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. These are on our hotlist for February.
LONDON, UK: CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, LFW SHOW
Central Saint Martins is a distinguished London arts university with an impressive list of alumni, including: Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Sarah Burton to name just a few. It is also home to the internationally renowned, MA Fashion, the only course that shows at London Fashion Week during the official London Fashion Week schedule. This year’s catwalk show will host the designs of the finest up and coming talent, and so attaining a ticket is highly unlikely, unless you’re press or a buyer, however, you can get in touch directly with the art college to see if you’re eligible. Although front row seats are reserved for celebrities, RED suggests you keep an eye on the MA Fashion Instagram to discover the creations the student designers have stitched together.
16 February 2018, 20:30
Central Saint Martins Granary Building 1 Granary Square London N1C 4AA
Price: Invite only
Hong Kong, China: Chinese New Year Firework Display
A mesmerising sight is the Hong Kong Chinese New Year fireworks spectacle. A magnificent production, it has been described as ‘one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in the world’. The fireworks are the best place to be to welcome in the Year of the Dog. The display commences at 8PM and lasts for just over 20 minutes. You can watch the fireworks from either side of the water and be captivated by the dazzling lights. A great spot is by the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront as you’ll have the stunning backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline, or you may choose to be reclined in the Intercontinental bar where you can enjoy a cocktail at the same time. Once it’s finished you can go to Lan Kwai Fong and continue the celebrations. And good news, there’s no need to buy a ticket as entry is free, so it’s best to get there a little early so you find a good place to stand.
17th February 2018
Taking place along Hong Kong’s waterfront.
PRICE: FREE (YAY!)
VENICE, ITALY: VENICE CARNIVAL
Extravagant parades, flamboyant frocks and spectacular masked balls. It’s Venice Carnival of course! Commencing 2 weeks before the official Carnevale, you can wander the city’s backstreets and stroll by the waterside and feel as though you’re living a fairy-tale. An enigmatic atmosphere flows throughout the city while masked revellers dance and indulge in all the delights of the extravagant affair. The city hosts nightly events and for those wanting to dress up, a collection of high-end hotels are known to host grand masquerades. There will be gondolas, boat parades along the Grand canal and St. Mark’s square will host a masked parade. To celebrate the annual extravaganza’s finale a fireworks display will spark into life in Piazza San Marco. There is a lot happening and a vast collection of events to be discovered, something for all budgets. Take a look at the Venice Carnival website to find out more.
27th January 2018 – 13th February 2018
Taking place throughout the city of Venice.
PRICE: Some events are FREE and some have a price tag
LONDON, UK: ‘COLLECT’ THE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR FOR CONTEMPORARY OBJECTS
The Crafts Council have made some very impressive moves to curate, Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. The London exhibition ‘gathers 39 of the most prestigious galleries together to show more than 400 artists, from 13 countries around the world’. Hosted at The Saatchi Gallery, the notable venue will be filled to the brim with extraordinary pieces, from pottery to large scale installations. This year there will be an unveiling of 14 new makers, exclusively selected by: Jay Osgerby, the Crafts Council’s Head of Exhibitions and Collections Annabelle Campbell and Project Curator Julia Ravenscroft. Have a read of the Collect website to find out more about the 2018 Artists.
22nd February 2018 – 25th February 2018 (check the website for opening hours as they vary each day)
Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s HQ King’s Road London SW3 4RY
SAPPORO, JAPAN: THE SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL
The Sapporo Snow Festival is an enchanting month of ice sculptures, colorful lights and snow activities. Hosted in Sapporo, Japan, there are three locations where all the main events happen. Ordori is where you can gaze at man-made snow and ice sculptures, Tsudomu is home to slides and snow rafts, and Suskukino is where the annual ice sculpture contest is held (dates may vary for each location, so be sure to find out first). The latter hosts two ice sculpting competitions, an event you’ll want to attend. There is one for international contestants and one for locals, both craft stunning designs. Throughout the festival there will be all sorts of other entertainment and of course warm drinks and food. Most spectacularly there’ll be a main stage that is made of snow. Usually more than two million guests attend and the price tag is very nice too; it’s free!
1st February 2018 – 12th February 2018
Taking place throughout numerous locations in Sapporo.
PRICE: FREE (YAY!)
NEW ORLEANS, USA: BROR ANDERS WIKSTROM: BRINGING FANTASY TO CARNIVAL
Designer Bror Anders Wikstrom (1854–1909), is known as ‘The Swedish artist who brought fantasy to Mardi Gras in New Orleans’. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is currently hosting an exhibition in his honour: “Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival”. Open now through to the 1stApril 2018, you’ll be captivated by his designs and artistry. Wikstrom was active in the New Orleans artistic scene from 1883 until 1909 and served as chief designer for twenty floats and hundreds of costumes. He is credited as elevating the extravagant carnival festivities through his fantastical designs for early Mardi Gras krewes. The exhibition showcases highlights from Wikstrom’s Mardi Gras floats, costume designs, early sketches, final design plates and a collection of photographs that illustrate how Wikstrom’s designs would have glided through the streets during Mardi Gras.
14th December 2017 – 1st April 2018 (check the website for opening hours as they vary each day)
NOMA, 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
PRICE: $12 adults; $10 seniors, $8 university students, $6 children (7-12); Children 6 and under are FREE; Admission to Louisiana residents on Wednesday is FREE.
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA: ADELAIDE FRINGE
The Adelaide Fringe is one of Australia’s annual arts festivals. Musical and creative events take over the whole city. There’ll be all sorts venues from large stages to boutique pop ups, everywhere will be buzzing with excitement and artistic energy. The Fringe has hosted 57 years of arty talent and evolved into Australia’s biggest ticket selling open access arts festival. The ‘open access’ entry is what makes the Adelaide fringe so special, it means the creative team behind the fringe don’t have a curator handpicking shows, they say ‘anyone who wants to be a part of the Adelaide Fringe, can!’. Resulting in a diverse and cutting-edge collection of artists. There are both free and ticketed events at the Adelaide fringe where you can enjoy a whole host of entertainment and discover new acts.
16th February 2018 – 18th March 2018
PRICE: There is a mixture of both FREE and priced events
MINNEAPOLIS, USA: BULLSEYE EVENT GROUP’S 2018 PLAYERS TAILGATE
The Players Tailgate is legendary, it is known as the US’s biggest Super Bowl party. Rammed with celebrities and NFL superstars this year’s event will be hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, right next to our Radisson RED hotel! Headlining the event is celebrity Chef Guy Fieri, along with Chefs Aaron May, Akira Back, Brian Malarkey. Guests can indulge in LoLo’s Raw Bar, Korean Fried Chicken and sushi. There will also be whole hogs, all you can eat dining and premium open bars. The best part about it is that you don’t need Super Bowl 2018 ticket for entry as the venue is located outside the game day’s security perimeter, although you will have to pay the hefty price tag. The Players Tailgate is the prime location to eat, drink and get entertained before the big game.
4th February 2018, 12PM – 530PM
530 S 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1102, United States