Every month we bring you a small round up of some of the coolest events that are happening around the globe so wherever you are in the world, you’ll always have something fun to do.

Torino, Italy: Paratissima 2017

Pierfranco Fornasieri courtesy of Paratissima

Pierfranco Fornasieri courtesy of Paratissima

Paratissima is a five-day contemporary art fair and over the four years since it first began it has established itself as one of the leading events in the national art landscape. The fair has sections dedicated to fashion, design, video and photography and there are over 400 artists in attendance. There is also a big emphasis on young artists and curators – young artists have a platform to showcase their work and young curators who graduated from a course earlier in the year are in charge of the curation of a number of the exhibition areas. Paratissima isn’t just about looking at incredible art, it’s a fair that actively encourages people to have fun and get stuck in with the art workshops and sessions, theatre performances and guided art history tours. Here at RED we love a bit of street art and that’s why we love the sound of the ‘Urban’ section which provides a platform for galleries, street artist and members of the public to meet up and share their love for street art. Paratssima is an exciting and interactive fair that opens up the art world to everyone, as well as placing a huge importance on giving emerging aritsts their time to shine and giving them a platform to showcase their work to the public.

1st to 5th November

Torino Esposizioni, Torino, Italy

Price: One day ticket €3, five-day ticket €5



Hanoi, Vietnam: Quest Festival Vietnam 2017

Courtesy of Quest Festival

Courtesy of Quest Festival

Hands up if you want to go to a festival that takes place by two natural landscapes that both feature in ancient Vietnamese legends? Quest Festival takes place right by Dong Mo Lake and has Ba Vi Mountain as its backdrop and has been recognized as one of the most scenic festivals in the world – with a setting like that, we can see why! Quest is a three-day celebration of music and art, with loads of other fun activities for everyone to enjoy. The festival acts as a platform for the emerging musicians of Vietnam and South-East Asia, as well as one or two artists from further afield. Festival attendees have the choice of over 100 emerging local and international music acts across four hand crafted stages and every year Quest has a completely different theme. Quest is a grassroots movement and has no financial backing, instead it’s supported by community engagement and ticket funding. Not only is there a stellar music line up but Quest also has loads of workshops in yoga, craft, meditation, jewelry making, body painting, the list goes on. But if workshops don’t tickle your fancy then there are cinemas that show stimulating films, interactive experiences and visual entertainment or you can take part in water sports, obstacle courses, swimming and hiking – there really is something for EVERYONE.

10th to 12th November 2017

Son Tinh Camp, Hanoi, Vietnam

Line up: The Orb Soundsystem, Stars & Rabbit, Sunju Hargun, Jon Kennedy, DJ Jase, DJ Instinct, Koish, Hazard Clique, Lady River, Empty Spaces, Pete T & many many more…

Price: 3 day ticket 1,800,000 VND, 2 day ticket 1,600,000 VND, 1 day ticket 900,000



London, UK: North: Fashioning Identity

Derrin Crawford and Demi Leigh Cruickshank in The Liver Birds, LOVE magazine, Liverpool, 2012 © Alice Hawkins - courtesy of Somerset House

Derrin Crawford and Demi Leigh Cruickshank in The Liver Birds, LOVE magazine, Liverpool, 2012 © Alice Hawkins – courtesy of Somerset House

Starting on the 8th November North: Fashioning Identity is an exhibition that takes the spotlight away from the South of England and focuses on fashion and life in the north of England in the mid-20th century. The exhibition features contemporary photography, fashion collections and multimedia artworks, as well as social documentary film and photography which all showcase how life in the North of England in the 20th century went on to influence a whole generation of photographers, artists and designers. There are over 100 photographs, fashion garments and artworks from renowned photographs, designers and artists such as Paul Smith, Peter Saville, Raf Simons, Corrine Day and Shirley Baker. The exhibition will also look at the themes and tropes present in the collective visions of northern England and will ask why these regions and representations of them are a south of inspiration today.

Starts 8th November 2017

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Price: £7 adult, £5 concessions




Chicago, USA: SOFA

SOFA Chicago 2016

SOFA Chicago 2016

Taking place inside Chicago’s Navy Pier festival hall is the SOFA fair. SOFA stands for sculptures, objects and function art and the fair is dedicated to three-dimensional art and design – this focus on 3D art helps to distinguish the fair and attract over 35,000 people year after year. At SOFA you can expect to see incredible sculptures and one of a kind objects from over 80 galleries and dealers. SOFA also includes an acclaimed lecture series and special exhibits that discuss and explore the displayed artworks and new trends in the art world.

2nd to 5th November 2017

Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Price: Single day admission $20 online/$25 on the door, three-day pass $30




San Francisco, USA: International Hip Hop Dance Fest

Now in its 19th year The San Francisco International Hip Hop Dance Fest (SFIHHDF) is a one of a kind event that showcases and celebrates hip-hop in a non-competitive environment. SFIHHDF sees incredible dance companies from all around the world come to San Francisco to perform at the fest, and combine their dance skills with artistry and storytelling to put on an incredible show. If you’re going to SFIHHDF you might think that every performance you watch is going to be strictly hip hop, but oh no no, many of the performances at SFIHHDF would be mistaken for thinking that the performances at SFIHHDF draw from other dance styles like b-boying, freestyle, jazz, modern, mine, locking, tap, house and more. SFIHHDF honors the artistry and diversity of hip-hop dance and is the perfect event to see some incredibly talented performers do what they were born to do, DANCE.

17th to 19th November 2017

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

Price: Program A or B $40, Series ticket $75




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