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Hot Spots for the Jet Set - August 2012 Events

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Vienna is hosting their annual 21st Music Film Festival at the beautiful City Hall from now through the end of September. Each of the 40 screenings in the film festival is centered on the themes of music, opera, and dance. You won't have to limit yourself to a budget because entrance for all the films is free since it's outdoors. There are also a variety of treasured screenings showcasing the talented Diana Krall, Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, and others. Additionally, every day from noon to midnight, 20 chefs will be on hand to prepare culinary treats.

From August 31-September 2, a diverse selection of Belgian beer is available for your consumption in the historic Grand Place. Breweries from all over Belgium come to Brussels for the 14th Belgian Beer Weekend. If you are a true beer lover, you won't want to miss the additional events including the educational sessions, the procession of historical beer carts and beer wagons, and a parade of Belgian bands throughout the city.

Imaan, the UK's gay Muslim Organization is holding its Fifth International LGBTQI Muslim Conference from August 24-27. This event is open primarily to LGBTQI Muslims and their partners. The conference consists of debates, activities, workshops, and performances by a variety of members of the Muslim community. This event is a safe place for people to address issues concerning their sexual orientation and discuss individual experiences as well as research pertaining to this topic. The aim of this conference is to incorporate Islam's peaceful views into a potentially healing environment.

There isn't a city in the world that can do old French films under the moonlight like Paris can. The 9th Annual Cinéma au Clair de Lune, which literally translates to moonlight cinema, takes place from August 1-12. This movie festival is rather unique because classic French films are screened in locations all over Paris, where the actual movies were once shot. This means that there are giant screens with rows of chairs in large parks, old French squares, historical hotels from the 15th-century, and other romantic locations. All screenings begin at 9:30 P.M. and entrance for the movies is free.

In a thrilling city like Berlin, you never have time to do everything you want to do. That's why more than 100 museums and cultural institutions in Berlin are keeping their doors open through the night on August 2 from 6 P.M. to 2 A.M. The Long Night of Museums first took place in Berlin in 1997 and since then, this tradition has spread to over 120 cities in Europe. This event is so significant for the Germans, that in addition to viewing exhibitions, collections, and artwork, there are also concerts, readings, theatrical performances, and more.

Are you hell-bent for leather? The Spike Ledertreffen Hamburg is the oldest operating gay leather party worldwide and it takes place this year from August 15-20. The week starts with a variety of fetish-centered parties, events, and shopping opportunities located all around Hamburg and ends with a final party on a ship, sponsored by the club Spike Hamburg.

Travel in the time machine to 15th-century Venice as Feltre turns into a gigantic medieval fair from August 3-5. On the first weekend of every August, tumblers, jugglers, nobles, flag-wavers, fools, torchlight processions, and every medieval persona you can think of take over the streets for this historical event, Il Palio di Feltre. The most anticipated aspect of the weekend is the 15 golden dulcat Palio, which is a contest between the four historical residences: Santo Stefano, Duomo, Port'Oria, and Castello. The challenges consist of relay, tug-of-war, bow shooting, and horseracing. Whichever quarter wins the most challenges, gains the fame, glory, and a trophy at the Grand Finale.

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2012. Need we say more? This event is reputed as one of the craziest prides in the world. With all the major events taking place from August 3-5, Amsterdam has street parties, circuit parties, and cultural events for both gay men and lesbians throughout the weekend. On August 2 and August 3, LGBT people and their allies literally "come out" of their houses and celebrate the city's diversity. On the following day, another street party called Vivelavie is taking place; however, this is specifically for lesbians. There are dozens of other parties but the highlight of the weekend is Canal Parade. A pageant of 80 decorated boats follows the canal's path from Prinsengracht and the Amstel to Oosterdok.

According to The Spectator, "you can sleep in September" because from August 9–September 2, Edinburgh International Festival showcases the world's finest visual art, music, and dance performances. From conventional plays such as Macbeth and Gulliver's Travels to bizarre mystery thriller operas like Janacek's The Makropulos Case, the festival offers a variety of exhilarating events and performances presented by the best artists worldwide. The shows take place in Edinburgh's six grandest theaters and opera halls, a few smaller venues and some unconventional locations.

If you want to have an experience you'll never forget, grab your sexiest swimwear and head down to Circuit International Gay and Lesbian Festival 2012 from August 2-12. Gay tourists flock to the party capital to go crazy with the hottest DJs at a variety of locations from beaches to water parks. Alternatively, the Girlie Circuit International Lesbian Event 2012 takes place from August 7-13 and is specifically catered toward the women in the worldwide LGBT community. At this event, lesbian performers and DJs spin the hottest beat to commemorate lesbian pride.

Bring as much change as you can gather to the Buskers Bern Street Music Festival from August 9-11. At this World Heritage Site, enjoy the unique spectacle and raw talent of street artists as they perform to an enthusiastic crowd. As you walk down the cobblestoned paths of this historic medieval city, indulge in the cultural sights and sounds of amateur musicians, theatrical performances, modern dancers, puppeteers, and more.

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