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Buch Wien, the Vienna Book Festival is the biggest book event in Austria. This year it will be held at the same time as the Interpädagogica event, which will mean a big boost in enthusiasts and professionals from the world of books and education. There will be a special focus on the staging of themed worlds to link in with the experience-based nature and the successful concept of the 2010 book fair.

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Polé-Polé Festival

The Ghent Festival (Gentse Feesten) is a two week summer festival which has been held in one form or another since 1843. It attracts over two million people a year making it the third largest festival in Europe. Within this carnival atmosphere, a number of side events take place, one of which is the world music festival Polé Polé. It takes place in the very centre of Ghent along the Korenlei and Graslei.
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Dranouter Festival

The Dranouter Festival started in 1975 as a small folk festival in the village of Dranouter. Today, it is one Belgium’s biggest music festivals attracting some of the biggest names in world music and over 80,000 visitors. Despite its size, it has retained much of the intimacy of its early years and is well known as one of the friendliest environments to enjoy folk music, world music and original singer-songwriting.

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Czech Republic

Colours of Ostrava

Colours of Ostrava, or simply Colours, is a multi-genre festival, the biggest international music festival in the Czech Republic and one of the biggest music events in the Central Europe It is held every summer in the centre of Ostrava, the third biggest city in the Czech Republic. Colours will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2011.

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Helsinki Film Festival

The Helsinki International Film Festival – ‘Love & Anarchy ‘is a non-competitive film festival held since 1988 in Helsinki, Finland, yearly in September. The festival promotes the artistry of filmmaking, the inventive, visually stunning and controversial new films, revealing the promising talents of tomorrow.

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Aye Aye Festival

The ‘Aye Aye V.O’ association was founded in 1994 by a group of students and cinema lovers who dreamt of creating an original and daring festival for the public in the town of Nancy. Thanks to their work and conviction, the project became real: the first screening took place in June 1995 outdoors, in the heart of Nancy. The ‘Aye-Aye’, a type of lemur with big eyes and big ears symbolises the inquisitive and adventurous nature of the programme.

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This year’s Euro-Scene Leipzig, the 21st edition of the festival, will take place under the motto “Tonstörung” (“Sound disturbance”). This festival of contemporary European theatre will show 12 guest performances from 10 countries out of a total of 25 performances in 9 venues. The patron of the festival is Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of the city of Leipzig. The festival programme comprises theatre, dance, musical stage forms, performances and a play for children. An extensive fringe programme including films, discussions and a workshop will supplement the guest plays.

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Summer in the city Festival

In the summer, the centre of Luxembourg City turns into an open air cultural carnival with concerts, festivals, street theatre, cinema, markets, exhibitions and folklore,. Streets and squares become cultural places-to-be and provide a marvellous excuse to leave home and stroll around town. From 21 June to 10 September, "Summer in the City" offers a wide ranging choice of original events that challenge both residents and visitors.

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The Netherlands

Balkan Snapshots Festival 

The Balkan Snapshots Festival 2012 in Amsterdam will be a creative hub engaging artists, experts, thinkers, participants and the public in finding endless variations & perspectives to look at Southeast Europe. The central theme will be the collaborative quest of Southeast European creatives to find and show as many meanings, definitions, functions and stories that the region can represent, mean and tell to its inhabitants and to the rest of the world. 

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The Grachtenfestival (literally, the ‘canal festival’) is a nine day classical music festival in Amsterdam which takes place on the banks of the city’s famous canals and in intimate spaces such as old canal houses.

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United Kingdom

Raindance Film Festival

Raindance Film Festival is one of Europe’s leading independent film festivals. Listed by Variety as one of the world's top 50 'unmissable film festivals', Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world. The festival is known for being bold, edgy and sometimes daring, screening all genres of feature fiction and documentary (over 70 UK Premieres a year) and over 200 shorts, making it one of the most noted festivals of discovery and for launching debut filmmakers in Europe.

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