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International goings-on worth taking note of this spring

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Arctic Art

Sandhornøy, Norway

A remote and stunning Arctic beach is hosting a program of experimental art projects, contemporary music, theater and great local food. SALT, which comprises several portable structures (designed by Finnish architect Sami Rintala) on a hard-to-reach…


Tall Tales

Doha, Qatar

Since the beginnings of Islam, animals have illustrated the legends, tales and fables of Islamic culture, embodying moral values and providing an entry point to an otherwise abstract world. The temporary exhibition Marvelous Creatures: Animal Fables in Islamic Art…


New Modernism

Palm Springs, US

At the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, one of California’s newest cultural destinations, temporary shows of design, architecture and fashion mix with series of lectures and daily architecture tours. “We like to keep…


A Welcome Return

New York City, US

After much anticipation, the new Whitney, the Renzo Piano-designed home of the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan’s meatpacking district, reopens this spring. In the planning since 2008, the building will increase the institution’s indoor exhibition…

Food & Retail

Food for Thought

Mexico City, Mexico

The year 2015 marks the fifth installment of Mesamérica, an inspiring culinary symposium that is drawing attention to the increasing importance of Mexican and Latin American cuisine. In recent years, a growing number of influential chefs who are fans of Mexican cuisine including…

Food & Retail

Cuban Meals

Various, Cuba

Douglas Rodriguez, co-owner of the Philadelphia restaurant Alma de Cuba, is a fan of Cuban culture – particularly its food. In May, the award-winning chef will take travellers on a seven-night tour of the country, a trip that will…

Film & Music

Brief Encounters

Yokohama, Japan

The Brillia theater, in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, is the only cinema in Japan to focus exclusively on short films. It is also the primary location of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia, (there is a secondary location in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo), an annual celebration…

Film & Music

A New York Platform

New York, US

Founded by a collective of experts in Asian cinema, the acclaimed New York Asian Film Festival will kick off this June for its 14th edition. Unlike other film festivals, the NYAFF is not shackled by specific genres. Rather, it is a pleasing…

Film & Music

Pop in Belgium

Hasselt, Belgium

This August, Pukkelpop – one of the biggest music festivals in Belgium – returns to the outskirts of the town of Hasselt, staging more than 200 rock, pop and hip-hop acts over the course of three days. Since its inception in 1985, Pukkelpop has…