London’s most bizarre festivals

Friday 19 August 2011
zoocha-admin

This is a guest post by Yuli Linssen Kaminitz.

Every summer, Europe plays host to hundreds of a myriad of festivals – from flamboyant arts festivals to colorful parades and gyrating dance parties. Each one of them is bigger, crazier and funkier than the other. London, being the hub of Europe, is a great city when it comes to festivals. In this vibrant culture capital, there is a conglomeration of unique music genres, wacky ideas and cultural attitudes. This summer, put on your wildest outfit and prepare to have a wacky time at these bizarre festivals in London!

London Naked Bike Ride

Date: June 11

The London Naked Bike Ride started as a crazy idea to raise more tolerance to the bicycles on the road in London. Today, this massive event has become so popular that even a large group of Londoners are participating just for the fun of it!  With thousands of bike riders each year taking to the streets of London stark naked, this festival catches the attention of many and proves once again that London is one of the greatest cities in the world. Besides injecting humour into our lives, the bike ride also aims to save the environment by encouraging people to cycle around town instead of using other transports.

 

The Great Gorilla Run

Date: 24 September

The Great Gorilla Run is one of the funniest and most iconic fund-raising campaigns in the world. People from all over the world volunteer to wear ridiculous gorilla suits and run along the streets of London to raise money for gorilla conservation. All the funds generated go to help protect every type of gorilla species in Africa. Aside from raising awareness to a very important cause, the event allows people to have fun, dress up in funny costumes and use their sense of humour for charity.

London Burlesque Festival

Date: April

London Burlesque festival is the most prestigious event in the interntional burlesque calendar, with the world’s finest performers taking center stage in London. During this very sexy week, visitors are teased and seduced by the talented performers hailing from Australia to Los Angeles. With a packed schedule of highprofile events, Chaz Royal’s London Burlesque Week pushes the boundaries of the art of the strip and the tease to the max and delivers the electric atmosphere of an unbeatable night out. Refer to the official website for the performance schedule.

London International Tattoo Convention

Date: 23-25 September

A dream come true for all tattoo lovers, the London International Tattoo Convention draws body art lovers from around the world. The festival is one of the biggest events of its kind in Europe. Aside from a great gathering of tattoo fans, the festival also showcases amazing works of talented tattoo artists. Tattoo is a truly form of art and even if you’re not a fan, this convention makes for quite an eye-opening experience.

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