Top cultural world festivals for tourists from the UK to visit


Google data has revealed the top three cultural festivals across the world that UK residents are most interested in. The data indicates that these popular events are an eclectic mix ranging from festivals celebrating the arts to vibrant parties out on the streets.

According to the data, these are the festivals that are most visited by tourists hailing from the UK:

  1. Cannes Film Festival
  2. Day of The Dead
  3. Carnival Rio de Janeiro

This data has been analysed by Audley Travel and forms the basis of discussing these famous cultural festivals around the globe. Here’s a snapshot of three of the favourites to help get you in the party mood.

3. Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Coming in at third place on the most searched-for festivals by UK users on Google, the colourful Rio de Janeiro Carnival thoroughly deserves its spot on the list. Celebrated every year around five days before Ash Wednesday, the Carnival Rio de Janeiro is considered to be the biggest of its kind in the world, prompting over two million people to line Brazil’s streets daily.

From magical masquerade balls and street bands to beach parties and professional performers, the festival promises many activities for visitors to enjoy. And that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface where other activities in Brazil are concerned – there’s still plenty to do once you’ve partied in Rio!

How to visit Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The fabulous Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

While you’re in Brazil for the Carnival Rio de Janeiro, you’ll be blessed with some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, delicious cuisine, breathtaking natural beauty and rich history. Whether you’d like to visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, head into the Amazon Rainforest or explore Iguazu Falls, there are many things to do that’ll make your trip one for the bucket list.

2. Day of The Dead

Taking place at the beginning of November, Mexico’s Day of The Dead festival is a celebration unlike any other. Although its name might suggest otherwise, the two-day-long festival is a time of great joy when millions of visitors gather to reunite the realms of the living and the dead. They do this by creating colourful altars laden with food and drink in the hopes of encouraging visits from the afterlife.

Yucatan Mexico Cemetery
Colourful Mexican cemeteries are the focus of the Day of the Dead

Visiting Mexico during this festival promises UK travellers lots of colours, artisan workshops, feasts, performers, tours and much more. This fun-loving festival is a great way to get to appreciate the culture and unique spirit of Mexico, and gives a first-hand insight into local beliefs and ceremonies.

1. The Cannes Film Festival

As the most-searched-for festival in the UK, the Cannes Film Festival is largely reserved for film industry professionals and the press. Due to this, this event isn’t easily attended by members of the public, but providing that you’re quick, you can treat yourself to the A-list experience via private screenings in the Directors’ Fortnight (but these are first come, first served!).

Cannes in France
Glitzy Cannes in France

But no matter if you don’t meet one of the six different types of accreditation available for the Cannes Film Festival, you can still treat yourself to a film-star-like experience in the French Rivera. Here, you can stay in one of the famously glamourous resorts, see if you can spot some movie stars, go on a guided tour of the city, and more besides.

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