One of the best ways to authentically experience a destination is to join in on the local culture and traditions. And at the JG Black Book Collection, we’re jumping into spring by celebrating at some of our favorite festivals around the world. Rock out in South America, soak up some silence in Ubud, or reach back to the roots of Ibo Island. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong with any of these unforgettable experiences.
Condor Travel: Rocking out in South America
The weather is sunny, people are happy and excitement is in the air: it must be time for Lollapalooza! The annual music festival – which began back in 1991 in the United States – made its way to South America in 2011 and is now one of the most anticipated events of the year in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Fans from all over the world travel to any of these three countries to enjoy an unforgettable three-day experience featuring some of the best artists and bands in the world, surrounded by amazing people and an overall good vibe. It’s a full-on music and art extravaganza that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. For the 2018 edition of Lollapalooza, popular bands like Pearl Jam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers have confirmed their presence, along with other international acts and emerging local performers. This year’s edition of Lollapalooza will take place on March 16th–18th at O’Higgins Park in Chile and the San Isidro Hippodrome in Argentina. On March 22nd-24th, it will move to the Interlagos Race Track in Sao Paolo, Brazil So if you’re looking for a totally rocking experience in South America before setting out to discover the many wonders of the region, Lollapalooza is just the ticket!
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah: Day of silence with a bang
Bali is one of the only places in the world that celebrates the Balinese New Year with total silence for a full day. Nyepi is a day of self reflection where the Balinese are not supposed to do any kind of activity, a day where all lights are turned off, a day where the whole island shuts down – even the airport! The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah invites its guests to take part in this special day with a Silence Day Package. Expect a rejuvenating two night stay, which includes a three course lunch and dinner, airport transfer, a tour to Ubud’s city center to watch the Ogoh-Ogoh (a giant papier-maché monster doll parade), and immerse yourself in the heavenly sight of the Milky Way in the evening sky right above your villa. When we sacrifice a little for one day to appreciate the Earth, mother nature will reveal her true beauty with a bang!
Azura Retreats: Back to island roots
Every June on Ibo Island, there’s a festival that celebrates the time many years ago when Ibo became a trading post. The Kueto Siriwala (cue-to sea-ree-wala) Festival came about when Ibo Island became the capital of Cabo Delgado in 1773. Today, this is the most famous annual festival on Ibo Island and reminds event-goers “to not forget your roots, regardless of how far away from home you are.” Witness the annual dhow race where canoes and traditional sailing dhows compete on still waters, watch school children present their poetry and plays to the crowds, dance traditional dances, and feel the sense of community fill the streets. The common theme of daily life on Ibo Island is creative cultural expression, a beautiful way of life showcased by the people. This community, with roots reaching deep into the world, has created a way of life unique to Ibo that captures the imagination of Azura’s guests. Experience this vibrant festival in June and combine it with a stay at Azura Quilalea Private Island. This wholly uninhabited island paradise is surrounded by the pristine waters of the Quirimbas Archipelago Marine Sanctuary. With just a 10-minute scenic trip by helicopter or a 40-minute boat ride to Ibo Island, you can live out the ultimate Quirimbas experience of luxury, history, culture and beach.