Summer has returned to most parts of the world, and wherever on the network you are headed, chances are there is something dazzling or delicious or both for you to experience. Here are 9 events and festivals you shouldn’t miss.
What: The Munich International Documentary Film Festival aims to bring the best documentaries of the year to the big screen. The 33rd edition presents 154 films from 50 countries, including opening film Over the Limit, a behind-the-scenes look at Russian competitive sports via the life of gymnast Rita Mamun. Notably, the festival’s special focus section, DOK.female, highlights women-driven films such as Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., an intimate take on British rapper M.I.A.; and Ouaga Girls, about young women from Burkina Faso who learn to be car mechanics.
When: 2 to 13 May 2018
Where: Cinemas across Munich
How much: Tickets start from €7 (S$11)
What: One of the art world’s most anticipated fairs returns to New York with works from over 190 galleries across 30 countries. New at this year’s edition are Live, a selection of performances and interactive projects; and For Your Infotainment, a themed section that pays tribute to the important work of art dealer Hudson (he went by one name) and his gallery, Feature Inc.
When: 4 to 6 May 2018, preview days 2 to 3 May 2018
Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York
How much: Tickets start at US$48 (S$63) for one-day access, not inclusive of ferry to Randall’s Island, while tickets for themed tours start at US$23 (S$30). Purchase them here.
What: Sip your way through pop-up wine bars, mingle with a glass of prosecco in hand and indulge in bespoke wine tasting flights created by some of London’s top sommeliers in this week-long festival across the city.
When: 14 to 20 May 2018
Where: The London Wine Week hub will be housed at Flat Iron Square in London Bridge, while participating bars are located in hip neighbourhoods like Spitalfields, Covent Garden and Shoreditch.
How much: Many events are free to enter, but purchasing a digital pass for £10 (S$18) will get you access to the aforementioned tasting flights and attractive deals in over 125 venues.
What: Immerse yourself in stand-up poetry, literary theatre, readings and debates at this six-day festival involving 230 writers and thinkers from all over the world. Learn from luminaries like Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard and New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler; listen to true stories told unscripted at Festival Gala Night; and check out Family Day for fun, kid-friendly performances and activities.
When: 15 to 20 May 2018
Where: Most events will be held at the Aotea Centre in Auckland.
How much: While over a third of events are free, prices for ticketed events range from NZ$20 to NZ$42 (S$19 to S$40).
What: There’s so much to see and do in the City of Lights, and one of the best ways to experience it is through your taste buds. At this culinary festival, you can sample gastronomic delights prepared by important Parisian restaurants like Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, meet top chefs in person at cooking demonstrations, and shop for a wide array of artisanal French produce.
When: 17 to 20 May 2018
Where: The Grand Palais, Paris
How much: Two types of tickets are available. The Découverte ticket (€20/S$32) grants you basic access to the festival, while the Premier ticket (€70/S$113) entitles you to VIP access and entry to the Champagne bar. Purchase them here.