May 24-30 global agenda: Book Expo America in New York

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Next week's highlights comprise a tech buff gathering in Sydney, a wine lovers event in Hong Kong, the biggest English-speaking book event in New York, expensive contemporary art in Rome and affordable art in Paris, while the European song contest will take place in Oslo, among other events.

L'Oréal Professionnel Colour Trophy finals
May 24
London, UK

The Colour Trophy awards were introduced in 1954, making them the longest-running hairdressing competition in Britain and one of the most respected worldwide. They have evolved from a small hairdressers' trade event to the country's biggest gala of the industry and now include the Regional Finals, the Men's Image Award and the Young Colourist Award.
Other comparable events comprise the British Hairdressing Awards in London (end of year) and the Mondial de la Coiffure Beauté in Paris, between November 6 and 8, 2010.

CeBIT Australia
May 24-26
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia

The Australian edition of the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event, CeBIT will take place in Sydney, Australia. CeBIT Australia is hailed as the country's largest ICT exhibition (but is only around a 10th of the size of its parent event, CeBIT in Hannover). CeBIT Australia is a focal point of an additional series of events (including AusInnovate, eHealth, eGovernment, Enterprise, National Broadband Network and WebForward) that will run concurrently to the exhibition. More than 550 exhibitors and 37,000 delegates are expected to attend CeBIT Australia in 2010.

Vinexpo Asia-Pacific
May 25-27
Hong Kong

Exclusively a trade event that returns to Hong Kong in 2010 due to the rapidly growing wine market in Asia and the position of Hong Kong as the hub for wine education, trends and new products. Buyers from all over the world will be in Hong Kong selecting products that will likely be new selections available in duty-free shops, markets and restaurant menus. For more information on Vinexpo visit:

Eco-Fashion: Going Green
May 25 - November 26
New York, USA

The FIT's new exhibit will explore fashion's relationship with the environment, referring to the work of designers - like Edun, Bodkin, FIN, and NOIR - who use, produce, and promote sustainable, ethical, and environmentally-conscious products.

Book Expo America
May 25
New York City, USA

BookExpo America is the premier book fair in North America and the largest English-language book fair in the world. More than 1,500 exhibitors and 500 authors are expected to attend the 2010 event, as well as up to 30,000 visitors. For publishing professionals, the fair will likely see a record number of deals, after April's Icelandic volcanic eruption led to lower attendance at the London Book Fair. BookExpo America will be a star-studded event, with Jon Stewart, Condoleeza Rice, Cory Doctorow, Sarah Ferguson, John Grisham, Sara Gruen, and Christopher Hitchens all scheduled to take part.

Affordable Art Fair
May 27-30
Halle Freyssinet
Paris, France

The AAF (Affordable Art Fair) is an international event designed to bring contemporary art to art lovers and collectors at affordable prices. Launched in London in 1999, the fair is now held twice a year in London and annually in Bristol, Amsterdam, Paris and New York. There are also affiliate Fairs in Sydney, Melbourne, Brussels, and Singapore. For the third time, the fair will visit Paris and showcase a selection of art priced from between €100 to €5000.

World Series of Poker
May 28 - July 17
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Despite a panoply of WSOP-authorised tournaments throughout the year, this is the real deal, with a huge variety of poker rule sets in force for the world's best, luckiest, and most stubborn players to test their mettle against each other for a slice of the pie. The tournament culminates in the twelve day No-Limit Hold'em Championship starting on July 5, before a three month break when the top 9 players will reconvene in November for the Final Table.

Eurovision Song Contest finals
May 29
Telenor Arena
Oslo, Norway

The 55th annual Eurovision's final will take place in Oslo, Norway, on May 29, with acts from 39 countries taking part in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
The annual contest is watched by an estimated television audience of over 100 million people, making it one of the world's most watched events.
Semi-Finals will start on May 25, while the Grand-Final will take place on May 29.

MAXXI Museum opening and MACRO Museum previews
May 27-30
Rome, Italy

As MAXXI, the 21st century art center designed by Zaha Hadid, opens to the Roman public on May 30, MACRO, Rome's contemporary art center, announces special preview days during the same weekend to visit its new wing designed by Paris-based Odile Decq. Both museums will focus on contemporary art, however MAXXI will also comprise architecture from the 19th to 21st century. MAXXI opens to the public on May 30 (previews on the 29th), while MACRO will open in the fall with previews between May 27 and 29.