Week's selection: independent film buffs gather in Park City for the Sundance film festival, Vancouver Cultural Olympiad starts in Canada, music professionals gather in Cannes (France) for MIDEM, Haute Couture shows kick off in Paris, among other events.
Germany's biggest design event will inaugurate the 2010 design season, with more than 150,000 international design fans traveling to Cologne to attend the country's Interior Design Week, Passagen 2010.
Tennis: Australian Open
The first tennis Grand Slam tournament of 2010 marks the comeback of former world number one1 Justine Henin, whilst Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams return to Melbourne in defense of their 2009 titles. The official website itself is staying up to date with competitors by corralling all their official Twitter updates for easy access to the public.
Sundance Independent Film Festival
Park City, USA
This festival is the premier showcase for US and international independent film. The Sundance Institute has announced a new initiative for the 2010 festival, where the ten-day festival will now hold screenings in theaters across eight cities in the USA for its 26th edition.
Vancouver Cultural Olympiad
January 22-March 21
The 60-day Cultural Olympiad 2010, which begins before and continues throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, presents music, performing arts and visual arts events throughout Vancouver. The eclectic lineup comprising more than 600 ticketed and free performances includes a Ugandan dance troupe, emerging Canadian talents brought together by Neil Young, as well as the best DJs in the world.
MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale), the world's largest music industry trade fair is held, like every year, at the Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the South of France.
Boot Düsseldorf: boat show
Boot Dusseldorf is renowed for being the world's largest and most important show. Over 1,550 exhibitors will attend to display some 1,700 boats and yachts. Features include dedicated hall for diving fans and an exhibit showcasing "trendy sports" such as stand-up paddling, winch waking, skimboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, and water-skiing.
Haute Couture Paris
The world's leading haute couture week, which had been reserved for dramatic fashion shows presenting out-of-this-world creations by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, or Chanel, will for the first time include jewelry presentations by some of the field's most prestigious brands such as Boucheron, Cartier, Chaumet, and Van Cleef & Arpels.