You can often tell how vibrant a country is by the festivals that take place within its borders. Glastonbury and the Edinburgh Festival are the UK’s most famous, but most countries have their own established festivals.

I recently went to the Notting Hill Carnival in London, but my first festival was the ionic 1969 Isle of Wight festival where Bob Dylan played, and the Beatles watched. I was 15 and was already part of the counter-culture, meaning I was rebellious and didn’t want to be part of the establishment (at least in my head). Every country has a counter-culture, a place where indigenous people celebrate what’s best about where they live in as well as welcoming and celebrating others from far away.

So next time you book a holiday try to visit a festival and perhaps you will see the best side of a country!

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