For a frenetic fortnight in July, Kuhmo dedicates itself to a chamber music festival attracting thousands of music lovers. This town of 9,000 inhabitants echoes to the sound of music against a backcloth of a lake that almost laps the walls of the concert halls in the clear northern light. Music is everywhere, there are concerts from morning to late at night, and audiences revel in the famously relaxed atmosphere. But there is one overriding requirement: music must be of the highest standard.
The “International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama” is a distinct cultural event with an international character, hosting for 2 decades in Cyprus theatre companies from all over the world to present ancient Greek drama in their own language. The performances are presented in open-air amphitheatres, such as the Ancient Odeon in Paphos, the Curium Ancient Theatre in Limassol and the Makarios III or “Skali” Amphitheatres in Nicosia, during the whole month of July every year.
June 2013 was the inaugural edition of the International Festival of Education, a celebration of culture and education held in the university city of Iași. 10 days of events, with live feeds on the internet and television coverage, annually draw more than 100,000 visitors to 5 open-air stages for theatre and musical performances by Romanian and international groups. Educational conferences form a key part of the festival, and linked events also take place in other Romanian cities.