Art Festivals

Art Festivals

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Aarhus Festival

Aarhus Festival

Since 1965, the Aarhus Festival has been presenting its own special blend of art and culture to locals and visitors alike. For ten days over late August and early September the streets, parks, clubs, stages, galleries and museum of Aarhus become a stage where dance, theater, exhibitions, cabaret, opera, urban design and art installations take on many forms.

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Europe Denmark Aarhus Performing Arts Festivals Art Festivals August
Affordable Art Fair Brussels

Affordable Art Fair Brussels

The concept is simple, the name says it all really. The Brussels Affordable Art Fair is about making contemporary art available to the masses. Thousands of original paintings, prints, sculpture and photography all under the one roof and all priced between €50 to €6,000. By concentrating on relatively unknown artists not carrying a premium for reputation, the fair — and many others like it around the world — offer up art for prices at the lower end of the spectrum. It's proven to be a popular formula. Not only can you satisfy all your art-viewing and art-buying needs, you can grab a feed at the Fair's restaurant, or a little liquid refreshment at the wine bar. You can educate yourself with some expert advice, or even get your hands dirty at an exciting or workshop designed to help you unleash your creative spirit. Perhaps even take home a masterpiece of your own creation.

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Europe Belgium Brussels Art Festivals Photography Festivals February
AfrikaBurn

AfrikaBurn

Younger in years and more intimate in size than its acclaimed cousin, AfrikaBurn shares many similarities with Burning Man and inevitably draws comparison. For a week once a year since 2007, on a private farm adjacent to the Tankwa Karoo National Park in South Africa's Northern Cape Province, burners have been gathering to form a temporary city of art, theme camps, costume, music and performance. Like Burning Man, participants at AfrikaBurn are guided by a set of principles that preach community, tolerance, participation, responsibility, inclusion and decommodification and the similarities don't end there. Just like at Black Rock City during Burning Man, there's a thousand beats, mutant cars and mind-blowing art installations, head-turning costumes and artistic self-expression everywhere you look. Then to end it all, there's the burn.

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Africa South Africa Tankwa Art Festivals Electronic Dance Music Festivals April
Art Basel

Art Basel

Since 1970 the Swiss city of Basel has staged one of the world's premier Modern and contemporary art shows, Art Basel. What can the visitor expect? Over 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa displaying works from great masters of Modern and contemporary art to the latest generation of emerging talent. Every artistic medium is represented: paintings, sculpture, installations, videos, multiples, prints, photography, and performance.

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Europe Switzerland Basel Art Festivals June
Art Basel (Hong Kong)

Art Basel (Hong Kong)

From emerging talents to the modern masters from both East and West, Art Basel's newest offering in Hong Kong traces over a century of art history across its six sectors: Galleries, Insights, Discoveries, Encounters, Magazines and Film. Spanning three days in March, Art Basel displays the highest quality paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, video and editioned works from the 20th and 21st centuries, by more than 3,000 artists from Asia and around the globe.

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Asia Hong Kong Hong Kong Art Festivals March
Art Basel (Miami Beach)

Art Basel (Miami Beach)

Art Basel stages the world's premier Modern and contemporary art fairs annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. A driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in nurturing the careers of modern and contemporary artists, Art Basel features the newest developments across the visual arts spectrum. The Americas edition sets up shop in the Miami Beach Convention Center for four days in early December. Featuring paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films and editioned works from established and emerging talent, the fair attracts 70,000 art lovers through its doors. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, films and performances become part of the city's outdoor landscape at nearby Collins and SoundScape Parks.

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North America United States Florida Miami, FL Art Festivals December
Art Goes Kapakka

Art Goes Kapakka

Part of the Helsinki Festival, Art Goes Kapakka takes performance art to the bars, restaurants and cafes of the capital. For ten days and nights each August, expect the unexpected from impromptu choir performances to burlesque shows and everything in between. Grab some mates a plot a route over a night or two after downloading a map of the participating venues from the Art Goes Kapakka website. Kippis!

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Europe Finland Helsinki Performing Arts Festivals Art Festivals August
Art Market Budapest

Art Market Budapest

For four days each October, Budapest becomes the artistic capital of Eastern Europe during Art Market Budapest. Over 100 exhibitors display the work of some 500 contemporary artists to 20,000+ visitors who make their way through the doors of Budapest's impressive Millenáris Center and to a large nearby outdoor sculpture park. Art Market Budapest prides itself on its careful selection of up and coming work from still relatively unexplored artists. It has become a 'must visit' event for those in the industry looking for new artistic inspiration and fresh influences.

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Europe Hungary Budapest Art Festivals October
Art Paris Art Fair

Art Paris Art Fair

Join more than 50,000 artists, art patrons and devotees for four days each March, as they descend upon the city of light for the annual Art Paris Art Fair. Art Paris brings together some 140 galleries from 20 countries under the celestial dome of the Grand Palais, presenting a wide-ranging panorama of modern and contemporary art that includes photography, design and art publishing.

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Europe France Paris Art Festivals Photography Festivals March
Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Late in the winter every second year, Central Victoria becomes Australia's focal point for photography. Beautiful Ballarat, once famous for its gold rush, today draws visitors in their droves to its photography biennial. The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is made up of two major exhibition programs. Central to the Biennale is its Core Program, a curated exhibition of 20 leading Australian and international photographic artists presented in eight heritage buildings in central Ballarat. Complimenting the Core Program is the open entry Fringe Program, a city‐wide presentation of over 200 artists staged in more than 80 venues including cafes and galleries, throughout project spaces, and across public sites. There's also an extensive events programme for photographers of all abilities — workshops, seminars, audio-­visual projections, master‐classes, artist floor‐talks, portfolio reviews, an education program as well as photographic competitions and prizes.

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Pacific Australia Ballarat Photography Festivals Art Festivals August
Berlin Light Festival

Berlin Light Festival

For ten days during October, as the autumn months make way for another dark European winter, a vivid change comes over the landmarks, monuments, buildings and neighbourhoods of the German capital. It's the annual Berlin Festival of Lights, an extravaganza of illumination that attracts in excess of two million spectators each year. An ever-changing annual lineup of light installations that are conceptualised by some of Germany and the world's leading artists. Grab a program and hit the installation trail on foot, or for something different take a horse-drawn carriage, rent a Segway, or for the adventurous, take a hot air balloon trip and see Berlin in a whole different light.

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Europe Germany Berlin Light Festivals Art Festivals October
Brussels Nuit Blanche

Brussels Nuit Blanche

Fancy pulling an all-nighter in Brussels? Then Nuit Blanche may be right up your alley. From 7pm through to 7am on a Saturday night in October, the Belgian capital comes to life in a sea of cultural light as the city itself turns into a de-facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance and performance art) and themed social gatherings. Each year a different theme is selected. Every year audience participation is promoted.

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Europe Belgium Brussels Art Festivals Performing Arts Festivals October
Burning Man

Burning Man

From where there was nothing, Burning Man emerges in a sandstorm of futuristic surrealism for eight days each August. Burning Man's not a festival, that's way too restrictive as a definition, rather it's a happening dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. To many, Burning Man represents an artistic utopia, a successful study of creative co-existence. It's an escape where participants are free to express themselves almost without bounds. To shed their societal skin and be whoever it is they want to be. To others, its simply the greatest show on earth, an around-the-clock party with a booming bass-line and a cast of crazy characters. Imagine the Star Wars Cantina scene re-written by Hunter S. Thompson on a binge and directed by Dali and you're coming close. At its heart, Burning Man is a happening organised by participants for participants that follows ten core principles — radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, leaving no trace, participation and immediacy. Whatever you make of it, it can't be argued that the Burning Man Project is brilliantly unique. Long may it burn!

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North America United States Nevada Black Rock City, NV Art Festivals Bizarre Festivals August
Chobi Mela

Chobi Mela

Since its inception in 2000, Dhaka's Chobi Mela (Bangladesh International Festival of Photography) has been building on its reputation as one of Asia's finest photography festivals. Attracting the best Bangladeshi photographers in the industry as well as number of renowned international photographers, Chobi Mela displays documentary works in a number of venues around the capital for two weeks every second year.

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Asia Bangladesh Dhaka Photography Festivals Art Festivals January
CONTACT Photography Festival

CONTACT Photography Festival

Fan of the photographic art? For the month of May, Toronto goes tropo for photos during the annual, CONTACT Photography Festival. Join more than 1,500 established and emerging artists whose work is displayed in some 175 venues across the city centre, including galleries, museums, public and private institutions and agencies. As well as the exhibitions and installations CONTACT features a series of lectures, symposiums, film screenings (in partnership with Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival), portfolio reviews and workshops. With an estimated audience of 1.8 million, CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world.

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North America Canada Toronto Photography Festivals Art Festivals May
Contemporary Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul — the leading international art fair in Turkey — brings both local and international focus to the dynamic art scene in the country's vibrant metropolis for four days each November. Contemporary Istanbul plays host to national and international galleries, artists from all over the world, collectors, museum directors, curators, art critics, members of the press and art lovers at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center. In addition to the main event, Contemporary Istanbul organises several side events through the year and art projects such as conferences, exhibitions with the aim of contributing to the country's contemporary art development.

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Europe Turkey Istanbul Art Festivals November
Copenhagen Photo Festival

Copenhagen Photo Festival

The Copenhagen Photo Festival is a 10-day celebration of photographic art scattered across venues in the Danish capital from galleries and museums to urban spaces, but centred on 'Photo City' (AKA Carlsberg Byen). Designed to highlight local talent, it features a number of diverse exhibitions from fine art photography to photos shot with apps on a phone from up and coming as well established photographers.

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Europe Denmark Copenhagen Photography Festivals Art Festivals June
Glasgow International

Glasgow International

For 18 days in April, Glasgow International showcases the best of local and international art for a wide array of audiences in various venues and locations across the city, including Glasgow's major art spaces and cultural institutions. As a world-renowned biennial festival of contemporary art, Glasgow International continues to evolve via an ambitious programme which includes exhibitions, events, talks, performances and projects by international as well as Glasgow-based artists.

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Europe Scotland Glasgow Art Festivals April
Head On Photo Festival

Head On Photo Festival

For the month of May, Sydney's Head On Photo Festival celebrates a wide range of photography across all genres, ranging from photo-journalism and documentary reportage through commercial and fine-art. With over 200 events held at 100 venues — from galleries and museums through to pubs and cafes — Head On takes the photographic art to the the people of Sydney and is now recognised as Australia's largest photo festival. Most events are free of charge and include indoor and outdoor exhibitions, workshops, artists’ talks and open studios. At the heart of the festival is the Head On Portrait Prize, the nation's major innovative showcase for Australian portrait photography and the most critically acclaimed photographic portrait competition in Australia.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Photography Festivals Art Festivals May
Lodz Design Festival

Lodz Design Festival

The Lodz Design Festival has grown from a local event featuring a handful of exhibitions to Poland's major design event in a little over half a decade. It showcases the many different faces of design including industrial design, arts and crafts design, graphic design, architecture and fashion. At the heart of the Lodz Design Festival is its curated exhibitions, complemented and enhanced by an open and extensive programme of lectures by world-famous experts, the make me! contest for young designers, and the portfolio review that brings together art school students and graduates and professionals (curators, designers and manufacturers) to enable the former to present their ideas and get feedback.

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Europe Poland Lodz Design Festivals Art Festivals October
London Art Fair

London Art Fair

Modern art aficionados rejoice! For five days in January, the London Art Fair presents over 100 rigorously selected galleries featuring works by the great names of 20th Century British art alongside exceptional contemporary work from leading international figures and emerging talent. You'll also find solo shows and curated group displays in the Art Projects section, with galleries drawn from across the world. Photo50 provides a showcase for contemporary photography, featuring 50 works selected by a distinguished panel. London Art Fair is the UK’s largest Modern British and contemporary art fair and a must-visit event for any serious collector.

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Europe England London Art Festivals January
London Design Festival

London Design Festival

Designophiles from the UK and beyond descend upon the capital for eight days in September for the annual London Design Festival. Conceived by Sir John Sorrell and Ben Evans and building on London's existing design activity, their concept was to create an annual event that would promote the city's creativity, drawing in the country's greatest thinkers, practitioners, retailers and educators to a deliver an unmissable celebration of design. The festival programme is made up of over 300 events and exhibitions staged by hundreds of partner organisations across the design spectrum and from around the world.

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Europe England London Design Festivals Art Festivals September
Lungo Il Tevere

Lungo Il Tevere

The banks of the Tiber (Tevere in Italian) around Isola Tiberina spring to life from mid June through early September during the annual Lungo Il Tevere. Pizzerias, cafes and restaurants serve up everything from simple snacks to full a-la-carte menus whilst a plethora of bars, lounges and cafes that line the river will ensure you never go thirsty. Take in some art at one of Lungo Il Tevere's exhibition areas, catch some live music or just grab a gelato and wander through the vintage market stalls. A more pleasant way to spend a balmy summer evening in Rome is difficult to imagine.

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Europe Italy Rome Community Festivals Art Festivals June
Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival

Renowned for it's cutting edge content and originality, every second year the Manchester International Festival puts on a performing arts extravaganza, bringing world-class art, dance, theatre and music to the city and it's communities. If you're in Manchester when it's on, get along, and then if you get the chance, get along again.

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Europe England Manchester Art Festivals Performing Arts Festivals July
Paris Photo

Paris Photo

Year on year Paris Photo adds to its reputation as one of the world's premier fine art photography fairs. The magnificent glass-roofed, Grand Palais, the setting of the Fair, certainly does nothing to harm that reputation. Last year more than 50,000 visitors, from Paris, France, Europe and beyond took in more than 130 photo galleries and the titles on display from some 28 photo-book specialists. Works on offer range from classic platinum archival prints to modern works by photography's up-and-comers. A wonderful day out for all photography lovers.

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Europe France Paris Photography Festivals Art Festivals November
Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival

For one frigid week each February, the Japanese city of Sapporo hosts a winter spectacle of world renown. The Sapporo Snow Festival attracts in the region of two million annual spectators who rug up warm, then come to marvel at the breathtaking ice and snow sculptures that line Odori Park, the grounds at the Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino. In all, some 400 snow and ice sculptures form the main attraction but the festival features a range of winter-based activities for the whole family beyond the amazing frozen art. There's a snow statue contest involving teams from around the world and a beauty contest where local women vie to become, Susukino Queen of Ice. Dress for warmth and book accommodation early.

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Asia Japan Sapporo Winter Festivals Art Festivals February
Signal Festival

Signal Festival

With nigh on half a million visitors hitting the streets of the Czech capital over four days each October, Prague's Signal Festival (festival of lights) has quickly become the city's largest cultural attraction. Illuminating installations light a route through Prague's magnificent Old Town as well as sites a little more off the tourist track. With summer's maddening crowds long gone and autumn tones taking over Prague's many parks and gardens, it's a wonderful time to visit one of Europe's finest cities for an unforgettable evening stroll or two.

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Europe Czech Republic Prague Light Festivals Art Festivals Family Festivals October
Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

It's no secret, Scandinavian design is held in the highest regard all over the world. One of the largest and most enduring sources of inspiration in the field is the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. For more than 60 years it has attracted purchasers, architects, designers and journalists to Stockholmsmässan and the beautiful capital of Sweden for days each February.

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Europe Sweden Stockholm Design Festivals Art Festivals February
STRP

STRP

For ten days in March the STRP biennial fuses art, technology, experimental pop culture and science and links them to a wide and diverse audience; people with a curious mindset who are open to new experiences. Any discipline that displays a sense of the future will find a platform at STRP, from electronic music to dance, from performance to installation art and design, and from robotics to film.

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Europe Netherlands Eindhoven Art Festivals Design Festivals March
Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival

Each and every January, Sydney Festival transforms the city with an audacious cultural celebration. The program is far-reaching in its diversity, from burlesque circus to Chicago rap to Dutch theatre; from contemporary dance to family programs to traditional Indigenous arts practice. Each year, the Festival is comprised of around 400 performances of 140 events performed by more than 1000 artists in more than 30 venues. Inclusive programming, a broad range of free events and accessible pricing policies for the ticketed shows means that Sydney Festival is open to all, welcoming Sydney-siders and visitors from wherever they live.

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Pacific Australia Sydney Art Festivals Cultural Festivals January
Transmediale

Transmediale

Berlin's Transmediale at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, features a diverse programme of media art and digital culture. For five days each January, Transmediale presents a range of exhibitions, conferences, film and video programmes, live performances and publications concentrating on works that explore our complex relation to technology. Club Transmediale (CTM) is dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music.

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Europe Germany Berlin New Media Festivals Art Festivals January
Unseen Photo Fair

Unseen Photo Fair

Amsterdam's Unseen is a four day international photography fair that provides new photographers a platform and an audience that is often difficult to find. It brings together galleries that focus on new developments in photography, young talent and known photographers with new works. Unseen takes place in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek, a former gasworks site that dates back to 1885 and houses numerous creative spaces, restaurants, bars and a cinema.

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Europe Netherlands Amsterdam Photography Festivals Art Festivals September
World Bodypainting Festival

World Bodypainting Festival

Acknowledged as having founded the modern bodypainting art movement, the annual World Bodypainting Festival has been stunning guests with human works of art since 1998. Set on a picturesque peninsula in the middle of Pörtschach and framed by the turquoise waters of lake Wörthersee, the festival attracts artists from more than 45 countries and 30,000 visitors for a packed programme spanning eight days. As well as the amazing body art on display, visitors can expect body-painting seminars, the world championships in bodypainting, night contests featuring UV effects, special effects and creative makeup exhibitions, live music, DJs and fireworks displays.

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Europe Austria Pörtschach am Wörthersee Bizarre Festivals Art Festivals Nude Festivals July

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