If you want to join in with something a little different from the normal EF tour day then hopefully you will bump into some of the following while touring Europe in June.
Midsummer celebrations – Watching sunrise on the longest day at Stonehenge is quite the experience but not always the most practical to arrange. Around Europe a variety of events take place. On June 24th in Nice there is the Fête de la Saint-Jean (St John) with music, a torchlight procession and seafront bonfires. You might also catch a firework display in Paris.
Innsbruck will play host to the annual International Choral Festival from June 29th to July 3rd. Choirs will rehearse and perform the Mozart Requiem with the Mozart Orchestra of Salzburg inside the cathedral.
The Special Olympics will take place in Athens between June 24th and July 4th. During the games, as well as the sporting events, a series of cultural events will be taking place in the main squares. These will include the 11th Eurojazz festival which means free performances around the city center.
There is more free music to enjoy in Paris at the annual fête de la musique, a fabulous day of street concerts, which is held on June 21st.
Edinburgh stages seven different festivals through the summer and the season begins with the International film festival between the 15th and 26th.
Barcelona (Grec) Festival (June 13th to August 2nd) – Music, Theatre and Dance at a variety of places in the city, but principally at the Grec Theatre (a Greek style amphitheater) which is located on the side of the Montjuic Hill.
Calcio Storico (Florence June 24th to 26th) – Played on a sand pit in front of the Church of Sante Croce, (pictured), this annual event is a brutal recreation of the earliest form of soccer. A kind of Ultimate Fighting with a ball in the middle and smoke bombs in the bleachers. If you cannot watch it live, just be around the spectacle to share some of the atmosphere.
All England Tennis Championships (Wimbledon) (20th June to 3rd July) – One of the four Grand Slams and the only one played on grass. Tickets for the main courts in the second week require a lot of luck or cash, or both. However, get there early and join the official queue (line) for tickets on the outside courts and you will see some top action for sure.
June 16th in Dublin is Bloomsday, a commemoration of James Joyce’s work Ulysees.
Tradition sees participants visiting the scenes also visited by the writers’ protagonist, Leopold Bloom. Dressed in Edwardian costume, people go on a huge crawl around the pubs mentioned whilst periodically listening to poetry readings, novel extracts and other literary gems along the way. Go along, enjoy the atmosphere or become acquainted with Joyce’s inspirations on one of the guided walks on the day.
Finally, in London, the Queen’s official birthday is celebrated by Trooping the Colour which will take place on Saturday 11th June on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall. Events begin at approximately 10.00am, with a fly-past at 1.00pm. A good place to stand is along The Mall or on the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards.
Have you been to any of these events? Which were your favorite?