March 11 agenda: Yves Saint Laurent retrospective in Paris

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Thursday's highlights offer the long-awaited Yves Saint Laurent retrospective as well as the first Takeshi Kitano exhibit in Paris, an important international literary festival in Hong Kong, as well as an animated film festival in Lisbon, among other events.

YSL retrospective
March 11 - August 29
Paris, France

The Petit Palais museum in Paris is staging an eagerly awaited fashion retrospective of French designer Yves Saint Laurent who passed away in June 2008.

Takeshi Kitano exhibition
March 11-September 12
Fondation Cartier
Paris, France

Famous Japanese director and actor Beat Takeshi Kitano is now showcasing for the first time his painting skills in an exhibition aimed at children and adults entitled "Gosse de peintre" (Painter's kid). With paintings and videos, weird objects and settings, whimsical and fantastic machines, Kitano leads the visitor through surprises, gags, and games while mocking contemporary art, experimenting with clichés associated with Japan.

Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival
March 11-19
Hong Kong

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year's festival aims to give lovers of the written word living in Hong Kong an opportunity to meet, debate and enjoy conversation. For the 2010 event, guests include American Book Award winner Alex Kuo, Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Chandra, Murong Xuecun and Les Murray. "From panel discussions to literary lunches, university lectures to the Financial Times debate, the Festival is an intellectual forum as well as an artistic platform," according to organizers.

Monstra Festival
March 11-21
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon's animated film festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Fifty-six short films from 30 countries will compete during the festival that will also organize world premieres for several films throughout the Portuguese capital.