Exhibition Preview: Festival! @ National Theatre

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Exhibition Preview: Festival! @ National Theatre
La Tomatina, a festival held in the Valencian town of Buñol
La Tomatina, a festival held in the Valencian town of Buñol
Smiley painted faces for St Patrick's Day in Dublin
Smiley painted faces for St Patrick's Day in Dublin
A girl absorbed in a book despite the rain at the Hay-on-Wye Book Festival
A girl absorbed in a book despite the rain at the Hay-on-Wye Book Festival
March of the Gilles in Binche, Belgium, dating from the 14th century. Taking place around Shrove Tuesday, this is described by one website as "the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium"
March of the Gilles in Binche, Belgium, dating from the 14th century. Taking place around Shrove Tuesday, this is described by one website as "the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium"
A child is coated in green powder at the Holi Festival in Jodhpur, the "Festival of Colours"
A child is coated in green powder at the Holi Festival in Jodhpur, the "Festival of Colours"
The World Bog Snorkelling Championships is a Welsh festival that takes place in the Waen Rhydd Peat Bog, in the town of Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys
The World Bog Snorkelling Championships is a Welsh festival that takes place in the Waen Rhydd Peat Bog, in the town of Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys
Girls enjoying the mud at the largest open-air festival in Europe: Przystanek Woodstock. It's an annual free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by and named for the Woodstock Festival
Girls enjoying the mud at the largest open-air festival in Europe: Przystanek Woodstock. It's an annual free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by and named for the Woodstock Festival
The Flaming Lips zorbing at Bestival
The Flaming Lips zorbing at Bestival
The Burning Man Festival, held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. Burning Man is described as "an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance"
The Burning Man Festival, held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada. Burning Man is described as "an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance"

London's going to be buzzing with festivals this summer. As well as all the usual (Wireless Festival, Underage Festival, City of London Festival, Thames Festival), there's a plethora of new ones, specially for 2012: the World Shakespeare Festival, the London 2012 Festival, the Mayor of London Presents, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Exhibition Road Show, to name but a few.

The National Theatre is getting in on this festival fever early, with an exhibition of photos from the Corbis archive of weird and wacky festivals from around the world.

Called Festival!, the show captures the love we share for an escape from the everyday; for our need to celebrate music, sport, harvest, books, tomatoes, and er, bog snorkelling. It's free, and will make a perfect stop-off if you're wandering along the South Bank anytime soon.

Festival! is at the National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1, from 16 April to 4 June: Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 11pm; Sunday 12pm to 5.30pm. Visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/exhibitions/festival for more information.

Last Updated 05 April 2012