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The Independent Travel
14 March

Hokitika, New Zealand

If you like your food on the wild side, then don't miss the ninth Wildwoods Festival where all comers are invited to tickle their taste buds with some great gourmet "bushtucker". For starters, the brave might like to try fried locusts, curried worms and snails eggs. This can be followed by a main course of either possum stew, roast kangaroo or some barbecued wallaby. For good measure you can wash it down with a glass of gorse wine, a gumboot milkshake and a few worm slammers. For those in search of new recipe ideas there will be cooking demonstrations from a wide range of experts.


Paris, France

In Paris, International Women's Day will be marked by a number of celebratory events. Sisters of all shades and sexual preferences will join in a peaceful mass march in the Bastille area. In the suburb of Montreuil, (where more than 200 women have their studios) there will be exhibitions, meetings and floats organised by Art comme Elles. While at the Glaz'art gallery there will be an exhibition of paintings by artists Laura Flavali and Nathalie Jungerman.

Until 20 March

Budapest, Hungary

The Budapest Spring Festival is widely regarded as one of the country's premier cultural events. Every year the festival organisers try to broaden the variety of concerts and shows as they draw on leading artists and ensembles from all over the international music and theatre world. Amongst the special guest performers appearing will be the conductor Rico Saccani, opera singer Gwyneth Jones and the excellent Bejart Ballet. Other highlights will include concerts by violinist Maxim Vengerov, the Nurejev Ballet Contest, and a retrospective exhibition of work by the painter Jozsef Rippl.


Birmingham, England

Today is the grand finale of Crufts (above) at Birmingham NEC. This is the greatest dog show in the world, and an event for which many of dogs' best friends go completely potty. Over the previous three days there have been demonstrations of agility, obedience, and plenty of posing and preening. Today, the judges face the herculean task of choosing the Best Gundog, the Best at Agility and Flyball, and ultimately, the highly prestigious Best in Show.

Late admissions are pounds 6.50 for adults and pounds 3.50 for both children and senior citizens.