An art festival has a way of transforming a place.

Projects and art exhibitions, work that’s usually hidden away in an artists studio, take their place for a moment out in public, revealing the oftentimes hidden layers of culture in a place.

Matador covers local and international culture and art festivals with ground level reports, interviews with festival organizers and participating artists, and photo essays to help share these places and their culture with our community worldwide.

Photo: Andrei Z

What the “Other Burning Man” taught me about identity, letting go, and having fun

Burning Man: Why so many people think of it as “home”

21 awesome photos from this Burning Man 2017

13 shots that show Montreal is the arts and festival capital of Canada

6 practical ways to bring festival season home with you this year

How to experience Spain’s baby jumping festival

Sex and Burning Man: everything you need to know

The world’s most Instagrammable music festivals

A parent’s guide to kids at Burning Man

The ultimate guide to Burning Man 2017

Ultimate guide for Burning Man virgins

The 10 best summer festivals in the Twin Cities

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This city in Spain has been doing Burning Man since before it was cool

Today is Holi, the world’s most colorful holiday

The ultimate guide to photographing India’s Holi festival

Each year Papua New Guinea holds one of the biggest tribal gatherings in the world

New Orleans Mardi Gras does a parade for nerds, and it’s amazing

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