Europe’s best art fairs and festivals

It’s summer again, so if you’re looking for interesting things to do in Europe, then why don’t you consider crossing borders and heading out to some of the best art fairs and festivals in Europe. Here are a list of some of Europe’s most exciting and largest festivals and art fairs across the continent.  So if you’d prefer something livelier than taking a turn around a museum, then head off to your local coop holidays agent, book a flight, rent a car and then make your way to the nearest festival.

The Roskilde Festival – Denmark

Held in the south of Roskilde in Denmark, the Roskilde Festival is one of the biggest annual music festivals in Europe. Started in 1971 by two high school students, Mogens Sandfær and Jesper Switzer Møller, along with promoter Carl Fischer, the festival was taken over by the Roskilde Foundation in 1972, and has since been run as a non-profit organisation.

As Denmark’s first real music-oriented festival, it covers more of the mainstream youth music from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Until the mid-1990s the festival attracted mostly Scandinavians, but in recent years the festival has become a truly international affair, attracting musicians and fans from all over the world.

Edinburgh Festival – Scotland

The annual Edinburgh Festival is a collective term for many arts and cultural festivals that take place in Scotland every August. Although the festivals are arranged by various organizations unrelated to each other, they are usually regarded by many visitors as part of the same event; and together they form the largest annual cultural festival in the world.

The original, and still the largest, component festivals are the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; the latter is in its own right larger than any other similar event in the world.

Open’er – Poland

Held in Gdynia, located on the country’s north coast ‘Open-er’ takes place in early July with an eclectic range of artists on offer – expect anything from electronic and pop music to rock and reggae. The event is held in a huge airfield filled with seven stages and the music starts at 4pm and goes on until 2am with DJs continuing the festivities until 5am. It also features a ‘festival town’ where you can pick up merchandise, watch films, see theatre performances, eat or even play some sport.

Art Basel – Switzerland

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) – Maastricht, Netherlands is one of the largest and most successful fairs on the international circuit. Its name comes from an amalgam of two separate fairs: one for Old Master paintings and another for antiques; previously, they had been running separately since the mid-Seventies. TEFAF was formed on the principle that collectors like to compare objects from different disciplines and paintings from different periods under one roof.

Venice Biennale – Italy

The Venice Biennale is undoubtedly one of the most important contemporary arts exhibitions in Europe, with many of the world’s leading contemporary artist’s showcasing their inimitable talent. The Venice film festival is also part of the Biennale, making this a great option for film and art buffs alike. If you fancy making a real trip of it, consider coop travel cruises to take you to Venice or as far afield as Greece and Turkey, where you can and explore more ancient forms of art.