2015 is a big year for many reasons. This week saw the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and there are many more milestone events happening throughout Europe over the next 12 months. This year will also mark 60 years of the Guinness Book of Records, 40 years since the first episode of Fawlty Towers was broadcast, 30 years of people saying 'get out of my pub' in EastEnders and the 60th and 50th anniversaries of Winston Churchill's resignation and death respectively.
And that's just here in the UK. Here are a few other events happening all over Europe in 2015.
50th Anniversary of The Sound Of Music
Yes, it really has been 50 years since Julie Andrews told us all what her favourite things were and one of the most successful films ever hit the big screen. The film was predominantly set and shot in Salzburg, Austria and so the city is planning a range of different celebrations. Anyone heading off on a Salzburg city break can look forward to TV channels dedicated to the film in many hotels and tribute performances in theatres all over the city.
Throughout the year there will be Sound of Music tours running, the Salzburg Marionette Theatre will hold an exhibition celebrating their Sound of Music puppet show, and the celebrations will come to a head at a gala event on October the 17th.
65th World Expo
The World Expo, or Expo as it is usually known, is an event held at sporadic intervals and in a different world city every time. The first was held in the UK in 1851 and this year it is the turn of Milan. The theme of Expo changes every time and over the years has focussed on anything from industry to the oceans, but in 2015, everything will surround the subject of food.
The event will last from the 1st of May to the 31st of October and is sure to attract foodies from far and wide. Whilst there will be a clear goal to try and educate people about food production, there are sure to be plenty of chances for you to try some delicious morsels.
125 Years Since Vincent Van Gogh Died
The 29th of July 2015 will mark 125 years since the iconic artist Vincent Van Gogh passed away. In those years, he has continued to be a source of inspiration to many artists around the world and his works have commanded some of the largest prices in history.
Along with the celebrations being organised across the UK, France and Belgium; the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is hosting a special exhibition of its own. 'Munch: Van Gogh' will showcase the similarities between the two revered artists; drawing parallels between their lives, the techniques they used, and their chosen subjects. An Amsterdam city break in 2015 is, therefore, perfect for art lovers.
200th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Waterloo
The battle of Waterloo changed the world forever. It ended a devastating period of war within Europe and put a stop to Napoleon's attempt to spread the French Revolution further and further afield. 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the battle and therefore there are many events planned in the UK and in Belgium, where Waterloo now resides.
Whilst Waterloo will be commemorated with exhibitions at the British Museum and Windsor Castle, history buffs may be interested in attending the largest ever re-enactment of the battle. This event will take place from the 17th to the 21st of June and will also include an amazing sound and light show. Waterloo is just 10 miles outside the Belgium capital and so it can easily be visited during a Brussels city break.
2000 Years Of Ljubljana
Not many cities have celebrated a birthday of this magnitude, but in 2015, the people of Ljubljana will be blowing out 2,000 candles on the Slovenian capital's cake. In 15 AD a Roman legion founded this city and this year it is returning to its Roman name of Emona as part of the celebrations.
This may indeed be the perfect time for a Ljubljana city break. It has been an up and coming destination for a few years now and a plethora of events will help you get to know its history and modern day beauty. Tour guides dressed as Roman soldiers will show you the heart of the city, whilst exhibitions in the City Museum of Ljubljana and the National Museum of Slovenia will also offer great insight.
If you would like to experience these or any of the other fantastic events happening across Europe in 2015, Fred Holidays can create a trip just for you. Call us today or submit your enquiry through the website.