Add these to your cultural calendar. 

Indonesia: Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival

The largest jazz festival in the southern hemisphere takes over Jakarta on Mar 2-4. See rock vets Goo Goo Dolls and R’n’b wunderkind Daniel Caesar joining the likes of Dionne Warwick and Vanessa Williams on stage. www.javajazzfestival.com 
 
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Indonesia: BaliSpirit

Though packed with live music concerts, this is more of a wellness festival, with a focus on yoga, nutrition and meditation. Happening from Apr 2-8, this is one festival where you might leave with a huge energy-boost, not a hangover. www.balispiritfestival.com
 
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Japan: Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

Back for its seventh edition, this claims to be the world’s biggest open-air art festival. Taking place in Tokamachi from JUl 29-Sep 17, it will fill 505,857 rai with art installations and exhibitions under the theme “humans are part of nature.” www.echigo-tsumari.jp/eng
 
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Japan: Fuji Rock Festival

Since 1997, this festival in Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata has attracted rock fans from far and wide. They come for the stellar international lineup (last year’s headliners included Aphex Twin, Bjork and Gorillaz) but also leave raving about the incredible Japanese hospitality. Set to take place this July; artists and exact dates to be confirmed. fujirock-eng.com
 
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Vietnam: Quest Festival

Set amid the dense forests north of Hanoi, this is kind of like Vietnam’s version of Wonderfruit. Alongside an electronic-oriented music lineup, the festival also promises workshops focused on yoga, crafts and meditation, as well as eco-activities like building shelters for animals. Happening in Nov; dates to be confirmed. questfestival.net

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