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Are These the World's Coolest Festivals in 2023?

Party, dance, enjoy art and music together: These five festivals definitely have to be on your bucket list!

February 14, 2023

SXSW, Texas

Date: March 10 - 19, 2023
Genre: Music, Film

Festivals 2023 SXSW

The streets of Austin become a stage, © Shutterstock

The kick-off of the coolest festivals in 2023 will be South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. This is a ten-day event that sees itself as a trade festival. On the subject of music, so far there have been keynotes from Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Geldorf and Neil Young. More than 2,200 arts professionals from more than 50 countries will get the opportunity to perform in Austin's clubs and stages as part of the festival. Additionally, there are film performances, SXSW Comedy and SXSW Interactive. In addition to the opportunity to see established bands and artists, you often have the chance to discover new things, educate yourself and network.

Coachella, California

Date: 14 - 23 April 2023
Genre: Music

Festival 2023 Coachella

The style has to be right - that's what Coachella is known for. © Shutterstock

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of the most famous festivals in the USA. Since 1999, fans of alternative rock, hip-hop and electronic music have made the pilgrimage to Indio every year. The line-up is the top of the entertainment industry. Even Sir Paul McCartney has already paid his respects. Installations and sculptures by visual artists accompany the event. Particular emphasis is placed on recycling and sustainability.

Glastonbury, England

Date: June 23 - 25, 2023
Genre: Art, Music


Performing arts and music in England, © Shutterstock

Usually Glastonbury in southwestern England is a rather quiet area. That has been changing every year since 1970 at the end of June. Because that's when over 200,000 people make their annual pilgrimage to a farm near Pilton to have a good time. The program includes contemporary music, including rock, folk, jazz, drum & bass and world music. But performing arts are not neglected either. Theater, dance, comedy and circus performances are also part of the open air.

Tomorrowland, Belgium

Date: July 21 - July 30, 2023
Genre: Music


Imposing backdrops can be found in Boom/Belgium at Tomorrowland. © Tomorrowland

"Tomorrowland" is very likely to be the 2023 festival with the best scenery. Because the design of the festival grounds is fabulous every year. Belgium's best-known festival celebrated its first edition back in 2005, and then as now the focus is on electronic dance music. Last year, over 600,000 visitors celebrated together with Armin van Buuren, Paul Kalkbrener, Eric Prydz, Lost Frequencies and Co. By the way, until the end of June 2023 there is still the Desert offshoot "Terra Solis.

Burning Man, Nevada

Date: August 27 - September 4, 2023
Genre: Art

Burning Man

Art in the desert 150 km from Reno, © Araf Afshar

The Burning Man Festival began in 1986, when just 20 people gathered to celebrate with festival founder Larry Harvey on the beach in San Francisco - and then burn a statue. Interest grew, San Francisco banned fires on the beach, Harvey and his followers then moved to Nevada's Black Rock Desert. It has been held here now since 1990. Self-awareness, self-expression, art and partying are the focus. The highlight is still the burning of the giant statue on Day 7. Every year, more than 75,000 people take part in the Burning Man Festival.

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