Are you an adrenaline junkie? A beer lover? Dancer? Or perhaps, a foodie? No matter what personality trait you identify with, these five global festivals are handpicked just for you! By Kumar Shree

1. Vivid Sydney – Sydney, Australia (May 24 to June 15)

Vivid Sydney is the most outstanding melting-pot of cultures, music and dance. Expect an extravagant and innovative carnival of lights as they effortlessly bring out the spirit of the festival. It will be a treat for your eyes. Think of sculptures made of lights! The 11th edition will also host contemporary music programmes with an illuminated Sydney Opera House in the backdrop. The Academy-award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed ‘Argyle Cut in The Rocks’ with a creative light projection. Vivid Sydney will also bring forth star-studded performances by Rüfüs Du Sol and FKA Twigs. Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events will also return to this year’s event and will see the return of Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. With big Hollywood names like Spike Lee expected to be on the guest list, this festival has to be on your list of global festivals to witness this year.

2. Distortion Festival – Buñol, Spain (May 29 to June 2)

True to its name, the distortion festival gives new dimensions to the idea of celebration and takes things to a whole new inter-galactic level. Touted for showcasing a beautiful juxtaposition of ‘street life’ and ‘party culture’, the Distortion Festival is a must-visit for those who are not bound by the idea of a defined timeline for indulgences and celebrations. Why that? Because the festival holds a dual identity: street party during the day, and by sundown it turns into an intimate night club. This five-day music-fiesta is an absolute paradise for party lovers.

3. Battle of Wine – Haro, Spain (June 29 to June 30)

Sipping wine is one thing and getting drenched in it is another. Well, that’s exactly what happens at the ‘Battle of Wine’ in Spain. People from all around the globe gather at this wine fiesta in Haro (a town in Spain) to indulge in one of the most libation-fuelled battles. This one has to be on the bucket list of every wine connoisseur.

4. La TomatinaBuñol, Spain (August 28)

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The La Tomatina festival is a celebration of unbound fervour and joy. Thousands of people visit Spain to be a part of this ‘food fight’ where a vivacious street is crammed with enthusiastic tourists playing with tomatoes. An absolute haven for those seeking to indulge in some ‘colourful’ fun, La Tomatina is where you need to be this year.

5. Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany (September 21 to October 6)

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is where the beer literally flows. More than six million people have attended this festival over the years. For two weeks, everything imaginable revolves around beer. Once here, you will see people dressed up in traditional Bavarian attires to commemorate the costume parade; yo will also witness countless music concerts and food joints serving the best of German and global cuisines. No surprises here, the festival consumes over seven million litres of beer every year! Need we say more?

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