SINGAPORE FOOD FESTIVAL

    SINGAPORE

    The Singapore Food Festival takes over the city-state every July, celebrating its multicultural heritage through culinary delights. From fine-dining restaurants to open-air food stalls, the monthlong festival’s diverse venues offer exclusive tasting sessions and serve the best of the native Malay, Chinese, Indian and Indonesian cuisines mixed with Western-influenced flavors. Aspiring cooks can also broaden their skills with a varied program of cooking classes and culinary workshops, led by Singapore’s top chefs.

    TEXT BY ANNICK WEBER

    When

    July, 2014

    Link

    singaporefoodfestival.com

    Where

    Bayfront Ave, Singapore

    SAPPORO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL

    SAPPORO

    This year, Sapporo, one of Japan’s largest cities, will inaugurate a new international arts festival staged to engage both locals and visitors with a broad range of art and culture. Opening in July and guest directed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, the venerable Japanese musician, activist, composer and actor, SIAF will center on a specific topic, “city and nature,” and highlights will be many and varied in focus. A group of talented international artists, brought together by respected curator Shihoko Iida, will react to the festival’s theme at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. Works by composer Akira Ifukube and photographer Genichiro Kakegawa will feature at the Former Hokkaido Government Office. A series of live shows will be staged at Moerenuma Park, a space designed by the celebrated Japanese American landscape artist Isamu Noguchi. And Sakamoto himself will contribute a couple of live shows, one of which will feature German sound artist Carsten Nicolai, otherwise known as Alva Noto. The ultimate aim, says Fumio Ueda, SIAF’s chairman and Sapporo’s mayor, is to engage Japanese and foreign visitors with the city’s vast reserves of culture and creativity. “We residents of Sapporo should be proud of our city,” he writes in the festival’s welcome letter, “and work to pass a better environment on to future generations. In order to achieve this, we must create new industries and new cultures with our fertile imaginations, through exchanges with people in Japan and elsewhere.” More power to him.

    TEXT BY ALEX MOSHAKIS

    When

    July 19-September 28, 2014

    Link

    sapporo-internationalartfestival.jp

    Where

    Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

    BEIRUT DESIGN WEEK

    BEIRUT

    When a handful of Lebanese designers including Nada Debs and Rabih Kayrouz started exhibiting their work at renowned design festivals worldwide about a decade ago, Beirut slowly gained a reputation as a design hot spot. In 2012 the city held its first annual design week – a showcase of its ever-growing pool of creative talent. Now in its third edition, Beirut Design Week nurtures an interactive relationship between visitors and designers through a series of exhibitions, workshops, conferences and open studio visits, while anchoring the city’s presence on the global design map.

    TEXT BY ANNICK WEBER

    When

    June, 2014

    Link

    beirutdesignweek.org

    Where

    Beirut, Lebanon

      SUPER GT

      JAPAN AND THAILAND

      Lexus has strengthened its racing credentials in 2014 by running a new RC F-based model in the GT500 class of the Super GT, a Japanese grand tour car racing series held at circuits in Japan and Thailand throughout the year. Meanwhile, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus launched the RC F GT3 concept car, a move that represents the brand’s global commitment to motorsport. Testing will begin this year, with a view to supporting sports car racing teams participating on the 2015 GT3 circuit.

      TEXT BY SHOGO HAGIWARA

      When

      Throughout 2014

      Link

      supergt.net/en

      Where

      Nakahinata 694, Shizuoka, Japan

      HABITAT EXPO

      MEXICO CITY

      For three days every May, Mexico City’s World Trade Center hosts the country’s biggest fair for interior design and architecture. Habitat Expo, which first opened in 2010, now attracts some 17,000 visitors and 270 international exhibitors in fields ranging from high-tech building materials to home decoration. Besides showcasing the latest trends in design, Habitat Expo also features a comprehensive conference, talks and awards program, the highlights being the Prisma and Promesas prizes – two renowned accolades that recognize the work of established and up-and-coming Mexican designers, respectively.

      TEXT BY ANNICK WEBER

      When

      May 29–31, 2014

      Link

      tradex.mx/habitat

      Where

      Mexico City, Mexico

      FRIEZE ART FAIR NEW YORK

      NEW YORK

      Frieze Art Fair in London’s Regent Park – now in its 12th year – has become one of the most anticipated events on the calendar of every collector, dealer and aficionado of contemporary art. In spring 2012, an annual New York edition was launched on Randall’s Island to complement the existing fair. “With its extraordinary range of museums, galleries, collectors and artists, New York is one of the most desirable cities in the world for an international art fair to be located,” says cofounder Amanda Sharp. Returning this May, Frieze New York will yet again boast a strong contingent of the world’s most forward-thinking galleries as well as an outdoor sculpture park.

      TEXT BY ANNICK WEBER

      When

      May 9–12, 2014

      Link

      friezenewyork.com

      Where

      20 Randalls Island New York,
      NY 10035, USA

        INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL DE JAZZ

        MONTREAL

        This year’s edition of the International Jazz Festival will celebrate the program’s 35th birthday with a joint concert by two of the city’s most prominent cultural ambassadors: pianist-composer Alain Lefèvre and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Over the course of the 10-day event, more than 3,000 national and international musicians will flock to Montréal to perform the best of jazz-related music to some two million visitors, making it the largest festival of its kind in the world.

        TEXT BY ANNICK WEBER

        When

        June 26-July 6, 2014

        Link

        montrealjazzfest.com

        Where

        400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest,
        Montreal, Quebec, Canada

        DESIGN AMAZING MILAN 2014

        MILAN

        In April, Lexus will return to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan’s renowned furniture fair, to showcase new and original installations by three established creatives (including Fabio Novembre, right). The Lexus Design Amazing 2014 exhibition will also feature prototypes and panels made by the 12 finalists of this year’s Lexus Design Award, which offers up-and-coming designers the chance to explore their creative potential by working alongside respected design mentors.

        TEXT BY SHOGO HAGIWARA

        When

        April 8-13, 2014

        Link

        lexus-int.com/design/lda.html

        Where

        Tortona, Milano, Italy

        ART ATHINA

        ATHENS

        Traditionally associated with ancient art from the classical period, Greece is rarely considered a hub for new and innovative work. But Art Athina, the International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, proves the opposite. Established in 1993, Art Athina is one of the longest-lasting contemporary art fairs in Europe, and over the years has evolved into the largest of its kind in its host country. A number of parallel activities and educational programs are organized in the framework of the four-day event, all drawing a picture of the current state of contemporary visual art in Greece and beyond.

        TEXT BY ANNICK WEBER

        When

        May 15-18, 2014

        Link

        art-athina.gr

        Where

        Moraitini 2,
        Faliro Pavillion Hellenic Olympic Properties
        Paleo Faliro 175 61, Greece

        SZIGET MUSIC FESTIVAL

        BUDAPEST

        Musical diversity is Sziget’s chief concern. The acclaimed Hungarian festival, held annually on the small island of Óbuda, Budapest, presents an array of international artists who play everything from alt-country and hip-hop to rumba and ska. The audience, which hails from over 60 different countries, is as diverse as the acts it comes to see. Most visitors camp on the island overnight, to ensure they make the most of the 24-hour happening. This year performances will include sets by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age and the British producer Bonobo.

        TEXT BY ALEX MOSHAKIS

        When

        August 11-18, 2014

        Link

        szigetfestival.com

        Where

        Majus 9. park, budapest, Hungary