September is coming to a close, and October is at our doorstep. More leaves have fallen, more changes in the light and air are coming as the days grow shorter, and the nights longer.
How will you celebrate this transitional weekend in Europe?
You could play the ponies in Paris; celebrate Africa’s many cultures in Amsterdam; or get ready for some Hank Williams Jr.-approved football in London. Let’s go![embedded content]
Amsterdam – Afrovibes: Kicking off today and running through 9 October is the 14th edition of Afrovibes, which also moves through Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Den Haag over the course of the festival.
Afrovibes “presents both young pioneers and established talent in theatre, dance, music, poetry and design from Africa in The Netherlands” with a programme featuring Dutch and African artists.
The theme for Afrovibes this year is Fragile Freedom, where the art presents the idea of fragility between freedom and democracy, how one cannot exist without the other.
Afrovibes will be in Amsterdam between today and 6 October; Rotterdam on 1 October and 6 through 8 October; Utrecht on 3, 5 and 7 October; and Den Haag from 6 through 9 October. Individual tickets can be purchased at the festival’s participating venues. Combitickets range between €15 and €30.[embedded content]
Barcelona – Swab Barcelona Art Fair: Founded in 2006 by private collector Joaquín Díez-Cascón, Swab Barcelona Art Fair breaks down “the elitist and hermetic idea that often surrounds the contemporary art scene” by opening up the scene to one and all, while also serving as the starting point for many an artist, curator, and gallery.
Tickets to Swab Barcelona are free for those under 12, €8 for a one-day pass, and €24 for the entire festival, which runs from today through Sunday.[embedded content]
Berlin – Berlin Oktoberfest: Can’t make it to Munich? Why not head over to Berlin for its own take on the biggest fun festival in the world through 15 October?
Aside from the usual trappings of Oktoberfest (rides, tents, beer and food for days, lots of singing), there will also be live music every Sunday at 18:00. Every Wednesday is Family Day, where rides are half-off their usual prices.
And the best part? Admission is free every day (though admission to the Festzelt, not the Volksfest, is €5 on Fridays, Saturdays, and the 2nd and 3rd of October).[embedded content]
Brussels – BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival: Looking for some electronic art in the de jure capital of Belgium and de facto capital of the European Union? Then you need to head over to BOZAR starting today for the sixth annual BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival.
The multi-day festival — set to end Saturday — “presents the broadest possible view of the electronic arts, at the cutting edge of art and technology.”
Music performances on this year’s bill include headliner Jóhann Jóhannsson (Oscar-nominated composer whose latest work is the score for Blade Runner 2049); the Belgian premiere of American composer William Basinki’s tribute to David Bowie; and Japanese “queen of avant-garde” Phew, who will be debuting her first album in 20 years.
Several exhibitions during BEAF, covering themes of science and technology, cyber theatre, and digital video art, are also on the program.
All exhibitions and performances at BEAF are free to attend. A handful of events are ticketed, though, ranging from €10-€25 for a single-event ticket, to €45-€70 for weekend and full festival passes. All can be purchased through the link above.[embedded content]
Copenhagen – Darkness and Light: As his last name suggests, John Legend is fast-becoming a legend in R&B, soul and pop music. Tonight, he’ll continue his trek around Continental Europe during the European leg of his Darkness and Light tour with a brief break over the weekend.
In support of his current album, 2016’s Darkness and Light, Legend will bring down the house at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena before resting for a day, then moving on to Berlin and Munich on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Want to go tonight? Tickets to see John Legend in Copenhagen range between DKK 380 and DKK 690 (€52 and €93).
And if you can’t make it to Copenhagen, check the rest of his schedule here. The tour ends on 14 October in Lisbon, Portugal.[embedded content]
Ibiza – Ibiza Closing Parties: If you’re an expat living in Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen or Stockholm, it’s hard to believe it’s still summer somewhere. That somewhere until the middle of October is Ibiza, where the Closing Party season has already started and goes until mid-October, if not later.
There are so many we don’t have room to list them individually, but you can see a handy list here on MyIbiza.
Ibiza …. where the party never stops.[embedded content]
Kent – The Social Festival: Can’t make it to Ibiza? Ibiza will come to you in the form of the Social Festival this Friday and Saturday in at Kent County Showground in Kent, England.
The EDM festival — celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2017 — brings a taste of Ibiza to the southeast of England with a line-up of “the world’s most discerning electronic music talent” performing in four indoor arenas and the showgrounds, including: Martinez Brothers; Acid Mondays; Carl Cox; and Black Coffee. You can see the full lineup here.
Tickets to The Social Festival start at €59, though you’ll likely have to buy one, get one free at this point.[embedded content]
London – NFL International Series: A decade ago, the NFL decided to bring back American football to Europe (England, to be exact) following the disbanding of NFL Europe with the NFL International Series.
The International Series brings NFL regular season games to London every year, having expanded from one game at Wembley Stadium per year between 2007 and 2011, to four games split between Wembley and Twickenham Stadium this year.
This Sunday, the second game at Wembley will feature the New Orleans Saints versus the Miami Dolphins, who were both set to play each other in the first week of the 2017-18 season, had not Hurricane Irma intervened.
If you’re ready for some football, tickets range from £43 to £90 (€50-€103).[embedded content]
Munich – Oktoberfest: Only the largest beer and fun festival in the world, but we know what you’re thinking (aside from how many beers and sausages and dances you can stand in a sitting): shouldn’t Oktoberfest be im Oktober?
It once was. The first was held 12 October 1810 “in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen,” then moved up to September over the years to take advantage of the warmer weather.
Are you ready to fill your belly full of beer, sausages, and fun? Then head over to Munich between now and this coming Tuesday for the 184th edition of Oktoberfest. Admission is free, beers hover around €11 per Mass (1 litre). And if you like watch the festivities from your laptop (while working on your German), Munich Television’s got your back with a live stream during the entire festival, which can be watched later, as well.
Paris – Need some thoroughbred racing in your life? Head over to Paris’s Chantilly Racecourse for the 2017 edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe this Saturday and Sunday.
Over two days, the biggest racing event in all of France “is the climax of the flat racing season,” where competitors will thunder down the track towards history and the title of “World Number One” through 15 races on what will be the second and final time Chantilly Racecourse hosts the century-old event; it will return to its original home, Longchamp Racecourse, after renovations are completed next year.
Want to play the ponies this weekend? Tickets to the 96th annual Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe range from €12 for Saturday general admission (free for the little ones under 18), to €250 for two days at the course’s Finish Line Gold Stand.[embedded content]
Stockholm – Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival: 2017 marks the 26th year for this event, which is all about spirits.
This event is so big it takes two weekends: today through Saturday, and again next Thursday through Saturday.
A lot of brands debut new beers and whiskys during the festival, including Hanalei Island IPA with guava, orange and passion fruit flavors of beer this year; and Mackmyra’s Motörhead Whisky, made in tribute to the late rock legend, bassist, and Motörhead frontman, Lemmy.
The Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival is open to the public, but it’s also a big industry event with testings, master classes and seminars. Right now, there’s not a lot on the English version of the website, (Google Translate will be your friend here), though we know there will be least 200 exhibitors taking part.
Tickets to this year’s festival start at SEK 250 (€26) online, SEK 295 (€31) at the door.[embedded content]
Stuttgart – Cannstatter Volkfest: Is Munich’s Oktoberfest too much Oktoberfest for you? Then head up to Stuttgart for Cannstatter Volkfest now!
Cannstatter Volksfest is a smaller version of the famed Oktoberfest, which means less people, and thus, less time in the queue for beer and brats. The fun festival takes place through next Sunday, and features carnival rides, parades, beer tents, and German and regional food, just like your favorite state fair back home.
And best of all: admission is free.[embedded content]
Ullapool – Loopallu: We started to tag this one “Middle of Nowhere, Scotland,” as Ullapool, Scotland’s Loopallu is so far north … five hours from Edinburgh, to be exact. The festival on the edge of a loch is one of Scotland’s legendary gatherings…
Unfortunately, it’s also the final Loopallu ever (from the website):
Lucky 13. On paper they said it wouldn’t work, a festival in late September in a remote village on the West Coast of Scotland 60 miles from the nearest town, but that was 10 years ago.
For 13 years, this has been both a music festival featuring new acts, and a literary festival. Mumford and Sons, Paolo Nutini and Franz Ferdinand have all played the festival, which is Friday and Saturday this year.
The final act of the final festival will be The Vatersay Boys. Before then, there’s The View; The Pigeon Detectives; Hunter and the Bear; The Howl and the Hum; and a few others.
The finale is sold out, but you can get on a waiting list here.
Loopallu is dead. Long live Loopallu.[embedded content]
Vienna – Waves Vienna: Part music festival, part music conference, Waves Vienna at Vienna’s WUK is “the city’s first club- and showcase festival” whose motto is “East Meets West.”
Those interested in who is performing have a lot to hear over the next few days between now and Saturday, including: Aid Kid; Black Palms Orchestra; Gospel Dating Service; Nite Jewel; The Homesick; and many more.
On the conference side, expect panels, listening sessions, speed meetings, networking opportunities… the list goes on.
Tickets to Waves Vienna are €55 for a conference pass, €26 for a day ticket, and €100 for a pro pass. Not much is available, so don’t drop the ball on this one.