May 10-16 global agenda: Cannes Film Festival kicks off

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Next week's global highlights include the biggest international film festival in Cannes (France), the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York as well as the European night of museums offering free art tours to millions of Europeans, among other events.

EHFA 3rd European Fitness Forum
May 10-11
University of Madrid, Spain

The Forum, previously held in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands, hosts fitness industry professionals in an effort to "professionalize" the industry. The good news for European fitness club members is that this event could lead to new workouts at the gym like bodybalance, bodycombat, Cirque du Soleil-inspired routines, Reebok Jukari Fit to Flex and classes geared towards seniors. The attendees will be treated to a dinner at Real Madrid Stadium and two days of sessions and demos to improve fitness in Europe. To attend, registration is €149.

Chanel Cruise Collection presentation
May 11
Saint Tropez, France

After showing last year's Cruise range at the Lido in Venice, Chanel head designer Karl Lagerfeld is inviting a selection of VIPs to the iconic Cafe Senequier in St Tropez to take in one of the most-anticipated shows on the international fashion agenda. A new short movie starring model Heidi Mount and French actor Pascal Greggory will be shown on the occasion.

Cannes International Film Festival

May 12-23
Cannes, France

Founded in 1946, the Cannes Festival, one of the world's oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals in the world is opening with Ridley Scott's Robin Hood featuring Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and William Hurt presented outside the official competition. American director Tim Burton will head the international jury that will select the Palme d'Or laureate disclosed on May 23.

Centre Pompidou-Metz opening

May 12-16
Metz, France

To celebrate the opening of the Pompidou's satellite contemporary arts centre, the Centre Pompidou-Metz is opening to the public from May 12 to 16 with a special program of events. The cultural institution's "Opening Days" will be free for the public, encouraging them to come and visit the spectacular architecture, see the opening exhibit "Masterpieces?" featuring 780 works mostly from its Parisian counterpart.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)

May 15-18
New York, USA

North America's biggest contemporary design fair is partially open to the public, with visitors being able to browse some of the best in interior design, get an update from the design colleges and immerse themselves in special exhibitions.

European Museum Night

May 15

In May, museum goers will be treated to special events and extended opening hours for the European Museum Night. In Europe more than 2,500 museums in 40 countries will participate in the European Museum Night on Saturday, May 15. To celebrate the events in 2010, many museums are organizing creative tours, art installations, "unusual visits," musical performances, workshops and conferences. In addition, some museums will create temporary exhibitions that harness innovative new technologies to enable a profound exploration of their permanent collections.

Formula One: Monaco Grand Prix
May 16
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Arguably the most prestigious race in the motoring calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix pits Formula One drivers against the narrow roads and tight turns of Monte Carlo, as well as against each other. A win for Michael Schumacher will bring him level with the late Ayrton Senna, who holds the record for the most wins on the circuit.