What’s On February
We bring you unmissable events and dates for your diary from around the globe.
Chinese Lantern Festival, Taipei, February 8
Held to mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations, the Lantern Festival dates back around 2,000 years and is traditionally celebrated by sending up flying lanterns and gathering with family and friends.
Cap Go Meh, Singkawang, West Kalimantan, February 8
The 15th day of celebration for Chinese New Year will be enlivened by the appearance of around 800 Tatung, people traditionally believed to be possessed by gods or spirits, making them resistant to pain.
St Kilda Festival, Melbourne, February 9
Australia’s largest free musical festival celebrates its 40th birthday on the lovely St Kilda foreshore. Showcasing Aussie artists, there will be performances by The Kite String Tangle, Busby Marou, Hot Dub Time Machine, The Black Sorrows and many more, including a special anniversary guest.
Ijen Valley Festival, Taman Gandrung Terakota, Banyuwangi, February 15
Held once a month, the festival features the Meras Gandrung dance as its main highlight. This theatrical dance is about the journey of a dancer who is also an expert in performing the role of a sinden (female singer) after he turns into a professional Gandrung (male traditional dancer). Set in the Dutch colonial period and performed in an open-air amphitheatre in Gandrung Terakota Park, at the foot of Mount Ijen, the one-hour performance is accompanied by traditional gamelan music and involves dozens of dancers aged from six to 60.