November 16-22 agenda: Tim Burton exhibition in New York's MoMA

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Weekly selection: The US National book awards and the American Music Awards in the USA, a major Tim Burton exhibition in New York, a mobile congress in Hong Kong and the Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai, among other events.

Soccer: FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
November 16-22
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This year's Beach Soccer World Cup kicks off on November 16 at the Jumeirah open beach in Dubai. Top footballing countries have teams travelling to the finals. Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Uraguay, Italy, Nigeria and the Ivory Coast will join 12-time winners Brazil in the finals.

November 18 – 19
Hong Kong

Under the banner "Inspiring the Mobile Future," the 2009 Mobile Asia Congress will bring together the leadership of Asian mobile operators and key players in the broader mobile ecosystem in a forum for sharing the visions and strategies that will shape the mobile future.

United States
National Book Awards
November 18
New York City, USA

The National Book Foundation will announce the winners of the 2009 National Book Awards in a November 18 ceremony in New York City. Awards will be given in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young people's literature. The National Book Awards have recognized excellence in American literature since 1950.

Stockholm International Film Festival
November 18-29
Stockholm, Sweden
The 20th anniversary of the Stockholm Film festival will celebrate French film director Luc Besson with the Stockholm Visionary Award, present five outdoor screenings (including a screening on a ten-ton ice screen) and feature 180 films from all over the world.


Opening of the Air France A380 route between Paris and New York
November 20
Paris, France / New York, USA

On October 30 Air France became the first European carrier to add the 538-passenger Airbus A380 to its fleet, with its inaugural flight on November 20 set to ply the Paris-New York City route.


Tim Burton exhibition
November 22 - April 26, 2010
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, USA

The Museum of Modern Art in New York will hold a major retrospective of the life and works of American director and artist Tim Burton. The retrospective will include a gallery exhibition and a film exhibition that documents Burton's career and his influential work as a producer, writer, concept artist, photographer and illustrator. For the first time in history, Burton fans will be able to see artwork he made as a student, examples of his nonprofessional films and excerpts from unrealized projects.

American Music Awards
November 22
Los Angeles, USA

The all-star artists scheduled to perform on the live show include Green Day, Rihanna, Shakira, Mary J. Blige - who all have new albums releasing before the end of 2009. Plus Lady Gaga, and hip-hop acts Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas, who are nominees. One of the major music awards shows in the US, the American Music Awards were created by television producer Dick Clark to compete with the Grammys. But the AMA nominees are based on retail sales and radio airplay, and chosen by the public through online voting. The most popular winners are "Favorites" - not the "Best."