March 18 agenda: Baselworld opens

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Thursday's selection offers the most important watch and jewelry fair in Basel, the biggest flower exhibition in Europe in the Netherlands, the opening of Universal Studios Singapore's theme park, among other events.

March 18-25
Basel, Switzerland

The biggest watch and jewelry fair in the world, Baselworld attracts 100,000 visitors yearly. Exhibitors range from luxury watch manufacturers to fashion brands and jewelers, with the event regarded as the most important for setting trends for the year.

Universal Studios Singapore opens
March 18

Universal Studios Singapore is the final - and arguably grandest - addition to the Resorts World Sentosa "integrated resort." The theme park features areas themed around movie classics such as Jurassic Park and Shrek and a replica of Hollywood Boulevard and New York City.

Keukenhof flower exhibition

March 18- May 5
Keukenhof gardens
Lisse, Netherlands

On March 18, Queen Beatrix will officially open the 61st edition of the international flower exhibition Keukenhof in Lisse. The theme for this year is "From Russia with Love," with depictions of traditional Russian images such as Russian dolls, Saint Basil's Cathedral, or Russian army bicycles... More than 45 million people have visited the park since it opened 61 years ago.

Art Paris+Guests
March 18-22
Grand Palais
Paris, France

Art Paris bends the rules of traditional art fairs by creating an event that is centered around contemporary art projects rather than the traditional art fair booth model. Participating galleries co-organize projects with other local and international participants, creating a cacophony of thematic works that extend the barriers of art. The artworks are based around strong creative ideas fusing mediums such as painting, sculpture, drawing, video, performance and installation with architecture, design, fashion, gastronomy, literature and cinema.