March 22-28 agenda: Bangkok International Auto Show

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Next week's highlights comprise many events in Asia with a series of nine big film and entertainment gatherings in Hong Kong, Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo, the Bangkok Auto Show as well as the election of Mr. World in Korea, while a Picasso exhibit opens in New York and the biggest children's literature fair kicks off in Bologna, among other events.

Entertainment Expo
March 22-April 18
Hong Kong

Nine core events gather together both the Asian and international film and entertainment industries - and, of course, the public they serve - over a month. There's the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market (Filmart), the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong Film Awards, the Asian Film Awards, the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum, the Hong Kong Music Fair, the IFPI Hong Kong Top Sales Music Awards, the Digital Entertainment Leadership Forum and the Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards.

World Water Day (WWD)

March 22

This year marks the 8th annual WWD with the theme: Communicating Water Challenges and Opportunities. UN-Water's campaign will focus on water quality and resource management to promote "clean water for a healthy world" for overall well-being of humans and ecosystems. International list of local events:

Japan Fashion Week

March 23-26
Tokyo, Japan

Japan's design stars including Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) and Yohji Yamamoto have long been showing their collections outside Tokyo, but the city remains a breeding ground for exciting, up-and-coming talent made in Japan.

Bologna Children's Book Fair
March 23-26
Bologna, Italy

Now in its 47th year, the Bologna Children's Book Fair is the most significant annual international book fair in the children's publishing world. In 2009, about 1,300 exhibitors came from 67 countries, with those numbers expected to grow in 2010. While the fair is not open to the public, it sets the tone for the year ahead in children's book publishing, directly affecting what readers will find on shelves in the months and years to come. According to The Bookseller, the young adult sector is likely to be especially solid at the 2010 fair, driven by the success of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books.

Bangkok International Auto Show
March 26 - April 6
Bangkok, Thailand

The Bangkok show draws over 1.6 million visitors and showcases Asian brands from growth markets such as India, Malaysia and China. Low-cost vehicles abound, and there is an adjoining motorcycle and yachting display and "Miss Motorshow" contest.

Mr. World pageant
March 27
Incheon, Korea

Begun in 1996, this pageant is organized by the Miss World Organization and is one of the biggest male beauty pageants in the world. The last contest took place in 2007 and elected Spanish contestant Juan Garcia.

Earth Hour
March 27

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour encourages individuals, companies and civic landmarks to do their part in recognizing global conservation efforts by shutting off their lights from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. In 2009, hundreds of millions of people in more than 4,000 cities in 87 countries on seven continents participated and landmark monuments also turned off thier lights like the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London, Paris' Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing's Birds Nest and many other monuments worldwide.

Picasso: Themes and Variations
March 28 - September 6
New York, USA

One hundred works by Picasso will examine the themes and variations that reappear throughout his career. The exhibition traces the links between his early depictions of itinerant circus performers during his Blue and Rose periods, through to his inventive use of shape and form during his Cubism phase. The exhibition explores his experimentation with the mediums of etching, lithography, painting and printmaking as well as showing how the artist developed his style whilst investigating new themes.