Posts Tagged ‘strange’
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.
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 Edinburgh Fringe festival requires no introduction. It is the world’s largest arts festival and in 2014 will see 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues across one of the world’s most picturesque and historic cities.
‘And I’m disqualifying that team for an Americanish display of mutual congratulation – the High Five. Sirs, you should know better.’ – Judge, MC, and executioner.
The Chap Olympiad is a strange place to discover a revolution. It is also likely the only festival that you’ll hear the exclamation, ‘Syphilis? Marvelous!’ from a man wearing a dead bat as a broach.
40 huge, sweating men are panting with the strain; some are pulling faces like demonic gargoyles due to the searing pain in their bulging thigh muscles. For these men – these two teams of twenty – to win is to taste glory; to lose is to have ruined a good pair of shoes. This is the momentus Gioco del Ponte, the Game of the Bridge.
Under a blizzard of confetti, to the sound of Euro Dance anthems and marching bands, a man dressed as a monk is quacking and bashing you on the head with an inflated pigs bladder…One Small World is left scratching our noggin at Eastern Belgium’s festival of Laetare.