Top five spring festivals


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Austin, USA

Austin is the live music capital of the world, with more than 250 music venues dotted throughout its vibrant streets. If you fancy kick starting your 2015 festival schedule early, head there in March for the jewel in their music festival crown, South by Southwest (SXSW). Experience a melting pot of different scenes; the eclectic, passionate and fiercely patriotic crowd is made up of hipsters, rockers and of course, the obligatory country and western fans. Downtown, soaring ultramodern skyscrapers sit alongside grand historic buildings, all reflected in the wide ribbon of the mighty Colorado River. It's not only music lovers who flock to Austin in March though. Whilst they may not hold the same appeal, over a million Mexican free-tailed bats migrate there to make their home under the Congress Avenue Bridge! Don't miss the colourful SoCo, a hip strip of boutiques and restaurants that snakes its way into the city with a burgeoning food truck scene.
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Istanbul, Turkey

Whilst tulips are far more widely associated with Holland than Turkey, there is no denying their Turkish origins. Come April, the city of Istanbul comes alive with tulips, with over 110 different species and 15 million blooms planted for the annual Istanbul Flower Festival. Launched in 2005, this event is gaining momentum and international interest, year on year, with people travelling from around the globe to see Turkey's national flower dominate the city's parks, roadsides, and roundabouts. Head to Emirgan Park, or Gulhane in the grounds of Topkapi Palace for some of the best floral displays of the festival. Whilst you're in town, let A&K arrange a private tour of some of the city's most fascinating sights, or if you have a sweet tooth, a visit to a 300-year-old Turkish Delight shop.
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Seville, Spain

Revelries, wine, horses and fabulous curve-hugging dresses - what's not to love about Spain's Feria de Seville? Two weeks after the religious festival of Santa Semana (Easter), the area of Los Remedios in the southwest of Seville comes awash with vibrant celebrations and frivolities as the Andalucian residents fill the streets with flamenco, toros, sherry and laughter. Originating as a cattle-raising fair, the annual celebrations of La Feria, or The April Fair, have since transformed to one of Seville's most important festivals; likely sights include a daily parade of elaborately-decorated horse drawn carriages, row upon row of casetas (marquee tents), dazzling firework displays and daily bullfights at the Plaza de la Maestranza. This year the fair will take place 21st - 26th April 2015.
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Chaing Mai, Thailand

Songkran, or Thai New Year is marked by a national three day holiday from 13th - 15th April, with towns and cities throughout the country hosting their own unique new year celebrations. Songkran is the largest festival in Thailand, and the largest water-fight in the world. If you're in Thailand over this period, prepare to get wet. Very wet! Chiang Mai is considered the best place to experience this crazy, three day water extravaganza as people douse, sprinkle, spray and soak each other with everything from water pistols and buckets to hoses and cannons. The traditional throwing of water symbolises the washing away of all the bad from the previous year and welcoming in the new one. It's also said to bring luck. A time for reunion and cleansing, this is a period where houses are cleaned, and elders are honoured, with many people returning to their hometowns for the festivities.
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Melbourne, Australia

Bright, light, mild and balmy, UK springtime is a fabulous time to visit Melbourne, with Australia's cultural capital drawing in the crowds with its eclectic art and music scene, and uber-cool coffee hangouts and bars. Melbourne has a thriving festival scene all year round, but hits the big time in March when it plays host to one of the largest annual comedy festivals in the world, first launched by Barry Humphries and Peter Cook in 1987. Over 400 local and international acts converge for a month of mirth and merriment. If you're more beach than bar, check out the talent on show at Bells Beach. Home to the Rip Curl Surf & Music Festival, the world's longest-running pro surfing contest, it's the place to see and be seen over the Easter weekend.