Every month we bring you a small round up of some of the coolest events that are going on globally. So wherever you are in the world, you’ll always have something fun to do.
New York, USA: Artexpo New York
For 39 years Artexpo has been shaping the way art lovers buy and sell art. It’s the world’s largest fine art marketplace and is the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers, including gallery owners, art dealers, interior designers, architects and corporate art buyers. Every year there are over 30,000 art enthusiasts in attendance who are all in search of the art and artists that will ‘shape trends in galleries worldwide’. The 2017 event will see over 400+ exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers from around the world who will showcase a whole range of exciting artwork; you can expect to see prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass works and more all under the one roof.
21st to 24th April 2017
Pier 94, 711 12th Ave (55th Street & the West Side Highway), New York, NY 10019-5399
PRICE: MULTI-DAY SHOW PASS $40, GENERAL ADMISSION $20
Brussels, Belgium: Art Brussels
Entering its 35th edition, Art Brussels is one of Europe’s oldest and most established art fairs. It brings together 145 galleries from 28 countries under the one roof and has been described in the New York Times as one of ‘Europe’s foremost discovery fairs’. Art Brussels has three section in which the 145 galleries display their work; DISCOVERY, where young, emerging and lesser-known artists showcase their work; PRIME, which focuses on established artists from modern to contemporary; and REDISCOVERY, which presents art from 1917 to 1987, showcasing living or deceased artists who are under-recognized, underestimated or forgotten; there will also be a selection of debates and talks that you can attend too. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore delve into the Brussels art scene and discover new and exciting artists/galleries from all over the world.
21st to 23rd April 2017
Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86c, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Price: €16 if you buy online, €20 if you buy at the fair
Fernihurst, Australia: Yemaya Festival
Yemaya is a mother goddess, who signifies home, fertility, love and family and she invites you to the Yemaya Festival – a festival that’s filled with like-minded souls who wish to explore, create, nurture, connect and dance. The festival lasts four days and provides support, recognition, and opportunities for the talented visual and audio artists who perform. Yemaya Festival’s vision is to create a truly immersive experience/sensory overload for attendees by combining world-class décor with psychedelic audio-visuals. The festival begins with a party opening ceremony where attendees praise Yemaya, honor the Dja Dja Warrung Clan as the traditional owners of the land, purge their spirits and bless the forthcoming days with good vibes. You can expect to listen to the finest artists across all genres of Psytrance and whilst you’re walking around don’t be surprised when you see live jamming sessions, live art installations, creation stations, a healing sanctuary and a performers hub where you can play and learn from other performers. The whole Yemaya Festival is a bonding experience and encourages attendees to let loose, have fun and share unconditional love with one another.
21st to 24th April 2017
Fernihurst, Victoria 3518, Australia
Line up: Headflux, Grouch, Jossie Telch, Moyo, The Chief, Swid, Mortisville & Friends, Paul Abad, Monkee, The Phantom Sun, Trickbox & many many more…
Price: Fourth release tickets $260, fifth release tickets $280
Santa Barbara, California: Lucidity
Lucidity is an ‘open-source transformational arts and music festival’ that takes place every year in Santa Barbara. The festival gets its name from the type of dreams you have that are so vivid that they feel real and encourages its attendees to bring the energy and feelings from said dream to Lucidity – there’s a big focus on people letting loose, being silly, wild and free. The event is an immersive experience involving music, art and dance, as well as a number of other surprises like flash mobs, exotic dancers, jugglers and yoga classes. There are seven themed areas at Lucidity, which also have their own campsite, for example, there’s Warrior’s Way which has classes and activities that focus around energy and nature awareness, Nomad’s Nook which offers midnight-to-midnight electronic music, Trickster’s Playground which has an adult jungle gym, and Lovers Nest which welcomes attendees to heart-centered music and wisdom, ritual of song, tea and elixirs’. The festival finishes with a huge parade on the Sunday in the Family Garden Village and is the perfect end to a magical weekend.
7th to 9th April 2017
Live Oak Campground|4600 California 154 Santa Barbara, CA
Line up: Random Rab, Sixis, Nickodemus, Ryan Herr, Delta Nove, Climbing Poetree, Dub Sutra, Radio Skies, Dirty Diamond, Christian Martin, Low Steppa & many many more…
Price: 3 day event pass $276
Indio, California: Coachella
Every year Coachella passes sell out ridiculously quickly, and the 2017 passes were no different. But we’re including it in this April’s Cultural Highlights so you know to book well in advanced for 2018. Coachella is one of the most star studded festivals of the year and takes place in sunny California for two weekends in April. It’s got everything you could want at a festival and more, art installations, danceathons, cupcake vineyards, a giant foosball game, a pie eating contest, the infamous ferris wheel and of course an awesome music line up. Coachella offers two types of performance experiences over the weekends; indoor, which emphasizes the intensity of electronic and dance music; and outdoor, which is home to the rock and pop acts. It’s a magical festival in Southern California and the perfect opportunity to soak up some desert sunshine, listen to some huge music names and make some everlasting memories with friends.
14th to 16th and 21st to 23rd April 2017
Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51 Indio, California, USA
Line up: Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, the XX, Bon Iver, Loco Dice, Crystal Castles, Lorde, Justice, Tourist, Galantis, DJ Khaled, Hans Zimmer, Hot Since 82, the Matinez Brothers & many many more…
New York, USA: Irving Penn: Centennial
Marking the centennial of Irving Penn’s birth, The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a photographic exhibition that showcases some of the artists greatest work over his nearly 70 year career. As an artist Penn ‘mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail.’ In 2015 the Irving Penn Foundation gifted The Met with more than 150 photographs by Penn which represent every period of the artist’s career. This gift will be the core of the exhibition, as well as other photographs that include iconic fashion studies of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, the artist’s wife; exquisite still-lifes; tribesmen in New Guinea; color flower studies, and portraits of cultural figures like Picasso, and Issey Miyake.
24th April to 30th July 2017
The Met Fifth Avenue, 5th Ave, New York, NY, USA