Fest300 offers info on cultural festivals worldwide

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Ken Duncan Jr., with the Yellow Bird Indian

Ken Duncan Jr., with the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, leads a dance at the Cultural Exchange Pavilion celebrating Native American culture during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, in New Orleans. (April 26, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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NAME Fest300.com

WHAT IT DOES Introduces the world's best festivals in order to inspire a community of "culturally curious" travelers and expand their horizons through collective gatherings.

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WHAT'S HOT Chip Conley, founder and former chief executive of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, founded Fest300 and is contributing reviews and writing about his love of festivals and festivalgoers on "Chip's Blog."

His posts resemble a collection of travelogue emails from the road, with an info-packed directory to go with them, plus Because I haven't been to many festivals, I appreciated the short videos (in addition to big photos) that helped me quickly connect with experiences I was interested in. Don't miss "The List," which leads you to the festival directory. You can sort by destination, date or name. Even if you're just a voyeur, you'll be enchanted.

WHAT'S NOT "The Pledge" is a bit too much "call to action." It's optional, but it asks you to sign up and commit to trying one festival this year.

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