What's On Worldwide
Sunday 09 August 1998
Puck Fair is a three-day festival dating from the 17th century. It is based on a legend that a group of Roundheads disturbed a herd of goats, causing them to stampede into the town of Killorglin, thus warning the townspeople of the Roundheads imminent attack. The festival - essentially a livestock fair, including several parades and street parties - opens with the crowning of a goat as "King Puck", who then presides over the celebrations.
The festival of Darwin marks the end of the tropical "dry season". Taking place in parks throughout Darwin, the festival includes shows and art exhibitions and aims to reflect the culture and beliefs of the local Aboriginal communities.
The Berliner Kinderfestival is just for children. As long as you are under 16 you can take part in activities ranging from the normal (swimming and running) to the utterly bizarre (children wrestling blow-up dolls). More than 50 events are on offer, from 10am to 6pm daily, also including watersports and live music - all of which should keep small-fries perfectly happy.
Until 16 August
Memphis is once again host to the annual "Elvis week", marking the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley - though this year, the celebrations will last for nine days. The myriad events include the Elvis Presley International 5km fun run - or "walk" for those following the same burger diet as the King. Last year, more than 50,000 people visited Memphis during Elvis week; this year it reaches a climax on 16 August with a candlelit vigil.
Toronto gives a very wet welcome to the prestigious water-sports contest named "The Extreme World Cup series Water Ski Tournament", which features only the very best competitors in water-skiing, wave-boarding and ski-jumping.
With rain and politics thwarting the UK's summer music festivals, no wonder the best of British have left for Spain's sunnier climes. Valencia's Benicassim festival is the Spanish Glastonbury. The stars on Sunday include Bentley Rhythm Ace, Bjork, Corner Shop, Goldie, Fat Boy Slim, Morcheeba and Primal Scream.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 4 Russell Brand backs Ed Miliband: 'You gotta vote Labour'
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£24800 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As one of London's leading Muse...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£28 - 45k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Accountant is needed to take control of the ...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This hotel in Chadderton is a p...