There's nothing like a party to brighten up the dark winter months, so BedandBreakfastworld bring you a few of the major arts festivals and cultural events going on around the world this January.

1st January: New Years Day Parade, London, England

New Years Day Parade, LondonGetting the New Year off with a bang, the New Years Day Parade in London is a colourful explosion of marching bands, acrobats, cheerleaders and much more. The New Years Day Parade, which has been running since 1986, starts at Piccadilly and ends at Parliament Street, passing by some of the most iconic sights in London, including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Downing Street.

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9th-30th January: Sydney Festival 2010, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Festival, Australia

While on the other side of the globe most people will be staying inside and wrapping up warm, in Australia crowds will be flocking to the Sydney Festival, the countryÂ's largest cultural event. The programme for the 2010 Sydney Festival boasts a wide variety of theatre, music, dance and visual arts performances, and an estimated one million people will attend.

Also taking place in January is the Big Day Out, AustraliaÂ's biggest music festival which in 2010 will be host to acts including Muse and Groove Armada, and will take place in six locations including Sydney, Melbourne and even Auckland in New Zealand.

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20th January: La Tamborrada, San Sebastián, Spain

La Tamborrada, San Sebastián, SpainLa Tamborrada is a huge drumming festival which begins at midnight on the 19th January when the mayor raises the flag of San Sebastián and continues for 24 hours in honour of the cityÂ's patron saint. The residents of the city dress up as cooks or Napoleonic soldiers and march throughout the night and into the next day before celebrating with plenty of traditional food and fine local wine.

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By: Eleanor Brown

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