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"We think that this comes from a place of ignorance and hate towards those things which people do not understand."
Revellers apply mud on their body and dance in smoke in mud carnival party "Bloco da Lama" near Rio de Janeiro.
This year’s Sochi Winter Arts Festival featured a full program under the leadership of Russian violinist and conductor Yuri Bashmet as artistic director.
Venice Carnival is off to an unusual start as 'coronavirus and high-tide fears' see tourism rate going down compared to previous years, according to the Italian press.
Festival season is underway in China.
It's all part of efforts to leave last year's troubles behind and start afresh in January.
Thousands of attendees, including the founders of many regional startups, attended the two-day Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF) this November
The northeastern Chinese city of Harbin held its first ice mining festival on the Songhua River on Saturday, kicking off the city's winter tourist season.
The 11th edition of Abu Dhabi Art took place between 21-23 November at Maranat Al Saadiyat.
It's Kimjang season in South Korea where vegetables - usually cabbage - are marinaded in fermented seafood, spices and chili and the end result is the national dish kimchi.
The Nao Victoria took three years to sail around the world, setting off in 1519.
It's Halloween later this week and festivities are already in full swing in Bucharest where people are busy carving thousands of pumpkins.
They're aiming to create a giant display of the ghoulish pumpkin heads for All Hallows Eve.
In January, thousands of citizens of Italy’s Basilicata region gathered in a unique location to celebrate an historic occasion through music — which reverberated around adjacent tuff rock.
The festival features a pumpkin parade with a marching band, floats, a pie-eating contest and pumpkin carving masterpieces on display
The three-day festival included a competition for international teams of professional kite masters
Kicking off in Baku, the multi-disciplinary festival bears the name of Imadeddin Nasimi a great 14 century poet and thinkers.
For the first time in the history of the so-called Berlin pedal battle women took to the "battlefield"
The third edition of the El Gouna Film Festival wrapped up its nine-day run on Friday with more than 80 films screened throughout the week.
Around 130 pilots from France and beyond flew paragliders during the 'Icarnaval' carnival, a contest awarding pilots with the best costume prize
The festival brings more than six million people to the southern German city.
China has being holding events to mark its traditional Mid-Autumn Festival.
Thousands of devotees gathered in Mumbai to bid farewell to the popular elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh, after a ten-day festival to celebrate his birth.
The buffaloes fight in pairs in an elimination contest, the two competitors lock horns for several minutes, sometimes just seconds, before one signals defeat by running away.
Lack of strong winds grounded the mega kites at a festival in Russia.
But that didn't stop the participants having fun while showing off their kite flying skills.
The town of Nejapa, El Salvador celebrated its annual fireball festival on Saturday (August 31) with participants pelting each other with rags drenched in gasoline that have been rolled into tight flaming balls.
To celebrate the annual traditional Sho Dun Festival, a giant Buddha went on display in Lhasa, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.