This weekend's highlights comprise the official opening of World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the Toronto photography festival, a rock festival in Beijing and the opening of a new airport in Durban, South Africa, among other events.
International Workers' Day (also called Labor Day)
World Expo 2010
May 1 - October 31
Shanghai Expo is expected to attract more than 70 million visitors during its six months in China's biggest city. Around 200 countries have confirmed that they will attend the event, first held in 1851 at London's Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, and designed to promote "the exchange of ideas and development of the world economy, culture, science and technology.''
May 1-May 4
Haidian Park, Beijing
After a two-year hiatus, Beijing's largest outdoor rock festival is back with Finland's Stalingrad Cowgirls, Britain's Sham 69, local hero Wang Jun and DJ Blackie headlining.
Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol
May 1-June 23
Modern Masters: Matisse, Picasso, Dali and Warhol focuses on prints made by four of the 20th century's greatest artists. The exhibition features more than 50 works from the museum's own collection of works. The exhibition examines each of the four artists' connection with the medium of printmaking. Their printmaking techniques can be closely studied through both their celebrated art print works and some of their lesser known pieces. The works span a period of 75 years and draw on inspiration from one of the most diverse and artistically creative periods in the history of western art.
CONTACT 2010 Toronto Photography Festival
CONTACT is the world's largest annual photography festival with more than one million visitors each year. The month-long festival is organized in collaboration with galleries throughout Toronto and is comprised of exhibitions, public installations, lectures, films and events. In 2010 CONTACT will explore the ways in which photography "informs and transforms human behaviour."
King Shaka International Airport Opens
Durban, South Africa
Opening a month in advance of the FIFA World Cup South Africa, which kicks off June 11, Durban's new international airport will dramatically expand transportation capacity in the region. Capable of handling larger planes, including the new A380, the airport is expected to handle 7.5 million passengers per year.
James Beard Foundation Awards 2010
Lincoln Center, New York, New York, USA
2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the James Beard Foundation (JBF) Awards that will honor a wide range of talent in the food and beverage industry in the USA including chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, food journalists, restaurant designers, architects, farmers, bread bakers, winemakers, cheese makers and more at a black-tie gala. The awards are considered a "social and gastronomic highlight of the year," and will name many "Best" including Young Rising Chef, New Restaurant and International Cookbook.