Tweed and the Face Weasel – Surrealist sports at the Chap Olympiad

And I’m disqualifying that team for an Americanish display of mutual congratulation – the High Five. Sirs, you should know better.’ – Judge, MC, and executioner. The Chap Olympiad is a strange place to discover a revolution. It is also likely the only festival that you’ll hear the exclamation, ‘Syphilis? Marvelous!’ from a man wearing […]

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Beautifully Bizarre – The Warped World of Bodypainting

The guy in the corner of the bar has a gaping headwound. It looks as if someone has only recently removed the axe. Yet even so, he’s chatting happily with his wife – cupping her hand in his – and with two others people at the table. This would probably seem strange under normal circumstances […]

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Nun Bingo at the Hopping Procession of Echternach

For 1000 years the people of Echternach in Luxembourg have been celebrating the life and achievements of their chosen saint, the good St Willibrord. In fact, they’ve been celebrating it for so long that no one actually remembers why they celebrate the way they do. They just do, and that’s good enough for them. To […]

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Random Ramblings in Switzerland and Italy

As One Small World racks up the kilometres in search of Europe’s weirdest festivals, I’ve been lucky to come across many wonderful places on the road. And just like each of us have our idiosyncrasies, inexplicable sillinesses, and definite sense of self, so too do the places that we inhabit. Whether intentional or not, we […]

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EUROPE’S MOST OUTRAGEOUS FESTIVAL

Winner announced: Wednesday 5th Nov 2014 Scratch Europe’s distinguished surface and underneath you’re likely to find a sequined spandex jumpsuit. For all its pomposity, ceremony and history Europe is a vast petri dish of cultures, each bubbling with their own subversive predilections. As the European Bazaar project has shown, Western Europe’s penchant for strange and wonderful festivals spans […]

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Oddball Olympics – The World Alternative Games

As the European Summer winds down – and so too does the European Bazaar project – One Small World has their eyes set on Gold as we return to the mecca of strange festivals for the ‘mad Olympics’, the World Alternative Games! In 2012 London hosted the 30th modern Olympic Games, an event couched in Ancient Greek […]

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The Upside-Down Cow of Comedy – The Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe festival requires no introduction. It is the world’s largest arts festival and in 2014 will see 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues across one of the world’s most picturesque and historic cities. As if this weren’t enough, August in Edinburgh is also host to a separate Visual Arts Festival, The Edinburgh Military […]

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