Although the trees started to change colours and mornings are getting frosty, there is no reason to stay at home and watch TV in your sweatpants. The autumn seasons is full of film, music and other interesting festivals. Haven’t heard about any events in your city, or in one of the cities you are thinking of travelling to this season? Then, check out this list of cool autumn 2015 festivals taking place around well-known European cities during October and November. What are you waiting for? Pack your carry-on and enjoy one of these great events. It’s time for city-break!
PS: Hurry up! Some of these events start by the end of this week, or they are already taking place.
March 20 – October 30 2015
Odprta kuhna (Open kitchen) is an open-air culinary project, a weekly market of freshly prepared delicacies that takes place every Friday until the end of October in the Pogačarjev trg square in Ljubljana. Some of the best catering providers in Slovenia gather there to compete in offering visitors various local and international specialties. Unfortunately, sometimes the event will not take place due to bad weather.
October 15 – October 25 2015
This Riga International Film Festival is personally recommended by our spotter Martins. The festival lasts for 10 days and offers not only a great selection of the newest Latvian movies but it also gives space for the short films created by Baltic students. Besides films, the festival is full of workshops, discussions, parties, exhibitions and more.
October 15 – October 18 2015
This was the third edition of this cool festival which takes place in different locations in Prague. It is the most visited cultural event in the Czech Republic full of light installations, projections and video mapping. This magnificent event interconnects new technologies, historical buildings and public space in the heart of this beautiful city. Take note for next year!
October 16 – October 24 2015
Rome Film Festival is the right place to be if you are interested in cinema, according to our spotter Daniela. The festival’s centre is in the Auditorium Parco della Musica designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano but the rest of the city is involved as well. Although it is an international festival, it offers a great selection of the contemporary Italian cinematography too. The festival has a rich program full of movies and other events. There are also meetings with film directors, screenwriters and actors.
Stoff Fringe Festival in Stockholm
October 21 – October 26 2015
This is the 6th edition of Stoff Fringe Festival hosted by Stockholm. The festival gives a chance to less known artists as well as to well-known professionals mastering across art genres. The last edition was attended by performers from more than 50 different countries.
“Stoff is a multidisciplinary platform where theatre, visual and performance art is mixed with music, dance and the ‘other’” – official website.
Wine, Food & Good Living Festival in Helsinki
October 22 – October 25 2015
This is the biggest food and wine festival in Finland. It is held at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre (Messukeskus). There will be a large number of exhibitions representing countries from around the world offering high quality wines and amazing food. Its organisers describe it as “a real paradise for gastronomy lovers that runs over four days”.
October 25 2015
This is an annual autumn harvest festival taking place in London. The event is a collective celebration of the seasons, it is free and takes place regardless of the weather. It starts on the Bankside, next to the famous Shakespeare’s Globe, with theatre performances by a group of actors called The Lions Part, then it makes its way to Borough Market. It is well worth seeing if you happen to be in London at that time and would like to explore some of the old traditions.
October 27 – November 1 2015
Are you a music lover? Then don’t miss the unique chance to attend performances by more than 300 artists from different parts of the world representing big range of music genres from flamenco, soul to hip hop and electronica. The festival is held in various locations around Oslo and is supported by other art related events like exhibitions, seminars, workshops etc.
Madrid Live! music festival
November 30 2015
Here is a fun one-day autumn music festival in Madrid that should be very nice to attend. This year’s ‘Madrid Live!’ festival is the second one of its kind and has been built on the success of last year’s edition which sold out. One of the major band playing this year will be Imagine Dragons.
November 3 – November 8 2015
This festival is the music event of the year in Sarajevo and must visit festival for all jazz lovers. Jazz Fest is a festival founded by a few young enthusiasts who only had their love of music and a wish to try and enjoy it to the fullest in their own city. Over the years, they’ve managed to bring some of the finest names of jazz music to Sarajevo’s stages. What our spotter Zina loves the most about Jazz Fest is that it emphasizes education and interaction. Every year, as part of the festival, there are workshops where you can meet the musicians, ask them anything you wish, and maybe even witness or participate in a jam session.
Night Visions film festival in Helsinki
November 4 – November 8 2015
Enjoy this Halloween by watching horror movies during Helsinki’s Night Vision festival. According to our spotter Aino-Marja, you don’t have to be huge fan of horror movies to join the festival but you should still come and enjoy one night by watching the best of this genre. Besides Night Visions isn’t all about horror, it focuses on fantasy, science fiction and action cinema as well.
November 5 – November 7 2015
Good news for all you chocolate lovers! This is the second Belgian edition of the ‘Salon du Chocolat’ chocolate fair taking place in Brussels Expo. You can expect: demonstrations and tastings of various recipes; cooking and pastry classes and workshops; conferences; fashion shows (with chocolate dresses) and exhibitions.
November 5 – November 12 2015
The 16th edition of this film festival presenting lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer top-ranking international films takes place in Prague and other cities in The Czech Republic. The festival is supported by various events including lectures, workshops, exhibitions etc. and is extensively visited by both gay and straight people.
One of the aims of this festival is “to offer a balanced portrayal of people who are generally depicted in mainstream culture and media in terms of stereotype and cliché” – official website.
November 6 – November 7 2015
Zagreb is the last city that this year’s Electronic Beats Festival will be visiting for 48 hours of multi-venue, multi-genre music experiences brought to you by artists and DJs from around the world. If you are reading this before the 16th of October, you might still be able to attend the one going on in Budapest (16 to 17th of October).
56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival
November 6 – November 15 2015
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival is recommended by our spotter Emmanouela. The festival is focused on the independent films. The first week is dedicated to Greek cinema, then the festival continues with the selection of the best South-Eastern European movies. The festival is supported by other events like discussions, parties, ceremonies etc.
PÖff film festival in Tallinn
November 13 – November 29 2015
The aim of this two week long festival in Tallinn is to present the diversity of international cinema including projections of animated movies or student films. The festival is visited by actors, directors and other filmmakers who participate in discussions with the audience. According to our spotter Kelli, PÖFF is a must visit event in Tallinn.
Have fun this autumn and don’t get stuck to the couch!