March 2 agenda: CEBIT opens in Hannover

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Tuesday's highlights include a major tech fair in Hannover, Paris Fashion Week, one of the biggest auto shows in Geneva, a food festival in Tokyo, among other events.

CeBIT 2010
March 2 - 6
Deutsche Messe AG
Hannover, Germany

In 2009, 4,300 exhibitors from 69 countries and more than 400,000 visitors made their way to Hannover for CeBIT. 2010's event is expected to be even bigger. Visitors to the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event will be able to take part in a forum of "international networking, knowledge transfer and trend-setting." CeBIT 2010 highlights will include a new "Next Level 3D" floor space, international demonstrations of green technologies and a new presentation called "Advanced Office & Conference Solutions."

Paris Fashion Week
March 2-10
Carrousel du Louvre
Paris, France

The fashion week in the French capital will wrap up the season between March 2 and 10 after the programs in New York, London, and Milan. The most anticipated shows comprise the biggest names in the industry such as Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel and French favorites like Isabel Marant, Sonia Rykiel and Jean-Paul Gaultier . Alexander McQueen's label will show the designer's collection March 9 - according to owner PPR, it was almost finished before he died.


Geneva Motor Show
March 2-14
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva hosts over 700,000 visitors in 114,000 square meters of space, and is generally regarded as a must-attend show for worldwide manufacturers. It offers something for everyone - last year the world's cheapest car, the Tata Nano, was on display, as was the world's most expensive, the Aston Martin One-77. Expect unveilings from most brands, particularly the European marques - last year saw 85 unveilings that were streamed live over the internet in a world first.


Tokyo Food festival
March 2-5
Makuhari Messe Convention Centre
Tokyo, Japan

Asia's largest food and beverage trade show is expecting around 2,300 exhibitors from more than 60 countries, as well as some 85,000 visitors. Now in its 35th years, the event attracts some of the world's biggest food companies and representatives from governments around the world and gives Japan a taste of the world - and vice versa.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
March 2-7
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2009, 637 publishers from 52 countries presented more than 500,000 titles in Arabic, English, and many other languages. Confirmed international authors for the 2010 event include Adam Haslett (US), Ahlam Mosteghanemi (Algeria), Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan), Mathias Enard (France), and Tarun Tejpal (India). Visitors can look forward to daily author lectures, book signings, poetry performances, and live cooking shows.