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If you've ever wanted to see top-class Sumo wrestlers strut their stuff, then Kokugikan Hall - the national stadium - is the place to be. The Grand Sumo Tournament features daily battles, with a ring-entering ceremony (Dohyo-iri) by the Grand Champion (Yokozuna) kicking off proceedings at 4pm. Although advance tickets are now sold out, 400 unreserved seats are available at the Hall every day during the tournament on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kokugikan Hall, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, , Japan (details, 0171-734 9638) until 23 May, 2,100 (pounds 11)

New York

If Gus van Sant's recent remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho has whetted your appetite for more of the original, you'll be happy as pie at MoMA over the next few months. A major film retrospective and exhibition, in honour of the boy from Leytonstone's centennial year, includes more than 50 features, shorts and documentaries, as well as posters, rare photographs, film stills and papers.

Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York (00 1 212 708 9400) to 17 Aug, $9.50 (pounds 6)

St Ives

Come August, Cornwall will be heaving with people exploiting the best view of the total solar eclipse that this part of the world will offer. So avoid the crowds and get a foretaste of the phenomenon by visiting the South West now.

In response to the eclipse, three contemporary artists, Yuko Shiraishi, Gia Edzveradze and Garry Fabian Miller, will be showing new work at the impressive Cornish Tate site, as part of the Cornwall-wide arts initiative entitled As Dark As Light.

Tate Gallery, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall (01736 796543) from Friday until 31 October, pounds 3.90


If, after London's Monet madness, you can't face the queues for the 400th anniversary exhibition of work by Van Dyck at the Koninklijk in Antwerp, why not wait a few weeks and relax among beautiful fabrics at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum? Tradition and Innovation is an amazing collection of more than 90 textiles and costumes dating from the beginning of this century. Most items are Dutch, but French and English embroidery and Belgian and Viennese lace also feature.

Rijksmuseum, Hobbemastraat 19, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (00 31 20 673 2121) until 19 Sept, 15 guilders (pounds 5)


What makes the Highland Festival truly special is the remoteness of some of its locations - inns, castles, barges on Loch Ness, and even forest clearings will be acting as venues for the dance, music, theatre, poetry, film, comedy, club nights and exhibitions which make up this annual event. Pack a map, pitch a tent and party!

Throughout the Highlands and Islands, Scotland (01463 711112) Friday until 5 June, free-pounds 25

Sharon Gethings