The future is now. Or at least, it will be here in October. In the 1989 sci-fi comedy “Back to the Future Part II,” characters Marty McFly, Doc Brown and Jennifer use the famous outfitted DeLorean time machine to travel from the year 1985 into the future. The date? Oct. 21, 2015.
To celebrate, there are a few things we’re looking forward to in 2015 at NettResults. In fact, many of these may be a good reason to close the office for a day or two. Even if you can’t join us, maybe the ideas below will stimulate some PR ideas…
Elvis's 80th birthday party – We’re All Shook Up about it.
Red Bull Crashed Ice - Combine speed skating with an obstacle course and you get Crashed Ice, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2015. Sounds fun!
Bicentennial of Napoleon's landing - On March 1, 1815, Napoleon landed in Golfe-Juan (now a seaside resort on France's Cote d'Azur). If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.
Gnaoua World Music Festival - African music festivals are seriously underrated, and the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Essaouira is one of the best. Held in Morocco's windsurfing capital, the event offers an irresistible combination of jazz, pop, rock, hip-hop and contemporary world music.
Cheung Chau Bun Festival - Hong Kong - The Bun Scrambling competition is the only one in the world, and probably for a good reason. We can’t resist a good bun.
Expo Milano 2015 - Milan will host the Universal Exposition for the second time in 2015 (it first hosted the event in 1906). The theme is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".
Singapore's Golden Jubilee celebrations - Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence in 2015. We love Singapore, so this sounds like a good excuse to visit.
On 10th September 2015, Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history – surpassing the record held by Victoria, her great-great grandmother. Having ascended to the throne on 6th February 1952, Elizabeth II has now reigned for 63 years and 217 days. It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.
World Indigenous Games - Though the 2016 Olympics in Rio are hogging the spotlight, Brazil is hosting a smaller but arguably much cooler event in 2015 -- the first World Indigenous Games. More than 2,000 athletes from indigenous groups from more than 30 countries will be traveling to the municipality of Porto Nacional to take part in a wide range of disciplines, including archery, javelin, tug-of-war, canoeing, log racing, wrestling, football, xikunahati (headball), swimming and other athletics.
World Puppet Festival – Charleville, France is regarded as a major international center of puppetry and has one of the world's top marionette schools. At this annual event, 150 professional troupes from as far afield as Burma, Mali and Jordan put on up to 50 shows a day.
Cannstatter Wasen (Stuttgart Beer Festival) - Munich's Oktoberfest hogs the limelight when it comes to beer festivals, but the Cannstatter Wasen (Stuttgart Beer Festival) is becoming a worthy rival. The event lasts for two weeks and first took place in 1818. It's the world's second largest beer festival. In addition to numerous beer tents, there's a huge Ferris wheel, carnival rides, live music and plenty of sugared almonds -- a Stuttgart specialty -- to soak up the alcohol. Cheers.
Rugby World Cup 2015 - One of 2015's biggest sporting events, the Rugby World Cup will hold three of its most important matches in Newcastle.
Mexican Grand Prix - In 2015, Formula 1 will return to Mexico for the first time since 1992.
Hogmanay celebrations - Edinburgh, Scotland - There's no better way to finish the year than with a visit to one of the largest New Year's Eve parties on the planet. On New Year's Eve, as many as 100,000 people will take to the streets to sing "Auld Lang Syne" -- apparently the biggest and loudest rendition of the song in the world.