Europe’s Most Unmissable Festival
Winner Announced: Monday 24th Nov 2014
One thing I did not expect to discover when I set out on the European Bazaar project was just how many festivals there are out there that people would call bizarre. Even after over a year of researching and six months trekking back and forth across the continent, I’m still having people regale me with events, ceremonies or competitions that : 1) test my credulity and 2) I struggle to believe I’m yet to hear about.
And the winner of the 2014 One Small World Awards category of Europe’s Most Fun Festival To Compete In is….
EUROPE’S MOST FUN FESTIVAL TO COMPETE IN
Winner announced: Friday 14th Nov 2014
For millennia humanity has attempted to quantify what makes us human, what separates us from the animals. Philosophers have wasted away in their garrets consumed by the desire to distill the essence of our species down to a single, perfect account.
EUROPE’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS FESTIVAL
Winner announced: Wednesday 5th Nov 2014
Scratch Europe’s distinguished surface and underneath you’re likely to find a sequined spandex jumpsuit. For all its pomposity, ceremony and history Europe is a vast petri dish of cultures, each bubbling with their own subversive predilections.
Mother Teresa is here, beer in hand. A Smurf ducks past a Fat Ballerina and onwards past a guy battling to tape jelly cubes to his arms. Around them, the crowd is directing furtive glances down into the brown, soupy water below and chattering in nervous excitement.
As the European Summer winds down – and so too does the European Bazaar project – One Small World has their eyes set on Gold as we return to the mecca of strange festivals for the ‘mad Olympics’, the World Alternative Games!
The European Bazaar project has now been underway for 4 months. Sadly it has been set against the distressing backdrop of the twin Malaysia disasters, the international apathy toward the massacres in Gaza and the political collateral damage of the war in the Ukraine.
And it’s times like these that it is is easy to forget that we do know how to be nice to one another.
That’s why I can now tell you that if your faith in humanity is getting a little thin, then you need to visit a little scarecrow festival in the heart of Ireland.