Jazzfest Berlin 2021 to be held in 4 cities

Jazzfest Berlin 2021: Scenes of Now   After a digital New York-Berlin edition in the first year of the pandemic, Jazzfest Berlin 2021 traces the paths of improvised music to three more cultural hubs: Cairo, São Paulo and Johannesburg. Together with local partners, the festival team has developed a diverse programme of partly pre-produced, partly live concert formats that showcase the musicality, innovative power and affinity with interdisciplinary experimentation of the respective creative music scenes as well as the specific places they occupy in between a global jazz canon and their own region’s rich musical heritage. The four cities all share a strong urban presence, a pronounced cultural dynamism and, apart from Berlin, a strong link to decolonization and the struggle

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Joyful Works in Frieze 2021

Signs of fall have arrived in London. The air is brisk, leaves are beginning to change color, and a promenade through one of London’s royal parks leads to a parcours of contemporary sculpture. It can only mean one thing: Frieze Week is around the corner. Now a yearly fixture teasing the arrival of the Frieze fairs in Regent’s Park, Frieze Sculpture opened to the public on September 14, a little later in the year than its usual summer opening due to ongoing complications relating to shipping.  At the unveiling, Frieze London’s artistic director Eva Langret promised that Frieze and Frieze Masters, returning October 13–17 after a pandemic hiatus, will be back in force. The curator of the sculpture program, Clare

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An Alternative Oktoberfest in Munich

Dozens of local restaurants and pubs in Munich are keeping the Oktoberfest tradition alive, while the festival grounds again hosts COVID-19 testing centers. Munich’s unofficial, low-key, alternative Oktoberfest began on Saturday, as local pubs commemorated the shuttered festival. The low-key celebrations are taking place in downtown Munich Some 50 restaurants are participating in what was dubbed the Wirtshauswiesn, an initiative to celebrate the famous beer festival while still abiding by COVID-19 measures. This is the second year Munich’s Oktoberfest festival has been canceled, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Bavarian beer festival, which draws millions of visitors from around the world, is arguably Germany’s most famous event. Participating local restaurants and pubs around Munich plan to decorate their establishments in

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Visit Macao Art Biennale 2021 before it ends

Art Macao: Macao International Art Biennale 2021 opened to public in the Macao SAR in July, with its main exhibition “Advance and Retreat of Globalization” being unveiled on the same day. The grand art event will end in October and a total number of 30 exhibitions are scheduled to be staged at 25 venues of Macao. The Biennale will feature exquisite artworks by artists from around the world, which will present diverse artistic perspectives and a broad vision for life. “This event provides an opportunity for Macao artists to exchange spiritually with their counterparts from the motherland and the rest of the world,” said Ao Ieong U, secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR. As a large-scale

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What’s On At BFI Southbank In October & November

At BFI Southbank in October and November this year is a specially curated selection of films from Edgar Wright to coincide with his new release Last Night in Soho as well as a complete retrospective looking at the work of Mike Leigh and a season focusing on Japan. The BFI Southbank programme from 18 October – 30 November features a packed line-up that includes BFI JAPAN 2021: 100 YEARS OF JAPANESE CINEMA. This major UK-wide celebration of Japanese film, which launched online last year, arrives on the big screen at BFI Southbank from 18 October. Highlights this month include the BFI re-release of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece SEVEN SAMURAI (1954) and a preview of DRIVE MY CAR (2021), Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s engrossing

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Banksy Gets the ‘Immersive Van Gogh’ Treatment

One does not expect the first big New York fall art show one attends to be Banksy, but the Art Gods will have their say.  Just hours before the remnants of Hurricane Ida steamrolled the New York region, I made my way to an exhibition space on 14th Street, near a Foot Locker and a Pinkberry, for the sprawling show “Banksy: Genius or Vandal?” The traveling exhibition (one of several currently making the rounds) offers a deluge of some 100 prints by the famed street artist, whose guerrilla works—sometimes politically incisive, sometimes absurdly humorous, sometimes just cute—have captivated a mass audience for years. The show contains a VR experience, a video montage of the anonymous artist’s works, and scene-setting flourishes

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How Telluride held one of the biggest Film Festivals

Glitter. The mines in the San Juan Mountains were once rich with mineral deposits: gold, silver, zinc, lead, copper. All kinds of metals were once mined from the mountain near Telluride. In the 1970s, though, as the mines dried up and closed, the town traded the lustre of those precious metals for the glitterati of Hollywood as the Telluride Film Festival got bigger and bigger. The 48th edition of the fest is underway. But how did a small mining town in Colorado become one of the biggest stops for Oscar contenders? Writer Phillip Lopate remembers the Telluride Film Festival as it once was. An attendee of what he calls the festival’s maiden voyage, his stories are filled with brushes with famous

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