Open-Air Exhibitions: Europe’s Best Outdoor Arts Festivals

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Jun 7, 2013 —  William Shakespeare – you may have heard of him – wrote dozens of plays during his storied career. Many of those works were performed at the Globe Theatre, a three-story, open-air amphitheater that housed 3,000 excited spectators.

It’s debatable whether Shakespeare’s works were celebrated more posthumously than while he was living. What’s not up for discussion, however, is that masterpieces like Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream benefited from being performed outdoors. Today, Europe boasts a packed list of eclectic outdoor arts festivals that feature not just theater, but also dance, artwork, musical performances, comedy shows, and much more.

Not too far from the Globe, Londoners are treated to the E4 Udderbelly Festival every April through July. There, guests come down with an incurable case of the giggles while enjoying outdoor performances by some of the U.K.'s leading creators of comedy.

Meanwhile, Uitmarkt Amsterdam offers Dutch denizens a chance to up their artistic I.Q. by viewing innovative exhibitions by thousands of artists. Over in Madrid, the Dcode Festival combines music and cutting-edge visual displays to create an atmosphere that awakens the eyes and ears of Spaniards every September.

The Globe Theater was rebuilt for a reason. Taking in art outdoors enhances the senses with the help of a little fresh air.

  • E4 Udderbelly Festival

    Arts Festival / Comedy Show Every year in April

    E4 Udderbelly Festival - Arts Festival | Comedy Show in London.
    London Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    Southbank, London SE1 8YU

    020 7960 4200

  • Uitmarkt Amsterdam

    Arts Festival / Music Festival Every year in August

    Uitmarkt Amsterdam - Arts Festival | Music Festival in Amsterdam.
    Amsterdam Throughout the city
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  • Dcode Festival

    Arts Festival / Music Festival Every year in September

    Dcode Festival - Arts Festival | Music Festival in Madrid.
    Madrid Universidad Complutense De Madrid

    Avenue de Séneca, 2
    28040 Madrid

    91 4520400

  • Venice Biennale

    Arts Festival Every odd year from May to November

    Venice Biennale - Arts Festival in Venice.
    Venice Throughout the city
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  • Le Printemps des Poètes

    Literary & Book Event / Poetry / Spoken Word Every year in March

    Le Printemps des Poètes - Literary & Book Event | Poetry / Spoken Word in Paris.
    Paris Throughout the city
  • M!RA Festival

    Arts Festival / Conference / Convention / Music Festival Every year in November

    M!RA Festival - Arts Festival | Conference / Convention | Music Festival in Barcelona.
    Barcelona Fabra i Coats

    Carrer de San Adrià, 20
    08030 Barcelona, Spain

  • Berlin Pride Festival

    Arts Festival / Party Every year in May/June

    Berlin Pride Festival  - Arts Festival | Party in Berlin.
    Berlin Throughout the city
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