Edinburgh’s not the only city that’s going festival crazy. Anna Millar checks out this summer’s best combinations of cheap deals and great culture, from hip hop festivals in Oslo to cultural enlightenment in Copenhagen.


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For culture ol‘ a slightly dil‘l‘erent Variety. the liuropean Rhythms Festival takes place l‘)—22 August'ents/i. As a showcase l'or oyct' ()0 liuropean perl'ormers. this popular free l‘estiyal oi liuropean music. rhythms and cultures was born out of a desire to celebrate Brussels‘ cultural core. Better still. almost everything on the programme is free.

Flights from Glasgow to Brussels ("an be found on the ousylvt website starting from £72.99. See H‘lt'lt'.(Thy/(’11Witt/Ur (lentils.

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