June 14-20 global agenda: E3 in Los Angeles

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Next week's highlights present the "Oscars" of the web in New York and the biggest interactive games gathering in Los Angeles, while an exhibition of a French master also opens in LA, the premier world art fair opens in Basel, electro music fans head to Barcelona while aspiring magicians fly to Harry Potter's theme park in Orlando, among other events.

Webby Awards
June 14
New York, USA

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences will be handing out Webby Awards to websites, interactive advertisers, online film and video creators, and mobile websites that excel in the creation and delivery of content web-based content and media during the awards ceremony on June 14. This year Foursquare, Twitter, Tumblr, Hulu, and Mashable are just a few of the companies that have been awarded the "internet's highest honor" and will receive their award at the Webby Awards ceremony in New York.

Asia Luxury Travel Market

June 14-17
Shanghai, China

Against the backdrop of a powerful China and a glittering World Expo, the Asia Luxury Travel Market highlights the world's most sought-after destinations, ultra-luxurious accommodation, elite transportation and unique travel experiences for the Asian market.

Electronic Entertainment Expo
June 15-17
Los Angeles Convention Center, USA

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo), owned by the Entertainment Software Association in the US, is a trade-only event that showcases the latest developments from companies publishing or involved in interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers and the internet. The 2010 edition is said to be the biggest ever with many companies expected to announce new hardware and software innovations "that could change the industry for years."


"The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme"
June 15- September 12
Los Angeles Getty Center, Los Angeles, USA

French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) was overshadowed by the rise of Impressionism and Modernism in the 20th century but this painter considered "academic" is now viewed as a great image creator of the 19th century, and this traveling exhibition showcases the scope of his oeuvre from Los Angeles to Paris and Madrid.

Art Basel

June 16 - 20
Basel, Switzerland

Art Basel is heralded as the world's premier international art show for modern and contemporary art. Works from more than 2,500 artists - from the great masters of modern art to fresh-faced contemporaries creating the trends of tomorrow - will be shown at the 41st edition of Art Basel. In 2009 around 61,000 people attended the "favorite rendezvous of the global art world." Basel turns into an international art hub during the week of June 14, with a huge array of art fairs taking place in the city including the Hot Art Fair Basel, VOLTAshow, Design Miami/Basel, LISTE, PrintBasel, Verge Art Fair Basel, and Red Dot Basel.

Sónar Festival
June 17-19
Barcelona, Spain

An annual event since 1994, the Sónar International Festival attracts nearly 80,000 participants for three days and nights of music and art events, with a special focus on electronic music and multimedia art. "By Day" events - concerts, art shows, fairs, and demos - take place at Barcelona's Center of Contemporary Culture and Museum of Contemporary Art. "By Night," the festivities move to the large Gran Vía M2 venue. English electronic duo The Chemical Brothers, UK hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal, LCD Soundsystem, and Air are set to perform in 2010.


Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens
June 18
Universal Studios Orlando, FL, USA

Harry Potter fans around the world have been waiting for the Harry Potter theme park to open, complete with specially filmed clips featuring the actors and faithful replicas of the impressive movie sets. Attractions include the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, Ollivander's Wand shop and the Hogwart's Express.


London Festival of Architecture
June 19- July 4
London, UK

Under the motto of 'The Welcoming City,' the London Festival of Architecture (LFA2010) will invite the public as well as professionals to take a closer look at how exactly planners, architects and local communities contribute to the development of the city in the run-up to the Olympics, hosted here in 2012.