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Arts agenda: artwork takes a holiday at the Asia Hotel Art Fair Seoul

Hundreds of artworks will be placed on beds, bathtubs, walls and armchairs in more than 80 rooms of the Hyatt Seoul during the Asia Hotel Art Fair.

6th Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair Seoul
August 19-21
Grand Hyatt Seoul
Seoul, South Korea

The Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair (AHAF) is an innovative art fair that will transform Seoul's Grand Hyatt Hotel into a gallery for the weekend. Installations will take over 84 hotel rooms, with paintings sprawling across beds and sculptures erupting out of bathtubs. Hotel-based art fairs - the likes of which include Aqua Art Miami, Trajector Art Fair (Brussels), Pool Art Fair (New York, Guadeloupe, Miami), DoJiMa Art fair (Osaka), and Art@Agnes (Tokyo) - have sprung up in cities around the world as organizers seek to provide a fun and original way for viewers to experience contemporary artwork.

18th Art Taipei

August 26-29
Taipei World Trade Center
Taipei, Taiwan

Now in its 18th year, Art Taipei is the longest-standing art fair in Asia. It touts itself as the most professional Art Fair dealing in Chinese art and a hot spot for international collectors looking to invest in young Asian artists. Approximately 50,000 people attended Art Taipei in 2010. Asia is home to a long list of "international" art fairs in 2011 including Art Hong Kong, Art Singapore, Art Tokyo, the Korean International Art Fair, Beijing Contemporary Art Fair, and ShContemporary.

Museum Embankment Festival Frankfurt
August 26-28
Eiserner Steg footbridge
Frankfurt, Germany

For the three days of the Museum Embankment Festival, German galleries collaborate to display stunning pieces of artwork, borrowed from their gallery collections, along an 8 km stretch of riverbank in Frankfurt, Germany. Visitors can view the hundreds of masterpieces that line the riverbank while also enjoying the additional outdoors attractions such as music and drama performances that take place during the festival. Approximately 3 million people attend the free event each year, making it one of Europe’s largest cultural celebrations.
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Ars Electronica Festival

August 31-September 6
Various venues in Linz
Linz, Austria

The Ars Electronica Festival is an annual event that harnesses innovative collisions between state-of-the-art technology, provocative art, and intellectual thinking. Since 1979 the festival has invited artists, scientists and technologists to enrich the minds of people around them through festival activities such as exhibitions, performances, discussions and lectures. It is considered to be the most important digital arts festival in the world and attracts 35,000 visitors annually. More than 300 events are planned for the 2011 edition, which will focus on the theme of "ORIGIN – How It All Begins."
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41st Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival

September 3-5
Seattle, Washington

North America's largest urban arts festival features an array of visual and performing arts, dance, theater, film, comedy and kids events. But the diverse musical line-up is perhaps the biggest draw. This year it includes Toro y Moi, Wiz Khalifa, Ray LaMontagne, Broken Social Scene and Hall & Oates among many more. Located in the middle of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center with more than 100,000 visitors paying $35 for single tickets and $90 for a 3-day pass. Comparable to the New Yorker Festival and Philadelphia Arts and Fringe Festival.

36th Toronto International Film Festival
September 4-13
Toronto, Ontario

A premiere North American cinema event, timed prior to awards season, the Toronto Festival has launched the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema. The event is located at its new home in the Entertainment District, drawing a half-million attendees to screen 336 films from 64 countries, along with panel discussions and workshops. It joins Berlin, Cannes, Venise and Pusan as one of the top accredited film festivals.

15th Shanghai Art Fair and 5th ShContemporary
September 14-18/September 8-10
Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Art Fair and ShContemporary are the two major art fairs on Shanghai's art calendar. Shanghai Art Fair - China's largest - started in 1997 and is the leading event in scale amid major art fairs in Asia, while ShContemporary - The Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair- grows bigger every year with more and more interest from international art galleries. Launched in 2007, ShContemporary attracted close to 30,000 visitors and registered collectors from Europe, North America, China and the rest of Asia in 2010.

24th 20/21 British Art Fair

September 14-18
Royal College of Art
London, UK

20/21 is an art fair that specializes in modern and contemporary art exclusively made by British artists. It’s the place to see 20th century masters such as Bacon, Freud, Frink, Frost, Hepworth, Hockney, Hodgson, Lanyon, Lowry, Moore, Nash, Piper, Riley, Scott, Sutherland and Spencer on show alongside contemporary works by Banksy, Hirst, and Emin.

15th Art Moscow
September 21-25
Central House of Artists
Moscow, Russia

Hailed as the largest contemporary art fair in Eastern Europe, Art Moscow has become a mecca for cutting-edge works and forward-thinking art in Russia. The event attracts more than 20 000 visitors. New media and technology within art will be a feature throughout the event with exhibitions such as Techno Russia, The Factory of gestures: Body language in film and a panel discussion about The Role Of The (Young) Artists In The Contemporary Art. While in Moscow, stop by the 4th Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art which runs from September 22 to 30.   

10th KIAF
September 22-26
Seoul, Korea

The tenth anniversary of the KIAF (Korea International Art Fair) will host more than 190 galleries from 17 different countries. The fair showcases the “most-up-to-date contemporary art works” from around the globe alongside the crème de la crème of Korea’s cutting edge art. Australia will be featured as part of the KIAF Guest Country program in 2011.