Where To Go In… – May
Don’t know where to go in May? Let us give you some ideas for your next city trips. #WTGI
Remembrance & Liberation Day – 04/05 & 05/05 @ various locations:
On May 4th, citizens pause to pay their respects to the victims and fallen soldiers of World War II, as well as more recent military conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Then it’s time for a national party on 5 May, as the crowds take to the streets to celebrate their freedom on Liberation Day.
Amsterdam Art Fair – 18/05 to 21/05 @ Kunsthal Koper:
The fourth edition of Amsterdam Art Fair will open its doors at Huidekoperstraat, next to De Nederlandsche Bank. From May 17, the fifty best Dutch galleries will move into this temporary location for five days.
Color Run – 27/05 @ Sloter Park:
Once again, this 5km run will feature participants dressed in white getting doused in colour as they make their way around the track. For this Flower Power edition, the run is paired with a Hippie Market
High Society – until 03/06 @ Rijksmuseum:
The Rijksmuseum presents ‘High Society’: four centuries of glamour by the great masters of the history of art, including Cranach, Veronese, Velázquez, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Sargent, Munch and Manet.
Van Gogh & Japan – until 24/06 @ Van Gogh Museum:
When living in Paris, Van Gogh fell under the spell of Japan. It would give his work a new direction. In the exhibition ‘Van Gogh & Japan’ you can discover how Van Gogh bent the Japanese example to his own will.
World Press Photo – until 22/07 @ De Nieuwe Kerk :
The winning images from the world’s largest and most prestigious annual press photography contest begin their world tour in Amsterdam every April. Get inspired by over 160 impressive photos by 42 photographers from 22 countries.
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Greece, feast, flavours – 04/05 to 06/05 @ Technopolis City of Athens:
A 3-day celebration of local foods, made by small producers from all over Greece. A tasty opportunity to sample artisan delicacies, learn about the healthy properties of the Mediterranean diet, and bring some of the delicious flavours of Greece home with you.
Athens Street Food Festival – 04/05 to 20/05 @ Palio Amaxostasio O.S.Y:
The great street food fest returns to Athens for three weekends in May. Forget calorie counting and let your appetite guide you around the industrial warehouse, sampling dishes from all over the world. There will be DJ sets and live gigs alongside the smorgasbord of food stands.
Borderline Festival – 19/04 to 22/04 @ various locations:
Surrender to the infinity of sound and experience live music free of barriers. The festival programme includes DJ sets, sound installations, talks, and improvisation — a mind-bending sound experience that attracts thousands of people every year.
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Star Wars Identities – until 20/05 @ Brussels Expo:
The Star Wars Identities exhibition continues its world tour in Brussels. 200 original costumes, props, models, and pieces of artwork are yours to discover.
Kunstenfestivaldesarts – 04/05 to 26/05 @ various locations:
Kunstenfestivaldesarts is an international arts festival dedicated to contemporary creations. It takes place every year in theatres and arts centres and in public and original spaces in Brussels.
Brussels Pride – 19/05 @ City Centre:
This annual event, celebrated around the world – in Brussels it now includes a parade, concerts, and shows – has its roots in the Stonewall riots in New York in June 1969, which grew out of a protest against police brutality to gays.
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Ice Hockey World Championship 2018 – 04/05 to 20/05 @ various locations:
In May 2018, the newly-built Royal Arena will be transformed into an ice skating rink, when the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship takes place in Denmark.
Telenor Copenhagen Marathon – 13/05 @ Copenhagen:
The Copenhagen Marathon has been a tradition since 1980, and this year is no exception. On 13 May around 12.000 runners will participate in one of the world’s fastest growing marathon events.
3 Days Of Design – 24/05 to 26/05 @ various locations:
One of the annual highlights on Copenhagen’s design scene. Over 90 unique design brands and artisans will unveil their new concepts within lifestyle, lighting and interior design.
Picasso – Ceramics – until 27/05 @ Louisiana Museum of Modern Art:
A presentation of Pablo Picasso’s original ceramics marks the beginning of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s 60th anniversary. With more than 150 pieces, it is the first major exhibition in Scandinavia focusing on this late and lesser-known part of Picasso’s work.
Friday Rock – every Friday until 21/09 @ Tivoli Gardens:
Year after year, Tivoli presents a diverse program, covering both international stars, new talents and artists. Every year, Fredagsrock attracts around half a million pop and rock fans of all ages.
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Web Summit Lisboa’18 – 05/05 to 08/05 @ Altice Arena:
Lisboa will host another edition of Web Summit, one of the most important technology, entrepreneurship and innovation conferences in Europe.
Eurovision Song Contest’ 18 – 08/05 to 12/05 @ Altice Arena:
Lisbon is hosting the Eurovision following Salvador Sobral’s victory in Kyiv in 2017, scoring a record high 758 points performing Amar Pelos Dois, a song written by his sister Luísa. This is the first time ever that competition will be held in Portugal and 2018 will also be Portugal’s 50th appearance in the Contest.
ARCO Lisboa’18 – 17/05 to 20/05 @ Cordoaria Nacional:
ARCOlisboa 2018, a leading artistic and social event, will return to Lisbon from 17 to 20 May. Focusing on quality content, the Cordoaria Nacional will host 68 participating galleries.
IndieLisboa 2018 – until 06/05 @ Cinema Sao Jorge:
The IndieLisboa festival offers more than 250 films for us to discover over 12 days … a celebration of independent cinema!
Peixe Em Lisboa, Lisbon Fish and Flavours’18 – until 20/05 @ Pavilhão Carlos Lopes:
This most iconic of Portuguese gastronomic events returns to the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes bringing the cuisine of the sea through the hands of prestigious national and international chefs and restaurants.
Escher – until 27/05 @ Museu de Arte Popular:
For the first time, the works of the charismatic Dutch artist M. C. Escher, who many consider a genius of geometric imagination, will be on show in Lisboa.
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Arcadia – 05/05 to 06/05 @ Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park:
The 10th anniversary festival features 3 stages, 5 performance shows, a ground breaking collaboration with an Aboriginal tribe and a heavyweight spectrum of dance music across two days.
Museum Night – 16/05 to 19/05 @ various locations:
A series of special after-hours events at some of London’s best galleries, museums and attractions. Highlights this year include pop -up opera at Trinity Buoy Wharf; a night of ‘Suffragette Gaming’ at LSE; gothic tales and cocktails at Strawberry Hill House and a candlelit tour around Benjamin Franklin House.
Photo London – 17/05 to 20/05 @ Somerset House:
Photo London brings together the world’s leading galleries in a major international photography Fair at Somerset House.
Chelsea Flower Show – 22/05 to 26/05 @ Royal Hospital Chelsea:
Over 500 exhibitors are tending to their most prized plants for the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show, which has taken place annually for over 100 years now. This year however, there are some changes in store. As well as a new layout, there’s a new ‘Space to Grow’ garden and, for the first time on Fri May 25, Ranelagh Gardens will remain open for an evening of live music and entertainment.
Impressionists in London – until 07/05 @ Tate Britain:
See London through the eyes of the famous artists, including Monet, Tissot and Pissarro, with more than 100 paintings inspired by their time in the city during the Franco-Prussian war.
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life – until 27/08 @ Tate Modern:
Featuring paintings by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, among other great artists such as Stanley Spencer, Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego, the exhibition explores how life’s raw sensations can be embodied in a work of art.
Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy – until 09/09 @ Tate Modern:
This is the first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern. It will bring you face-to-face with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life. A month-by-month journey through Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’.
DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes – until 09/09 @ The O2:
Explore the American comic book publisher’s history through a display of more than 200 original comic pages and 300 preparatory sketches, as well as props, costumes and models used in the blockbuster films inspired by the comics.
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ARTMUC – 10/05 to 13/05 @ Isarforum and Praterinsel:
In May, ARTMUC will celebrate its fifth birthday and will host over 120 artists and 25 galleries/projects from all around Europe.
The Long Night Of Music – 28/05 @ various locations:
From classical recitals to avant-garde noise shows—Munich will resound with an astonishing variety of musical offerings at the end of May. Apart from the common concert venues, cafés, theaters and galleries will also join the annual event, which joyfully scrapes together music lovers of all tastes and ages.
Munich Spring Festival – until 06/05 @ Theresienwiese, home of the Oktoberfest:
The “little Octoberfest” with more than 100 fun-rides and attractions, two big beer tents and one beer garden. On April 21 additionally a huge Flea Market, April 22 Oldtimer car meeting, April 27 and Mai 4 fireworks shows.
BMW Tennis Open – until 06/05 @ MTCC Iphitos:
The ATP Men’s 250 tournament is played on clay and is the first of four German tournaments on the season’s ATP World Tour calendar.
MAIDULT – until 06/05 @ Mariahilfsplatz:
Traditional popular open-air market for household products, all kinds of second-hand wares, antiquities. Merry-go-rounds and a beer tent for entertainment.
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Frieze New York – until 06/05 @ Randall’s Island Park:
Discover the world’s leading contemporary and modern galleries. View and buy art from more than 1,000 of today’s leading artists and experience a curated program of talks, performance and new artist commissions.
TD Five Boro Bike Tour – 06/05 @ New York:
approximately 32,000 cyclists pedal their way through all five boroughs on a traffic-free, 40-mile course. As its name suggests, the event is a tour, not a race—so participants can relax and enjoy one of the best ways to see the City.
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival – 19/05 to 20/05 @ Ninth Avenue:
It’s a gastronome’s dream come true: Ninth Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, lined with an array of cuisines and beverages, for one of NYC’s oldest, largest food festivals.
Fleet Week – 24/05 to 30/05 @ various locations:
A seven-day celebration in New York City, which honors the members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. Every year, the weeklong party kicks off with the Parade of Ships—a flotilla of visiting vessels and tall ships that cruise along the Hudson river—and continues with military demonstrations, and a Memorial Day ceremony.
Ellsworth Kelly: Black & White Works – until 19/05 @ Flag Art Foundation:
The exhibition focuses on Kelly’s mastery in black and white, and includes rarely-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures made in the first and last decade of the artist’s career.
Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil exhibition – until 03/06 @ MOMA:
Though she is widely celebrated in her native country, this is the first exhibition in the United States devoted exclusively to Tarsila’s groundbreaking art. Featuring over 100 works, the exhibition is a rare opportunity to explore the work of this daring modernist.
David Bowie Is exhibition – until 15/07 @Brooklyn Museum:
The late, great David Bowie is the subject of this Brooklyn Museum exhibition, which provides “unprecedented access” to the musician’s personal library, including such artifacts as costumes, handwritten lyric sheets, photos, videos and original album art.
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Taste Of Paris – 17/05 to 20/05 @ Grand Palais:
The Grand Palais is transformed into a temple of great cuisine where you will be able to taste signature dishes from the best restaurants in the city, peek at the latest trends in Parisian gastronomy, meet with top chefs and snap up upscale products from the best French artisans and producers.
Grand Steeplechase – 19/05 to 20/05 @ Hippodrom d’Auteuil:
With a distance of 6,000 meters, the Grand Steeplechase de Paris is one of the most iconic races in the horse-racing calendar and also one of the most challing with 23 obstacles. It originated at Auteuil Racecourse in 1874.
French Open Tennis Championship – Roland-Garros – 21/05 to 10/06 @ Roland Garros:
The tennis season’s major tournament will once again have Paris buzzing with excitement. From 21 May to 10 June, last year’s winners will defend their titles on the legendary clay courts of the Roland-Garros stadium.
Villette Sonique – 25/05 to 30/05 @ Parc de la Villette:
For 13 years, the Parc de la Villette has been hosting the Villette Sonique festival. Outdoors and free, it’s the opportunity to attend a wide range of concerts and picnic barefoot on the grass. Rock, jazz or post-punk, Villette Sonique is a fantastic musical event!
Margiela / Galliera, 1989 – 2009 – until 15/07 @ Palais Galliera:
The first retrospective dedicated to Martin Margiela, who shook the fashion world, traces his career though more than 100 silhouettes, archives, and catwalk videos.
Frantisek Kupka – until 30/07 @ Grand Palais:
The Grand Palais is putting the work of Czech painter Frantisek Kupka in the spotlight, with an unprecedented gathering of his studies of movement and light. A major exhibition: not to be missed!
Chagall, Lissitzky, Malévitch, Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk – until 16/07 @ Centre Pompidou:
The exhibition focuses on the work of three iconic figures. It also presents works by teachers and students of the Vitebsk art school founded in 1918 by Chagall. Through 250 works never seen together before, this event sheds light for the first time on the post-revolutionary years during which the history of art was written in Vitebsk, a long way from Russia’s big cities.
Delacroix – until 23/07 @ Musée du Louvre:
The museum is devoting an exceptional exhibition to Eugène Delacroix. Bringing together more than 180 of his works,the exhibition presents the visitor with a complex body of work oscillating between originality and tradition. An exhibition of outstanding quality. Unmissable!
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Man Ray – until 24/06 @ Bank Austria Kunstforum:
Bank Austria Kunstforum exhibition is devoted to »the universal Man Ray« and critically address discourses that mark his oeuvre in general, such as the closeness and distance between male and female physicality and creativity.
Keith Haring. The Alphabet – until 24/06 @ Albertina:
The Albertina is devoting a sweeping retrospective to Keith Haring, who would have celebrated his 60th birthday in 2018. This presentation is intended to shed light on the output of this exceptional American artist.
Beyond Klimt. New Horizons in Central Europe – until 26/08 @ Lower Belvedere:
Only peripherally affected by the political turmoil, a vibrant art scene developed in the countries of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with artists striving for change. The exhibition at the Lower Belvedere will guide you through this post-Klimt era.
Egon Schiele. The Jubilee Show – until 04/11 @ Leopold Museum:
100 years after his death, a special exhibition is dedicated to the central artist of the Leopold Museum’s collection: unique in its combination of works, the exhibition touches upon the most important themes in the artist’s oeuvre.
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