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Sharon Gethings


Indulge in some marionette madness - and maybe spot some Quay Brothers bit-players of the future - at the Silkeborg International Puppet Festival, where art, theatre and animation come together in a riot of wood, string and film stock. Framed by the exhibition "From Sculpture to Puppet" (KunstCentret to 3 Jan 1999), which showcases work by artists from the Czech Republic, the festival will stage workshops, plays and screenings for children and adults. Sooty, eat your heart out.

Silkeborg, Denmark (00 45 8682 0233) Wed to Sun 15 Nov, Kr20-Kr50


This autumn heralds the arrival of a welcome addition to Lucerne's International Festival of Music's annual programme: the Lucerne Piano Festival. Some of the world's top pianists - including Murray Perahia, Anatol Ugorski, the duo Katia and Marielle Labeque, Till Fellner and Alfred Brendel (see picture), will perform in a series of six recitals at the new concert hall designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. In an enticing sidebar to the festival, on 15 Nov, the Cinema Limelight will screen Classique en Images, a collection of rare film clips showing some of the century's leading pianists.

Kultur-und-Kongresszentrum, Lucerne, Switzerland (00 41 41226 4480) Thur 19 to Sun 22 Nov, SFr20-SFr150

New York

Highlighting some of the most dynamic and ingenious artworks being made today, Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles sets out to challenge our notions of what textiles can be. Featuring 100 works by 25 fibre artists, textile and fashion designers, the exhibition shows how both ancient craft traditions and modern procedures have been employed to transform and develop fabrics. It also looks at the collaborations between designers - such as pleat-meister Issey Miyake - and manufacturers which are redefining the way people dress.

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 St, New York (00 1 212 708 9400) Thur to 26 Jan 1999, $9.50/concs $6.50


The city that is fast gaining a reputation for producing some of the best design in the world today also has its finger on the cultural pulse in other areas. The Stockholm International Film Festival, now in its ninth year, focuses on "young, creative and progressive" cinema, an ethos reflected in its competition, which only accepts the first, second or third feature by a director. This far-sighted approach has prompted the establishment of a new section, Asian Images, to showcase the growing body of excellent cinema coming out of the Far East. The festival is also screening a number of critics' favourites, including Darren Aronovsky's Pi and Francois Ozon's Sitcom.

Various venues, Stockholm, Sweden (00 46 8 411 9222) to Sun 15 Nov SKr45-Skr70