Although most people that visit Ibiza are more interested in its parties and in its nightlife generally, the notorious Balearic island offers more than that. During the whole year a lot of festivals and celebrations occur, that promote the original aspect of the city, its culture and history. Let’s see below some of the most interesting festivals of Ibiza.
The annual Ibiza Carnival that takes place all across the island, brightens up the mid-February season. Each year, Ibiza's dance schools and youth collaborate for a fantastic show. Floats pass through the streets of Ibiza; each with a different theme. You will see some amazing dance routines and be treated to an array of musical styles from Latin, to percussion to popular music from film and stage. Prizes are given for the best floats. Judges are looking for striking originality, creative choreography and cool costumes and you can be assured that everyone taking part will be doing their best to get their hands on the top prize.
Festes de la Terra, Ibiza Town
Ibiza Town's very own traditional festival coincides with the commemoration of its local patrons, Santa María de las Nieves and Sant Ciriac, as well as marking the day the Catalans rid Ibiza of the Arabs in the early 13th century. Celebrations include live music, markets, sports competitions, folk dances, parades and children's activities, culminating in an amazing spectacle where fireworks lighten up the sky over the Old town in the evening of August 8th (Sant Ciriac day).
Patrimoni Gastronomic Food Festival, Ibiza Town
This food festival starts in late January and is celebrated throughout February and into March. A selection of restaurants across Ibiza Town offer special menus showcasing the best local and international cuisine.
Ibiza Sabor Food Festival
Restaurants all across the island offer special menus and tapas deals showcasing Ibizan traditional cuisine. There are also workshops and tours to learn more about local produce.
Eivissa Jazz Festival, Ibiza Town
Around September, for four days, the Ibiza Jazz Festival takes over the Old town of Ibiza (Dalt Vila) and plays host to numerous international jazz performers and musicians. You will see some of the biggest names here, alongside various local musicians in the local bars and clubs of Dalt Vila.
International Music Summit
International Music Summit is an educational, inspirational and motivational thought leadership platform dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for electronic music and the artistry related to DJing and all related art forms, through the presentation of summits and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of the genre to art and culture worldwide. IMS annually hosts major events globally in Ibiza, Los Angeles, and China. IMS was created a time when electronic music was at rock bottom and in desperate need of a productive community setting for its leaders. Ibiza was the place where the industry had always congregated every summer, so naturally, it was the starting point for our vision. IMS continues to pave the path in the electronic music industry. Described by media as “the TED of music conferences,” IMS has grown its reach across continents and is now an award-winning conference as voted by The DJ Awards with multiple panels claiming awards as the Top Electronic Music Debates of All Time by Beatport.
BLOOP International Proactive Art Festival
An avant-garde project by Biokip Labs, the world’s first proactive art festival came to life in 2011. Based on the ethos “ART IS FOR EVERYBODY”, this fiesta is held for entirely free. To encourage a general public to reflect on current social issues through Art, breathtaking Art that is understandable for everybody. Such as gigantic murals, interactive installations, music, workshops, parties, video mappings/installations, new media art, traditional paintings, sculptures of all natures, street art, installations, open air drive ins, special events, contests, photography and more. Every edition addresses a specific theme, which artists build their work on. Their works communicate a clear message, encouraging the spectator to reflect on the annual theme. Sensitizing any person who comes in contact. In other words, opening doors to everybody and anybody to the world of art. BLOOP has also changed the face of Ibiza by bringing Art & Culture. Adding a new trend to the traditional tourism based on its beautiful beaches, outdoor sports, and famous nightlife.
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