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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

Montreal: Festival of Lights

BURNING MAN: Things Burners Carry on the Playa

Semana Santa Religious Festival

Exploding Hammer Festival in San Juan de la Vega, Mexico

Burning Man’s founder died this year, so the annual burn is going to be insane

7 cultural festivals you need to check out around the world

7 best Oktoberfest celebrations in the US worth traveling to

Celebrate Oktoberfest by drinking lots of beer on this awesome Oktoberfest Train through Colorado

How to smash the Edinburgh Festival, according to a local

The 9 coolest music festivals you can still hit up before the end of summer

Music festival to be held in Chernobyl fallout zone this summer

Japanese music festivals belong on every true music lover’s bucket list. Here’s why.

Why Envision Festival in Costa Rica needs to be on your bucket list

The 7 most colorful festivals in the world

How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day like the real Irish

17 portraits from Carnival in Oaxaca, Mexico

8 best winter festivals of Europe

9 ways to humiliate yourself at Mardi Gras

5 transformational festivals to escape to this winter

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

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