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Top events around the globe


It was a busy year for Britain in 2012, with the Queen’s Diamond jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics and people planned events left, right and centre. Street parties, galas and town festivals sprang up in towns and cities across the country and even the smallest villages had parades, sporting events and tea parties.

The small town of Haslemere celebrated the jubilee with a huge tea party with over 6,000 scones, plus a torch lit parade - the theme was England and the Commonwealth and 54 members’ flags are hung throughout the town.

Elsewhere London had the Diamond Jubilee Pageant and the Olympic Torch made its way across the UK. It was a fantastic, patriotic year.

However, once the bunting was cleared away and the crumbs from the scones hoovered up, there were plenty of other events around the world in coming years to look forward to.

La fiesta de San Fermin, Pamplona

Also known as the Running of the Bulls, Sanfermin takes place in Pamplona each July. Well-known since Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises, today people flock from all over the world to witness the festival that involves dancing, fireworks, bullfights and the notorious Bull Run.

Each day of the festival a Bull Run takes place at 8 am. Runners enter the arena and begin running down the 825 metre route as the first rocket is fired. A second rocket announces the release of the bulls and the chase ensues. To date 15 people have been killed and 200 seriously injured.

The Championships, Wimbledon

The world’s oldest tennis tournament, Wimbledon has been held every year since 1877 at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Steeped in tradition, the tournament receives Royal patronage and competitors have a strict dress code with price money now over £1 million.

Aside from the tennis, Wimbledon is famous for a menu of Pimm’s, champagne, strawberries and cream, plus the ball boys and girls. The children are chosen from local schools and following initial nomination from their head teacher they must then pass written and fitness tests before final selection.

Oktoberfest, Munich

Not just about beer, Oktoberfest is a family friendly German festival full of festivities, music and drinking. Over 200 years old, the event is visited by people across the world and celebrates German culture. The festival is traditionally opened at midday with a 12 gun salute. The Mayor then opens the first keg crying "O' zapft ist!" (It’s opened!) and Oktoberfest has begun.

The fair includes stalls selling local cuisine, such as Knödel, Brezn and Sauerkraut, as well as a variety of Munich brewed beers of at least 6%. Fairground rides, Bavarian costumes and live bands add to the atmosphere and frivolity.

Crop Over, Barbados

Dating back to the 1700s when the successful sugar harvest was celebrated at the end of the season, the Crop Over is the most colourful of the festivals in Barbados. The ceremony begins with the crowning of the King and Queen of the festival (traditionally the most productive cane cutters) and ends with the Grand Kadooment.

The Grand Kadooment is a carnival parade involving brightly coloured costumes and dancing Calypso, with prizes available for dance and design. The ritual burning of ‘Mr Harding’ - symbolising the end of slavery - is followed with fireworks and firecrackers. Food stalls sell traditional cuisine including coconut bread and flying fish sandwiches.

Burning Man, Black Rock Desert

Dedicated to radical self-expression and self-reliance, Burning Man is a week-long event that culminates with the burning of a man-shaped sculpture. The festival was begun in 1986 when a group of people burned an 8 foot high man-shaped effigy during Summer Solstice. Although the man himself now tends to be approx. 40 feet tall, the sculpture has gradually increased in size. Last year’s rose over 100 feet tall, as the Burning Man stands triumphant on top of a monument.

The event celebrates art in all shapes and forms and for a week the desert becomes a mini city with sculptures, performances, music and costumes, as well as theme camps. On Labour Day, the structure is burned.

How can John Lewis Event Insurance help?

Organising an event is a lot of hard work, no matter how big or small it is. The satisfaction of seeing it come together is a wonderful feeling.

The last thing you want is for something to go wrong and taking out Event Insurance could protect your occasion if the unexpected happens.

John Lewis Event Insurance will provide event cancellation or rearrangement cover if one of your suppliers, such as the caterers or musicians, fails to turn up or goes bankrupt

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