What’s On October

We bring you unmissable events and dates for your diary from around the globe.



Melbourne International Arts Festival, October 2–20

Renowned for world-class dance, theatre, music, and visual arts, as well as a swathe of free and outdoor events, this year’s festival features the Australian exclusive of The Nico Project, acclaimed Chinese choreographer Yang Liping’s Rite of Spring and rock band The Flaming Lips.


Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Thailand, September 29 – October 7

One of the most dramatic cultural rituals on the planet, the festival involves Thai Chinese religious devotees submitting to extreme piercings and cutting themselves with swords as an act of purification. Participants also wear white and abstain
from meat.


Kerinci Festival 2019, Jambi, October 3–7

With an opening ceremony around Lake Kerinci, this event is held to highlight the attractions of Kerinci Regency, from its natural beauty, to its cultural, historical, and culinary charms. Visitors are treated to local art performances in the form of dance, traditional ceremonies, and music, as well as exhibitions, bazaars, and outdoor activities such as a cross-country bicycle event.


Gandrung Sewu Festival, Marina Boom Beach, Banyuwangi, October 12

Spectators will pack Marina Boom Beach on October 12th to watch the performance of thousands of Gandrung Banyuwangi dancers while enjoying a beautiful sunset over Bali Straits. The colossal theatrical dance entitled Sunangkoro’s Pilars features a story of the first Banyuwangi Regent, Mas Alit. The Gandrung Sewu Festival is the eighth colossal dance held in the city.