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America’s Deep South gets an injection of the
sensual sounds it’s famous for: jazz, blues, and
everything in between. In April and May each
year, New Orleans and Louisiana come alive with
contemporary and traditional jazz as well as R&B,
gospel music, Afro-Caribbean, folk, Latin, rock,
rap and country music. The festival has been
celebrated annually since 1970, and an added
drawcard is the range of African marketplaces
and contemporary craft stalls that line the streets.
WHY IT WORKS
Quality music | There’s an eclectic mix of local
and international acts. Aretha Franklin, Miles
Davis, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald and Patti LaBelle
have all been headliners.
Fresh, local eats | The official festival policy
is “no carnival food”. The unique delicacies on
offer include crawfish beignets, alligator sausage
po’ boys (sandwiches) and soft-shell crab. All
vendors are locally owned small businesses and
must go through strict screening for quality and
Giving back | All proceeds from the festival go
towards year-round community development
programs in the areas of education, economic
development and culture.
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ
& HERITAGE FESTIVAL
The stunning Thai island of Koh Phangan is the setting for monthly
Full Moon Party festivities. The sight of the golden moon rising over
the crescent-shaped beach, combined with the event’s reputation, has
garnered it international acclaim, drawing an increasing number of
party people each year. DJs pump out an eclectic mix of trance, techno,
drum and bass, commercial dance and even reggae. Vendors line the
beach and offer local fare to keep energy levels up, ensuring the party
goes on well into the morning.
WHY IT WORKS
Lunar allure | The full moon has always been a source of curiosity and
fascination. Tourist legend says the views of the moon rising in Koh
Phangan are the best in the world.
Constant tunes | The main site of Haad Rin beach boasts over 12 major
sound systems, so party-goers are guaranteed music all along the bay.
All-night entertainment | Fireworks, fire-eaters and jugglers
maintain the high-octane atmosphere during and between each DJ set.
FULL MOON PARTY
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