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Arts agenda: Art Beijing and Photo Beijing, Art Alive

The San Diego Museum of Art will come to life for the 30th edition of Art Alive as a vivid display of live flowers is juxtaposed with the museum's permanent art collection. In China, two major art fairs, Art Beijing and Photo Beijing, will take over Beijing's Agricultural Exhibition Center as buyers from across the world flock to view and purchase a piece of Chinese culture.

30th Art Alive
April 28 - May 1
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego, CA, USA

Art Alive is an annual fundraising event held by the San Diego Museum of Art that transforms the museum into a living artwork. For the event's 30th anniversary, more than 100 floral designers have been invited to display floral arrangements alongside the artworks that inspired them, turning the San Diego Museum of Art's collection into a "glorious spectacle of art and flowers."
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Art Beijing & Photo Beijing

April 29 - May 2
Agricultural Exhibition Centre
Beijing, China

The world's leading galleries gather for this two-pronged exhibition-cum-sale - China's largest - which aims to tap into what is fast becoming the world's largest market for contemporary art. It aims the world's best contemporary art and photography at enthusiasts, collectors and critics. Last year more than 40,000 art lovers came to see the works on display by more than 80 international and local galleries.

15th CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival
May 1-31
Various locations
Toronto, Canada

CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography event. It attracts more than 1,500,000 visitors each year. The month-long festival is organized in collaboration with galleries throughout Toronto and comprises exhibitions, public installations, lectures, films and events. The festival aims to help audiences explore how photography informs and transforms our experience of the world. Additional photography events in 2011 include PHotoEspaña, Les Rencontres d'Arles, the New York Photo Festival, Photo London, Paris Photo, FotoFest and the Hereford Photography Festival.
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2nd New York Gallery Week
May 6-8
Various Galleries in New York
New York, USA

After a successful first edition in 2010, New York Gallery Week (NYGW) will again take to the streets and galleries of Manhattan. Sixty contemporary art galleries and not-for-profits will join forces to "refocus the art world's attention towards the city's long-standing exceptional gallery programming." Sixty solo shows will headline the program of free events, informal talks by artists, guided gallery tours, panel discussions, film screenings, book signings, performances and gallery-produced artistic experiences.
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17th FutureEverything
May 11-14
Various venues in Manchester
Manchester, England

Formerly known as the Futuresonic festival, the FutureEverything festival is a wide-ranging event that includes "world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music program, and visionary thinkers from around the world." The FutureEverything conference will explore topics like emotional computing and digital culture within urban environments, FutureEverything music will showcase ground-breaking performances and FutureEverything art will celebrate creative new media and digital crafts. A host of satellite events and workshops will also take place around Manchester parallel to the festival. In 2009 the FutureEverything festival attracted 75,000 visitors.
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Nuit des Musées, International Museum Day
May 14, 18

During the week of May 14, museums and art institutions around the globe will be hosting various events in celebration of both Nuit des Musées (Long Night of Museums) and International Museum Day. Long Night of Museums originated as a trend in Berlin in the 1990s and has since spread throughout Europe, with more than 120 cities now participating. International Museum Day dates back to 1977 and is typically celebrated each year on May 18 to raise awareness about the importance of museums within our society. Generally, museums will open their doors to the public for free on these days and extend their opening hours late into the night.
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3rd Vivid Sydney
May 27 - June 13
Various locations around Sydney
NSW, Australia

Vivid Sydney, the largest light and music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, will illuminate Sydney with immersive light installations, projections, flashing sculptures, interactive light art, and music and DJ performances from local and international artists. Highlights include 3D lighting projections across the Sydney Opera House, the largest and most ambitious live fire show ever produced in Australia, and colorful architectural lighting on some of Sydney's most prominent buildings. Up to 400,000 people are expected to attend the diverse array of free and ticketed events.
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