November 9-15 agenda: World Cyber Games 2009

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The week's agenda: celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall, video games competitions in China, bookworms gather in the United Arab Emirates, jazz masters jam in London, and more.

Festival of Freedom and Fall of the Berlin Wall celebrations
November 9
Berlin/ Germany

Taking place exactly 20 years after the Berlin Wall's fall, The "Festival of Freedom" will be the culminating event of the anniversary year's events celebrating the wall's destruction, and will include a symbolic domino effect of a falling wall through polystyrene bricks ending in a fireworks show. Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend, including Nobel Peace Laureates such as Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Mikhail Gorbachev.

World travel market in London
November 9-12

This business to business event in London that attracted 50,000 tourism professionals in 2008 presents annually a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and international travel professionals.

Cairo International Film Festival
November 10-20
Cairo, Egypt

The event pays tribute to Arab filmmakers, Algerian directors, and African cinema.
The festival screens films from 17 countries and organizes a digital competition. CIFF dedicates the festival to the late Egyptian director Shadi Abdel Salam, of The Mummy, a classic film, which has been restored by the Martin Scorsese Foundation Scorsese who will be present to introduce this classic film.

World Cyber Games 2009
November  11-15

The World Cyber Games are the video games Olympics. To celebrate the 10th edition of the biggest electronic sport event, the international finals are taking place in the historical city of Chengdu in China. More than 800 cyber-athletes from more then 70 countries will get together for five days of competition.

US: Country Music Awards
November 11


The Country Music Association Awards are held annually to celebrate the best in country music, honoring many world-famous performers and rising celebrities. The 43rd annual award ceremony is in Nashville, Tennessee on November 11, and will be hosted by international country music stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The event will air in the US on ABC-TV; you can also sign up for awards alerts on the CMA Web site.

Sharjah World Book Fair
November 11-21

The Department of Culture and Information of Sharjah has organized the Sharjah World Book Fair since 1982. Now in its 28th edition, the fair has an average attendance of 400,000 visitors who can browse through the offerings of more than 750 publishers from nearly 42 countries. The event is recognized as one of the most significant book fairs in the Middle East.

Cosmoprof Asia
November 11-13
Hong Kong

The premier business-to-business beauty event encompassing all sectors in the beauty and wellness industry in Asia will host exhibitors from at least 17 countries worldwide and buyers from over 100 countries and regions have registered to Cosmoprof 2009.

2nd World Heritage Travel Expo
November 12-14

The theme this year at this Chinese Government-backed event is "Conservation, Development, Promotion and Communication'' and more than 300 representatives from World Heritage destinations and attractions will gather to promote and discuss their industry. It will be run concurrently with the 2nd International Leisure Travel, Tourism Commodities & Gift Trade Fair.

Nissan Leaf North American Tour
November 13-February 14
Los Angeles and other cities/USA

The Nissan Leaf, the early pick to become the Prius of electric cars, will be on display in the western hemisphere for the first time. The car will embark on a 21-city tour that will take it across the US and Canada. Nissan will hold events to offer interested drivers, media, civic partners, businesses and university students the chance to learn more about the EV model that is expected to take the world by electrical storm in 2010.

The London Jazz Festival
November 13-22

This festival brings together every year an eclectic mix of jazz musicians from around the world in various London venues from major concert halls, like the Royal Albert Hall, to tiny clubs. For the 2009 edition, the musicians include straight up jazz artists such as Sonny Rollins, Dave Holland, Chick Corea or John Scofield and Bill Frisell with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as jazz influenced artists such as Gilberto Gil, Marcus Miller, Melody Gardot, Tomasz Stanko...


Jimmy Choo launches at H&M
November 14

Marking the first designer-shoe collaboration of the Swedish retailer, UK brand Jimmy Choo, one of the top three shoe labels in the world for prestige, will release ranges of shoes, bags and other accessories for women -- and men! -- on November 14 via H&M's network of stores.


INDEX 2009 - International Furniture and Interior Design Exhibition
November 14-17

In its 19th year, INDEX is the Gulf region's largest interiors exhibition and trade show.  With over 1800 exhibitors from around the globe, the event brings together the latest design trends, ideas, products and services.

12th Dubai Airshow 2009
November 15-19

The Dubai Airshow, one of the top air shows in the world, is slated to grow from the previous edition despite the recession in world air travel. The biennial show returns to the Dubai Airport Expo Centre with 50,000 attendees expected to review over 900 exhibitors. Major manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus will be present and military planes such as the US Raptor fighter jet and the latest stealth jet will debut.