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GLOBAL CULTURE guide
BY VIVIANA MAZZA

THE COLORS GUIDE TO
ESSENTIAL AND NONESSENTIAL
GLOBAL CULTURE


SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER


To submit an event listing,
please e-mail calendar@colorsmag.com
Chile


28 August – 4 September
Disabled Alpine Skiing, II South Continental Cup
Portillo
vwww.weltcup.org

Disabled skiers have been hitting the slopes since the early 1940s, when hundreds of athletic young soldiers came home from World War II with missing limbs. Today, disabled skiers from the USA, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Argentina, and Chile flock to Portillo to compete. In Chile’s mountainous terrain, paraplegics and double above-knee amputees abandon their wheelchairs for a mono-ski — a suspension seat bound to a ski. Single above-knee amputees use three skis: one for their leg and two shorter ones attached to crutches. Some below-knee amputees ski with prostheses, and visually impaired skiers race with the support of guides.
Taiwan


16 August – 14 September
Keelung Ghost Festival
Keelung
www.gio.gov.tw/info/festival_c/
ghost_e/ghost.htm


Taoists say that the Ghost Festival originated on the birthday of the Lord of the Underworld, when he released “hungry ghosts” to enjoy a month on earth. Buddhists say it began when a disciple of Buddha saved his mother’s soul from the torments of Hades by offering food to the ghosts. Whatever the origin, ghosts are welcomed annually with sacrifices of fruits, tzungtzu dumplings, chickens, and ducks. There are martial arts and folk-opera performances — and paper lanterns are cast adrift on rivers. In the evening, the dance of Chung Kuei (suppressor of demons) is performed on the pier.
Thailand


6 – 12 September
King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
Hua Hin
www.thaielepolo.com

In this reinvention of a game first played by Mogul Indian kings, two teams of three elephants play two chukkas of 10 minutes each. The teams in the game, curiously, have corporate sponsors — American Express, Mercedes-Benz, Chivas Regal, etc. — but the money raised serves a good cause: the Thai Elephant Conservation Center, which improves the welfare of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephants.
denmark


27 August – 5 September
The Aarhus Festival
Aarhus
www.aarhusfestuge.dk

Everything but the kitchen sink: Scandinavia’s leading festival of music, dance, drama, sports, film, and more.
France


27 August – 9 September
L’Etrange Festival
Paris
www.etrangefestival.com

Don’t expect to find anything too “normal” at this celebration of the bizarre. This year’s tributes include: Sogo Ishii, Derek Jarman, Teruo Ishii, and Bill Morrison.
New Zealand


10 – 12 and 16 – 19 September
Wearable Art Festival
Nelson
www.worldofwearableart.com

From traditional Maori to outrageously original, the art of clothing is celebrated by clotheshorses of all stripes (there’s even a fashion-runway-style catwalk).
Nicaragua


14 – 15 September
San Carlos International Fishing Tournament
San Carlos
www.nicaraguafishing.com/
tournament.htm


Compete to catch the biggest and best saltwater tarpons from the San Juan River — or just enjoy the concurrent fishing-themed festival.
South Africa


18 – 19 September
Cape Town Int’l. Kite Festival
Cape Town

Build your own kite at a workshop, or marvel at somebody else’s while trolling the food stalls and craft market. Profits benefit the Cape Mental Health Society.
USA


16 – 20 September
Testicle Festival
Clinton, Montana
www.testyfesty.com

Over 10,000 visitors will be fed more than two tons of bull’s balls in Rock Creek Lodge at this one-of-a kind event.
Adults only.
Egypt


1 – 12 September
Experimental Theatre Festival
Cairo
www.cairotourist.com
Tel. +20 2 285 4509  
or  
+20 2 284 1970


An international creative exchange of experimental theater, dance, and performance.
Mexico


2– 12 September
International Mariachi and Charrería Festival
Guadalajara
www.mariachi-jalisco.com.mx

Mariachi musicians, dancers, and aficionados come from everywhere for the parades, rodeos, art exhibitions, and, naturally, the mariachi competitions.
Tunisia


5 – 9 September
Neptune Trident Festival
Tabarka
www.tourismtunisia.com

Come test your spear-throwing skills at this annual festival in honor of the tyrant of the seas.
Chile


12– 13 September
FIS Snowboarding World Cup
Valle Nevado
www.fis-ski.com

The half pipe — half a tunnel of ice and snow — is just one challenge that competitors in this year’s Fédération Internationale de Ski Snowboarding World Cup will have to face.
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