Arts, music, festivals, sports, culture and more. We bring you unmissable events and dates for your diary from around the globe.


Diwali, India, November 7

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights,  is celebrated to herald the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Observed over five days (the main celebration is on the third day), traditions involve decorating buildings with lights, feasting and fireworks.



Lantern Festivals: Korea, November 2–18

The Seoul Lantern Festival is marking its 10th edition this November with 17 days of festivities along the Cheonggyecheon Stream with the theme ‘Seoul Dream, Flowing Light’. The festival will showcase four concepts ‘Start of a New Dream’, ‘Dreaming of a Future’, ‘Sparkling Memories’ and ‘Traditional Flow’ – and there will also be the releasing of wishing lanterns and traditional lantern-making demonstrations. www.visitseoul.net




Lantern Festivals Thailand and Laos, November 21–24

Light is also at the centre of one of Thailand’s most popular festivals, Loy Krathong, held around the full moon in November, which this year takes place on November 23. Across Thailand and Laos, people will launch lotus-shaped baskets festooned with candles and flowers onto rivers, creating an enchanting spectacle that symbolises the letting go of hatred and anger. Bangkok and Sukhothai are some of the best places to see the festival, which includes traditional Buddhist purification ceremonies and folk dancing. Chiang Mai is another top spot here, Yi Peng is celebrated alongside Loy Krathong, with participants releasing lanterns decorated with prayers and wishes into the night sky. www.holidayscalendar.com




Taste of Abu Dhabi, November 8–10

Prepare your taste buds for an explosion of flavours, sampling signature dishes from top restaurants and world-class chefs. There will be interactive masterclasses, live music from hot international acts and fun family activities. www.visitabudhabi.ae





Day of the Dead, Mexico, October 31 – November 2

Stemming from Aztec tradition, the Day of the Dead is celebrated annually over three days, by Mexicans to remember family members and friends who have died. Traditions include building colourful private altars, visiting grave sites and giving children candy skulls.






Welcome to the Future, Amsterdam, November 24

The cold-weather edition of a popular summer festival, Welcome to the Future takes the dance party indoors at the Warehouse Elementenstraat. The line-up features Cari Lekebusch, Charlotte de Witte and Tahko. www.welcometothefuture.nl/indoor-festival-2018





Hogwarts in the Snow, London, November 17 – January 27

Harry Potter fans of all ages can enjoy winter at Hogwarts, where the Great Hall is being transformed for a festive feast and snow ball. See sets, props and more at the Warner Bros. studio tour. www.visitlondon.com