Curtain Call: Message in a Bottle dance show by ZooNation at Peacock Theatre

Mixing classic and modern dance elements with street and hip-hop, Kate Prince’s energetic choreography brings to life the story of a family, which evolves around the separate journeys of their 3 siblings through life, until, eventually, the family reunites once again. Created to the global hits by the ever-evolving iconic artist that is Sting, the fact that we all knew the lyrics to the tracks, helped relate even more to what was unfolding in front of our eyes on stage. We could all relate to the story line of this incredible dance piece: the joy of being together, the pain of separation and the twists and turns, and at times sheer fight for life, as it takes us through our paces.

The sizzling performance of Kate’s dance company ‘ZooNation’ was fizzing with energy and had the audience on their feet, with a seemingly never ending standing ovation, during curtain call. People felt really passionate about what they’ve just witnessed, and little did we know at the time, just how hard CV-19 would hit us as individuals, as well as a society. So, if you haven’t seen the show yet, relive the moment and watch the video now. Take note of their tour dates later on this spring, by which time, you might even be able to travel again to see them abroad, as they’re absolutely worth it!


Self-Help Special: How To Maintain Good Mental & Emotional Health

Mental, and for that matter, emotional health is affecting many of us! Since Prince William and Prince Harry have kick-started their campaign to get people to talk and affected individuals to open up and actively seek help, there is much greater awareness about the subject of mental health among us. Still, it didn’t prevent the much loved TV presenter Caroline Flack taking her own life, which is just heart breaking.

When heavy-weight boxer Tyson Fury spoke out about his own mental health issues after his huge win in Las Vegas, it really drives it home, that even if you’re a strong and physically healthy guy, you can still suffer mental health problems. This is why at TA-DAH.TV, we’ve decided to produce a self-help series about a variety of related issues, so that we can actively help ourselves before it gets to a stage, when it might be too late. Claudia Peifer spoke to international wellbeing coach Beran Parry to chat about symptoms, remedies and how to build your own safety-net to fall back on when the going gets tough. By watching this video, we hope, that you might feel more empowered to tackle this subject, and if it doesn’t affect you directly, you might still be able to help an individual who needs support.

TA-DAH.TV Discusses Mental Health with their SELF-HELP Special

Although mental health has become a topic that more and more people are openly talking about, as a subject it is still taboo to many people and many countries. The world and life itself can be more daunting to some than it is to others, so it is important to recognise when either yourself or somebody else is struggling. We often care about mental health issues before it is too late.

There are still 16 suicides a day in the United Kingdom and it is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45. These statistics are harrowing and are part of the reason why TA-DAH.TV are running their new SELF-HELP special.


Many people believe that here is no correlation between mental illness and biological factors. However, if someone is struggling with mental illness, biological factors could well be the cause. Many mental illnesses are linked to the abnormally functioning nerve cell pathways which connect certain brain regions. Within these pathways are nerve cells that use chemicals called neurotransmitters to communicate. Unfortunately, these communications can often falter, thus causing mental illness. However, we can help these
pathways be more efficient by tweaking these chemicals – this can be done though physiotherapy, medicines or other holistic procedures. Mental illness can also be caused by several other biological factors, including:

  • Genetics – In many cases, a parent’s mental illness can be passed on to their
    offspring. Susceptibility to mental illness is passed on in families via genes.
  • Infections – Several infections are linked to brain damage and mental illness
    developing or its symptoms getting worse.
  • Injury – If certain areas of the brain become injured, this can often lead to the
    person gaining mental illness.
  • Substance Abuse – Long term substance abuse, (be it legal or illegal drugs) is closely linked to paranoia, depression, and anxiety. Of course, biological factors are not the only causes of mental illness. A lot of sufferers’
    mental health journeys originally occur much earlier in life through psychological factors – but they are often not aware they are suffering till some time later.

Some of the psycological factors that could be a catalyst in mental health occurring are:

  • Suffering extreme psychological trauma as a child, including physical, sexual or emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  •  Losing someone important at a young age, such as a parent or guardian
  • The inability to relate to other people’s lives
  • Changing schools or jobs
  • Moving to another country/culture with a foreign language
  • Not conforming to what society’s expectations deem to be ideal
  • A dysfunctional family life
  • House-building or divorce


You cannot always tell if a friend, or even yourself, is suffering from mental health. A lot of symptoms aren’t visible, or you may not have the understanding that what you’re experiencing means you are suffering from mental health issues. Always think to check up on your friends or talk to people, whether you experience the following symptoms or not:

  • Being confused or having a lowered ability to concentrate
  • Being down or sad
  • Having extremely guilty or excessive fears/worries
  • Frequent, drastic mood changes
  • Secluding yourself from socialising
  • Constantly being tired and struggling to sleep
  • Experiencing hallucinations or paranoia
  • Struggling to deal with everyday issues
  • The inability to relate to other human beings
  • Frequently taking alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in your sex drive
  • Drastic changes in your diet
  • Easily becoming hostile and violent
  • Having suicidal thoughts

Seeking Help

If you know that you are struggling with mental illness, or think you might be, it is essential to seek help as soon as possible. A problem shared is always a problem halved – and the sooner the better. In the United Kingdom, there are talking groups such as Anxiety UK and Andy’s Man Club that you can openly go to and comfortably talk to countless people who may be suffering in similar ways to yourself. Carrying the weight on your shoulders alone could make your illness worse as the days tick by, so try your best to act as soon as possible.

Outside of the UK, you can attend the Fasching Carnival, (in Germany and Austria) to share love amongst everyone on the streets and voice your problems/issues in a fun way or contact if you feel things are more serious. There is also Psycom in France, who work tirelessly to remove the stigma around mental health. If Spanish is your native language, you can also search for your local ‘Centro de Salud Mental‘ on the internet. All these organisations are there to help you, but why not open up to your friends or family and see what they can do to help you. It is important to not feel like a burden. You should also go to your personal primary care provider or a mental health professional. You could be given certain medicines or sessions with a psychiatrist and this can, in turn, improve your situation drastically. We understand this can seem intimidating, but you will thank yourself at a later date.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a fast and effective way of learning how to use your brain to affect your physical reactions and to learn how physical reactions (like the onset of a panic attack) don’t have to be lived out because of effectively applied brain control.

If you are suffering from suicidal thoughts, or have considered hurting yourself, it is more important than ever to seek help. Nobody in the world wants you to be hurt – everybody wants you to be okay. You can get help in the following ways:

  • Call 999 or your local emergency number in the country you are in
  • Call a mental health specialist
  • Seek help from your primary core provider
  • Open up to a friend or family member
  • Call a suicide hotline number.

How You Can Help Yourself in Day to Day Life

If you are struggling with mental health, seeking help from others is important but it is not the only thing to do. It is vital that you realise your own responsibility and take the appropriate steps in your day to day life to look after yourself. Having help from other people is great, but prepare yourself for the times when somebody else isn’t there. Some of the best things you can do to feel positive are:

  • Keep Active – Exercising frequently can heighten your self-esteem and help you to sleep better. Also, exercise releases endorphins which reduce your perception of pain, thus having a healthier mind.
  • Eat Well – In order to function properly, your brain requires a mixture of nutrients. A diet that has a positive impact on your body will, in turn, have a positive impact on your mental health.
  • Drink Sensibly – Many people drink alcohol to feel better. However, once the
    alcohol wears off, you will feel worse as your serotonin levels will be lowered.
  • Take A Break – A monotonous lifestyle is only detrimental to anybody’s mental
    health. Taking a break from your current cycle and discovering new scenery can help in de-stressing your mind.
  • Create space in your diary or daily life – if you feel that lists or diaries are running your life, you can create distance to stressful events by building in recovery time pockets either between or directly after these events to help you recover your poise and balance.
  • Accept Yourself – Possibly the most important way of helping yourself but also the most difficult. It is important to remember that everybody in the world is different – it would be boring if we were all the exact same!
  • Care for Others – Being kind to other people will boost your relationships and
    friends will be even happier to help you. Just think, someone else could be enduring the same problems as you but you just can’t see it. Treat others how you would like to be treated.

Best Beer Festivals in Europe

Beer festivals serve two great purposes: sample as many different tastes and flavours as you can in a lifetime…and make friends easily! Belgium, Germany, Spain, Latvia and even Switzerland are amongst the many countries celebrating the precious wet base on hops. Everybody knows about the Oktoberfest, being the biggest beer festival in the world, but check the listing below to get to the more boutique events for all beer fans.

Sip, Savour and Celebrate: The Best Beer Festivals in Europe

Calling all beer aficionados! Europe is a haven for hop-heads, boasting a vibrant craft beer scene and a long-standing tradition of celebrating all things sudsy. That’s why TA-DAH.TV is checking out the best beer festivals in Europe.

From traditional Bavarian bashes to cutting-edge craft showcases, the continent offers a bevy of boozy festivals to tantalize your taste buds and immerse you in the world of beer.

So, grab your stein and get ready to embark on a journey through Europe’s best beer festivals!

What Makes European Beer Festivals Special?

European beer festivals are more than just a chance to sample delicious brews. They are vibrant cultural experiences offering a unique blend of tradition, community, and of course, exceptional beer.

But what makes them truly stand out? Well, we like to think there are several good reasons to get along to a celebration near you. Here are just four though:

  • Immersion in Local Culture: Each festival reflects the local culture and brewing traditions, offering a glimpse into the region’s history and heritage.
  • Celebration of Craft: Many festivals champion the burgeoning craft beer scene, showcasing innovative brews and small-batch creations from passionate brewers.
  • Festive Atmosphere: Expect live music, delicious food pairings, and a lively atmosphere that brings people together in a shared love for beer.
  • Educational Opportunities: Many festivals offer workshops, seminars, and tastings, allowing you to deepen your knowledge and appreciation for the art of brewing.
  • Steeped in History: The art of brewing has been perfected over centuries in Europe. From the strong and malty German bocks to the complex and fruity Belgian ales, European brewers have mastered the craft. Many of the continent’s beer festivals reflect this rich history.

5 European Beer Festivals You Need to Try

With hundreds of annual celebrations across the continent, how do you know which ones to get on your calendar? We can help there.

If you checked out our experience of ‘Natur Pur’ wine festival in Germany, you’ll know we’re a fan of a glass-clinkingly good celebration. With that in mind, we’ve narrowed down your pick of pilsner parties to these top 5 events you need to experience:

1. Oktoberfest: The King of Beer Festivals

Oktoberfest is undoubtedly the most famous beer festival in the world, and for good reason. Held annually in Munich, this legendary event attracts millions of visitors who come to enjoy its unique blend of Bavarian culture, music, food, and, of course, beer.

The festival features massive beer tents, each run by one of Munich’s historic breweries, offering their finest brews in traditional one-liter steins.

Why It’s Popular:
  • Authentic Bavarian Experience: Oktoberfest is steeped in tradition, from its dirndls and lederhosen to its lively oompah bands.
  • Diverse Beer Selection: While the focus is on Munich’s breweries, you’ll find a wide variety of beers to sample.
  • Unmatched Atmosphere: The camaraderie and festive spirit make Oktoberfest a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


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Why Not Grab Some Time in Frankfurt Too?

If you’ve got some more time in Germany, we’d recommend grabbing a quick flight from Munich over to another gorgeous Bavarian centre, Frankfurt.

Arty aficionados should head to Schrin Kunsthalle where incredible shows are always available. During our time in the city, we caught the Gilbert & George exhibition and Lee Kranser’s ‘Living Colour’ show.

2. Belgian Beer Weekend: A Brewer’s Paradise

Belgium is renowned for its brews, and the Belgian Beer Weekend in Brussels is a testament to that reputation. Held in the picturesque Grand Place, this festival showcases a wide array of Belgian beers, from well-known Trappist ales to innovative craft brews.

Why It’s Popular

  • Historic Setting: Enjoy your beer in one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
  • Wide Variety: Sample over 500 different beers from more than 50 Belgian breweries.
  • Cultural Experience: Parades, marching bands, and beer-related ceremonies offer a deep dive into Belgian beer culture

3. Prague Beer Festival: A Bohemian Rhapsody

Prague Beer Festival is a must-visit for those looking to explore the rich beer traditions of the Czech Republic.

Held over 17 days, the festival features a vast array of Czech beers, lively entertainment and traditional cuisine. If you saw our food tour of Cadiz with Annie B, you know how much we love some local eats! Back to the beer though, and ith over 150 varieties to try, the Prague festival is a paradise for beer aficionados.

Why It’s Popular
  • Authentic Czech Beers: Discover why the Czech Republic is famous for its beer.
  • Festive Atmosphere: Enjoy live music, entertainment, and a lively beer garden setting.
  • Gastronomic Delights: Pair your beer with delicious Czech dishes like roast pork and sausages.



4. Billie’s Craft Beer Fest: A Craft Beer Heaven

Billie’s Craft Beer Fest in Antwerp is a haven for craft beer enthusiasts. Named after a beloved bulldog, this festival offers a curated selection of the best craft beers from around the world. With a cozy, friendly atmosphere and a focus on quality over quantity, Billie’s Craft Beer Fest is a standout event on the European beer festival calendar.

Why It’s Popular
  • Exclusive Craft Beers: Taste rare and unique brews from top-notch craft breweries.
  • Intimate Setting: Enjoy a more personal festival experience with passionate brewers and fellow beer lovers.
  • Community Vibe: The festival’s small scale fosters a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

5. Budapest Beer Week: A Week of Beer Bliss

From our time exploring Vienna on Valentine’s Day, we know just how gorgeous central European cities are, and the Budapest Beer Week is a celebration of craft beer set against the stunning backdrop of Hungary’s capital.

The event includes a week of beer-related activities, culminating in a grand tasting session featuring local and international breweries. With its mix of traditional Hungarian hospitality and cutting-edge craft brews, Budapest Beer Week is a must-visit for beer enthusiasts.

Why It’s Popular
  • Diverse Beer Selection: Sample a wide range of beers from both Hungarian and international breweries.
  • Cultural Events: Enjoy concerts, brewery tours, and beer dinners throughout the week.
  • Vibrant Location: Explore the beautiful city of Budapest while indulging in world-class beers.


Where to Find Some of the Best Beer Festivals in Europe 2024

Now you know about our top picks, here’s a more complete list of the best beer festivals in Europe. If you’re in any of these locations for the dates below, we highly recommend getting along.


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Europe’s beer festivals are more than just events; they are immersive cultural experiences that celebrate the art of brewing.

Whether you’re drawn to the grandeur of Oktoberfest or the intimate charm of Billie’s Craft Beer Fest, each festival offers a unique taste of Europe’s rich beer heritage.

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