The small town of Arles in the South of France will welcome thousands of visitors as it transforms its local buildings into galleries and unveils the works of local and international photography greats for the 42nd edition of Les Rencontres d'Arles.
42nd Les Rencontres d'Arles:
July 4-September 18
Held in a small, picturesque town in the South of France, Les Rencontres d'Arles is far from the quaint country exhibition one might expect to see in such a location. The photography festival traverses 60 exhibitions, professional exchanges, and seminars and has become an institution for professional and amateur photographers alike. In 2010 the event attracted 73,000 visitors. Unlike other major photography events such as PHotoEspaña, Contact and Paris Photo, Les Rencontres d'Arles juxtaposes the works of famous photographers with those by unknown amateurs.
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9th Art Osaka
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Art Osaka will see 53 galleries from Japan and Asia presenting the work of internationally established artists and emerging talents. In 2011 Art Osaka will be held in the Hotel Granvia Osaka for the first time. Following the trend of other Asian hotel-based art fairs like DoJiMa Art fair (Osaka), Art@Agnes (Tokyo) and Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art Fair (Seoul), Art Osaka will adorn hotel rooms with works by emerging contemporary Asian artists. The charitable event "The Power of Art to Tohoku" will run alongside the fair to raise funds for survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
34th Galway Arts Festival
The Galway Arts Festival is a celebration of street art, music, theater, literature and visual arts. The event showcases an international lineup of artists alongside Ireland's best talents. This year works from artists such as Hughie O'Donoghue, Aideen Barry, Charles Lamb and Jay Murphy will be featured at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland's largest annual international arts festival. In 2010 the event attracted 158,000 visitors.
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60th Melbourne International Film Festival
July 21-August 7
In the weeks after the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), the Sydney Film Festival and Cannes, Australia's biggest film festival will light up screens in Sydney with a very special 60th anniversary event. The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is the world's largest showcase of new Australian cinema and regularly draws crowds in excess of 170,000 people. An exhibition of graphic art will showcase the festival's iconic posters, ephemera and artwork, visually retracing the MIFF's 60-year history.
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6th Art Fair Tokyo
Tokyo International Forum, Exhibition Hall & Lobby Gallery
Postponed from its usual April time frame due to the earthquakes and tsunamis that rocked Japan earlier in the year, Art Fair Tokyo returns to the city in July. The broad-ranging art fair encompasses contemporary and modern art as well as more traditional Japanese art forms such as nihonga (Japanese-style paintings) and ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock art). It is the largest event of its kind in the country. Art Fair Tokyo drew a record crowd of 50,000 visitors in 2010. The Fair's motto is "art is something to buy, not just something to look at."
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15th Sydney Design
July 30-August 14
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
More than 50 venues across Sydney will highlight Australian design during the 15th edition of the two-week Sydney Design festival. The events all center around the theme of "Is old new again?" From architecture to fashion, the Sydney Design festival program includes exhibitions, seminars, installations, workshops, talks and tours. Similarly, Victoria's State of Design event is held from July 20-31 and investigates how design can create sustainable development opportunities and improve living conditions.
4th Yokohama Triennale
August 6-November 6
Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse and surrounding areas
The Yokohama Triennale is a series of international contemporary art exhibitions that spans the fields of videos, installations, photography, painting, sculpture, and interactive works. The cutting-edge art event was first held in 2001 and has attracted a total of one million visitors to date. Since launching it has expanded to include a wide array of newly made works plus a range of site-specific artworks that aim to show off the host city's distinctive characteristics. More than 60 contemporary artists will investigate this year's theme of "Our magic hour: How much of the world can we know?" with works that "refer to the mysteries of the world and our everyday lives." Similar events in the region include the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Queensland, Australia and the Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in Japan.