A week of music, food, dancing and joy at Seville

Seville FairThe April Fair is one of the most international and popular of Seville’s fiestas. It was created in 1847 as a cattle fair, and over time the festive atmosphere that had grown up around the occasion took over the business aspect, and it became a permanent fixture in Seville’s social calendar. For a week more than a thousand “casetas” or tents installed in the fairground area become the second home of the city’s inhabitants, a place where people come together to have fun and share experiences until the early hours of the morning.The fair generally begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week. This year it happens to be from May 6, 2014 to May 11, 2014.

Chatting on horseback, a common sight at the Fair. Photo: spanishsabores.com
Chatting on horseback, a common sight at the Fair. Photo: spanishsabores.com

The fiesta officially begins at midnight on Monday with the “lighting test”, the illumination of the thousands of multi-coloured light bulbs in the fairground and adorning the main gateway, which is almost 50 metres high and has a different motif every year. Once inside the gate you come to the “casetas”, and it is here where you really experience the fair. These tents belong to groups of friends and associates, and are a family space where acquaintances, relations and guests are welcomed in and plied with delicious food and wine; there is singing, good conversation and of course, “sevillanas”, the local version of flamenco dancing. The lively and festive atmosphere spills over into the area outside the tents: people usually dance in the street, and the friendly personality of the Sevillian people will entice passers-by into the celebration. You should bear in mind that most of the stalls are privately owned and can be entered only by invitation from the members or their friends. There are however public tents which are open to all. The information office at the entrance to the fair will tell you which they are.

Throughout the fair, people wear typical Andalusian dress: the men wear the typical outfit of the farmworker, and the women wear flamenco or gypsy dresses. By day the fair is filled with horsewomen, riders and richly festooned carriages. This is what is known as the horse and carriage parade, in which you can take part by renting a buggy with a driver from the regular service. Next to the fairground is the Calle del Infierno (Hell’s Street), a lively recreational area with a host of attractions for children and adults, and stands selling cold drinks and snacks. Another vital component is the bullfight: every afternoon people crowd into the Plaza de la Maestranza bullring to see the day’s bullfight (tickets and passes can be bought in advance by telephone or on the Maestranza bullring’s own website). And after a week of merrymaking there is a spectacular fireworks display at midnight on Sunday to send off the April Fair for another year.


Enjoy ‘Original feast’ at Culinaria

Photo: leeksandhighheels.com
Photo: leeksandhighheels.com

Culinaria is back. A gastronomical event is not to be missed After 5 successful editions, Culinaria, supported by the Brussels Capital Region, has become an internationally acclaimed event, serving haute cuisine from around the world. A true smorgasbord in the heart of Europe, Culinaria offers a unique taste of Belgian culinary talents. Each year, Culinaria has a main theme, and the cutting-edge gastronomical trends attract large crowds.

The theme for 2014 is the Original Feast. For its sixth anniversary, Culinaria will return to the essence of gastronomical delights, and revitalise this edition in a retro-libertarian, cheerful, and mischievous way. A few laughs at a grand banquet, do justice to delicious ingredients in steaming hot dishes, and an authentic, communal banquet that is worth waiting all year for. Since eating together is the best form of communication, master chefs are ready to welcome everybody to a feast just as yesteryear, with their interpretations of exquisite abundance, sauces, sweets, crisps, generosity, and conviviality.

culinaria-brussels. Photo: brusselskitchen.com
culinaria-brussels. Photo: brusselskitchen.com

From Wednesday, May 21st through Sunday May 25th, 2014, Culinaria will set up shop in Tours & Taxis, which will be beautifully decorated for the occasion. For five days, gastronomy lovers, connoisseurs, foodies, and other curious people can enjoy five-star dishes, new workshops, and delicious discoveries at Culinaria, in the theme of the ‘Original Feast’.

Each day, top Belgian chefs and young promising chefs will offer an original dish inspired by the theme. The connoisseur may select a dish by an emerging gastronomical talent and 5-star dishes. Then, he may select two dessert creations from the dessert buffet, made by famous chocolatiers and pastry chefs. In the theme of exquisite abundance, Culinaria will also offer a beautiful buffet of Swiss cheeses.

Culinaria-Brussels. Photo: brusselskitchen.com
Culinaria-Brussels. Photo: brusselskitchen.com

The connoisseurs can fulfil their heart’s desire with one of the sweet delights by Pierre Marcolini (Maison Pierre Marcolini), Marc Ducobu (Ducobu), Jean-Philippe Darcis (Darcis) and Bernard Proot (DelRey). The best and internationally acclaimed Belgian masters of cheese will also make an appearance. This year, Culinaria will shine the spotlight on the talents of the new generation. They will provide subtle and revolutionary appetizers to accompany a Leffe. Culinaria not only shines the spotlight on the best restaurants, but also on the gastronomical workshops, tableware and decor, and delicatessens.

The focus is on pure culinary discovery and experience.This year, the theme of the unique gastronomical workshops are the feast! ‘The foreign feast with San Pellegrino’: Sixe foreign Chefs from the prestigious ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ also give their interpretation of the feast.


̔The great menus of history`: The Master Chefs of Culinaria introduce the visitor to dishes that have determined Belgian and European history. ‘The Pastor`s Garden’ or the workshop with 100% vegetables: Benoit Blairvacq and Simon Beugnier make traditional dishes with vegetables and wild plants. The workshop ‘Champagne with Pommery’ provides a sparkling
atmosphere. At the Foodie square, visitors learn to taste and work with unique ingredients, with guidance from taste specialists. This year, the visitor can also taste from four different delicatessens: caviar by ‘Imperial Heritage’, foie gras by ‘Euro foie gras’, truffles by ‘L’Atelier de la truffe noir’ and the apotheosis of every feast: wine and beer, by Vinopress. In the workshop ‘Vintage Cocktail’ by Matthieu Chaumont (Chez Hortense) and the best Belgian barmen, visitors are introduced to the world of mixology.
Culinaria also organises a gourmet market, with countless scrumptious specialties and handcrafted products to enjoy at home.




Hunter Lodges at a manor

Hunter LodgesThe Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales has opened the first three of its spectacular new Hunter Lodges to guests.

The luxury lodges provide the best of both worlds – a private home-from-home in the peace and tranquility of the South Wales countryside, yet with Celtic Manor’s five-star amenities and activities on their very doorstep.

The Hunter Lodges command a stunning location within the resort’s 2,000-acre estate, enjoying glorious views of the Twenty Ten Ryder Cup golf course and the beautiful Usk Valley beyond.

Usk Valley walkSleeping up to eight people, the large, Scandinavian-style, log lodges all have four double or twin bedrooms, spacious dining and living areas, and fitted kitchens. For that extra touch of luxury, they also boast outdoor hot tubs and indoor saunas. All lodges are fully furnished including fluffy towels and crisp bed linen, and guests receive a complimentary welcome pack on arrival. They are also fully equipped for self-catering but guests will be able to use the restaurants at the Celtic Manor Resort or order a gourmet-to-go hamper or takeaway favourite, delivered direct to their Hunter Lodge door. If you want to hunt fun and adventure, peace and tranquility, prices start from as little as £48 per person, per night.

With the first three lodges already hosting three, four or seven-night stays from paying guests, four more will become available for the Easter holidays and all 10 of the first phase will be open by mid-May. The Hunter Lodges are the first phase in a potential development of 60 luxury lodges here at Celtic Manor.

Aimed primarily at the family and leisure market which is filling Celtic Manor’s 400-bedroom hotel on weekends and during school holidays, the lodges are also designed to appeal to golf groups playing Celtic Manor’s three championship courses, friends on spa breaks, and corporate incentive trips.

Adventures await at Tampa Bay

Get close to Cheetah! Touch a Stingray!

Cheetah Hunt. Photo: Busch Gardens
Cheetah Hunt. Photo: Busch Gardens

Key to life is adventure. So whether you seek your thrills by land, air or sea, Tampa Bay in Florida has got you covered with a lot. Just have a look at the options below. Discover your daring while you Unlock Tampa Bay.

  • Make toys and treats, watch a training session, learn the history and interact with a variety of wild cats at Big Cat Rescue during an exclusive, two-hour behind-the-scenes tour.
  • At Busch Gardens Tampa go behind-the-scenes at the Animal Care Center with the Wildlife Docs or into the Heart of Africa on a 90-minute walking tour to get up-close with hippos, cheetahs, lions and more. You can also become a Keeper for a Day and work side-by-side with the zookeepers or learn the ins-and-outs of Bengal tigers and Bornean orangutans as a Jungala Insider. And, for some amazing photo opportunities and sights, jump aboard the 30-minute open-truck Serengeti Safari tour for a unique look at the Serengeti Plain.
  • A family at Florida Aqarium
    A family at Florida Aqarium

    One of The Florida Aquarium’s newest exhibits – Stingray Beach – allows guests to touch a variety of different species of stingrays and sharks, including White Spotted Bamboo Sharks, Coral Catsharks, Southern Rays and Blue Spotted Ray, just to name a few. You’re sure to have your hands full— of slimy creatures, that is – at the No Bone Zone, which is full of colorful, touchable animals such as sea stars, sea urchins and much more. You’re also invited to touch horseshoe crabs, whelk, urchins and snails at the Horseshoe Crab Lagoon.

  • For serious or casual golfers alike, the all-new Golf’s Grail Indoor Golf & Tap allows you to play more than 60 courses from around the world on indoor, state-of-the-art golf simulators. Whether playing a round or taking a lesson, guests can also enjoy the sports bar-like atmosphere with hi-definition TVs playing sporting events, craft beers on tap and fine wine selections.
  • Rise & Shine Yoga, kid’s art classes, pottery making, sing-a-longs for tots and more are all available in Hyde Park Village – an upscale shopping district in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood.
  • The Discovery Channel’s Emmy- nominated series comes to life to uncover truths behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old-fashioned ingenuity in MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, at the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). The exhibition creates hands-on, interactive experiences for guests of all ages through May 8.
  • A new laser tag game starts every 20 minutes at Q-ZAR Laser Tag with a two-level arena, video arcade area, food court and more.
  • Get up to 50 MPH on an electric ProKart at Tampa Bay Grand Prix. The indoor go kart racing facility offers two different tracks for a real racing experience for adults and children.
  • Animal Interactions at Tampas Lowry Park Zoo
    Animal Interactions at Tampas Lowry Park Zoo

    Hotel guests will enjoy the ultimate rock and roll experience with the recently launched Sound of Your Stay Picks Program at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Upon check-in, guests check-out a free guitar and have the choice of 18 Fender models including the legendary Stratocasters, classic Telecasters, Kurt Cobain Signature Model Jaguars, bass guitars and more. Guests also get a Boss Micro BR Amp and a pair of SOUL by Ludacris headphones to ensure maximum rock with minimum noise for other hotel guests, in addition to a “Set List,” with recommended websites and apps.

  • Feed a giraffe, hold a lorikeet, touch a stingray, ride a pony, get up-close with a white rhino and more. At Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo – recognized as the #1 Zoo in the U.S. by two national parenting magazines, featuring more than 1,000 amazing animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats.
  • Tampa Museum of Art
    Tampa Museum of Art

    Drop in every Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for Art Spot at the Tampa Museum of Art with free art activities for families.

  • Take the wheel and become the captain of your very own speed boat with a one-of-a-kind adventure tour at Tampa Speed Boat Adventures in nearby St. Petersburg.

Amidst MH370 crisis Malaysia allays fears for tourism

Tourism Malaysia roadshow in Delhi
Tourism Malaysia roadshow in Delhi

Despite worldwide concerns on whereabouts of a flight with 239 passengers on board, Tourism Malaysia went ahead with its road show to  attract more Indian tourists. Four city roadshow  started from Kochi on 12th March and ended at New Delhi on 20th March 2014. Although it was  a scaled down effort, owing to impending situation- mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 on Saturday 8th March, with no signs whatsoever so far, even after two weeks. Malaysian tourism minister was himself to attend the event but he had to skip.

A few trade visits have been cancelled from India  after the incident, but Tourism Malaysia Director General Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab dismissed possibility of major impact on tourism arrivals in Malaysia.  Malaysia is actually celebrating its fourth Visit Malaysia Year in 2014. India tourists are among top 10 of incoming tourists in Malaysia.  Malaysia has been very popular among Indian tourists. This year almost 8 lakh Indian tourists are expected to visit Malaysia.

redang islandMalaysia is popular as a dream travel destination all along the world. It is among the top 10 most visited countries in the world and second in Asia after China. Malaysia was also ranked no 1 in homestay programmes by UNWTO. What may attract shoppers about Malaysia is the fact that whole of Malaysia offers duty free shopping except for three items- cigarettes, liquor and crystals. If this is not enough, it can be interesting to know that among the top 10 largest shopping complexes in the world, three are located in Malaysia.  On the Globe Shopper Index for 2012 Malaysia was ranked as 2nd in Asia-Pacific region. CNN survey 2012 also declared Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur as 4th best shopping city in the world.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the defining authority in fashion, dining and urban leisure
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the defining authority in fashion, dining and urban leisure

Well shopping is not the only reason to be in Malaysia. It is the only country in Asia to be listed in Top 10 of Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014. Penang has also been named as the top culinary spot in the world for 2014. CNN’s list of World’s  100 best beaches for 2013 included three from Malaysia- Perhentian Kecil island, Terengganu at No 13, Juara Beach in Tioman island, Pahand at no 21 and TanjungRhu in Langkawi, Kedah at no 49.


Cavalia returns to Brussels

carrousel_frederic_chehuCavalia, an innovative multi-media and multi-disciplinary production created by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil, returns to Belgium this spring. The show featuring more horses, more artists, new projections, new acts and new stunning costumes premieres May 13, 2014, under its signature White Big Top at Brussels Expo.

“Seven Springs have passed since Cavalia erected its White Big Top in Brussels twice in the same year due to strong demands from audiences across Belgium, and we have been eager to return,” said Normand Latourelle, president and artistic director of Cavalia. “Since our last visits in 2007, the show has travelled across North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle Est and is continually evolving to highlight the strengths and personalities of new artists and horses. Before embarking on our first Asian tour, the Cavalia Family is thrilled to be back with a revamped show to celebrate our 10th anniversary.”

caroussel_pascal_ratthe_2Over the past decade, Cavalia has been enjoyed by more than 4 million spectators across the world. Cavalia is a lavish production involving 50 magnificent horses and featuring 43 riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians from all over the world. A show unlike any other, Cavalia celebrates the relationship between humans and horses, virtually reinventing the equestrian arts.

In Cavalia, horses cavort with the many artists in front of a constantly changing digital background projected onto a 60 metre-wide screen, drawing spectators into dream-like virtual environments. Unlike traditional horse shows, Cavalia’s audience faces a single 50 metre-wide stage which allows the horses space to gallop at full speed, at times running completely free, unfettered by bridles or halters. Cavalia takes place under a white, 2,440-square-metre big top, rising some 35 metres high that gives the horses an ample playground to perform with their trainers and artists. Cavalia’s White Big Top is the largest touring tent in the world.

vol_-_lynne_glazerDelightful, thrilling and poignant, Cavalia explores humankind’s longstanding relationship with the horse. Juxtaposed with the vibrancy of the production is a subtle thematic line that takes audiences through the evolution of horses and human’s interaction with them. Cavalia’s horse training is based upon a philosophy of understanding horses, rather than making horses understand the humans around them. The tone of the show, embraced by the entire company, is one of mutual respect, kindness, patience, and trust. Audiences have found Cavalia exhilarating in scope, yet touching in the compassion shown by both horse and human.

Cavalia has received critical acclaim from around the world. The Washington Post described the show as “Horseplay of the highest order”. Las Vegas Magazine claimed it is “One of the most spectacular hybrids of modern theater in the world”, The Toronto Star said “A new fairy tale-like show from the imagination of a Cirque du Soleil founder”, while Paris Match defined it as “Pure poetry”. Bild in Berlin called Cavalia “A wonderland full of mystery and poetry”, Telecinco in Madrid raved “One of the most beautiful shows in the world”, The Oprah Magazine called the show “Breathtaking!” and Jay Leno of The Tonight Show raved, “The greatest show I have ever seen!”

Cavalia Gregory Molina with Licentiat and Julien Beaugnon with Gaditano and on the Bungees are Gabrielle Martin and  Jennifer LŽcuyer at West Beach.
Cavalia Gregory Molina with Licentiat and Julien Beaugnon with Gaditano and on the Bungees are Gabrielle Martin and Jennifer LŽcuyer at West Beach.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows for audiences of all ages. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company has an expertise in equestrian and performing arts, and is known for making the most of cutting-edge technology, multimedia and special effects, which allows for the creation of magical, unique, never-before-seen theatrical experiences. Cavalia, celebrates the relationship between humans and horses by loosely recounting the evolution of this bond.

bareback_riding_voltige_en_rondTICKETS – For its exclusive run in Brussels, Cavalia will be presented under its signature White Big Top at Brussels Expo. Tickets are priced from € 40.00 to € 135.00. For guests who desire an extraordinary outing, the show can be customized for an extended experience from € 115.00 to € 250.00, including a Horse Lovers Package that lets patrons tour Cavalia’s stables after the show, and the VIP Rendez-Vous Package that includes a post-show tour of the stables, a cocktail/dinner reception and much more. Special pricing is also available for children (2-12), juniors (13-17), senior citizens (65+) and for groups.


Raghurajpur : Home to Pattachitra painters

It can be named in one of the most famous Indian villages. No where does one get to see such an assemblage of artworks in one single place, other than in this unique village situated in the state of Odisha in eastern India.  As far as art is concerned, only thing that comes close in comparison are havelis of Nawalgarh in Rajasthan, India. Craft, painting and dance- all are knitted beautifully in cultural traditions of Raghurajpur. It also has the distinction of being the place where the traditional decoration called Patas, used under the throne of Lord Jagannath and on the three chariots during the annual Rath Yatra festival.Raghurajpur is located 14 km from Puri, an important pilgrimage destination, and 50 km from Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa. A village, which normally no tourist going to Odisha will like to miss.

Apart from that the village is also home to crafts like Tussar paintings, palm leaf engravings, stone and wood carvings, wooden, cowdung and papier mache toys, and masks. Another speciality of Raghurajpur crafts village is its Gotipua Dance. This dance is being traditionally done by boys, dressed up as girls to please the deity of Puri (Jagannath). These boys (Gotipuas) are trained to become accomplished dancers, mardala players, tuned singers and graceful acrobats above all. Raghurajpur crafts village is known for its Gotipua dance troupes. Famous Odissi dancer guru Kelucharan Mahapatra was also from this village and he himself was a Gotipua in young days.

Also watch a beautiful video of Gotipua dance at Raghurajpur crafts village

Places to be this season – Kerala Backwaters

A sneak peek into god’s own country- Kerala through its backwaters. An experience worth cherishing. Alleppey (Alappuzha) is indeed one of the best places to be, which rightly calls itself Venice of the east. None other than Lord Curzon exclaimed this.  Here nature has showered her richest bounties. Alleppey to Punnamada is a backwater highway of a sort. A place to be at any time of the year.

Amelia Island in Florida Features Exciting Events

earlsiNortheast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty.  Consistently ranked in the top 10 North American Islands by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters.  Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts.  The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Located on the northeastern coast of Florida, Amelia Island features an incredible calendar of special events throughout the year. Each event celebrates the island’s breathtaking assets, colorful past, or present day arts and entertainment. The small barrier island offers a large array of events including everything from music festivals, such as the Amelia Island Jazz Festival and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival to niche events such as Concours d’Elegance and the Amelia Island Garden Show. Major annual events scheduled for 2014 include:

Amelia Island Garden Show: April 19-20

104With growers and nurseries from around the state, the Amelia Island Garden Show will feature more than 50 vendors with a full assortment of flowers and plants, fruit trees and palms, orchids, herbs, container gardens, native plants, butterfly-friendly plants, shrubs, garden accessories and much more.   On-site experts will offer advice about gardening challenges and how to green your home, yard, and garden.  Additionally, a Raptor Experience will offer an exceptional opportunity to learn more about Florida’s unique, native and migratory birds of prey. Guests can also enjoy gourmet foods at the Picnic Bench Dining Court. Admission is $5 for Saturday and Sunday, $4 for Sunday only, and children under 12 are free.

51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival: May 2-4
For more than half a century, this small crustacean has caused a big sensation in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, where thousands of visitors happily strand themselves for this annual tradition.  The popular event features a nationally-recognized juried fine arts and crafts show, antiques, live entertainment, kids’ activities, contests, pirates, free admission and more than 25 food booths serving up the tastiest shrimp you can find, prepared every way possible by local non-profit organizations.

Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival: May 2-June 1

The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival showcases world-renowned artists performing a variety of music styles in intimate and historic settings on Amelia Island. At the 2014 festival, guests can expect the unexpected with an incredible line-up, including Anne Akiko Meyers, the Linden String Quartet, members of the Guarneri String Quartet, Sarah Charness and her hot-pink violin, and more. Known for a repertoire that ranges from Monteverdi to Radiohead, Brooklyn Rider will also perform a newly commissioned work and the finale will feature Chamber Pops, with everything from Bach to The Beatles.

ami-ospreyandmoon-michaellearyWild Amelia Nature Festival: May 16-18
The 2014 Wild Amelia Nature Festival invites residents and visitors to experience the wild side of Amelia Island.  Visitors can enjoy numerous nature tours led by area naturalists and Park Rangers, nature photography workshops taught by local professionals, a nature-based green business expo, The “Kids Niche” nature-based activities for children, critters from the Jacksonville Zoo and more.

Few days to go for St. Patrick’s Festival

Grand Marshal Stephen Roche
Grand Marshal Stephen Roche

With less then a week to go for St.Patrick’s Festival (14th to 17th March) at Dublin in Ireland, there’s lots going on! Last Thursday was announced festival’s 2014 Grand Marshal Stephen Roche, one of Ireland’s greatest ever sporting stars. Really looking forward to seeing him lead the Parade on the 17th of March! Festival also launched its I Love My City cultural programme in Iveagh Gardens. I Love My City cultural programme, is a series of events and happenings, featuring both established and emerging artists from a variety of disciplines including literature, music, film, song, spoken word, photography, visual art and more!

Organisers have also been working hard on their 2014 Festival Programme, so make sure to get your free copy in the Irish Independent next Monday the 10th of March, and plan what you want to see over the four-day Festival!

I Luv my City
I Luv my City

On Festival Saturday, St. Patrick’s Festival and Waterways Ireland bring you Waterworks, a fun-filled afternoon of interactive workshops for children, taking place in the Waterways Visitor Centre on Grand Canal Quay. Children can learn how to make their very own bottle fish with artist Jane Groves (suitable for 6-10 years), or make musical instruments with Robbie Perry of Junk Orchestra (suitable for 8-12 years), all from recyclable materials! These 40-45 minute workshops are FREE, but pre-registration is essential. Also taking place on Grand Canal Dock is the Floating Cinema, on Sunday 16th March at 7.30pm. Wrap up warm and come along to see Irish classic, Waking Ned – a great start to an evening out in Dublin!

‘Let’s Make History’, is the theme this year
‘Let’s Make History’, is the theme this year

At Festival Big Day Out there would be Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Zone, where ‘The Powers: the Not-So-Super Superheroes’ book, by Irish author Kevin Stevens, will be brought to life. Drop along on Festival Sunday and listen to animated readings, create your own comic strip with illustrator Sheena Dempsey and become your favourite superhero in the costumed photo booth!