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Welcome to a weekend of pure indulgence!

We curate a list of some fascinating things to do across the world right now. And in today’s times, you can enjoy some of the sights virtually even if you’re homebound.

Wondering how to make this weekend interesting? The season for cultural fests and galas that showcase creativity is starting and now that things are opening up slowly around the world, the interest in these heart-warming and soul-enriching events is higher than ever before. Everyone wants to celebrate life. Here’s some festival inspiration for you…

Global Citizen Live Mumbai, India

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The stars are all set to shine in Mumbai tonight. Image: Shutterstock/RolliPolli.

The action is afoot at the Gateway of India, with sound checks and generator vans from Wizcraft creating a buzz around the already busy area, where domestic tourists have started coming back. The excitement is for the Global Citizen Live Mumbai show, which will apparently have appearances by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Madhuri Dixit, Farhan Akhtar, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Varun Dhawan, and more. A line-up of artists includes K-pop band BTS and top names from the Indian music industry as well – Amit Trivedi, Ajay-Atul, Badshah, and Tanishk Bagchi – who will perform live.

Global Citizen Live Mumbai is part of a global media moment airing tonight, calling on global citizens, historic artists, and leaders from around the world to defend the planet, address important issues, and defeat poverty. This 24-hour event spanning six continents will be centred around Mumbai and other cities such as – Lagos, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Seoul, London, etc.  

Every city has their own great set of artistes on board. For example, the simultaneous show in NYC will have performances by acts like Coldplay, Billie Eilish, J-Lo, Lizzo, Shawn Mendez, etc, while Priyanka Chopra is co-hosting the one in Paris that will have a line-up of names such as Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Black Eyed Peas, Doja Cat and Måneskin.

Even if you aren’t in the area to catch the Mumbai one, the show will stream online on Apple Music, Apple TV, Global Citizen, Twitter, and YouTube, from 10.30 pm IST.

Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, Ireland

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The colourful city centre of Sligo. Image: Shutterstock/Milosz Maslanka.

Now that Galway has been officially designated a European Region of Gastronomy, the oldest oyster festival in the world gets an added boost. The event is one of the biggest on Ireland’s social calendar, drawing thousands of visitors to sample the famous native Galway Oysters at the end of September each year. Now the festival sees more than 20 competitors, representing countries from all over the world flock to Galway to vie for the World Championship title.

Head to the city centre to celebrate Galway’s rich annual oyster harvest (in season from September-April) to participate in oyster opening or shucking contests while a whirl of street parades, seafood trails, and a general spirit of good cheer adds to the weekend wonder.


Warsaw Autumn Music Festival, Poland

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The Chopin statue in autumn at Royal Baths Park (Lazienki Park) in Warsaw, Poland, from around 1904, is a focal point for Polish music lovers. Image: Shutterstock/Artur Bogacki.

The Warsaw Autumn (Warszawska Jesień) is an international contemporary music festival held in the Polish capital every year since 1956. Organised by the Polish Composers’ Union, it’s a major platform for Polish contemporary music. It’s held in a number of venues throughout Warsaw, including traditional concert venues such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, local theaters, and churches, as well as unconventional ones like gyms, old factories, small clubs, etc. The event runs over eight days in September, attracting musicians and conductors from all over Poland and abroad. This weekend,

This weekend, there are interesting options that range from a sound walk to a puppet performance to musical-visual installations to children performing alongwith the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall. Those who can’t attend physically can tune in to their festival radio.

São Paulo Art Biennial, Brazil

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The stunning São Paolo skyline with the Estaiada Bridge. Image: Shutterstock/Thiago Leite.

The São Paulo Art Biennial (Bienal de São Paulo) is the world’s second oldest art biennial after the Venice Biennale and the largest visual art event in Latin America. Usually, it takes place on even years, with the goal of introducing Brazilian audiences to local and international artists, both established and emerging. The 34th Bienal de São Paulo is an extension of the one that was scheduled for 2020, which had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Now, at the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion as well as more than 20 partner institutions, you will find 1100 artworks by more than 90 artists from 39 countries.

At the festival this weekend, there’s a recitation of memory books by guest artist Mette Edvardsen entitled ‘Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine’, inspired by Ray Bradbury’s celebrated novel Fahrenheit 451; a journey through material and symbolic qualities of the night called ‘Nocturnal Pedagogy: The metaphor of darkness’, and an exploration of the healing chants of indigenous people of Brazil called the Tikmư’ưn. Besides these, you can explore five installations and one performance in Ibirapuera Park. Through the biennial, 14 iconic elements serve as ‘statements’, punctuating the exhibition and suggesting a tone at which the artworks around them might vibrate.

Adapted to the new normal, this one will be a hybrid event that still spells hope, with the thought – ‘Though it’s dark, still I sing’. The line from a poem by Amazonian poet Thiago de Mello, published in 1965, encapsulates the struggles of the world and, according to the organising committee, underscores “the need for art as a field of resistance, rupture and transformation”. “The darkness that surrounds us has been thickening, from the fires of Amazonia that darkened the day to the mourning and lockdowns brought on by the pandemic, along with the political, social, environmental, and economic crises that were ongoing and are now deepening. Throughout these months of work, surrounded by collapses of every sort, we have repeatedly asked the question: what forms of art and ways of being in the world are currently possible and necessary? In dark times, what are the songs we need to listen to, and to sing?”

Hong Kong Heritage Fiesta 2021

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The Chinese Temple and Chi Lin Nunnery are a striking contrast to the modern high rises in Hong Kong. Image: Shutterstock/Lee Yiu Tung.

The Hong Kong government is now working to preserve more of its architectural heritage. With the recent listing and revitalising of 11 new structures under the ‘Revitalisation Projects of Government-Owned Historic Buildings’, they are now ready with a Heritage Fiesta and Roving Exhibition 2021, which will offer free guided tours of these government-owned historic buildings.

Through this festival, you can explore all the monuments from the Bonham Road Government Primary School in Sai Ying Pun, to the Old Tai Po Police Station in Tai Po, to the Hip Tin Temple in Sha Tau Kok, to the Tai O Heritage Hotel, and the Hong Kong Baptist University School of Chinese Medicine (Lui Seng Chun) to discover more about the city’s unique heritage.

Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden

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Picturebook Gothenburg. Image: Shutterstock/Leonid Andronov.

Scandinavia’s largest literary festival and one of the biggest book fairs in Europe, the fair runs over four days, usually attracting around 100,000 visitors from all over Sweden and abroad. This year, the ongoing book fair is being organised in a hybrid format, with book sales and studio talks being recorded at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg in front of a limited studio audience and broadcast on the Play Book Fair. You can experience the seminars and author talks live on site, and buy the books discussed in the programme.

What started off as trade fair for librarians and teachers in 1985, soon expanded to cater to the publishing industry and book lovers. Bok & Bibliotek i Norden AB is running the festival across three parallel sections – several exhibition halls, a comprehensive conference programme featuring renowned writers, scholars, thinkers, and Nobel Prize laureates from around the world, and the International Rights Centre where publishers and agents can buy and sell literary rights. This year the Gothenburg Book Fair seminar programme consists of 650 authors, scientists, journalists and experts taking part in more than 250 seminars across 13 stages. Participants include storytellers like Swedish authors Stina Wollter, Patrik Lundberg and Liv Strömquist, as well as international literary stars such as Jenny Colgan, Yuval Noah Harari, and Jonathan Franzen.

On the exhibition floor, three local bookshops from the Gothenburg area will be working together to sell the books showcased in the programme: Bokskåpet, Lohrs Pocket Medmera and Mariaplans Bokhandel.

Their Crimetime segment will have some of the world’s leading thriller writers – David Baldacci, John Grisham, Karin Slaughter, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, and Paula Hawkins – participating via pre-recorded sessions. Besides this, there are three themes under the spotlight: a political debate entitled ‘Democracy’, a reading promotion theme called READ! READ! READ! and the promotion of the Nordic literature experience.

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