Irish Music in Malaysia and Melbourne Film Festival: Global Arts Guide


Edinburgh International Festival / Edinburgh Fringe Festival Various locations, from August 5 to 29

Each August, halls in this picturesque town open their doors and host dance, comedy, opera and theater. There are actually two Edinburgh festivals: the Edinburgh International Festival, an elite lineup of Scottish works and imported intellectuals that this year includes a famous American production of ‘The Glass Menagerie’, starring Cherry Jones. ; and the German “Richard III”. The sprawling Edinburgh Festival Fringe, meanwhile, features hundreds of up-and-coming acts (mostly theater and comedy) in venues across the city.;

Melbourne Film Festival Various locations, until August 14

“Down Under”, a dark comedy about racial tensions in Australia; “Emo the Musical”, about a group of high school dropouts; and “Zach’s Ceremony,” a documentary on the coming-of-age of a young Indigenous boy are among the Australian films screened at this film festival. International films will also be on the program, such as “The Death of Louis XIV”, a French film on the end of the king’s reign; and “Julieta”, the latest from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

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Sin and Secession: Franz von Stuck in Vienna Belvedere, until October 9

The German painter whose work is featured in this exhibition was a major name in late 19th-century Germany, although his reputation has faded somewhat since then. This exhibition examines his artistic production, characterized by his eroticism and his mystical inclination.

Shambhala Music Festival Salmo River Ranch, August 5-8

This annual Canadian music festival features electronic musicians and DJs from around the world. Hungarian DJ Madd; the Belgian duo Shades; Hermitude, from Sydney, Australia; and Branko, a Portuguese DJ, are among the artists who will perform. The festival, which takes place on a working farm about eight hours inland from Vancouver, started as a small, pop-up gathering in 1998 and has since grown into a major attraction.

Tropical Forest World Music Festival Sarawak Cultural Village, August 5-7

Musicians from Latvia, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Africa will perform at this festival, a large-scale event that takes place mostly outdoors, in the jungle. Groups on the lineup include Téada, a traditional Irish music group; Mathew Ngau, a Malaysian musician who plays the sape, a folk instrument from Southeast Asia; and Broukar, a five-person Syrian collective that plays cult music from the region. About 25 acts will appear in all.

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BBC Proms Royal Albert Hall, until September 10

This gigantic summer music festival brings together some of the world’s greatest classical orchestras in London. This year’s guests include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (playing an August 11 concert of music by Dvorak, Bartok and contemporary composer Malcolm Hayes); the West – Eastern Divan Orchestra, playing Wagner, Liszt and Jörg Widmann on August 17; and the Berlin Philharmonic, which will give two concerts conducted by its artistic director, Simon Rattle.

OppiKoppi Festival site, August 5-7

Hellcats, Hezron Chetty, Gunshot Blue and Jerry and the Bandits are among the groups that will perform at this contemporary, open-air music festival about three hours north of Johannesburg. The festival also includes non-musical events, such as an organized nude race. The festival offers special benefits to help maintain a diverse audience: visitors over the age of 65, for example, can visit the festival for free.

Oya party Toyenparken, August 9 to 13

The Eagles of Death Metal, who were playing at the Bataclan in Paris when it was attacked by shooters late last year, will perform at this pop music festival. Other names include Young Fathers, Mercury Prize winners; rocker PJ Harvey, and DJ Jamie xx. Some artists from Norway and beyond, including Highasakite, Koo Koo Kitchen and Matt Karmil, will also perform.

Technique and expression Nezu Museum, July 23 – September 4

Paintings made with small strips of gold leaf, ink drawings and watercolors with running paint are featured in this exhibition, which showcases Japanese art through the centuries (the exhibition focuses on classical art from the Middle Ages). The exhibition examines the ways in which painting techniques have been involved through the centuries.

Michel Houellebecq: Staying Alive Palais de Tokyo, until September 11

The controversial writer organized this exhibition of films, installations, photographs and sound art. The exhibition includes works by Mr. Houellebecq as well as works by artists of his choice. It aims to provide a snapshot of her psyche and the concerns that prevail in her writing. This is one of the many shows presented in this contemporary art space. Other artists on display include Ayoung Kim and Marguerite Humeau.


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