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Planning the weekend around the globe (5)

Nalynn Dolan Caine |
21 June - 31 August 2007
Asia, Dubai
Dubai Summer Surprises is an event which encourages visitors to shop, save and celebrate during ten weeks of entertainment. During the festival, also known as DSS, Dubai's vast malls get together to offer major reductions across a wide range of goods. The pull is irresistible. Over seven million shoppers flex their credit cards at this event.

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Live shows, activities, competitions and courses keep the whole family happy while the shopaholics shop. Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, DSS has gone from strength to strength to become the favourite summer destination for families since 1998.

July 7 - August 5 2007
Americas, USA
In Seattle, Sea fair, one of America's biggest community festivals, takes place. The proceedings continue on July 15 with triathlon, and July 28 with the Torchlight Run & Parade. The last three main events have a spectacular feel. The Fleet Arrival at August 1, and both the Hydroplane Races and Air Show August 3-5. With the annual fly by the US Navy Blue Angels close the event.

Traditionally, the proceedings begin with Milk Carton Derby July 1 with marathon. Every year, hundreds of kids, teens, parents and companies build more than 100 milk carton boats to compete in this light-hearted event. This event in Seattle has long history. It began 1950 and become one of the biggest festival of America.

July 19 - 21 2007
Europe, Austria
The streets of the Austrian city of Linz are host of Pflasterspektakel, international festival performers who come from 5 continents. Pflasterspektakel is festival of magic, mime, juggling and acrobatics. Pflasterspektakel means "paving-stone spectacular" and for three days 38 performance areas, laid out in three zones, cover the streets of Linz city centre. Artists perform three times a day, so there are plenty of opportunities to catch some of the many events. 2006 the festival complete program with conceptual fire show ‘The Geometry of the Flames’.

Several stages host musical and performing artists in the evenings, including late shows from 10pm-1am. In late afternoons from 4 pm to 6 pm pantomime and magic shows transform the Old City into a dream world, then each evening at 9.30 pm a fire show and Samba parades light up the streets.

July 17 - 22 2007
Americas, Canada
The largest student film event in North America, Toronto's First Take International Student Film Festival showcases a range of movies from students across the globe. The event features panels, workshops and all-day screenings, starting at 10 am each day.

18 - 24 Jul 2007
Asia, China
A high-profile event in the Hong Kong calendar, the annual Book Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre goes well beyond books and into the realms of electronic publishing, educational software and audio-visual learning aids. For those who still prefer the feeling of turning pages, there are journals, newspapers and a variety of books from a wide range of 400 Hong Kong, China, Macau, Taiwan and Singapore publishers. There are more than 350 exhibitors and the number of visitors reaches an impressive 500 000.

Particularly popular are the Saturday Night Book Mart, which features extended opening hours until midnight, and the Children's Paradise section. There are also competitions and storytelling sessions, as well as seminars and conferences, and a lot more.

July 18 - 22 2007
Europe, Croatia
Zagreb's International Folklore Festival hosts exhibitions, folk and global music concerts, dance and music workshops, film and audio visual presentations at venues around the city. The festival boasts a programme featuring over 40 Croatian and foreign performers. This year's special focus is on the folklore of Croats living in Bosnia and Herzegovina. An ethnographic exhibition accompanies the festival, showcasing traditional Croatian jewellery.

Also at the Festival are performing selected folklore groups from Croatia and attractive dance and music ensembles from Austria, Ghana, Greece, Georgia, India, Italy, Cameroon, Malawi, Norway, Slovakia, and Spain.

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