March 20-21 agenda: Hong Kong International Film Festival

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This weekend's selection offers the Hong Kong international film festival, the first conference on virtual reality in Massachusetts, the world's rarest cars on display in Atlanta's High Museum and the conclusion of St Patrick's festivities in Sydney, among other events.

IEEE Virtual Reality Conference
March 20-26
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

The 17th IEEE Virtual Reality conference is a week-long event touching on the subjects of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and interactive user interfaces. The conference is bookended by the 5th IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (3DUI) and the 18th Haptics Symposium. The fully packed program includes tutorials (such as "Building your own Projection-based VR Display System), workshops (covering topics like "Cloud-Mobile Convergence for Virtual Reality" and "Medical Virtual Environments"), and keynote speeches (like Takeo Igarashi's "Interactive ‘Smart' Computers").

34th Hong Kong International Film Festival

March 21-April 06
Hong Kong Museum of Art
Hong Kong

This renowned film festival, the oldest in Asia, features Asian blockbusters as well as indies, showing up to 300 films from around the world. Asia's "cinema city'' holds its annual festival which is bookended by the Asian Film Awards and the Hong Kong Film Awards while running concurrently with the influential FilmArt industry market.

The Allure of the Automobile exhibit
March 21 - June 20
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

This exhibition looks at the history of the car, presenting 18 of the world's rarest cars, including masterpieces by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari. The exhibition takes place at Atlanta's High Museum of Art and runs through June 20.

Sydney's St. Patrick's parade
March 21
Sydney, Australia

Sydney throws one of the biggest parties worldwide on Sunday, March 21. Since almost 10 percent of Australians are Irish, it is no wonder that influences and traditions from Ireland still persist. In Australia, these celebrations have existed for 200 years since the first parade dates back to March 17, 1810. The city's opera will be greened for the occasion.