to cause a really colorful devastation of the town, cleaned afterwards with the kind assistance of the Bunol fire department.

Bunol is very close to the city of Valencia, which makes the transport to the festival very easy for every international traveller, who wants to take part of this trully fascination event.

More about the festival, the history and the town can be found on the official web-site of the event:

source: Graham McLellan @ flickr.com under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 

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вторник, 9 април 2013 г.

Festivals in Europe: La battaglia delle arance, The battle of the oranges, Ivrea, Italy

Europe is famous with many fascinating festivals deriving from ancient traditions and events and one ofthe most memorable of all of them is the famous "La battaglia delle arance" or the Battle of the oranges.

The battle is part of the Historical Carnival of Ivrea, which is held annually at the Italian town of Ivrea in the Turino province, takes place each year to celebrate the liberation of the town from a tyrant, who has tortured the town's polulation. There are many events part of the carnival, including the remakes of the historical moments related to the town's liberation, the most important of which is the Battle of the oranges. 

The battle itself is ferociously fought between groups of people, representing the fight of the town against the army of the tyrant. 

The events of the festival begin in early January and ends at the end of February with the Battle of the oranges and the follow-up prize giving ceremony for the heroes of the battle from both fighting camps.

Information about all the events from the Historical Carnival of Ivrea can be found on the official web-site of the event:

source: Giò-S.p.o.t.s @ flickr.com , licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0

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