Next week's highlights include the opening of the biggest sports event of the year in South Africa, a major photography festival in Spain, the 'Oscars' for fragrances in New York, Apple Developers Conference in San Francisco and a popular animation festival in Annecy, France, among other events.
Annecy International Animated Film Festival
The 50th annual edition of what is now the largest animation festival screens family-friendly features and shorts from around the world. A film market and conference accompany the program. This year, a competition on YouTube allows the public to vote on the best animated short until May 23 from ten submissions online.
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
San Francisco, CA, USA
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is the biggest annual event in every Mac enthusiast's calendar. The WWDC brings together software and hardware developers to present the latest Apple technologies. Attendees at this year's already sold-out WWDC will be given the unique opportunity to work side-by-side with Apple engineers to gain insight into development techniques and get expert advice on interface design. Apple is expected to announce the launch of its fourth-generation iPhone (tentatively dubbed the iPhone HD) at the WWDC as well as provide further details about the iPhone OS 4.0 software update for iPhone, iPod and iPad devices.
June 9 - July 25
PHotoEspaña is a major international annual photography and visual arts festival that attracts more than 650,000 visitors per year. In 2010, 70 up-and-coming photographers will be selected and offered the opportunity to showcase their work to curators, gallery owners and editors as part of the 2010 Descubrimientos (discoveries) PHE portfolio review program.
Manchester, Tennessee, USA
The top-grossing festival in North America, the Bonnaroo Festival brings nearly 90,000 people to Great Stage Park, a 700-acre (2.8 sq km) farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The 2010 festival will feature headliners Jay-Z, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, and Dave Matthews, as well as dozens of other artists including The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Norah Jones, LCD Soundsystem, and The xx. Tickets are still available at $249.50, or $1,349.50 per pair with VIP benefits. In addition to dozens of performances, the festival features a 100-acre "entertainment village" with an arcade, cinema, silent disco, and comedy club.
New York, USA
The 'Oscars' of the US Fragrance Foundation have a 37-year history and are also celebrated in Germany ('Duftstars,' ), France ('Grand Prix du Parfum,' awarded in collaboration with
Marie Claire magazine), Italy (together with the 'Accademia del Profumo,' the Italian fragrance foundation), Spain, and the UK.
FIFA World Cup
June 11-July 11
The 2010 FIFA World Cup, soccer's pre-eminent international competition running in nine cities of South Africa (Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg, Pretoria, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Bloemfontein), will host the best soccer players of the world during a month of revelry for the first time on African soil. On the eve of the opening ceremony, a concert will be held in Johannesburg on June 10, and on June 11 the first match between South Africa and Mexico will launch the tournament.
Car Race: Le Mans
Le Mans, France
The 78th Le Mans 24-hour endurace race will see competitors from Peugeot, Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ford and Jaguar join the prestigious rally, the world's oldest. Concerts are also organized before and during the race: the main headliner is British reggae group UB40, on Saturday night at 9pm. The concert is free for Le Mans ticket holders.