November 30 - December 6 agenda: Paul McCartney begins European tour

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Weekly selection: Paul McCartney starts touring Europe, Art Miami opens, Los Angeles organizes its auto show, the highest tower in the world opens to the public in Dubai, the Marrakech film festival opens in Morocco, among other events.

Gartner Data Center Conference 2009
December 1 - 4
Las Vegas, USA

The 28th Annual Gartner Data Center Conference will take place from December 1 to 4 in Las Vegas. The conference is hosted and organized by market researcher, Gartner, and will cover a range of next-generation trends and technologies destined to impact consumers and businesses alike. Topics include the impact of cloud computing, how to use technology to cost-optimize your business, cutting escalating energy costs, and the aging infrastructure.

Paul McCartney begins European tour

December 2
Hamburg, Germany followed by other cities in Europe

Paul McCartney is scheduled to begin his first European tour since 2004, beginning with a December 2 show in Hamburg. Dates follow in Arnhem, Paris, Cologne, Dublin, and London - his only UK date of the year. For information about where to buy tickets for each show, visit this link on the Paul McCartney website:


Art Miami
December 2 - 6
Miami, USA

In 2009, Art Miami will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The event will take place during Miami Art Week and will showcase contemporary artworks from over 80 international and local contemporary art galleries. A range of special exhibitions will be held as part of Art Miami's anniversary celebrations including a video art exhibition entitled "Mapping the Blank Spots."


Los Angeles Auto Show
December 2-13
Los Angeles, USA

One of the world's most important auto events, the 2008 version displayed 23 world debuts, the most in the exhibition's history. The list of world and North American debuts for this year is still being finalized but the latest Ford Fiesta, which has topped the bestseller list in Europe this year, will no doubt make a big splash. General admission for the public begins December 4. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.


Parts of the Burj Dubai tower open to the public
December 2
Dubai, UAE

The world's new tallest building, the 800-meter-high Burj Dubai tower is set to open a new visitors' area on December 2, featuring a panoramic view platform on its 124th floor.

Marrakech Film Festival
December 4-12
Marrakech, Morocco

The ninth edition of the Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco will welcome the Iranian director who won the Cannes Palme d'or in 1997, Abbas Kiarostami, as president of the jury. Every year, Marrakech honors the films from a specific country - Egypt in 2007 and Britain in 2008; this year Korean films will be feted as "one of the most dynamic in the world" according to the organizers.


6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary art
December 5, 2009 - April 5, 2010
Queensland region, Australia

The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is the only major exhibition to exclusively showcase contemporary art hailing from Asia, the Pacific and Australia. The Triennial has been running since 1993 and boasted an attendance of over 700,000 visitors in 2006. The exhibition will feature more than 100 works from artists hailing from more than 25 countries located in the Asia Pacific region.

Paris Nautical Show
December 5-13
Paris, France

Europe's third-biggest boat show will showcase the latest models in the nautical world. More than a quarter of a million visitors are expected to attend, as are 1,200 exhibitors representing 1,400 brands. Nearly 1,500 boats will be on display, including close to 300 new models.