Last year, we launched the Trippin 50: a cultural calendar featuring our selection of the top 50 events around the world. We measured them by a series of criteria points – whether the event is making strides in diversity, sustainability or innovation; benefiting its local community or preserving culture.

For our 2024 iteration, we brought it back to our love of travel, leaning into innovation and unique destinations in particular. Which avant-garde events are bringing something new to the fore? Taking place in unknown, or off-grid, locations? Which are the ones happening in places you've never heard of? Our selections include the events that are breathing new life into long-abandoned spaces, too; repurposing forgotten sites like a quarry in northern Italy, or transforming a limestone cave in Vietnam into a rave experience.

The Trippin 50 covers all of the cultural fields: from food to music, art to design and film. Curated by the Trippin team and leading tastemakers across the creative industries, this is your definitive calendar to help you plan your year ahead.

Nextones Trippin 50


Situated in the Ossola Valley in northern Italy, near the Swiss border, Nextones is both a festival and a project for environmental redevelopment.

Tones on the Stones, the collective spearheading Nextones, converted the Roncino quarry in the small village of Oira into a large stone theatre, surrounded by the valley’s rugged, mountainous landscape.

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Waking Life Portugal Festival Crato
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Waking Life

Set in Crato, Portugal, Waking Life Festival is an intimate rave that unfolds across six days in the warmth of the desert sun.

Taking place during the summer solstice, ravers are treated to long hours of sunlight and a serene setting surrounded by eucalyptus plantations.

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Desert X
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Desert X

Desert X, an international contemporary art exhibition, is held worldwide across multiple locations in the desert; where vast, untamed expanses serve as a canvas for ambitious and breathtaking works of art.

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Honcho for Trippin 50
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Honcho Campout

Honcho Campout, set in Artemas, Pennsylvania, is a vibrant celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, with a special focus on people of colour and transgender experiences. This annual festival is lauded for its inclusive atmosphere and an array of activities that embody community, joy and care.

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The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale
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Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

At the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, attendees are able to explore over 230 artworks throughout the Echigo-Tsumari Art region in Japan’s Niigata prefecture.

This area is characterised by heavy snowfall in winter, and therefore depopulation is an ever-growing issue along with rapid ageing. The triennale helps to combat this by drawing in travellers around the world.

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Equation Festival
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Equation Festival

Taking place in a limestone cave in Vietnam, Equation is one of the most picturesque electronic festivals in the region with a programme that emphasises East and Southeast Asian selectors in particular.

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The Trippin 50 was curated by the Trippin team and leading tastemakers across the creative industries.


Brendan Browne-Adams

David Zhou

Daniel Uribe aka DJ Lomalinda

Kai Evill

Kesang Ball

Kshitij Kankaria

Nico Adomako

Reda Kadmiri

Pau Rodriguez aka Paurro

Sabrina Louis

Sam Blenkinsopp

Sebastian Gabe

Vivian Yeung

Zhiqi Song